Conviction aside, I have had several problems with Archbishop Seraphim's behavior from the beginning:
1) When charged, he chose not to resign from his diocese and allow another bishop to minister to the people there. He knew he would be unable to serve them for years, yet he held onto his throne. I see in that a profound level of selfishness.
2) When he went on leave of absence, he wrote a transparently false letter explaining why he was going on leave. What made it all the more ludicrous was that he had to know that the charges would be made public. But, rather than leveling with his flock, he treated them like ignorant fools.
Call me old fashioned or even heartless, but I think we who serve are called to be selfless and honest in our ministry. It would not be fair for me to hold onto my parish assignment if I could not serve for years, even if I believe I am innocent. The Canadian community has suffered for lack of real pastoral leadership due to his refusal to resign. But, when I read his letter, I knew that, win or lose, he has no business being a clergyman of any degree.