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7 years ago  ::  Nov 01, 2010 - 7:42AM #1
Prajna
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Read this "article" and give me your thoughts:


+Philip Silences His Bishops - Orthodox Christians for Accountability




October 25, 2010

 


 


• 18 Directives Will Insure “One Voice”


•  Bishops are to formally identify themselves  “as Auxiliary Bishops”
•  Independent diocesan  policies, websites, presbyter’s
councils and fundraising prohibited
•  Bishops forbidden independent communication
with other bishops, clergy, organizations
•  Bishops may not “disparage or make negative
personal remarks” about these changes
•  Metropolitan asserts his “prerogative” to transfer
Bishop Mark to Pacific Northwest
•  +Mark  Refuses, Requests Transfer to OCA


At the meeting of  the Local  Synod of the Antiochian Archdiocese, held Saturday morning,  October  23rd in Jacksonville FL, Metropolitan Philip  fundamentally  re-defined  the “self-rule” of the third largest Orthodox jurisdiction  in North  America  with a 3-page, 18 point document listing “certain  amendments  and directives”  he based on the  August 19th decision of  the Synod of  Antioch.


(Read that earlier decision here.)


Legal Affairs gives Carte Blanche to +Philip


The document, entitled “Implementation  of the Synodal  Resolution of August 19, 2010” was preceded by a one  page letter from  the Archdiocesan Department of Legal Affairs stating: “It  is the  opinion of the Department of Legal Affairs that the policy  changes and  directives contained in the attached letter are reasonable  and necessary  in order to maintain consistency in the administration of  the  Archdiocese and to remain true to the Synodal Resolution.” While stating that the changes put forth are  “reasonably comprehensive”, the Department warned that  “... there may be additional policy changes and directives that are needed which have not yet become apparent.” The opinion  was signed by Deacon Emile Sayegh.


The  “Implementation” Program


The Metropolitan’s letter leaves no  doubt that all  authority,powe and responsibility in the Archdiocese now  rests with the  Metropolitan-Archbishop, that is  +Philip, alone.  It  reads:


“Implementation of the Synodal Resolution of August 19, 2010


On August 19, 2010 the Holy Synod of  Antioch, under  the Chairmanship of His Beatitude, Patriarch IGNATIUS  IV, (Hazim),  issued, unanimously, its Resolution (“Resolution”)  concerning the status  of Bishops in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian  Archdiocese of North  America. Based upon the Resolution the Antiochian  Orthodox Christian  Archdiocese of North America, hereby sets forth  certain amendments and  directives to its policies in order to properly  implement the terms of  the Resolution so that both consistency and  confidence in the  administration of the Archdiocese may continue.


The Antiochian Orthodox CHhistian  Archdiocese of  North America is an Archdiocese of the Patriarchate of  Antioch that  exists in its own right and does not depend upon the  existence of its  component dioceses. However, it is also recognized  that the Metropolitan  Archbishop with the assistance of his Auxiliary  Bishops throughout  North America, together composed one unifed entity  who all expected to  minister, in unity, with one voice and one  objective. Based upon these  values, the following policy changes and  directives, serve only to  protect the unity and integrity of the  Archdiocese.  In order to achieve  this goal it is incumbent upon all  that the policy changes and  directives set forth herein must be adhered  to with diligence and  respect.


1. A copy of the Synodal Resolution,  dated August  19, 2010, issued by the Holy Synod of Antioch will be  sent to all  chanceries to the attention of the Auxiliary Bishop  assigned thereto:


2. News of the Synod Resolution,  issued by the Holy  Synod of Antioch with a copy of said Resolution  shall be posted on the  official web site of the Archdiocese.


3. The Synodal Resolution issued by  the Holy Synod  of Antioch on August 19th, 2010, shall be sent to all  members of the  Board of Trustees, clergy and parishes throughout North  America.


4. All Auxiliary Bishops of the  Archdiocese are  expected to express, either verbally or in writing,  their unequivocal  obedience to the terms of the Resolution in order  that the hierarchs, as  brothers in Christ, may express their unity to  the faithful. No one  shall express any disparaging remark or negative  personal opinions with  regard to the terms of the Resolution. It is has  always  been the policy  of the Archdiocese, that in order to encourage  and foster confidence in  the administration, all hierarchs and clergy  should conduct themselves  in a manner which expresses unity and  brotherly love.


