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« on: November 16, 2012, 06:58:50 PM »

The OCA website has published a letter sent by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow to Metropolitan Tikhon of the OCA.

OCA - Headline News - Metropolitan Tikhon receives greetings from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, Bulgarian Diocese

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I hope that through the efforts of Your Beatitude the American Church will restore full-fledged relations with other Local Orthodox Churches, restore peace and harmony within herself and make comfortable the further life of your predecessor at the Metropolitan See of Washington.

Not only is this letter to Met. Tikhon a slap in the face telling the OCA to get their own house in order, but also Patriarch Kirill asks the OCA to "make comfortable" the life of Metropolitan Jonah. With his sister seriously ill and his aging parents, Metropolitan Jonah should be shown compassion. Met. Jonah is neither a thief nor rapist.

Wow. The third Rome has spoken. Praise the Lord.
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2012, 07:04:33 PM »

Wow!  A little direct guidance from the mother, or sister supposedly, church.
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2012, 07:19:27 PM »

yup... I agree.  It is most interesting.

we do have to give Syosset some credit.  They did post the letter on their website. 
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2012, 07:27:26 PM »

The OCA website has published a letter sent by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow to Metropolitan Tikhon of the OCA.

OCA - Headline News - Metropolitan Tikhon receives greetings from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, Bulgarian Diocese

The most relevant portion reads:

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I hope that through the efforts of Your Beatitude the American Church will restore full-fledged relations with other Local Orthodox Churches, restore peace and harmony within herself and make comfortable the further life of your predecessor at the Metropolitan See of Washington.

Not only is this letter to Met. Tikhon a slap in the face telling the OCA to get their own house in order, but also Patriarch Kirill asks the OCA to "make comfortable" the life of Metropolitan Jonah. With his sister seriously ill and his aging parents, Metropolitan Jonah should be shown compassion. Met. Jonah is neither a thief nor rapist.

Wow. The third Rome has spoken. Praise the Lord.
I suppose only you would see this letter as a slap in the face. And what's with this propaganda, knowing how critical you have been of how the OCA Synod has treated Metropolitan Jonah? No one has called +Jonah either a thief or a rapist. And can you not at least speak respectfully of the Moscow Patriarchate? It seems to me that the only one offering anyone a slap in the face is you.
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2012, 07:37:21 PM »

The OCA website has published a letter sent by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow to Metropolitan Tikhon of the OCA.

OCA - Headline News - Metropolitan Tikhon receives greetings from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, Bulgarian Diocese

The most relevant portion reads:

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I hope that through the efforts of Your Beatitude the American Church will restore full-fledged relations with other Local Orthodox Churches, restore peace and harmony within herself and make comfortable the further life of your predecessor at the Metropolitan See of Washington.

Not only is this letter to Met. Tikhon a slap in the face telling the OCA to get their own house in order, but also Patriarch Kirill asks the OCA to "make comfortable" the life of Metropolitan Jonah. With his sister seriously ill and his aging parents, Metropolitan Jonah should be shown compassion. Met. Jonah is neither a thief nor rapist.

Wow. The third Rome has spoken. Praise the Lord.

Huh I'm not seeing the slap in the face, just a few kind words of advice.
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2012, 07:40:14 PM »

yup... I agree.  It is most interesting.

we do have to give Syosset some credit.  They did post the letter on their website. 


They kind of had to.  It was posted on the website of the Patriarch of Russia.  I am pleased that Patriarch Kirill has publicly set expectations.
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2012, 07:58:13 PM »

yup... I agree.  It is most interesting.

we do have to give Syosset some credit.  They did post the letter on their website. 


They kind of had to.  It was posted on the website of the Patriarch of Russia.  I am pleased that Patriarch Kirill has publicly set expectations.

I am very grateful that the Third Rome has spoken. Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2012, 09:03:19 PM »

The OCA website has published a letter sent by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow to Metropolitan Tikhon of the OCA.

