Interfax: Fr. Zacchzeus and "...internal developments in the OCA..."
Representative of the Orthodox Church in America
to the Patriarch of Moscow has been recalled to the United States and prohibited
from exercising service
Washington, August 2, Interfax - Archimandrite Zacchaeus (Wood),
Dean of St. Catherine the Great Martyr-in-the-Fields Church in Moscow and
representative of the Orthodox Church in America to the Patriarch of Moscow and
All Russia has been placed on a leave of absence and recalled to the United
Metropolitan Jonah prohibited Father Zacchaeus from exercising
any liturgical or sacramental ministry, the website of the Orthodox Church in
Priest John Kechkin, who is attached to St. Catherine
Church, will provide pastoral services for the time being. Archpriest Leonid
Kishkovsky, Director of External Affairs of the Orthodox Church in America, will
assume duties as the representative of the OCA to the Patriarch of Moscow and
The report does not state any reasons for such
Representatives of St. Catherine Church told Interfax-Religion that Father Zacchaeus is currently under medical
examination in a Moscow clinic.
"He had his gallbladder removed before
and now the decease [sic] exacerbated," the source said.
The source failed to
tell the reason of Father Zacchaeus recalling and only supposed that "it may be
related to some internal developments in the Orthodox Church in America."
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