I first encountered this monastery in an article in Eastern Catholic Life
about seven years ago and was impressed - they seemed to be both bearers of the Orthodox tradition
(in a rare example in the Ruthenian Church) and
engaging in a very Catholic active work as part of the conservative restoration among Catholics and witnessing to the larger world with their great-books academy.
I have no idea why this little community changed churches but here are a few observations.
I remember reading on the forum on which this news broke that the community is quite small - something like four monks. Seems petty to crow about the transfer of such a little group.
The school, it seems, has been officially nonsectarian for some time.
It seems based on the pictures that this monastery really loves the Orthodox tradition but decided it couldn't practise it to the fullest where it was and decided to connect with a church where it can.
A story that seems to repeat itself online with some regularity.
I'm not crowing mind - just an observation based on years of reading online fora and having made several friends by so doing.
It seems the monks are moving towards something more than they are running away from something else. So, whether they're right or wrong, it seems they deserve respect.
As for why they did it, again, this
is a fair question.
Especially when one considers this
Certainly if the Ruthenian Catholics take their fledgling experiments in Orthodox monasticism seriously, they should squarely face this latest challenge and perhaps realize their failings. Maybe if Catholics acted like this
were true, in practice as well as in theory, this
wouldn't have happened.
Of course the monks are still entirely Catholic according to this frame of reference
, even if that's not exactly how the Eastern Orthodox communion sees itself.