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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #180 on: April 18, 2008, 11:14:47 PM »
Mr. Gibbs, like so many westerners, misstated the date of Pascha for Orthodox Christians.

If Mark Stokoe surmises this is a progressive action for change in episcopal leadership for the Diocese of Alaska, it probably will be so.  God Save the Diocese of Alaska.  Kali Evthomatha; May the faithful of this God-kept diocese have a good week.
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« Reply #181 on: May 02, 2008, 05:04:32 PM »
http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?s=8258269

Russian Orthodox bishop leaving Alaska

Bishop Nikolai Soraich (KTUU-TV)
 
by Sean Doogan
Thursday, May 1, 2008

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The leader of the Alaska Russian Orthodox Church said he is stepping down, and will leave the state within a week.

For months, Bishop Nikolai Soraich has been at the center of a growing divide within the Alaska church.

After seven years in the state, some parishioners asked church officials for his removal.

Thursday, Bishop Nikolai said he is leaving, so the Alaska church may heal, and move forward.

"I'm going to be leaving Alaska and taking some time to visit family and friends whom I've neglected for the last seven years since I've been in Alaska," Nikolai said.

When he first arrived in Alaska, he was welcomed by local church members.

But a growing divide within the church forced some to ask for the bishop's removal earlier this year.

"When I came here the diocese was divided and that was because of the bishop prior to me," Nikolai said. "And to divide or to continue to allow that division to be here, I just don't think it's the right thing to do, and sometimes you need to go where you can be appreciated for your talents and your efforts."

Since his arrival, the bishop says he has increased by half the number of clergy in Alaska.

"We put St. Innocent of Irkusk here because of the historical value of the museum," Nikolai said.   

At the Downtown Anchorage Museum he helped build, the bishop says, despite his departure he still cares about the Alaska church.

"And that I will still pray for them and ask for their prayers for me too in these difficult times," Nikolai said.

He said he will take a leave of absence from the church - and travel the west coast to visit family and friends before deciding where he will go next.

Nikolai said he does not know who will replace him.

He said the head of the Western Diocese, Bishop Benjamin will come to Anchorage either Thursday or Friday to assess the situation.

Perhaps a sign of the divide within the church here: Bishop Nikolai said he wasn't told the travel itinerary of Bishop Benjamin - even though the two leaders will be in Anchorage at the same time, before Nikolai leaves the state, perhaps for good.

Contact Sean Doogan at sdoogan@ktuu.com

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Bishop Nikolai has been retired!!!
« Reply #182 on: May 13, 2008, 06:49:09 PM »
OCA Holy Synod issues statements on Diocese of Alaska at 2008 Spring Meeting

Article posted: 5/13/2008 5:36 PM   
   
SYOSSET, NY [OCA Communications] -- The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, meeting at the OCA Chancery in Oyster Bay Cove, NY, May 13 to 15, 2008, has issued the following statements concerning the Diocese of Alaska.

"The Holy Synod of Bishops, meeting at its full, regular Spring Session, reviewed the Leave-of-absence of His Grace, NIKOLAI, Bishop of Sitka, Anchorage, and Alaska, in accordance with the request of Bishop NIKOLAI that this be reviewed at the May Session, rather than at the October Session. The Holy Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America, meeting at the Chancery in Oyster Bay Cove, New York, effective May 13, 2008, retired His Grace Bishop NIKOLAI (Soraich) from the Diocese of Alaska, with the title 'Former Bishop of Sitka.' He remains, in retirement, a Bishop of the Orthodox Church in America."

"The Holy Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America, meeting at its regular Spring Session on May 13, 2008, heard the correspondence from His Grace, Bishop NIKOLAI, on April 14, 2008, to His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN, regarding the transfer of Archimandrite Isidore (Brittain) and Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Erickson) to His Grace, IRINEJ, Bishop of Australia, and New Zealand, of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Holy Synod of Bishops declared these transfers of no effect, since a diocesan bishop cannot release a cleric beyond The Orthodox Church in America, without involving the Metropolitan directly, in accordance with the Statute of The Orthodox Church in America, Article VI, Section 4e. They remain clerics of The Orthodox Church in America, and of the Diocese of Alaska."

"The Holy Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America declared on May 13, 2008, that the Diocese of Alaska is vacant."

"The Holy Synod of Bishops named His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of Alaska."

"The Holy Synod of Bishops named His Grace, Bishop BENJAMIN, Administrator of the Diocese of Alaska."

