8.7.07 Decision Announced
The verdict was announced on the OCA website at 11:23 this morning in the following press release, reprinted here in full:
"The verdict of the spiritual court of the Diocese of Washington and New York that had been empanelled to hear the charges against Protopresbyter Robert S. Kondratick, the suspended former chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, was reviewed by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops on July 31, 2007, the first day of their special two-day session at the OCA Chancery here.
His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, who presided at the spiritual court, presented the court's report and judgment, which recommended that Father Kondratick be deposed from the priesthood.
After hearing the report and recommendation of the spiritual court, the Holy Synod of Bishops resolved that the suspended Father Kondratick be permanently deposed from all sacred functions of the priesthood, effective July 31, 2007, and that his name be removed immediately from the list of clergy of the Orthodox Church in America.
The Holy Synod took this action with great sadness and with assurance of its prayers on behalf of the former Father Kondratick.
Judges for the spiritual court were the Very Revs. Joseph Lickwar, Michael Dahulich, and John Erickson, and the Rev. David Garretson. Dr. Faith Skordinski, a member of the OCA Metropolitan Council and the special investigative committee, served as the accuser."