Special Committee Report Available
- Special Investigating Committee presents report to OCA Holy Synod and
SYOSSET, NY [OCA Communications] -- On Wednesday, September 3, 2008,
the Special Investigating Committee charged with a continued
examination of past financial mismanagement at the Chancery of the
Orthodox Church in America gave a report of its findings to a special
joint session of the Church's Holy Synod of Bishops and Metropolitan
Council. The Committee was created by the two bodies at a joint
session in October 2007.
The Special Investigating Committee is chaired by His Grace, Bishop
Benjamin of San Francisco and the West. Other members of the
Committee include Archpriest John Tkachuk, Archpriest Philip Reese,
Dr. Faith Skordinski and Dr. Dimitri Solodow. Consultants to the
Committe include Ms. Julia Azrael, legal counsel, and Mr. Bernard
Wilson, investigative consultant.
In his opening remarks, Bishop Benjamin said, "What we find in this
report is an incredible failure at many levels to act responsibly.
Many flags went up and people failed to, or chose not to, address
them." He also noted that the report presented to the joint session
is titled "preliminary" because footnotes citing attached
documentation have yet to be added. "The text will remain the same,"
His Grace noted, "We will only be adding footnotes."
The Committee members stressed that they experienced no interference
in the course of their investigations and that all members approved
of the report.
After hearing the Special Investigating Committee's report, upon the
recommendation of Bishop Benjamin, the Holy Synod and Metropolitan
Council decided to publish it immediately on the OCA.Org web site.
The report of the Special Investigating Committee can be downloaded
in PDF format by clicking here. The report's appendices are also available.