...Fr. Zacchaeus Wood is suspended, recalled...but has not returned
The Rector of the Moscow Representation of the Orthodox Church in America,
Archimandrite Zacchaeus (Wood) is suspended and recalled to the
U.S.A. but has not returned to his homeland
[Edited machine translation] Archimandrite Zaccheaus (Wood), the official representative of the
Orthodox Church in America (OCA) to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, and the
Rector of St.. Catherine in-the-Fields , the OCA Representation in Moscow, has suspended, placed on leave and recalled to the USA, reported the OCA's official website on July 28. This decision was made by Metropolitan Jonah, Primate of the Church.
Priest John Kechkin has been temporarily appointed priest-in-charge, while Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, director of the OCA's external relations, will temporarily act as this Church's representative to the Moscow Patriarchate.
No reasons are given for Archimandrite Zacchaeus' dismissal. and
Archimandrite Zacchaeus canonical sanctions, many years of service in Moscow,
not reported. According to unofficial
sources, in the recent past he suffered from alcoholism, which could cause all
sorts of canonical violations.
Despite the fact that the OCA Chancery purchased for Fr. Zacchaeus a ticket for a flight to New York, he did not return to his homeland, and his present whereabouts are unknown. According to one version, he was
hospitalized in a Moscow clinic and declared unable to travel.
Photo of: Archimandrite Zacchaeus
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