OCA - Headline News - Metropolitan Tikhon receives greetings from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, Bulgarian Diocese

The most relevant portion reads:

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I hope that through the efforts of Your Beatitude the American Church will restore full-fledged relations with other Local Orthodox Churches, restore peace and harmony within herself and make comfortable the further life of your predecessor at the Metropolitan See of Washington.

Not only is this letter to Met. Tikhon a slap in the face telling the OCA to get their own house in order, but also Patriarch Kirill asks the OCA to "make comfortable" the life of Metropolitan Jonah. With his sister seriously ill and his aging parents, Metropolitan Jonah should be shown compassion. Met. Jonah is neither a thief nor rapist.

Wow. The third Rome has spoken. Praise the Lord.

I don't think it is a slap on the face. Oh, and no one has ever accused Metropolitan Jonah of being a thief or a rapist.
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2012, 10:04:42 PM »

Fortunately, there do not appear to be any slaps in the letter, except maybe a high-five, congratulating him on the new position and giving encouraging advice.

Sure, I would like to see relations grow even more cooperative with other Orthodox churches, restore harmony in the church, and would like to see +Met.Jonah shown respect. I generally have a favorable view of him, and it sounds like the difficulties were mainly "work" ones.

Regards.
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2012, 11:06:59 PM »

I can't imagine the Moscow Patriarchate ensuring the comfort in retirement of a hierarch it had retired for disciplinary issues - maybe I'm just projecting a Soviet mentality where it doesn't exist :-).
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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2012, 11:34:14 PM »

Wow. The third Rome has spoken. Praise the Lord.

I am very grateful that the Third Rome has spoken.

 Huh Ok... 
 
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« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2012, 12:13:07 AM »

Wow. The third Rome has spoken. Praise the Lord.

I am very grateful that the Third Rome has spoken.

 Huh Ok... 
 

She is not even in communion with us, who cares.
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« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2012, 12:56:50 AM »

Wow. The third Rome has spoken. Praise the Lord.

I am very grateful that the Third Rome has spoken.

 Huh Ok... 
 

She is not even in communion with us, who cares.

Hey, one of my dear friends is still in the OCA, and he is trying to get me back in.
He is like a big brother to me, so watch your back man.
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« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2012, 02:18:59 AM »

Axios Patriarch Kirill.

God be praised.

Maybe this can end well now for all concerned. I know my heart feels lighter seeing that Metropolitan Jonah and his welfare are not passed over in silence by His Holiness who is one of the few who has some influence to encourage a godly and fraternal tying off of these present troubles. May his voice be heard by those with ears to hear. May his brother primates similarly express their congratulations and beneficent hopes to our new Metropolitan and to our Holy Synod.

This simple letter is the best news I've seen since July.
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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2012, 02:31:35 AM »

Wow. The third Rome has spoken. Praise the Lord.

I am very grateful that the Third Rome has spoken.

 Huh Ok... 
 

She is not even in communion with us, who cares.

And some people don't understand the joys of kicking a dead horse.
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« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2012, 02:32:06 AM »

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No one has called +Jonah either a thief or a rapist. And can you not at least speak respectfully of the Moscow Patriarchate?

I think the point she is trying to get at is not that anyone has accused him of being a thief or rapist but that in her view clergy accused/associated with such onerous crimes have been treated with greater kindness and leniency than Metropolitan Jonah whose greatest failing synodally speaking is that he does not always play well with others.
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« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2012, 02:33:19 AM »

The Third Rome vs. The Third Moscow.

This is pretty awesome, but not as much as a pay per view Putin vs. Netanyahu fight to death.
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« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2012, 03:10:49 AM »

Axios Patriarch Kirill.

God be praised.

Maybe this can end well now for all concerned. I know my heart feels lighter seeing that Metropolitan Jonah and his welfare are not passed over in silence by His Holiness who is one of the few who has some influence to encourage a godly and fraternal tying off of these present troubles. May his voice be heard by those with ears to hear. May his brother primates similarly express their congratulations and beneficent hopes to our new Metropolitan and to our Holy Synod.

