ROMANIANS VOTE TO LEAVE OCA
The Patriarchate of Romania announced news of the Romanian Episcopate's vote to leave the OCA and join with the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in a new autonomous jurisidiction under the Patriarchate, to be called the the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitanate in America, on Sunday, July 6th. Neither the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate (OCA) nor the Romanian Archdiocese (Patriarchal) have announced the results of the votes taken at their respective congresses taken over the holiday. The OCA has posted no information as well.
The text of the Patriarchal press release reads:
"The Romanian Patriarchate Salutes the Unification of the Two Romanian Orthodox Eparchies of America
The Romanian Patriarchate has learned with joy about the decisions taken by the congresses of the two Romanian Orthodox eparchies of America and Canada, which, over the last days, after more than six decades of division, have decided to unite under the canonical and spiritual protection of their mother-Church, the Romanian Orthodox Church.
The union is the result of dialog (sic) between the hierarchs, priests and faithful of the two structures, a dialog which was encouraged by the Romanian Patriarchate.
Earlier this year, in February, a delegation of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, led by Most Rev. Nathanael, discussed in Bucharest with representatives of the Romanian Patriarchate, as well as personally with His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel. The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church was informed by these discussions and encouraged the unification of the two Romanian Orthodox ecclesiastical structures.
Giving thanks to the Good God for this historical act, the Romanian Patriarchate congratulates all those who contributed to the unification process, which is beneficial for both Orthodox Romanians and the presence of Orthodoxy in the Americas.
THE PRESS BUREAU OF THE ROMANIAN PATRIARCHATE"