Bishop refuses to step aside despite orders
- Bishop refuses to step aside despite orders
by Maria Downey
Friday, March 7, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Tensions are mounting for the Russian Orthodox
Church in Alaska.
The Right Rev. NIKOLAI says he "refuses" to take a leave of absence
after receiving national orders to step aside as Alaska's Russian
The order came down from the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in
America after Alaska church leaders complained about the bishop's
The church first asked the bishop to take a temporary leave of
absence while the investigation was underway but he wouldn't step down.
Bishop NIKOLAI said Friday that even though he's been ordered to step
aside he still will not leave.
The bishop says proper procedures are not being followed by the
church in its decision.
He says no one has the authority to remove him since there are no
charges or no trial.
Archpriest Eugene Vansuch has been appointed to temporarily run the
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