This simple letter is the best news I've seen since July.

Amen.
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« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2012, 03:12:22 AM »

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No one has called +Jonah either a thief or a rapist. And can you not at least speak respectfully of the Moscow Patriarchate?

I think the point she is trying to get at is not that anyone has accused him of being a thief or rapist but that in her view clergy accused/associated with such onerous crimes have been treated with greater kindness and leniency than Metropolitan Jonah whose greatest failing synodally speaking is that he does not always play well with others.

Agreed. Thanks for expressing my views so eloquently.
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« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2012, 11:04:51 AM »

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No one has called +Jonah either a thief or a rapist. And can you not at least speak respectfully of the Moscow Patriarchate?

I think the point she is trying to get at is not that anyone has accused him of being a thief or rapist but that in her view clergy accused/associated with such onerous crimes have been treated with greater kindness and leniency than Metropolitan Jonah whose greatest failing synodally speaking is that he does not always play well with others.

Or the fact that he failed to disclose important information to the Synod about sexual abuse that was occurring, putting the whole OCA at risk of scandal and a lawsuit.
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« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2012, 11:20:32 AM »

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No one has called +Jonah either a thief or a rapist. And can you not at least speak respectfully of the Moscow Patriarchate?

I think the point she is trying to get at is not that anyone has accused him of being a thief or rapist but that in her view clergy accused/associated with such onerous crimes have been treated with greater kindness and leniency than Metropolitan Jonah whose greatest failing synodally speaking is that he does not always play well with others.

Or the fact that he failed to disclose important information to the Synod about sexual abuse that was occurring, putting the whole OCA at risk of scandal and a lawsuit.

Pfft, details.
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« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2012, 11:57:02 AM »

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No one has called +Jonah either a thief or a rapist. And can you not at least speak respectfully of the Moscow Patriarchate?

I think the point she is trying to get at is not that anyone has accused him of being a thief or rapist but that in her view clergy accused/associated with such onerous crimes have been treated with greater kindness and leniency than Metropolitan Jonah whose greatest failing synodally speaking is that he does not always play well with others.

Or the fact that he failed to disclose important information to the Synod about sexual abuse that was occurring, putting the whole OCA at risk of scandal and a lawsuit.

Pfft, details.

I think that sheenj has put his finger on it; I suspect that there were larger issues that were important to Moscow--issues that transcended whatever internal issues the OCA had. I think that +Jonah was important to them and I admire that they are showing the world that Moscow stands by her supporters.  
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« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2012, 12:12:57 PM »

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No one has called +Jonah either a thief or a rapist. And can you not at least speak respectfully of the Moscow Patriarchate?

I think the point she is trying to get at is not that anyone has accused him of being a thief or rapist but that in her view clergy accused/associated with such onerous crimes have been treated with greater kindness and leniency than Metropolitan Jonah whose greatest failing synodally speaking is that he does not always play well with others.

Or the fact that he failed to disclose important information to the Synod about sexual abuse that was occurring, putting the whole OCA at risk of scandal and a lawsuit.

Pfft, details.

I think that sheenj has put his finger on it; I suspect that there were larger issues that were important to Moscow--issues that transcended whatever internal issues the OCA had. I think that +Jonah was important to them and I admire that they are showing the world that Moscow stands by her supporters.  

I think sheen's brief comment was meant as sarcasm.

Of course Metropolitan Jonah was important, as he was to everyone. His wellbeing and his family's should be respected and attended to. But that of course, doesn't mean that Moscow wants him back or that Moscow doesn't respect Metropolitan Tikhon or the Holy Synod.
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« Reply #23 on: November 17, 2012, 12:40:59 PM »

Yeah, it was sarcasm.  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2012, 01:22:29 PM »

I think most of the commentators have missed the point of the letter.

This letter confirms that Metropolitan Jonah was properly removed from his throne.  This ends any argument regarding his restoration.

