Bravo Faith! Many years! Hopefully other members of the MC will have your "guts" and share your courage.
A word to the wise to attorneys, accountants and auditors supposedly working for the OCA. Remember who the client ultimately is or face the consequences of being reported to the appropriate bar/accounting authorities. The Furies can follow you to the gates of Hell!
The Metropolitan Council and Holy Synod must take control of the church. It's time to either get back to the "truth" or go back under Moscow. We have proven that we cannot go it on our own. Patriarchial members pay $5.00 per year to retain membership. We now have no departments that are functioning. No one of any authority maintains regular office hours in Syosset. What's the difference, we might as well have our church leader in another country!
Regarding Fr Vladimir (Wendling)'s re-assignment to Chicago, it would appear that the formal election to the episcopacy had not yet taken place (as far I can see), so I suppose Archbishop Dmitri was technically within his rights in acting in such a capricious, no... sorry, make that unilateral way. having said that, it certainly does not make a good impression during the present OCA malaise.
Good on Chicago for taking Fr Vladimir back in the fitting manner they did.
What will the official "OCA News" service make of this, one wonders?
“As to the disclosure of the results of the investigation, there are expected to be various levels of disclosure - e.g., the Holy Synod of Bishops, the Metropolitan Council, and the faithful. However, until the investigation is complete, no determination of levels of disclosure can be finalized.”
”Why might not all the details of the investigation be shared with the faithful?” ……
The peasants will not get to see the results!!! Why are we spending money for an investigation? The criminals already know who they are, and they are probably the majority of the ones who will get to see the results.
We must remember that those at the center of this scandal likely have one and only one objective: stay out of jail. Their breaches of fiduciary duties likley have jail sentences at the end of any prosectution. They will obfuscate vigorously if they believe that such action gives them a chance at avoiding prosecution.
I truly commend Faith Skrodinski for her diligence and pray it bears fruit in opening the eyes of other MC members, moving them to responsible action. Because as we all know "Faith, without works, is dead."
I am not surprised that the Administration is saying that it might not reveal everything to the general public. Speaking as an attorney, and I would advise the same thing to every single client every single time. It does not make sense to promise to disclose something to the public before you know what it says, particularly if the information is sensitive information that may have legal consequences.
The part of Deacon Peter's that is an outrage is the part that suggests the report (or parts of it) might be withheld from the Metropolitan Council. Under the OCA Statute it is the Metropolitan Council's function to make decisions about legal matters. To that end, the Metropolitan Council must see the entire report to properly perform the duties the church.
The last I heard the Administration would not even show the Metropolitan Council the letter retaining Proskauer Rose and defining their scope of work.
Robert Vasilios Wachter, Esq.
I strongly recommend to people who are advocating running back to any of the "mother churches" to first research the state of affairs in those "mother churches". I am not sure they would be quite so comfortable with the idea once they do their homework...
Really, these calls for abandoning the ship are irresponsible. It is our responsibility as members of the church to perform our stewardship duty, both corporately and personally. We have statutes and canons that we have every right to demand enforced. We are fortunate to be unencumbered by government oversight in our spiritual affairs, unlike many of our "mother churches". We have enviable legacy of some of the greatest Orthodox luminaries of the last century. True, we have become too complacent and too comfortable, but it is nobody's fault but ours. This is OUR church - we need to take ownership of it and responsibility for it rather than throw it to the dogs and wash our hands. If we are willing to abandon OCA so easily, we have every danger of becoming Wandering Jews (albeit of our own making), always in pursuit of a "perfect" jurisdiction. Perhaps we should take care of our own first?..
Given the current state of affairs that may be true. But what should happen -- what is supposed to happen -- is that the Metropolitan Council should make a decision about what to disclose, and all of the members of the Metropolitan Council should honor and respect that decision.