[Latter on, the group of dissidents appointed Ab Laurus Skhurla as the first hiearch of their newly created ROCOR, with the full approval and endorsement of the Moscow Patriarchate, and Patriarch Alexis II of sorrowful memory, and continued their attacks against Metropolitan Vitaly and the ROCOR. It was thanks to the canadian police, that laurist representatives, in the company of private security guards, could not kidnap Metropolitan Vitaly.
I really have to say something about the tissue of lies and misrepresentation which Pravoslav09 of the Russian Zarist Church is presenting to the Forum.
Let me take just one example since it is the one for which I can supply documentation easily, about the kidnapping of Mertropolitan Vitaly by laurist [sic] representatives. It will show how he is twisting things.
(Btw, "laurist" is contrary to Forum Rules which require the proper form of address and titles for Orthodoxy clergy.)
There is an eye witness report from Fr Paul Iwaszewicz which describes this
sad episode and the assault on Vladyka Vitaly (a 91 year old man) by the
thugs hired by Bishop Michael Donskoff. Fr Paul describes the actions of
Bishop Michael's men as a "violent assault" and "outrageous and unjustifiable."
November 23, 2001
I was sent to Holy Transfiguration Skete, in
Mansonville, by the Synod of Bishops to speak on
their behalf to Metropolitan Vitaly. I was to
take care of him if he happened to agree to
travel to New York where he would meet with
Metropolitan Laurus in order to heal the schism
within our church. The Synod commanded only Fr.
Alexander Iwaszewicz (who ultimately had not
arrived by November 22nd) and myself to travel
for this purpose. By his own initiative, as he
was not instructed to, Bishop Michael met me at
the airport and drove me to the skete.
On the way to Mansonville we were joined by, what
turned out to be private police officers hired by
Bishop Michael's lawyers. Upon arrival at the skete, they
physically forced Metropolitan Vitaly into the limousine
against his will. What the hired police officers
did is outrageous and not justifiable. Soon,
Metropolitan Vitaly's lawyer was contacted and
then by the order of the judge, Vladyka Vitaly
was permitted to stay at the monastery.
While waiting to hear from the lawyers I sat with
Metropolitan Vitaly in the limousine for several
hours and he displayed no mistrust in me.
Unpredictably and quite sorrowfully, I witnessed
acts by Bishop Michael that were not sanctioned
by the Synod. This is why he is relieved from
the administration of the Canadian Diocese and sent to reside at
HolyTrinity Monastery in Jordanville until the matter would be
resolved by a spiritual court.
On a personal note, I would like those who are
making hostile phone calls not to lower
themselves to the level of those who violently
assaulted Metropolitan Vitaly, and to understand
that Vladyka Vitaly himself would not approve of
such behaviors on his behalf.
Asking for your holy prayers,
Reverend Paul Iwaszewicz
Bishop Michael was punished for his actions by being sent to the Jordanville Monastery by the Synod of Bishops.