Re: Metropolitan's Retirement
- In light of the proposed rapprochement with the MP not being
conducive to the well-being and benefit of the ROCA, as witnessed by
the Metropolitan's two encyclicals, and, as the Metropolitan's
guidance is needed now, more than ever.
Moreover, as the Act cited below is contrary to the Holy Canons and
the Statues of the ROCA, with implications not only for the current
Metropolitan, but subsequent Metropolitans, and for the entire ROCA,
he would be advised to execute the following:
1) Rescind his retirement notice, effective immediately.
2) Submit in writing his protest against the Act (cited below) of the
Synod of Bishops for their review.
The protest must include:
a) The Statutes of the ROCA make no provision for a synodal
position "Deputy to the First Hierarch."
b) The Statues do not allow for the canonical and statutory powers
to be stripped from the he Metropolitan and invested in said
"Deputy". Most specifically:
* The canonical authority to govern his diocese.
* The authority to convoke the Sobor of Bishops.
c) The Synod of Bishops cannot subordinate its official actions
signatory approval of the "Deputy".
3) Summon the Synod of Bishops and call for a vote on the Act.
4) If the Synod of Bishops repeats its approval of said Act, then he
should stay its execution, in accordance with Article 38 of the
Statutes of the ROCA.
5) Appeal the Act to the Sobor of Bishops.
This can be accomplished with the simple issuance of two letters, the
protest and the stay of execution. It will resolve the immediate
administrative crisis, and allow for a proper consideration for the
future well being of the ROCA.
Polychronios N. Moniodis
--- In orthodox-synod@y..., Father Maximos <mga@m...> wrote:
> of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of
> On 27 June/10 July, the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox
> Church Outside of Russia heard: the announcement by the First
> Hierarch, His Eminence Metropolitan Vitaly of his retirement. His
> Eminence Metropolitan Vitaly directed that his announcement be
> entered into the minutes, which was done.
> Resolved: To acknowledge the announcement of Metropolitan Vitaly,
> in connection wherewith the Synod of Bishops decides:
> 1) To confirm, in connection with the retirement of Metropolitan,
> the decision of the Council of Bishops of 2000 concerning the
> appointment of Archbishop Laurus as Deputy to the First Hierarch,
> and to entrust to him the conduct of all administrative functions
> of the governance of the Church until the Council of Bishops of
> 2) To commemorate the name of Archbishop Laurus at all divine
> services directly after that of the First Hierarch: "...and our
> Lord, the Most Reverend Laurus, Archbishop of Syracuse & Trinity,
> Deputy of the First Hierarch."
> 3) Any official documents issued from the Synod without the
> signature of the Deputy of the First Hierarch, Archbishop Laurus,
> are invalid.
> 4) To convoke the Council of Bishops in October of 2001, with the
> principal objective of electing a new First Hierarch.
> 5) To entrust, on the basis of the resolutions of the Council of
> Bishops of 2000, the governing of the Diocese of Eastern America to
> His Grace, Bishop Gabriel, and that of Canada to His Grace, Bishop
> [signatures:] Metropolitan Vitaly
> President of the Synod of Bishops
> Archbishop Laurus
> Archbishop Alypy
> Archbishop Mark
> Archbishop Hilarion
> Bishop Evtykhy
> Bishop Kirill
> Bishop Alexander
> Bishop Ambrose
> Bishop Gabriel
> Bishop Michael
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