Statement by Fr. Paul Iwaszewicz
- Fr. Paul contacted me late this evening and requested that the following statement be posted for both clergy and laity.
STATEMENT BY FR. PAUL IWASZEWICZ
November 23, 2001
I was sent to Holy Transfiguration Skete, in
Mansonville, by the Synod of Bishops to speak on
their behalf to Metropolitan Vitaly. I was to
take care of him if he happened to agree to
travel to New York where he would meet with
Metropolitan Laurus in order to heal the schism
within our church. The Synod commanded only Fr.
Alexander Iwaszewicz (who ultimately had not
arrived by November 22nd) and myself to travel
for this purpose. By his own initiative, as he
was not instructed to, Bishop Michael met me at
the airport and drove me to the skete.
On the way to Mansonville we were joined by, what
turned out to be private police officers hired by
Bishop Michael's lawyers. Upon arrival at the skete, they physically forced Metropolitan Vitaly into the limousine
against his will. What the hired police officers
did is outrageous and not justifiable. Soon,
Metropolitan Vitaly's lawyer was contacted and
then by the order of the judge, Vladyka Vitaly
was permitted to stay at the monastery.
While waiting to hear from the lawyers I sat with
Metropolitan Vitaly in the limousine for several
hours and he displayed no mistrust in me.
Unpredictably and quite sorrowfully, I witnessed
acts by Bishop Michael that were not sanctioned
by the Synod. This is why he is relieved from
the administration of the Canadian Diocese and sent to reside at HolyTrinity Monastery in Jordanville until the matter would be resolved by a spiritual court.
On a personal note, I would like those who are
making hostile phone calls not to lower
themselves to the level of those who violently
assaulted Metropolitan Vitaly, and to understand
that Vladyka Vitaly himself would not approve of
such behaviors on his behalf.
Asking for your holy prayers,
Reverend Paul Iwaszewicz
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