"The Holy Synod of Bishops, recognizing the pressing need of the Diocese of Alaska, and at the same time the canonical limitations on the administration of a 'widowed' diocese, nevertheless acknowledged that His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN, and His Grace, Bishop BENJAMIN, may exercise economia for the purpose of developing the needed good order."

http://www.oca.org/News.asp?ID=1538&SID=19
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #183 on: May 13, 2008, 11:34:47 PM »
^ Thanks for the news blurb, Tamara.
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #184 on: May 13, 2008, 11:54:17 PM »
^ Thanks for the news blurb, Tamara.

You are welcome. I heard rumors it would end this way but I wanted to wait until it was official. St. Andrew's House offered $10,000 matching funds so that the same Alaskan priests could travel and give their report to the two bishops while they were collecting information. Those priests will be reimbursed for their travel expenses. The bishops didn't want to leave without enough evidence to force him into retirement. Have faith OCA laity...there are some bishops who are trying to make things right.
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #185 on: May 14, 2008, 01:38:48 AM »
Thanks.  Can't believe I didn't notice this yesterday.  Wow.

Not that I was ever too fond of Bp. Nikolai, but this is really tragic however you put it.  Lord Have Mercy.

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #186 on: May 15, 2008, 02:11:00 AM »
Thanks for the report, Tamara. It indeed brings comfort to me to know that this issue, at least, has been addressed. Lord have mercy on us all.
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #187 on: May 20, 2008, 10:30:45 PM »
A source in Alaska Diocese of OCA has described Rev. Hieromonk Yakov (Nicolai) as a very spiritual and friendly person with a great potential, as someone, who would succeed as a great Hierarch.

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #188 on: May 20, 2008, 10:32:01 PM »
Father Yakov currently serves in the Diocese, in Anchorage, AK.

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« Reply #189 on: May 25, 2008, 05:55:06 AM »
OCA Holy Synod issues statements on Diocese of Alaska at 2008 Spring Meeting

Article posted: 5/13/2008 5:36 PM   
   
SYOSSET, NY [OCA Communications] -- The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, meeting at the OCA Chancery in Oyster Bay Cove, NY, May 13 to 15, 2008, has issued the following statements concerning the Diocese of Alaska.

"The Holy Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America, meeting at its regular Spring Session on May 13, 2008, heard the correspondence from His Grace, Bishop NIKOLAI, on April 14, 2008, to His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN, regarding the transfer of Archimandrite Isidore (Brittain) and Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Erickson) to His Grace, IRINEJ, Bishop of Australia, and New Zealand, of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Holy Synod of Bishops declared these transfers of no effect, since a diocesan bishop cannot release a cleric beyond The Orthodox Church in America, without involving the Metropolitan directly, in accordance with the Statute of The Orthodox Church in America, Article VI, Section 4e. They remain clerics of The Orthodox Church in America, and of the Diocese of Alaska."

http://www.oca.org/News.asp?ID=1538&SID=19

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #190 on: May 30, 2008, 05:39:39 PM »
From what I have heard from my sources, there is no plan for Archbishop Nathaniel to leave the OCA and form a united Romanian Church. He is committed to Orthodox unity and he believes in the autocephaly of the OCA regardless of all of the problem bishops within it.

Is this still the case?

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #191 on: May 30, 2008, 07:00:37 PM »
Is this still the case?

From what I here he wants to remain in the OCA but there are immigrants in his diocese who want to leave. It still isn't clear what will happen yet.

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« Reply #192 on: May 30, 2008, 09:45:57 PM »
http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?s=8258269

Russian Orthodox bishop leaving Alaska

Bishop Nikolai Soraich (KTUU-TV)
 
by Sean Doogan
Thursday, May 1, 2008

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The leader of the Alaska Russian Orthodox Church said he is stepping down, and will leave the state within a week.

For months, Bishop Nikolai Soraich has been at the center of a growing divide within the Alaska church.

After seven years in the state, some parishioners asked church officials for his removal.

Thursday, Bishop Nikolai said he is leaving, so the Alaska church may heal, and move forward.

"I'm going to be leaving Alaska and taking some time to visit family and friends whom I've neglected for the last seven years since I've been in Alaska," Nikolai said.

When he first arrived in Alaska, he was welcomed by local church members.

But a growing divide within the church forced some to ask for the bishop's removal earlier this year.

"When I came here the diocese was divided and that was because of the bishop prior to me," Nikolai said. "And to divide or to continue to allow that division to be here, I just don't think it's the right thing to do, and sometimes you need to go where you can be appreciated for your talents and your efforts."

