According to a reputable source, Solzhentitsyn‘s son said that the OCA H/S should’ve defrocked Perich for what he did on QVC. He was on a show with Joan Rivers selling icons, and she waved an icon in the air and said, “So, Fr John these are like good luck charms!” To say the least, Herman Swaiko was angry, but MONEY talks. Let’s see, Herman wanted Peterson the Drunk out as bishop in the West… he wanted Perich out for profaning church items for filthy lucre… it seems like the problem was Bobby, not Herman (and the Centre knew it). The Centre’s “take” was clear… the Brum Doctrine (in essence, the OCA metropolitan is a tinpot dictator… a natural position for a former papist to take) was heresy and contrary to Orthodox doctrine and practise. They wanted Herman to stay in place, whilst being restrained by the rest of the H/S (which is the Orthodox way, after all).
The Centre’s new attitude to the OCA is interesting… its complete uninterest! It seems to be “let them rot”. The Centre has put its eggs into the ROCOR basket, although it seems to have (understandably) written off the Artiomovs and the Potapovs. They take the long view in Moscow… and the longer it “ferments”, the worse off it’ll be for the Potapovs and Paffhausens (and their claque)…
Another source chimed in… they said that Stepan Solzhenitsyn indeed said the above, but that he was quoting his father. Stepan Aleksandrovich saw Perich at an affair, so he told someone what his father said about him. Perich was oblivious… he was enjoying people recognising him from QVC. In short, he was stuck up. Interesting, no?