6242Re: [orthodox-synod] Re: Vladyka Alypy
- Aug 22, 2002Fr. Alexander Lebedeff wrote:
>Please note that it was Kyra who first put Vl. Alypy's letter on the
> Kyra's commenst are right on the mark.
internet, and, while she felt Vladyka was the "underdog", wrote in a
tone suggesting support for him.
> It seems foolish to blame Fr. Pablo Iwaszczewicz alone for the
> tensions at the Chicago Cathedral.Of course, Fr. Pablo has some important allies, some of them bishops,
who have involved themselves directly.
> Actually, over the past not too many years, two other young,
> priests, also graduates of Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, havehad
> their lives made miserable by the same group causing problems for Fr.Yes, but what "group" is that? Those supporting Vl. Alypy were not (and
in fact, still are not), a united "group". There are, however, various
people, some of whom have now become friends, who became concerned
early on about what Fr. Pablo was doing.
--and had to leave the parish because of the attacks against them and
> their families.I suspect that is at least a slight exaggeration.
>I lasted, as you may recall, *15* years in that parish. Consequently I
> Fr. Vladimir Boikov lasted four years.
know something about the situation there...
When I was reassigned to Milwaukee rather suddenly, I too had many
people who were sorry to see me go; some of them seem now to make
a "connection" between that and the case of Fr. Pablo, and to support
him. It is interesting that Fr. Alexander, nevertheless, did not
say "*three* other priests"--and I was 29 when I arrived in Chicago--
except that, of course, by now he probably is aware that I disagree
with his statements about the Chicago cathedral.
> And Fr. Andrei Sommers lasted five--and was hounded out just after hehad
> successfully organized and ran the All-Diasporan Youth Conference--aWas he really "hounded out"--or did he simply grow weary of the general
> significant accomplishment.
atmosphere in the Chicago cathedral?
> Fr. Pablo Iwaszewicz has lasted only two years before he has faced
> problems.Actually, I think he brought the problems with him when he came.
> I pity the next young, educated, pious, and idealistic priest who
> receive the Chicago cathedral assignment.And I pity the parish that Fr. Pablo goes to next, although it would be
selfish of me only to rejoice if, in fact, he does give up his vow to
battle Vl. Alypy to the bitter end.
> And please note that the problems encountered by Frs. Vladimir and
> came long before the retirement of Metropolitan Vitaly, so whathappened to
> him cannot at all be considered as being the underlying cause of theHere I of course agree with Fr. Alexander. But since Fr. Pablo was
> current conflict.
*also involved* in the unpleasant confrontation in Mansonville, and,
moreover, wrote a denunciation of Bishop Michael that resulted in the
latter's being removed from his diocese, some people do make the wrong
connections between the two situations.
Yet there would be no conflict at all if Fr. Pablo decided to stop it.
Fr. John R. Shaw
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