Since his arrival, the bishop says he has increased by half the number of clergy in Alaska.

"We put St. Innocent of Irkusk here because of the historical value of the museum," Nikolai said.   

At the Downtown Anchorage Museum he helped build, the bishop says, despite his departure he still cares about the Alaska church.

"And that I will still pray for them and ask for their prayers for me too in these difficult times," Nikolai said.

He said he will take a leave of absence from the church - and travel the west coast to visit family and friends before deciding where he will go next.

Nikolai said he does not know who will replace him.

He said the head of the Western Diocese, Bishop Benjamin will come to Anchorage either Thursday or Friday to assess the situation.

Perhaps a sign of the divide within the church here: Bishop Nikolai said he wasn't told the travel itinerary of Bishop Benjamin - even though the two leaders will be in Anchorage at the same time, before Nikolai leaves the state, perhaps for good.

Contact Sean Doogan at sdoogan@ktuu.com


I hope this brings about healing to the Alaskan Orthodox.
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #193 on: April 13, 2011, 09:31:55 PM »
Action has been taken. Bishop Nikolai has been retired, and the others who were involved were removed

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #194 on: April 15, 2011, 03:30:24 PM »
Action has been taken. Bishop Nikolai has been retired, and the others who were involved were removed
Is another bishop going to be elected for Alaska soon?

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #195 on: April 15, 2011, 10:49:31 PM »
Probably. I believe the Synod might also use a released bishop

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« Reply #196 on: April 18, 2011, 12:16:48 PM »
Probably. I believe the Synod might also use a released bishop
Sorry, I don't understand what you mean by a "released" bishop: do you mean a retied bishop who will come in temporarily until a new bishop is elected?

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #197 on: April 18, 2011, 12:29:22 PM »
A Hieromonk was released from a Serbian (I think) monastery in California several years ago and the monastery announced he was being released to the OCA to become their next Bishop of Alaska.  He had to enroll in studies at St. Vladimir Seminary where he is now matriculating.  The speculation is that he is a friend of Metropolitan Jonah's and will be imposed on Alaska.  Critics are disturbed that the due process for episcopal selection under the OCA's statute will be impeded by the plans of the OCA's Central Administration.  I've never seen anything negative about this bishop in waiting.
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #199 on: April 20, 2011, 10:12:00 PM »
Probably. I believe the Synod might also use a released bishop
Sorry, I don't understand what you mean by a "released" bishop: do you mean a retied bishop who will come in temporarily until a new bishop is elected?
Released is one who has been transferred from another jurisdiction, like ACROD. Bishop Mark of Baltimore was released from the Antiochian Archdiocese in the US.

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #200 on: April 21, 2011, 08:30:53 AM »
Probably. I believe the Synod might also use a released bishop
Sorry, I don't understand what you mean by a "released" bishop: do you mean a retied bishop who will come in temporarily until a new bishop is elected?
Released is one who has been transferred from another jurisdiction, like ACROD. Bishop Mark of Baltimore was released from the Antiochian Archdiocese in the US.

For example, both Bishop Michael of NY/NJ and Bishop-elect Matthias of Chicago - OCA - were priests in good standing within ACROD. While a priest, Bishop Michael obtained a canonical release from his Bishop to assume the position of Dean of St. Tikhon's and Bishop-elect Matthias' name was presented for consideration as Bishop of Chicago only upon his obtaining a canonical release from his Bishop. Many years ago, the late Bishop Peter (Shymansky) was released by the Metropolia to become a Bishop for ACROD.  I suppose that the same would hold true for the 'transfer' of a Bishop in good standing from one jurisdiction to another, but I would think that is quite rare, if unprecedented.

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #201 on: May 05, 2014, 01:48:42 AM »
Fr. Isidore (Brittain) was arrested on Holy Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Albany, Oregon for child porn found on his computer. He was associated with the sordid mess in Alaska that resulted in the forced retirement of Bishop Nikolai.

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/04/albany_priest_arrested_accused.html

http://koin.com/2014/04/18/oregon-priest-arrested-child-porn/
Fr. Stephen Soot of the OCA, Pastor of St. Anne's in Corvallis, said that Fr. Isidore was a recovering alcoholic.
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Father Stephen Soot said he [Stanley Brittain] was removed from the clergy about a week ago and was not an employee of the church.