Moscow is not sanctioning any type of 'lawyering up,' but rather urging a settlement that does not involve a willful humiliation of a former First Hierarch.  Were that to happen, the Orthodox world would go into panic mode (let's think, how many First Hierarchs are facing mounting criticism?).  One only need look at the Bulgarian situation to understand how hesitant Synods are in removing even the most profoundly incapacitated senior bishops.

Moscow is also not, by this letter, telling the OCA to give him millions of dollars.  The typical fate of a retired bishop is a nice apartment in a monastery.  No travel expenses, family & friends plan, etc.  Metropolitan Jonah never stopped being a monk, and a monk dies to the world.  His natural place would be at St. Tikhon's Monastery, the senior monastery of the OCA, along side his predecessor, Metropolitan Herman.
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« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2012, 01:25:48 PM »

I think most of the commentators have missed the point of the letter.

This letter confirms that Metropolitan Jonah was properly removed from his throne.  This ends any argument regarding his restoration.

Moscow is not sanctioning any type of 'lawyering up,' but rather urging a settlement that does not involve a willful humiliation of a former First Hierarch.  Were that to happen, the Orthodox world would go into panic mode (let's think, how many First Hierarchs are facing mounting criticism?).  One only need look at the Bulgarian situation to understand how hesitant Synods are in removing even the most profoundly incapacitated senior bishops.

Moscow is also not, by this letter, telling the OCA to give him millions of dollars.  The typical fate of a retired bishop is a nice apartment in a monastery.  No travel expenses, family & friends plan, etc.  Metropolitan Jonah never stopped being a monk, and a monk dies to the world.  His natural place would be at St. Tikhon's Monastery, the senior monastery of the OCA, along side his predecessor, Metropolitan Herman.


Ugh, Metropolitan Herman doesn't even deserve that. Is he really at St. Tikhon's Monastery? Well, remind me never to visit there. As long as he is there, I'll make sure to never visit there or donate anything to there.

Why not allow Metropolitan Jonah to return to the monastery he himself founded?
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« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2012, 01:33:24 PM »

I'm not exactly sure whether Met. Herman is on the grounds or merely nearby, but he is essentially in the area at least.

The monastery in Manton is not the senior monastery, which is why I did not mention it.  The monastery itself has had a schism, and so it is struggling right now.  Were the metropolitan to settle there, my thinking is that the most critical of sorts would consider it some kind of punishment or exile, which Moscow's letter infers would be contrary to tradition.  However, if the metropolitan were to choose to go their voluntarily, I would see no problem with that.  However, he does not seem to be making such desires known through those closest to him.


I think most of the commentators have missed the point of the letter.

This letter confirms that Metropolitan Jonah was properly removed from his throne.  This ends any argument regarding his restoration.

Moscow is not sanctioning any type of 'lawyering up,' but rather urging a settlement that does not involve a willful humiliation of a former First Hierarch.  Were that to happen, the Orthodox world would go into panic mode (let's think, how many First Hierarchs are facing mounting criticism?).  One only need look at the Bulgarian situation to understand how hesitant Synods are in removing even the most profoundly incapacitated senior bishops.

Moscow is also not, by this letter, telling the OCA to give him millions of dollars.  The typical fate of a retired bishop is a nice apartment in a monastery.  No travel expenses, family & friends plan, etc.  Metropolitan Jonah never stopped being a monk, and a monk dies to the world.  His natural place would be at St. Tikhon's Monastery, the senior monastery of the OCA, along side his predecessor, Metropolitan Herman.


Ugh, Metropolitan Herman doesn't even deserve that. Is he really at St. Tikhon's Monastery? Well, remind me never to visit there. As long as he is there, I'll make sure to never visit there or donate anything to there.

Why not allow Metropolitan Jonah to return to the monastery he himself founded?
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I'm not exactly sure whether Met. Herman is on the grounds or merely nearby, but he is essentially in the area at least.

