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5387Communique from the Chancery of the Synod 11/23

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  • Rev Mark Gilstrap
    Nov 23, 2001
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      COMMUNIQUE FROM THE CHANCERY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS
      OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE OF RUSSIA
      REGARDING THE EVENTS OF NOVEMBER 9/22 IN MANSONVILLE

      The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church
      Outside of Russia declares that what lamentably
      occurred at the Holy Transfiguration Skete in
      Mansonville on November 9/22, 2001, was a direct
      violation of the directives given by the Sobor of
      Bishops for the resolution of the difficult situation
      that arose as a result of the removal from the
      premises of the Synod of the retired elder, His
      Eminence, the Most Reverend Metropolitan Vitaly by a
      group of irresponsible and openly antagonistic
      persons.

      The Sobor of Bishops during its sessions decided that
      in this matter it was necessary to act solely by
      peaceful methods, through calm and quiet conversations
      and persuasions, and absolutely not through the use of
      any type of physical force with the assistance of
      official or private police personnel.

      The Synod of Bishops has already opened an official
      inquiry into what occurred in Mansonville, with the
      goal of making clear all of the circumstances. Pending
      the conclusion of the inquiry, the Right Reverend
      Bishop Michael is relieved from the administration of
      the Canadian Diocese, and sent to reside at Holy
      Trinity Monastery in Jordanville. The temporary
      administrartion of the Canadian Diocese is delegated
      to the Most Reverend Metropolitan Laurus, in its
      Eastern part, and to the Right Reverend Kyrill, in its
      Western part.

      The Synod of Bishops declares to its flock that all of
      the right reverend archpastors of the Russian Orthodox
      Church Outside of Russia categorically condemn and
      distance themselves from all actions that use force or
      duress regarding the person of the retired
      Metropolitan Vitaly and consider them to be totally
      unacceptable.

      The Synod of Bishops hopes for the return of
      Metropolitan Vitaly, of his own free will, to the
      premises of the Synod of Bishops, where he will be
      provided with life-long care, worthy of the dignity of
      his high office, and continues to strive toward the
      healing of the schism that has been created and the
      pacification of all who have enmity.


      Bishop GABRIEL
      Secretary of the Synod
      November 10/23, 2001
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