One of the Cabinet sent this:
If so, this raises far more questions than it answers. Did Mollard do this at Hilarion Kapral‘s behest? If so, did Hilarion do such at the Centre’s request? What was Potapov’s role in all of this (JP was stealing the limelight at his parish, after all)? What does this do to the supposed plans for JP’s “monastery” in Maryland? Why were people leaving St Nick’s? If they were following JP, the latest move is asinine. However, it makes some sense if said flight was due to John Perich’s machinations. Did the Centre insist on this, independently of the ROCOR? Is this “exile” to be permanent, or, is it only temporary? Was this due to the OCA Holy Synod overruling Mollard? Did Mollard get “marching orders” in re JP during his recent junket to the Centre? Did Yustinian Ovchinnikov play a role, or, was he just a bystander? That’s not all… it’s only what I could come up with on a moment’s notice. It’s a gigantic shit sandwich… and no one wants to take a bite, but I think that all concerned will have more than their fill of it in the end.
Mollard’s proved himself to be dumber than I thought he was. He threw JP into the “briar patch” (remember B’rer Rabbit?), into one of the looney bin konvertsy parishes that always supported Fatso. Mollard has to send JP out of the District (but not to California nor to the South, where Tikhon Fitzgerald would succor him and his supporters… JP was Fitzgerald’s protégé), and do so QUICKLY. He has to detach JP from his claque, and do so IMMEDIATELY. To put JP in a situation where he’s combined with his pal Ray Velencia (who still has influence with his nutter parishioners, despite his all-too-real suspension and earned disgrace) is devoid of any good-sense or street-smarts.
Mollard’s running worse than “true to form”… he’s acting as though JP’s in charge, not him. Is Mollard going to turn out to be a cowardly slug? We’ll have to see… it’s not over yet by a long shot. After all, the Centre is in charge ultimately… it’s why JP got le sabot in the first place. However, I don’t think that Mollard’s going to be out any time soon (the Centre doesn’t want to lose face). Keep this in mind, though… it’ll be due to the Great Game between the MP and the EP… it’s deadly serious, as we saw in the recent events in Estonia. For the moment, it suits the Centre for the OCA to be nominally “autocephalous”. When that’s no longer so, the OCA will be no more… and that’s that.