The monastery in Manton is not the senior monastery, which is why I did not mention it.  The monastery itself has had a schism, and so it is struggling right now.  Were the metropolitan to settle there, my thinking is that the most critical of sorts would consider it some kind of punishment or exile, which Moscow's letter infers would be contrary to tradition.  However, if the metropolitan were to choose to go their voluntarily, I would see no problem with that.  However, he does not seem to be making such desires known through those closest to him.


I think most of the commentators have missed the point of the letter.

This letter confirms that Metropolitan Jonah was properly removed from his throne.  This ends any argument regarding his restoration.

Moscow is not sanctioning any type of 'lawyering up,' but rather urging a settlement that does not involve a willful humiliation of a former First Hierarch.  Were that to happen, the Orthodox world would go into panic mode (let's think, how many First Hierarchs are facing mounting criticism?).  One only need look at the Bulgarian situation to understand how hesitant Synods are in removing even the most profoundly incapacitated senior bishops.

Moscow is also not, by this letter, telling the OCA to give him millions of dollars.  The typical fate of a retired bishop is a nice apartment in a monastery.  No travel expenses, family & friends plan, etc.  Metropolitan Jonah never stopped being a monk, and a monk dies to the world.  His natural place would be at St. Tikhon's Monastery, the senior monastery of the OCA, along side his predecessor, Metropolitan Herman.


Ugh, Metropolitan Herman doesn't even deserve that. Is he really at St. Tikhon's Monastery? Well, remind me never to visit there. As long as he is there, I'll make sure to never visit there or donate anything to there.

Why not allow Metropolitan Jonah to return to the monastery he himself founded?

If Metropolitan Herman is indeed at the monastery, then I definitely will not be donating anything to them.

He isn't involved with St. Tikhon's Seminary is he? God forbid.
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« Reply #28 on: November 17, 2012, 01:48:37 PM »

No, he's not involved with the seminary.

I also don't think it is very Christian to 'punish' the monastery just because Metropolitan Herman was consigned there after his humiliating removal as Primate.  He has kept quiet, not hired any lawyers, and not disrupted anyone's life.  He has not agitated or caused anyone in the OCA to even acknowledge his existence.  Why punish the monks for that?  Do they even have a choice?  I think not.

The monks at St. Tikhon's are not there to serve Met. Herman, but to live out their lives in repentance, depending on what little the OCA community provides to them.

Have a little charity...


I'm not exactly sure whether Met. Herman is on the grounds or merely nearby, but he is essentially in the area at least.

The monastery in Manton is not the senior monastery, which is why I did not mention it.  The monastery itself has had a schism, and so it is struggling right now.  Were the metropolitan to settle there, my thinking is that the most critical of sorts would consider it some kind of punishment or exile, which Moscow's letter infers would be contrary to tradition.  However, if the metropolitan were to choose to go their voluntarily, I would see no problem with that.  However, he does not seem to be making such desires known through those closest to him.


I think most of the commentators have missed the point of the letter.

This letter confirms that Metropolitan Jonah was properly removed from his throne.  This ends any argument regarding his restoration.

Moscow is not sanctioning any type of 'lawyering up,' but rather urging a settlement that does not involve a willful humiliation of a former First Hierarch.  Were that to happen, the Orthodox world would go into panic mode (let's think, how many First Hierarchs are facing mounting criticism?).  One only need look at the Bulgarian situation to understand how hesitant Synods are in removing even the most profoundly incapacitated senior bishops.

Moscow is also not, by this letter, telling the OCA to give him millions of dollars.  The typical fate of a retired bishop is a nice apartment in a monastery.  No travel expenses, family & friends plan, etc.  Metropolitan Jonah never stopped being a monk, and a monk dies to the world.  His natural place would be at St. Tikhon's Monastery, the senior monastery of the OCA, along side his predecessor, Metropolitan Herman.


Ugh, Metropolitan Herman doesn't even deserve that. Is he really at St. Tikhon's Monastery? Well, remind me never to visit there. As long as he is there, I'll make sure to never visit there or donate anything to there.

Why not allow Metropolitan Jonah to return to the monastery he himself founded?