Lord have mercy. Please pray for my mom as this criminal case could discourage any inquiry into Orthodoxy.  I have attended Fr. Stephen Soot's parish in Corvallis. I am devastated. The people in that parish don't deserve this.  Lord have mercy. :-[  :'(
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #202 on: May 05, 2014, 01:53:04 AM »
Where's the connection to Bishop Nikolai?   ???

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #203 on: May 05, 2014, 01:54:10 AM »
Where's the connection to Bishop Nikolai?   ???

Fr. Isidore was under Bishop Nikolai, who was trying to help Archimandrite Isidore overcome his alcoholic addiction way back then. The blog of Mark Stokoe detailed some serious psychological problems that Fr. Isidore had.
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #204 on: May 05, 2014, 01:56:37 AM »
Where's the connection to Bishop Nikolai?   ???

Fr. Isidore was under Bishop Nikolai, who was trying to help Archimandrite Isidore overcome his alcoholic addiction.

How do you know?

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #205 on: May 05, 2014, 01:58:31 AM »
Where's the connection to Bishop Nikolai?   ???

Fr. Isidore was under Bishop Nikolai, who was trying to help Archimandrite Isidore overcome his alcoholic addiction.

How do you know?

We knew Bishop Nikolai as he used to come to our parish. Bishop Nikolai was not the monster; Fr. Isidore was very dysfunctional and caused the downfall of many. One bad apple.

I am dropping out of this conversation.
Please pray for the people in Corvallis and in Albany.
This is very stressful.

Why wasn't Fr. Isidore sent to St. Luke's? Perhaps he was.
Why was he allowed to continue with all these problems?
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #206 on: May 05, 2014, 02:07:45 AM »
Where's the connection to Bishop Nikolai?   ???

Fr. Isidore was under Bishop Nikolai, who was trying to help Archimandrite Isidore overcome his alcoholic addiction.

How do you know?

We knew Bishop Nikolai as he used to come to our parish.

In Alaska?  Now I'm confused....

Bishop Nikolai was not the monster;

Didn't he have problems with alcoholism as well?

Fr. Isidore was very dysfunctional and caused the downfall of many. One bad apple.

More damage from the Kondratick era - who vetted Fr. Isidore for the priesthood?

I am dropping out of this conversation.
Please pray for the people in Corvallis and in Albany.
This is very stressful.

Why wasn't Fr. Isidore sent to St. Luke's? Perhaps he was.
Why was he allowed to continue with all these problems?

Lord have mercy.

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #207 on: May 06, 2014, 11:27:03 AM »
Hopefully Bishop David will find some decent people for his staff, and maybe there will be a better source for monastics and clergy on Alaska. Hopefully Bishop David will have the discrenment to choose people who will fit the task.

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« Reply #208 on: May 06, 2014, 11:49:57 AM »
Bishop Nikolai hads problems well before (Fr? has he been defrocked?) Isidore was ever even ordained. And Bishop Nicholai's many problems and errors in judgement as Bishop of Alaska have been well documented. I was very surprised that ROCOR accepted him when the Serbian Church would not.

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #209 on: May 06, 2014, 01:08:02 PM »
Bishop Nikolai hads problems well before (Fr? has he been defrocked?) Isidore was ever even ordained. And Bishop Nicholai's many problems and errors in judgement as Bishop of Alaska have been well documented. I was very surprised that ROCOR accepted him when the Serbian Church would not.
Has the ROCOR accepted him?  As a retired bishop to live in one of their monasteries & stay out of trouble?

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #210 on: May 06, 2014, 01:59:19 PM »
Bishop Nikolai hads problems well before (Fr? has he been defrocked?) Isidore was ever even ordained. And Bishop Nicholai's many problems and errors in judgement as Bishop of Alaska have been well documented. I was very surprised that ROCOR accepted him when the Serbian Church would not.
Has the ROCOR accepted him?  As a retired bishop to live in one of their monasteries & stay out of trouble?

Yes....but can't find any similar announcement from ROCOR.  His orthodoxwiki.org entry says the same, but references the same link.

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-releases-bishop-nikolai

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #211 on: May 06, 2014, 11:29:16 PM »
Bishop Nikolai hads problems well before (Fr? has he been defrocked?) Isidore was ever even ordained. And Bishop Nicholai's many problems and errors in judgement as Bishop of Alaska have been well documented. I was very surprised that ROCOR accepted him when the Serbian Church would not.

