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Archbishop Dmitri To Clergy: Be Silent
In a letter to his clergy for the ecclesiastical New Year (September 1) Archbishop Dmitri broke ten months of public silence on the OCA scandal and for the first time addressed the issue openly. The Archbishop describes the issues raised as "idle chatter" and calls on his clergy not to discuss the scandal. They are to focus on parochial matters instead.
The Archbishop writes:
"To the Reverend Clergy of the Diocese of the South:
As we begin the new liturgical year I would like to share with you a few observations coming out of the recent Diocesan Assembly. I think you will agree with me that our last Diocesan Assembly was one of the best. We will be ever grateful for the presentations of Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko.
Reflecting on Fr. Thomas' presentations to the clergy, it was good for us to be reminded of our high calling as clergy and the necessity for us always to keep our focus on Christ and not be as St. Paul warns: tossed to and from and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive: But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ. (Ephesians 4:14-15)
Our daily work in this Diocese is to spread the Gospel of Christ. It is not to engage in idle chatter that does little or nothing to build up the Church. In fact, such activities may hinder us in our effort to grow up into him in all things. As an example, yes, we may have an opinion or think that we know the way to solve things our OCA is facing. However, I would encourage you to use that energy and direct it towards the things in your parish that need attention. Thus, that is why I felt it was not necessary for us to discuss current OCA matters at our Clergy Conference or Diocesan Assembly. Our time together is precious and we need to use it wisely. I am grateful to God for all of you who are following my call on this matter. It shows where our treasure is.
I urge you to be at peace with one another. Pray for one another. If there be anything that separates you from your brother, deal with it and consign it to oblivion. Let us always look first into our own heart and see where we fall short of the glory of God and not be so quick to see the sin in our brother and judge him. Is not this the narrow path that leads to the Kingdom of God?
Please know that your are all in my prayers. May this new liturgical year be one filled with joy and good works for the Glory of God.
Archbishop of Dallas as the South.