Here is a letter sent out by the OCA:
Dear Faithful Clergy of the Diocese of the South:
All the blessings of the fast!
Please carefully read the attached letter from His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon. I also encourage you to send this out to your parish mailing list if you so desire. Following this past week’s Holy Synod meeting, Fr Gerasim has been appointed Administrator of the Diocese of the South, and Metropolitan Tikhon is now the locum tenens. As Administrator, Fr Gerasim has been given full responsibility for the life of the diocese, save for those things specifically reserved for a bishop. Practically speaking, this means that your dean continues to be the point of first contact when pastoral need arises, but that Fr Gerasim will be integrally involved in all the decisions that affect the life of our diocese.
From today forward in liturgical services you should no longer commemorate Archbishop Nikon, but only the Metropolitan as “His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of the South”. Be assured, too, that Fr Gerasim is in complete agreement with this decision, and as soon as he is back in Dallas, he will send out a letter explaining things from his perspective. This decision in no way nullifies our Special Assembly, and the Holy Synod hasn’t rejected Fr Gerasim, nor has any other candidate been put forth for our Diocese. I, therefore, ask everyone to temper his disappointment that there wasn’t an election and recognise that this is the next step in a process that will lead to the election of a new bishop for the Diocese of the South. I counsel patience, and I also beg for restraint, especially as regards to any clergy who might be tempted to “vent” on social media or in the “blogosphere”. As one wise member of our diocese has stated, “this is a process, not an event”.
Please let me know if I can serve you in any way. In the meantime, I pray that you all have a profitable remainder of these Great and Holy Days.
I remain faithfully yours in Christ Jesus,
It looks as though the SOBs are divided… divided to the point of inaction. I smell Dahulich, Peterson, and the SVS gang (with Tikhon Fitz cheering from the sidelines). Remember Parma… do you recall how Dahulich tried to hijack the proceedings? At Parma, a majority of levelheaded parish leaders overrode Dahulich’s naked power grab. Dahulich has a devoted and zealous coterie of young priests… whom he uses as stormtroopers. In the SOBs, the bishops don’t have their archpriestly allies immediately present. Ergo, Dahulich and Peterson obviously tried an end-run to put Eliel in as bishop. They failed. However, Mollard’s a weak reed, a coward in all respects. This was a situation that cried for leadership… Mollard gave none. Yet, it wasn’t the worst outcome. Nikon Liolin is ill… ergo, if Mollard takes over as locum, it means that the sede vacante period might be longer than most expect (it’ll depend on who wins the power tussle in the SOBs). It’s clear that Eliel isn’t favoured in the ROCOR or at the Centre. Let’s be frank… the OCA is a dependency of the MP in all but name. That’s why Dahulich is so dangerous… he’s an EP man, with ties to the Phanar. Also, if Nikon is ill enough not to be able to act as locum, is his health bad enough to keep him from active duty or shall it take a worse turn, presenting the OCA will another empty seat?
We don’t have much to go on… however, it’s clear that something untoward occurred and Mollard is too scared to deal with it. Yes, that’s bad… but Dahulich would’ve been worse… reflect on that. Mollard WAS the Sobor’s choice… FOR GOOD REASON. Keep that in mind.