I am aghast that ROCOR accepted Bishop Nicholai. I do not understand this action. The move reflects poorly on ROCOR.
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #212 on: June 27, 2014, 11:21:12 AM »
Bishop Nikolai was truly a monster.  Use your head and put two and two together.  He took Fr. Isidore under his wing when Fr. Isidore was a fresh teenage boy and groomed him to be his sex toy.  It's quite obvious.  Fr. Isidore lived with him as a virtual slave/servant and was obviously gay. Everybody in Alaska knew something weird was going on and finally when they had enough they threw him out of the state thank God.  Bishop Nikolai ruined Fr. Isidore's young life and obviously has no remorse; he has too much to lose pretending to be a holy man.  Fr. Isidore's breakdown in Kodiak was the final straw and seemed to him to be his only escape; his only way out that hell.  Alas, once he returned to his home in Oregon too much damage had been done. It's sad that all the clergy in Alaska just stood by and watched that train wreck happen and didn't lift a finger to help poor Fr. Isidore.  Some even had the nerve to blame Fr. Isidore alone for the evil ways of Bishop Nikolai.  Bishop Nikolai is a disgusting excuse for a human being.



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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #213 on: June 27, 2014, 12:32:35 PM »
ethelrod,

you hit the nail on the head. I have no idea why Rocor would take in such a person.

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #214 on: June 27, 2014, 01:06:16 PM »
ethelrod,

you hit the nail on the head. I have no idea why Rocor would take in such a person.

I agree too. I hope it is not the case also. They should not be a receptacle for clergy that have possible disciplinary issues, major drama, or other types of issues.

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #215 on: June 27, 2014, 01:19:07 PM »
I'm not going to review the last 5 pages to see if I'm repeating myself, but 8 years ago when Bp. TIKHON retired, HIS first choice to succeed him in the OCA DOW was +NIKOLAI and not +BENJAMIN (he was the auxiliary at the time).  I heard that many clergy were threatening to transfer out of the diocese if +NIKOLAI were elected by the Synod.  My impression was that +NIKOLAI was a grumpy mean man that would rule with an iron fist, but I didn't know him that well.

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #216 on: June 27, 2014, 01:20:10 PM »
ethelrod,

you hit the nail on the head. I have no idea why Rocor would take in such a person.

I agree too. I hope it is not the case also. They should not be a receptacle for clergy that have possible disciplinary issues, major drama, or other types of issues.

Tit for tat for +LAZAR Puhalo?  Just speculating...

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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #217 on: June 27, 2014, 07:54:19 PM »
He took Fr. Isidore under his wing when Fr. Isidore was a fresh teenage boy and groomed him to be his sex toy.  It's quite obvious.
I consider myself pretty well versed in the recent scandal in the Alaskan diocese and of the charges against both Bishop Nikolai and Fr. Isidore Brittain, yet I've never heard of any allegation that the two were involved in some kind of sexual relationship with each other. I think, then, that you're going to have to substantiate this possibly spurious charge against the two.
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #218 on: June 30, 2014, 07:10:16 PM »
I'm not going to review the last 5 pages to see if I'm repeating myself, but 8 years ago when Bp. TIKHON retired, HIS first choice to succeed him in the OCA DOW was +NIKOLAI and not +BENJAMIN (he was the auxiliary at the time).  I heard that many clergy were threatening to transfer out of the diocese if +NIKOLAI were elected by the Synod.  My impression was that +NIKOLAI was a grumpy mean man that would rule with an iron fist, but I didn't know him that well.

Archbishop Job was pretty upset he was made a bishop at all - he was still worked out about it well after the fact.


Bishop Nikolai hads problems well before (Fr? has he been defrocked?) Isidore was ever even ordained. And Bishop Nicholai's many problems and errors in judgement as Bishop of Alaska have been well documented. I was very surprised that ROCOR accepted him when the Serbian Church would not.
Has the ROCOR accepted him?  As a retired bishop to live in one of their monasteries & stay out of trouble?

Yes....but can't find any similar announcement from ROCOR.  His orthodoxwiki.org entry says the same, but references the same link.

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-releases-bishop-nikolai

It's not proof, but Bishop Nikolai was at the services in San Francisco this past weekend celebrating St. John of San Francisco's glorification and the consecration of Bishop Nicholas (Olhovsky), concelebrating most of the time it looked like.
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #219 on: June 30, 2014, 08:47:26 PM »
He took Fr. Isidore under his wing when Fr. Isidore was a fresh teenage boy and groomed him to be his sex toy.  It's quite obvious.
I consider myself pretty well versed in the recent scandal in the Alaskan diocese and of the charges against both Bishop Nikolai and Fr. Isidore Brittain, yet I've never heard of any allegation that the two were involved in some kind of sexual relationship with each other. I think, then, that you're going to have to substantiate this possibly spurious charge against the two.