If Metropolitan Herman is indeed at the monastery, then I definitely will not be donating anything to them.

He isn't involved with St. Tikhon's Seminary is he? God forbid.
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« Reply #29 on: November 17, 2012, 02:18:15 PM »

Yeah, it was sarcasm.  Grin
And funny too, although I am not sure myself how much truth there is to the accusations. But nonetheless, my impression from Fr. Hopko and other bishops who I trust is that he had trouble working with others. I have a sense that Bishop Job would have felt the same way, but obviously how does one know that :/
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« Reply #30 on: November 17, 2012, 03:07:35 PM »

No, he's not involved with the seminary.

I also don't think it is very Christian to 'punish' the monastery just because Metropolitan Herman was consigned there after his humiliating removal as Primate.  He has kept quiet, not hired any lawyers, and not disrupted anyone's life.  He has not agitated or caused anyone in the OCA to even acknowledge his existence.  Why punish the monks for that?  Do they even have a choice?  I think not.

The monks at St. Tikhon's are not there to serve Met. Herman, but to live out their lives in repentance, depending on what little the OCA community provides to them.

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I'm not exactly sure whether Met. Herman is on the grounds or merely nearby, but he is essentially in the area at least.

The monastery in Manton is not the senior monastery, which is why I did not mention it.  The monastery itself has had a schism, and so it is struggling right now.  Were the metropolitan to settle there, my thinking is that the most critical of sorts would consider it some kind of punishment or exile, which Moscow's letter infers would be contrary to tradition.  However, if the metropolitan were to choose to go their voluntarily, I would see no problem with that.  However, he does not seem to be making such desires known through those closest to him.


I think most of the commentators have missed the point of the letter.

This letter confirms that Metropolitan Jonah was properly removed from his throne.  This ends any argument regarding his restoration.

Moscow is not sanctioning any type of 'lawyering up,' but rather urging a settlement that does not involve a willful humiliation of a former First Hierarch.  Were that to happen, the Orthodox world would go into panic mode (let's think, how many First Hierarchs are facing mounting criticism?).  One only need look at the Bulgarian situation to understand how hesitant Synods are in removing even the most profoundly incapacitated senior bishops.

Moscow is also not, by this letter, telling the OCA to give him millions of dollars.  The typical fate of a retired bishop is a nice apartment in a monastery.  No travel expenses, family & friends plan, etc.  Metropolitan Jonah never stopped being a monk, and a monk dies to the world.  His natural place would be at St. Tikhon's Monastery, the senior monastery of the OCA, along side his predecessor, Metropolitan Herman.


Ugh, Metropolitan Herman doesn't even deserve that. Is he really at St. Tikhon's Monastery? Well, remind me never to visit there. As long as he is there, I'll make sure to never visit there or donate anything to there.

Why not allow Metropolitan Jonah to return to the monastery he himself founded?

If Metropolitan Herman is indeed at the monastery, then I definitely will not be donating anything to them.

He isn't involved with St. Tikhon's Seminary is he? God forbid.

Met. Herman deserves the darkest, coldest, leakiest cell they've got. Refusing to donate ensures he gets that. Or refusing to fund it may encourage him to leave the monastery.
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« Reply #31 on: November 17, 2012, 03:13:47 PM »

No, he's not involved with the seminary.

I also don't think it is very Christian to 'punish' the monastery just because Metropolitan Herman was consigned there after his humiliating removal as Primate.  He has kept quiet, not hired any lawyers, and not disrupted anyone's life.  He has not agitated or caused anyone in the OCA to even acknowledge his existence.  Why punish the monks for that?  Do they even have a choice?  I think not.

The monks at St. Tikhon's are not there to serve Met. Herman, but to live out their lives in repentance, depending on what little the OCA community provides to them.

Have a little charity...


I'm not exactly sure whether Met. Herman is on the grounds or merely nearby, but he is essentially in the area at least.

