Updates To Previous Stories: Regarding Financial Transparency in Troy, MI
Updates To Previous Stories
Regarding Financial Transparency in Troy, MI
According to a recent notice in the January 23rd
parish bulletin (The Observer), St. George
Cathedral in Troy has come to terms with the
State of Michigan regarding its tax obligations. The note reads:
Thank You Note
I would like to take this opportunity to express
my thanks and gratitude for the overwhelming
support some two dozens of our parishioners who
helped us raise funds as loans or donations so we
may pay the sales tax to the State of Michigan.
On Tuesday, January 18, 2011, a representative
from the Department of Finance informed us that
there were no improprieties in any issues deal
with income and/or payroll taxes. Those who
squealed against the Church are protected by the
Whistle Blowers Acts and consequently we were not
given their identities. However we will continue
to make all efforts to get their names. We found
out also that these betrayers will receive 25% of
the money we have paid on behalf of the Church.
Again thanks for the love that was expressed by
our good parishioners. May the Lord God reward
you with heavenly gifts for your earthly ones.
It was reported to OCANews.org that the amount paid to the state was $65,000.
Regarding notions of Maximal Autonomy", this from Moscow, Russia
It has been reported that the last Episcopal
Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church adopted
sweeping changes in their Statute.
An entirely new chapter (VIII.I. ) concerning
Autonomous Churches was added. Among the new provisions:
- The Autonomous Churches are regulated by their
own Statute and by the Statute of the Church in Russia.
- The decisions taken by the Episcopal Synods and
Local Councils of the Church in Russia are
mandatory for the Autonomous Churches.
- The Patriarch of Moscow has to be commemorated
in every parish of the Autonomous Church.
- The bishops of the Autonomous Churches are
members of the Episcopal Synods and Local
Councils of the Church in Russia and they are
expected to participate in their meetings.
- Any changes in the Statute of the Autonomous
Church have to be agreed upon in written form by the Patriarch of Moscow.
- The Church of Russia has the right to put an
end to the existence of an Autonomous Church it has created.
The Statute clearly distinguishes between
Autonomous Churches (Japan, China) and Self-Ruled
Churches (Latvia, Moldova, Estonia). ROCOR,
however, is called a Self-Ruled part of the
Russian Orthodox Church, so it is not fully
clear how, if at all, these new provisions apply to that body in America.
Clearly, many of the above provisions do go
against the Tomos of Autonomy delivered in 1970
to the Orthodox Church in Japan by the Church of
Russia. The Metropolitan of Tokyo and All Japan
did not attend to the last Episcopal Synod due to
bad health. The decision was taken in his absence.