9.3.09 BREAKING NEWS
ON EVE OF SIC REPORT
+HERMAN REQUESTS MEDICAL LEAVE OF ABSENCE
In an announcement posted on OCA.org this morning, Metropolitan
Herman has requested a "medical leave of absence". The brief
"His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman has submitted a letter to the
Holy Synod of Bishops, in which he requests a medical leave of
absence. Metropolitan Herman is scheduled for lumbar spine surgery on
Tuesday, September 9, 2008.
The Holy Synod will review His Beatitude's request at their session
on Thursday, September 4, 2008. Further information ecomes available."
The OCA statement is titled: "Impending surgery forces Metropolitan
Herman to submit request for medical leave of absence". No mention is
made of the forthcoming SIC Report, or as sources have confirmed, the
Metropolitan's meeting yesterday afternoon with three of the four
officers of the OCA. OCA Chancellor Fr. Alex Garklavs, OCA Treasurer
Fr. Michael Tassos and OCA Secretary Fr. Eric Tosi met with the
Metropolitan in Syosset and encouraged him to resign. The Metropolitan refused.
The SIC Report is scheduled for presentation to the joint meeting of
the Synod and Metropolitan Council this morning.