Metropolitan Jonah plausible candidate to head Russian Exarchate
- Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen), former Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, is deliberated as potential candidate to succeed Archbishop Gabriel (de Vylder) as a Primate of the of the Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe our source at Rue Daru claims.
His irrefutable advantages are experience in heading an Orthodox jurisdiction and acquaintance with Russian liturgical tradition. Being a convert is not a problem since two former Primates of the Exarchate were converts themselves. His reluctance against the Ecumenical Patriarchate seems to be the only one obstacle, however they were being successively over at trilateral consultations between Metropolitan Jonah, Metropolitan Emmanuel (Adamakis) - current locum tenens of the Exarchate, and Patriarch Bartholomew that were taking place at Chambésy last month. There are also no objections from Metropolitan Tikhon (Mollard), the current Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.
The Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe is an exarchate of the Ecumenical Patriatchate of Russian Orthodox tradition, based in Paris, and having parishes throughout Europe, mainly centered in France. The Exarchate is sometimes known as Rue Daru from the street in Paris where its cathedral is located.