The monastery in Manton is not the senior monastery, which is why I did not mention it.  The monastery itself has had a schism, and so it is struggling right now.  Were the metropolitan to settle there, my thinking is that the most critical of sorts would consider it some kind of punishment or exile, which Moscow's letter infers would be contrary to tradition.  However, if the metropolitan were to choose to go their voluntarily, I would see no problem with that.  However, he does not seem to be making such desires known through those closest to him.


I think most of the commentators have missed the point of the letter.

This letter confirms that Metropolitan Jonah was properly removed from his throne.  This ends any argument regarding his restoration.

Moscow is not sanctioning any type of 'lawyering up,' but rather urging a settlement that does not involve a willful humiliation of a former First Hierarch.  Were that to happen, the Orthodox world would go into panic mode (let's think, how many First Hierarchs are facing mounting criticism?).  One only need look at the Bulgarian situation to understand how hesitant Synods are in removing even the most profoundly incapacitated senior bishops.

Moscow is also not, by this letter, telling the OCA to give him millions of dollars.  The typical fate of a retired bishop is a nice apartment in a monastery.  No travel expenses, family & friends plan, etc.  Metropolitan Jonah never stopped being a monk, and a monk dies to the world.  His natural place would be at St. Tikhon's Monastery, the senior monastery of the OCA, along side his predecessor, Metropolitan Herman.


Ugh, Metropolitan Herman doesn't even deserve that. Is he really at St. Tikhon's Monastery? Well, remind me never to visit there. As long as he is there, I'll make sure to never visit there or donate anything to there.

Why not allow Metropolitan Jonah to return to the monastery he himself founded?

If Metropolitan Herman is indeed at the monastery, then I definitely will not be donating anything to them.

He isn't involved with St. Tikhon's Seminary is he? God forbid.

Met. Herman deserves the darkest, coldest, leakiest cell they've got. Refusing to donate ensures he gets that. Or refusing to fund it may encourage him to leave the monastery.

Devin,

This is a safe space. There are no judgements.

Please feel free to tell us how you truly feel.
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« Reply #32 on: November 17, 2012, 03:18:57 PM »

Moscow is also not, by this letter, telling the OCA to give him millions of dollars.  The typical fate of a retired bishop is a nice apartment in a monastery.  No travel expenses, family & friends plan, etc.  Metropolitan Jonah never stopped being a monk, and a monk dies to the world.  His natural place would be at St. Tikhon's Monastery, the senior monastery of the OCA, along side his predecessor, Metropolitan Herman.

Metropolitan Herman does not live at St. Tikhon's, and is not allowed to even set foot there.

There are so many ill-considered comments in various places about what a "retired bishop" or "monk" like Metropolitan Jonah should get from the Church.  Metropolitan Jonah is not retired, and His Beatitude has every right to expect an arrangement that affords due consideration to himself and his dependent family members.
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« Reply #33 on: November 17, 2012, 03:28:17 PM »

Met. Herman deserves the darkest, coldest, leakiest cell they've got. Refusing to donate ensures he gets that. Or refusing to fund it may encourage him to leave the monastery.

LOL.  Metropolitan Herman does not live in a cell.  He is not even allowed to go to St. Tikhon's.  He lives in a house and attends church at Holy Resurrection in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
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« Reply #34 on: November 17, 2012, 03:37:42 PM »

Met. Herman deserves the darkest, coldest, leakiest cell they've got. Refusing to donate ensures he gets that. Or refusing to fund it may encourage him to leave the monastery.

LOL.  Metropolitan Herman does not live in a cell.  He is not even allowed to go to St. Tikhon's.  He lives in a house and attends church at Holy Resurrection in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Orual, I was speaking to statements by another member of this site who said he was a member of St Tikhons or at least was in the area. So I was speaking to if he was a member.

