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The Synod of the OCA allowed the Primate of the OCA, Metropolitan Herman, to retire voluntarily today, one day after a devastating Report from the Special Investigative Committee exposing his central role in a decade long cover-up of the financial misdeeds by the former OCA Chancellor, Robert Kondratick. The  retirement follows a unanimous resolution from the Metropolitan Council that he be "removed from office".  A press release officially announcing the retirement is expected shortly.

At the same time, former Primate of the OCA, retired Metropolitan Theodosius, +Herman's predecessor, received a slap on the wrist, a literal "liturgical" house arrest, for his role in diverting millions into secret, off- the-books bank accounts controlled both he and Kondratick.

According to the OCA announcement:

“The Holy Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America, meeting at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America in Oyster Bay Cove, New York, on September 4, 2008, resolved that His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius be restricted to attending, and celebrating the Divine Services, when invited, at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, henceforth.”

No word has been given yet to any discipline accorded to the the other three "unindicted" but named episopal co-conspirators, Archbishop Nathaniel, Archbishop Seraphim and Bishop Nikon, all of whom according to the SIC Report were personally informed of Kondratick's misdeeds in December 2004 but choose to do and say nothing.  Likewise, there is no word about any discipline being accorded to the three priests recommended for sanctions by the SIC Report  - former OCA Treasurers Fr. Paul Kucynda and Fr. Dmitri Oselinsky and former OCA Comptroller, Fr.  Stavros (Stephen) Strikis.

In other news from the Synod today, Archimandrite Jonah (Paffahausen) has been elected by the Synod to be the Bishop of Ft. Worth, to serve as Archbishop Dmitri's Vicar  Bishop.  Details of his consecration will be forthcoming.

- Mark Stokoe


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