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    Special Investigating Committee presents report to OCA Holy Synod and Metropolitan Council Posted 09/03 SYOSSET, NY [OCA Communications] -- On Wednesday,
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      Special Investigating Committee presents report to OCA Holy Synod and
      Metropolitan Council

      Posted 09/03

      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.

      Report: http://www.oca.org/PDF/SIC/2008-0903-1-sicreport.pdf

      appendices: http://www.oca.org/PDF/SIC/2008-0903-2-sicappendices.pdf
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