Metropolitan Phillip is ailing. His public schedule is quite restricted of late; recall that he didn't attend the ACOB meeting this year. I think he has ceased attending sessions of the Holy Synod at this point. No doubt he would not be able to fulfill Patriarchal responsibilities at this time. I wonder if he'll even be able to attend His Beatitude's funeral and the Synod meeting, not-with-standing his desire to participate. My guess, if these circumstances existed 5 years ago, he'd have lobbied hard for it, and I'd bet he'd have had a dynamic tenure if he'd been elected. Based on the way the demotion of the AOCANA's bishops to auxiliaries situation manifested itself, the Synod was close to evenly split over supporting him; I don't know if anything has changed much since in this regard.