Very sad indeed. I hope the court in UK will eventually reconsider the decision. His Grace Bishop Basil (Osbourne), whom I know personally and respect a lot, by all means should have the authority over the Cathedral.
A citation from a very long article here:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-battle-over-britains-orthodox-church-1606233.html
The court will find things more complex. The present parish was set up in 1934, and its 1944 trust deed was designed to allow for a change of jurisdiction. It was that which allowed the Parish Council to vote, in 1946, in a mood of post-war euphoria, to join the Moscow Patriarchate. What the court must decide is whether the switch back to Constantinople of just half the community allows the trustees to choose which way to go.
What heightens the sense of grievance of Bishop Basil's supporters is that it was they who bought the cathedral in 1978. "We raised all the money ourselves," says Ruth Nares. "Elderly White Russians sold their gold teeth to pay for it. The rest of the community worked tirelessly to find the money, and to fund a restoration programme – only now to find ourselves homeless and all because Moscow wants to extend its tentacles."
Emotions are high. Tamara Dragadzay likens what has happened to the way groups of foreign Muslims have tried to take over certain British mosques. There are parallels with the infiltration of Militant Tendency into the Labour Party in the 1980s. There is talk of cuckoos and nests.
"I just don't recognise that," says Adrian Dean, a more recent convert. "No one asked Bishop Basil and his supporters to go," says Moscow's lawyer, Paul Hauser. "They just decided to leave of their own volition. No one has slammed the door in anyone's face. They are always perfectly free to return." But no one in the new Vicariate believes that. They suspect that what goes on behind the iconostasis is something that Moscow would prefer to keep from public view.
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The aforementioned trust deed existed with the blessing of Hierarchy. At least, Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) of blessed memory, did not cancel or overwrite it.
I personally know Bishop Basil (Osbourne), an effective leader and a spiritual man, as well as some other persons in his lead team. They are nice people with good missionary goals.