My Esteemed Fellow OC.net Associates,
Cross-posting is merited, if fact, as of earlier Friday evening, the post from the Orthodox Church in America's web site is most informative. For a change, Orthodox Christians for Accountability News' web site was repetitive, the detail having been explicitly and appropriately published on OCA.org.
Nikolai was asked to take leave while an investigation is conducted on behalf of the Holy Synod; Nikolai, of course, took issue with the request based on his interpretation of canonical grounds; he further claimed to be sending copies of his response to the Synod to the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Patriarch of Moscow; Metropolitan Herman, on behalf of the Synod, suspended him; and ordered him to vacate the territory of the Alaskan Diocese; although unstated, Met. Herman became the temporary overseer of the diocese, on behalf of the Synod, and named Fr. Eugene Vansuch as the temporary administrator to act on behalf of Met. Herman in all diocesan administrative matters.
Not-with-standing all the failures of this Synod over the past several years, they truly acted appropriately and with all due diligence in this matter, since the blessed clergy and some of the laity, publically came forward with long overdue complaints.
May God continue to bless the OCA's Synod and guide them in their apparent diligent efforts to fulfill their responsibilities and rectify the episcopal leadership problems in the first diocese of North America.