Bishop Tikhon's Letter
February 3, 2006
Righteous Elder Simeon and Anna
Your Grace, dear Despota, and Brother in Christ!
I pray that the All-Highest blesses and strengthens Your Grace in Your Grace's Archpastoral labors!
I am enclosing for Your Grace's reading a copy of a letter I mailed last December to his Eminence, Archbishop Job, of Chicago and the Midwest, with a copy to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman. At that time, I did not include as addressees Your Grace, the rest of the Holy Synod and/or active vicarial Bishops. Since that time, it seems that there has appeared no reaction to my complaints of egregious behavior and recommendations for one of several possible solutions. Not only has there been no reaction; on the contrary, it has been demonstrated by the actions of His Eminence after he returned to his Diocese after a recent Lesser Synod meeting – a meeting which had opened by His Beatitude with a clear, stern written admonition relative to such behavior – that His Eminence could not refrain from expressing rebellious principle through indicating that a document issued in his name and the rest of the Less Synod was accepted only grudgingly by him!
Therefore, I want to be sure that Your Grace and the rest of the Very Most Reverend Hierarchs are aware of my own convictions relative to church discipline as that topics applies to His Eminence and make no recommendation relative to any actions whatsoever by Clergy or Laity of the Diocese of the Midwest, for whom Archbishop Job is directly responsible to the Holy Synod and, of course, to God. Such actions reprehensible as they may seem, could only have carried out with the implicit or explicit blessing of His Eminence, (I refer, e.g. to the gossipy website (ocanews.org) of Mark Stokoe, and the lofty moralizing of such sacerdotal luminaries as Archpriests Michael Simerick and Jason Kappanadze.) These, if not addressed by His Eminence, could be addressed by another Hierarch succeeding to that See.
Prior to writing this, I rejected the idea of asking a couple of other Hierarchs to join me in calling for a special session of the Holy Synod, as I did once before. Nevertheless, I believe I have to act in accordance with my third confession of Faith an my episcopal consecration as it relates to your Grace and our Brothers, and especially to His Beatitude, (just as I felt, as Your Grace my recall, in the case of .........
(deleted by editor)........... not belying my conduct in any way a decision of the Holy Synod which had disturbed me most deeply.)
With sadness, but with trust in our Lord, I beg Your Grace to tolerate my importuning Your Grace with this painful, anti-church matter, and very seriously to consider the implication of the unconscionable conduct I have characterized in my letter.
Your Grace's worst intercessor,
cc: Active episcopate of The Orthodox Church in America
Encl: December letter to Archbishop Job