5. The role and responsibilities of  an Auxiliary  Bishop are such that each Bishop acts on behalf of the  Metropolitan  Archbishop and he does not act in “his” own right. We must  always be  mindful that one of the primary values in the administration  of the  Archdiocese is to exemplify unity and brotherly love. In fact,  this  values set the example for the faithful of our God-Protected   Archdiocese. There can only be one set of policies, addressing both   internal and external affairs, of the Archdiocese, otherwise the risk of   confusion and fragmentation becomes real.  As such, no Auxiliary  Bishop  may formulate any policy of his own, and, in the spirit of  unison, the  policies of the Archdiocese are the policies of the  Auxiliary Bishops.


6. An Auxiliary Bishop does not  administer his  dioceses as an independent entity, but rather, he  administers his  dioceses as part and parcel of the Archdiocese as a  whole. The  Archdiocese shall continue to be responsible for funding the  approved  budgets of each Auxiliary Bishop and chancery and to  accommodate the  reasonable needs of each chancery, subject to budget  approval.


7.  In order to establish and  maintain “ one voice”  within the Archdiocese, any and all formal  communications by an  Auxiliary Bishop to another (non-Antiochian)  Archdiocese. Diocese,  Church or Organization must be communicated  through the Archdiocese.


8. In accordance with the Synodal Resolution, unanimously approved on August 19, 2010, all are reminded that


“ The Metropolitan possesses the  right and  authority to transfer a bishop from one diocese to another,  as he deems  necessary, for the benefit of the Archdiocese and after  deliberating  with the Archdiocesan Synod.”


9. And an all fund raising  activities and/or  solicitations must be conducted through the  Archdiocese and no Auxiliary  Bishop is permitted to conduct any form of  fund raising activities and  or solicit donations through his chancery,  unless he is authorized, in  writing, by the Metropolitan. Furthermore,  there shall be no direct  disbursement of funds by an Auxiliary Bishop  to any other (Antiochian or  non-Antiochian) Archdiocese, Diocese,  Church, or Organization without  the express written approval of the  Metropolitan.


10. In order to preserve  consistency, all internet  websites of any diocese and/or chancery must  be designed and its  contents must be in conformity with the policies  and directives of the  Archdiocese. The contents of said web sites must  be fashioned so as to  protect the integrity of the Archdiocese, and  shall not in any way  create confusion with regard to the administration  prerogatives (sic) of  the Archdiocese.


11. While it is the prerogative of  the Metropolitan   to insist upon the rubrics as contained in the  Typikon with regard to  commemoration of Bishops, and as such, there  would be no commemoration  of Auxiliary Bishops at any services, the  Metropolitan shall permit the  commemoration of Auxiliary Bishops,  provided the following directive is  adhered to: Commemoration of  Auxiliary Bishops shall be permitted only  after commemorating the  Metropolitan Archbishop, using the following  format: “Our father and  Metropolitan ------, Our Bishop --------”. This  privilege shall always  be subject to amendment.


12,  All Auxiliary Bishops shall  inform their  respective dioceses, parishes and missions of the new  policies and  directives of the Archdiocese and he shall present them in  a manner  which promotes the integrity of the Archdiocese and its  administration  and in a positive tone and attitude.


13. All Auxiliary Bishops shall  always identify  themselves, either on their respective letterhead, or  in any other  manner, as “Auxiliary Bishop” and in no other manner.


14. It has and continues to be the  policy of this  Archdiocese that all members of the clergy are members  of one family  under one Archdiocese.


15. An Auxiliary Bishop does not  have the  prerogative to communicate and/or interfere with members of  the clergy  who minister under another Auxiliary Bishop. Any such  communication  should be made with the Auxiliary Bishop of that diocese.


