[The administrator of the "Exarchate" is not a bishop, and therefore it cannot be called an "Exarchate" properly because, while Fr. Golovanov may have the "powers and privileges" an exarch, he is most surely not one. He has "administrative" powers, so to speak.
If Fr. Golovanov is raised to the rank of Bishop, then you can gripe all you want and I'll shut my mouth, but until then, there's nothing amiss other than giving Russian Catholics some organization, that's all.]
A St. Petersburg layman, who identifies himself as a Russian Catholic
of the Byzantine Rite, in his lengthy open letter to Bishop Joseph
Vert (?sp?), "representative of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of
Russia for Catholics of the Eastern Rite", congratulates the bishop
on his appointment to that position on August 12th. He laments that
since the mass media did not publish the full text of the
Conference's decision of the appointment of Bishop Joseph Vert, it is
unclear exactly what duties were entrusted to him and states
that "..the faithful of the Russian Greek Catholic Church at present
are directly dependent on the Apostolic See and await a decision
regarding the Exarch's cathedra..." The letter is copied to the
Conference of Catholic Bishops of Russia, the Representation of the
Holy See in Russia, and the Congregation for the Eastern Churches. http://portal-credo.ru/site/?act=news&id=26335&cf=
Protopresbyter Sergiy Golovanov's August 25, 2004 letter (No. 1) is
an "Appeal of the Sobor of the Russian Catholic Church of the
Byzantine rite to Pope John Paul II and the prefect of the
Congregation of Eastern Churches" for a "...Pontifical blessing to
revive the Exarchate of the Russian Church of the Byzantine Rite."
Letter No. 2 on the same date is directed to Patriarch Ignatius,
Prefect of the Congregation of Eastern Churches, is a "NOTICE"
regarding the "Exarchate of the Russian Catholic Church of the
Byzantine rite for the Annuario Pontificio and other official