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7.27.10 - Updated
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• Los Angeles, CA

Metropolitan Philip's recent denial of clergy reports that he would seek to have Self-Rule in the Antiochian Archdiocese withdrawn at the next Synod meeting in Damascus has drawn a similar denial from Fr. Michel Najim, Dean of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Los Angeles concerning reports he was preparing an academic paper on auxiliary bishops for the same meeting. In a letter to  Fr. Michel writes: "....let me state very clearly that I have never been asked by anyone to prepare a paper or a statement regarding the episcopacy. This is a complete and utter falsehood, and I would like you to publicly retract this statement."  Fr. Michel continued:  "Your posting of false reports creates confusion among the brethren, and is extremely harmful to the welfare of the Orthodox Church." thanks Fr. Michel for his clarification.

 Syosset, NY

In another letter to concerning the OCA Strategic Plan, Dr. Dmitri Solodow writes:

"On behalf of the OCA Strategic Planning Committee, thank you for posting our Draft Plan, and thanks also to those of your readers who have posted their thoughtful comments. When the Special Investigating Committee recommended that the OCA engage in this process, this is exactly the kind of openness and dialogue for which we prayed.

The Strategic Planning Committee is now at the stage of seeking the broadest possible input on our work. We will make presentations at Diocesan Assemblies, seminaries, monasteries, parishes and anywhere else we can for this purpose. While our ideas may have some merit, it is the Church which must shape its future, for which the Plan is but one tool. Everyone's engagement is critical. I will personally convey comments on Ocanews to the Committee, and each will be seriously discussed. We can also be contacted directly at

Again, our thanks to you and to your dedicated readers."





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