Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

The OCA Representative to the MP Recalled and Forbidden from Serving

Interior of the OCA Representation in Moscow


Archimandrite Zacchaeus Wood, rector of St Catherine Church in Moscow (representation parish of the OCA), was sent on leave, and recalled to the USA. The First Hierarch of the OCA forbade Fr Zacchaeus “from exercising any liturgical or sacramental ministry”, according to the official OCA website. Fr Ivan Kechkin will provide pastoral care for St Catherine parish. Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, the head of the OCA DECR (sic), will take over as OCA representative in Moscow. The post didn’t state the reasons for the decision. For his part, a cleric attached to St Catherine parish told our Interfax-Religion correspondent that Fr Zacchaeus is currently under examination in a Moscow clinic. “Earlier, he had his gall bladder removed, and his condition worsened”, our source said. He found it difficult to tell us the reason for Fr Zacchaeus’ recall, suggesting, “It may be associated with the internal upheavals in the Orthodox Church in America”.

2 August 2011



Editor’s Note:

The waters are getting murkier, kids. Things are so confused at present that I believe that NO ONE knows the full truth… NOT EVEN HIS HOLINESS. Yet, this is the first indication from the Centre that it acknowledges that there’s internal disunity in the OCA. No doubt, the “source” didn’t talk without clearing it with Balashov, at the least (and, more probably, with Charlie, too). The only DEFINITE information that anyone has is that Dickie wasn’t on his scheduled flight from Moscow… that’s all.

We’ll all have to wait and see…



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