I am very sorry about the difficulty and your fellow parishioners are going through. This too, shall pass in time. I have seen similar crises, unfortunately, more than once.
That being said, I believe that it is important to look at such situations factually and rationally; especially since there are such raw emotions involved. There are several points in your posting that I would like to address one at a time. You need not respond; but just think about them.
First, you stated that "the Antiochians" were carrying out a vendetta. That is a very broad statement that could be seen as an accusation against every member of the Antiochian Archdiocese. I belong to a parish in Oklahoma. I can guarantee you that I'm the only member of my parish who would even know who Fr Mack is; and I've only seen him once from a distance ! Why would any of us have a reason for a "vendetta" ? if you are going to make accusations, then you need to be more specific about who you are accusing.
Second: You stated that Fr John "resigned" from being your parish priest. You are new to the church and perhaps you don't understand the church's protocol. If a priest is to resign, he would submit that resignation to his bishop, not his parish council. What is more. a resignation is a *voluntary* act. Unless someone was holding a gun to his head, while he resigned; how can you say "he was forced out" ? If the bishop wanted to remove Fr. John from your parish, the bishop would have sent you a letter stating so. Without a formal letter from your bishop removing Fr John from your parish, there is no reason that he was forced to leave. Even if he was removed from your parish, he would be free to serve in another parish as an Orthodox priest. Nowhere is there any indication that he was suspended or removed form the priesthood. How then, can you imply that he was *forced* to convert to the Eastern Rite Roman Catholic Church ? The story just doen't make common sense.
Third: Please explain your accusation that the people in Wichita carried out a "vendetta" against Fr. John. I know those people. A "vendetta 'is so far out of their character as to be laughable, if it wasn't such an ugly thing to say. Bishop Basil is one of the most beloved bishops in America. He is known by all for his kindness, his love for all, his care for his flock and his priests. It is unusual for a priest to be given a canonical relaese to another jurisdicition. It is unheard of for a parish to be given such a release. The fact that Fr John and your entire parish *were * given such a release, hardly speaks to a "vendetta" . Besides, if the Antiochains wanted to carry out a "vendetta" it would have been much easier to do so when Fr John was an Antiochian priest. The facts just don't add up.
Fourth: In a second posting you implied that someone in the Antiochian Archdiocese "paid" Metroplitan Herman to "force Fr John out". That is a pretty serious allegation to write publicly, and should not be made without factual evidence. You could be sued for slander ! Even so, the story doesnt make sense. The Orthodox Church in America is going through a serious financial scandal. It is public knowledge that the OCA's finances are under investigation by the FBI and the IRS. Do you really think that someone would be crazy enough to give or accept a bribe under the government's nose. Really !
I ask you to think these things over carefully and dispassionately. Often, there are circumstance in play that we are unaware of. Please keep an open mind.
About the church. I would like to ask you one thing. Did you join the church out of love for Fr John or love for Jesus Christ ? Fr John may be gone; but the Lord Jesus Christ is still there. Who are you avoiding by staying away ? Think it over. Best wishes. You wil be in our prayers.