Note that the iconostas at the OCA Representation is a modern and crank Renovationist affair… God willing, KMG will put it right…
Be forewarned… this is TREACLY. Interfax isn’t to blame, it’s only reporting what it was sent. It seems that the OCA Representation in Moscow was a cultish little conventicle… much like the HOOMies at home. It’s good that Dickie’s gone… now, KMG can clear out this bizarre pustule… after he does that, he should go after the Blunder’s little nest of golubiye in Bolshaya Ordynka.
Parishioners at St Catherine-in-the-Fields in Moscow, (the Representational Parish of the OCA) expressed their dismay at the removal of Archimandrite Zacchaeus Wood, its rector. “For many years, we’ve known Fr Zacchaeus through personal interaction, so, we can say, with full confidence, that he’s a superb rector and pastor. He heard our confessions with patient love, he baptised our children, he buried our loved ones… he was an adornment to this parish”, according to a copy of a letter that his parishioners sent to Metropolitan Jonas Paffhausen of all America and Canada (sic) that Interfax-Religion received on Wednesday. It went on to say, “Services at the parish are served without haste, accompanied by a beautiful choir, and love, support, and understanding reigns amongst the parishioners, and many of the families attending here have become friends. The parish has become a dynamic and cohesive Orthodox community, which receives each new parishioner and guest with love. All the time, Fr Zacchaeus taught us”, the letter said.
The letter claimed that, within a short time, Fr Zacchaeus earned “much prestige amongst the MP’s archpastors and pastors and amongst those of other Local Churches, government officials, and ordinary believers”. The letter claimed that the church building now urgently needs urgent repair and restoration, and that Fr Zacchaeus, “because of his reputation and personal qualities , started it off right, and he’d almost completed negotiations with government authorities on the allocation of the financial assistance necessary to complete the restoration work. The decision to remove our rector jeopardises our receipt of state subsidies amounting to 10 million roubles (360,000 USD. 250,000 Euros. 219,000 UK Pounds), which we need to restore the crumbling façade of our church building”. Parishioners said that the decision to recall their rector was “extremely ill-considered and hasty, it could have a very upsetting effect on the future life of the parish”. They called on Metropolitan Jonas to understand this and change his mind concerning their rector.
As reported previously, Metropolitan Jonas Paffhausen placed Archimandrite Zacchaeus on leave, and recalled him to the USA. Paffhausen forbade Archimandrite Zacchaeus from conducting services or any other priestly office. According to the official website of the Orthodox Church in America, there was no stated reason for the sanctions imposed.
3 August 2011
This letter does lead one to believe that NO ONE knows what’s going on. However, there’s one possibility that had slipped my mind. That is, KMG wanted Dickie out. Dickie was trying to run a Renovationist parish at the Centre, and His Nibs would have none of it. That does seem possible… hell, it has the ring of probability. However… there’s no information, and as the Centre appears as clueless as the rest of us, could my thought be a “too plausible” explanation? That is, ”It sounds right, therefore, it must be right”. That one has tripped up all of us, at least once (to the great glee and amusement of our opponents). There’s no evidence… there’s no further official word on oca.org… and my unofficial sources have no clue as to Dickie’s whereabouts. Your guess is as good as mine is… this is why you can’t accept JP’s fulminations about homosexuality at face value. If he refuses to tell you the truth here (which is self-evident even to the Brother Junipers amongst us)… what does that say about the other document?
A correspondent sent me this:
Wood called the OCA today and claimed he was in hospital.
That’s all that we have… we don’t know where, nor does anyone know what he’s supposedly hospalitalised for. Paffhausen refuses to talk at all to give his side of the story… he refuses to speak on why he took his action. If this had happened in the ’60s, trust me, JP would’ve been toast… and in short order (neither Leonty Turkevich or Anatassy Gribanovsky would’ve tolerated such secrecy and hubris). Ponder this… the Episkie konvertsy are hyperclericalists who support JP in his contumacious silence. They believe that the Church needs to be “purified”… with them as the “purifiers” and “inquisitors”, natch. Dostoyevsky‘s Grand Inquisitor lives… in a convert parish near you. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you…