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Former Russian Church Bishop in Britain offers his resignation

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=6433 11 September 2009, 18:47 Former Russian Church Bishop in Britain who almost split the local diocese offers
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      11 September 2009, 18:47
      Former Russian Church Bishop in Britain who
      almost split the local diocese offers his resignation

      London, September 11, Interfax – Bishop Basil
      (Osborn) of Amphipolis who had illegally changed
      the Moscow Patriarchate for Constantinople, announced his retirement.

      He told his London parish he would leave his post
      for health reasons, the Sourozh Diocese of the
      Russian Orthodox Church reported to Interfax-Religion correspondent on Friday.

      Russian parochial clerics of the British
      vicariate of Western Europe Exarchate received
      circular letters from Bishop Basil saying that
      their canonical status would be discussed at the
      next assembly of this Constantinople structure on
      November 28. Archbishop Gabriel of Komana is to chair the session.

      Besides, it cleared out that Bishop Basil was
      going to leave Great Britain and move to France.

      The Diocese source said, “Bishop Basil’s
      retirement looks rather logical” on the
      background of the legal proceeding around the
      Dormition Cathedral of the Sourozh Diocese lost by the vicariate.

      In 2006, Bishop Basil, who then headed the
      Sourozh Diocese, decided to leave the Moscow
      Patriarchate for Constantinople. Some clerics of
      the Sourozh Diocese followed him and thus
      aggravated the situation both in the Diocese and
      in relations between the Moscow and
      Constantinople Churches as the latter accepted
      clerics of the Russian Church without a letter of release.
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