Have you read the scenario Paul Sidebottom had described in connection with the behavior of Fr. Isidore? It was originally published on OCANews.org. A sexual relationship is assumed between Bishop Nikolai and Fr. Isidore given the narrative attributed to Fr. Isidore about "Vladika" in the story as told by Mr. Sidebottom, a credible source in my opinion.
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #220 on: July 01, 2014, 02:23:28 AM »
He took Fr. Isidore under his wing when Fr. Isidore was a fresh teenage boy and groomed him to be his sex toy.  It's quite obvious.
I consider myself pretty well versed in the recent scandal in the Alaskan diocese and of the charges against both Bishop Nikolai and Fr. Isidore Brittain, yet I've never heard of any allegation that the two were involved in some kind of sexual relationship with each other. I think, then, that you're going to have to substantiate this possibly spurious charge against the two.

Have you read the scenario Paul Sidebottom had described in connection with the behavior of Fr. Isidore? It was originally published on OCANews.org. A sexual relationship is assumed between Bishop Nikolai and Fr. Isidore given the narrative attributed to Fr. Isidore about "Vladika" in the story as told by Mr. Sidebottom, a credible source in my opinion.
Would you care to share with us what you see as the pertinent points of that article? Thanks.
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #221 on: July 01, 2014, 03:04:11 AM »
He took Fr. Isidore under his wing when Fr. Isidore was a fresh teenage boy and groomed him to be his sex toy.  It's quite obvious.
I consider myself pretty well versed in the recent scandal in the Alaskan diocese and of the charges against both Bishop Nikolai and Fr. Isidore Brittain, yet I've never heard of any allegation that the two were involved in some kind of sexual relationship with each other. I think, then, that you're going to have to substantiate this possibly spurious charge against the two.

Have you read the scenario Paul Sidebottom had described in connection with the behavior of Fr. Isidore? It was originally published on OCANews.org. A sexual relationship is assumed between Bishop Nikolai and Fr. Isidore given the narrative attributed to Fr. Isidore about "Vladika" in the story as told by Mr. Sidebottom, a credible source in my opinion.
Would you care to share with us what you see as the pertinent points of that article? Thanks.

I wouldn't know how to secure it now. I read it back when Bishop Nikolai was having his problems in Alaska on OCANews I think, which has been shut down for years now, 7 years ago probably. It was well circulated then, but I don't know where to find it now.
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #222 on: July 01, 2014, 11:00:41 AM »
He took Fr. Isidore under his wing when Fr. Isidore was a fresh teenage boy and groomed him to be his sex toy.  It's quite obvious.
I consider myself pretty well versed in the recent scandal in the Alaskan diocese and of the charges against both Bishop Nikolai and Fr. Isidore Brittain, yet I've never heard of any allegation that the two were involved in some kind of sexual relationship with each other. I think, then, that you're going to have to substantiate this possibly spurious charge against the two.

Have you read the scenario Paul Sidebottom had described in connection with the behavior of Fr. Isidore? It was originally published on OCANews.org. A sexual relationship is assumed between Bishop Nikolai and Fr. Isidore given the narrative attributed to Fr. Isidore about "Vladika" in the story as told by Mr. Sidebottom, a credible source in my opinion.
Would you care to share with us what you see as the pertinent points of that article? Thanks.

I wouldn't know how to secure it now. I read it back when Bishop Nikolai was having his problems in Alaska on OCANews I think, which has been shut down for years now, 7 years ago probably. It was well circulated then, but I don't know where to find it now.
I just read a couple of the things Mark Stokoe read on the OCANews site and never saw anything alleging a sexual relationship between Bishop Nikolai and Fr. Isidore. There was a domestic relationship between the two because they lived in the same house (kinda like the domestic relationship I have with my three male housemates), and Fr. Isidore alleged that Bishop Nikolai beat him frequently, but that's about the worst of what I read on OCANews.
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Re: Bishop Nikolai and the "Russian" Orthodox church of Alaska?
« Reply #223 on: July 01, 2014, 03:04:10 PM »
I will not peruse arguing the point I made above, which I garnered from OCANews. I thought the Sidebottom story clearly implied the senario, except for it not having been explicitly stated.
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