Thank God he isn't a monk at St Tikhons and isn't involved with the seminary either.
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« Reply #35 on: November 17, 2012, 03:40:22 PM »

Met. Herman deserves the darkest, coldest, leakiest cell they've got. Refusing to donate ensures he gets that. Or refusing to fund it may encourage him to leave the monastery.
How is your desire that a man suffer such punishment a Christian virtue?
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« Reply #36 on: November 17, 2012, 03:43:09 PM »

Met. Herman deserves the darkest, coldest, leakiest cell they've got. Refusing to donate ensures he gets that. Or refusing to fund it may encourage him to leave the monastery.
How is your desire that a man suffer such punishment a Christian virtue?

I never said it was one, and honestly, I don't care. I wouldn't even kiss the man's hand, even if I were forced to serve with him. If he ever showed up at a parish I was at, I'd walk right out the front door and stay away till he was gone.
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« Reply #37 on: November 17, 2012, 03:49:41 PM »

Met. Herman deserves the darkest, coldest, leakiest cell they've got. Refusing to donate ensures he gets that. Or refusing to fund it may encourage him to leave the monastery.
How is your desire that a man suffer such punishment a Christian virtue?

I never said it was one, and honestly, I don't care. I wouldn't even kiss the man's hand, even if I were forced to serve with him. If he ever showed up at a parish I was at, I'd walk right out the front door and stay away till he was gone.
Then how are you able to call yourself a Christian?
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« Reply #38 on: November 17, 2012, 03:58:16 PM »

What's wrong with Met. Herman?
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« Reply #39 on: November 17, 2012, 04:00:51 PM »

What's wrong with Met. Herman?

Are you kidding? Where were you in the last 10 years?
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« Reply #40 on: November 17, 2012, 04:02:04 PM »

Met. Herman deserves the darkest, coldest, leakiest cell they've got. Refusing to donate ensures he gets that. Or refusing to fund it may encourage him to leave the monastery.
How is your desire that a man suffer such punishment a Christian virtue?

I never said it was one, and honestly, I don't care. I wouldn't even kiss the man's hand, even if I were forced to serve with him. If he ever showed up at a parish I was at, I'd walk right out the front door and stay away till he was gone.
Then how are you able to call yourself a Christian?

What makes me not one? I'm more of one than he is.
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« Reply #41 on: November 17, 2012, 04:03:52 PM »

What's wrong with Met. Herman?

Are you kidding? Where were you in the last 10 years?

I'm not old enough to remember, so do you mind telling me what I missed?
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« Reply #42 on: November 17, 2012, 04:10:52 PM »

What's wrong with Met. Herman?

Are you kidding? Where were you in the last 10 years?

I'm not old enough to remember, so do you mind telling me what I missed?

Ah, I see you're an inquirer.

Well I'll say that you may want to wait to really read into all this because it really is not good and caused a lot of members of the OCA to either leave for other jurisdictions or even lose their faith entirely.

The short and ugly is on Wikipedia, again, I may wait for a while to read it if I were you, or just keep in mind that we are all humans and our leaders are just as fallible as we are:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_scandal_in_the_Orthodox_Church_in_America
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« Reply #43 on: November 17, 2012, 04:11:26 PM »

We need to chill out here.

The fact that Met. Herman has submitted to his fate, rather than run off to some schismatic group or do something else, shows he at least has some remorse and acceptance for everything he's responsible for. For all we know, he might weep all day, every day over it; there's no way of knowing.

God will be his judge, and I'm sure that reality is awful enough for him to imagine. Why the need to carry on with this tantrum and these hypothetical idle threats? which he has surely heard worse than, will never read, and wouldn't care about if he did? Feel better?
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« Reply #44 on: November 17, 2012, 04:12:19 PM »

What's wrong with Met. Herman?

Are you kidding? Where were you in the last 10 years?

I'm not old enough to remember, so do you mind telling me what I missed?

Ah, I see you're an inquirer.

Well I'll say that you may want to wait to really read into all this because it really is not good and caused a lot of members of the OCA to either leave for other jurisdictions or even lose their faith entirely.

Oh, being a Dutchman I'll probably never even see an OCA parish in my life. Besides, it can hardly be worse than the scandals the RCC is facing.
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