16. It is required that the  committee appointed by  the Metropolitan Archbishop to review the  Hierarchical Manual be  re-commission to review, modify and amend all  provisions of the  Hierarchical Manual so as to be consistent with the  Resolution of the  Holy Synod of August 19, 2010, and with the policy  changes and  directives  herein stated.


17. All “Presbyters Council” as they  may exist,  should be immediately dissolved as being inconsistent with  the  administrative prerogatives of the Archdiocese.


18. By no means are these policy  changes and  directives set forth herein to be deemed an exhaustive  list. The  Archdiocese reserves its right to issue further policy  changes and  directives it deems appropriate.”


Bishop Mark To Leave For OCA


The new directives have immediate effects:


• The Metropolitan, as expected,  announced that Bishop  Mark is to be transferred out of the Midwest  Diocese where he has served  the last five years since being installed  as the Bishop of Toledo.  The  “deliberation with the Synod” that  according to the August 19th  Resolution is to precede any episcopal  transfer, consisted not in a vote  but in the Metropolitan asking each  of his auxiliaries their opinion.   Only +Basil and +Alexander objected  to the move. Bishop Mark, however,  refused  the transfer and requested,  instead, to be released to the  Orthodox Church in America. The  Metropolitan agreed. (According to  sources close to Syosset,  Metropolitan Jonah has invited Bishop Mark to  attend the next meeting  of the OCA’s Synod scheduled for mid-November in  Syosset, New York, as  his guest.  It is expected the details of the  transfer will be settled  then.) Bishop Mark is expected to continue his  schedule of parish  visits throughout the Antiochian Midwest diocese  until the end of the  year.  With his calls for financial accountability  and transparency,  and his insistence that the American Antiochian  Bishops were installed  as diocesan, not merely auxiliary bishops,  +Mark’s departure removes a  very public thorn in the Metropolitan’s  side.


The new directives fall heavily on the  Diocese of  Wichita and Mid-America as well.  The diocesan Presbyter’s  Council,  known as the St. Rafael Clergy Brotherhood, is to be  disbanded.  (The  Clergy brotherhood, it may be remembered, was the  first  to ‘seek  clarification” to  the Metropolitan’s March 2009   directive that  initiated the last 18 months of turmoil in the  Archdiocese.)  It is not  clear how, or even if, the diocese’s sister-  relationship with the  Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran in Syria will be  allowed to continue, as it  may fall under the Metropolitan’s  prohibitions in Article #9 of the new  directives banning  fund-raising,  soliciting donations  or disbursing  funds directly by any diocese to  anybody else without the express  written approval of the Metropolitan.


Article #9 may also impact Bishop Basil  of Wichita’s   role as the secretary of the new Episcopal Assembly of  North America.   As an auxiliary bishop +Basil may still serve as the  secretary, but he  is now forbidden to solicit or raise funds for that  body, or to  have  contact with other Orthodox hierarchs apart from the  Metropolitan’s  permission. +Philip has been very critical of the new  Episcopal  Assembly.  (Read his speech at the Assembly here.)


Thirdly,  Article #10 means that not only +Basil’s own diocesan websites ( such as www.dowama.org)  but those in the Diocese of Los Angeles, for example,  must also be closed or down, or at least re-ordered so as not “ in any way to create confusion with regard to the administration prerogatives of the Archdiocese.”


Finally, the long-awaited Hierarchical  Manual, several  years in the making, has been thrown out.  A new Manual  is “required”  now, such as reflects the new policies regarding Bishops  in the  Archdiocese.  It is not clear what express duties the Auxiliary  Bishops  now have, except liturgical. Indeed, even liturgically, the  Bishops are  now to be commemorated only at the Metropolitan’s  discretion.  As  Article #11 makes clear: “While it is the  prerogative of the  Metropolitan  to insist upon the rubrics as  contained in the Typikon  with regard to commemoration of Bishops, and  as such, there would be no  commemoration of Auxiliary Bishops at any  services, the Metropolitan  shall permit the commemoration of Auxiliary  Bishops, provided the  following directive is adhered to: Commemoration  of Auxiliary Bishops  shall be permitted only after commemorating the  Metropolitan Archbishop,  using the following format: “Our father and  Metropolitan ------, Our  Bishop --------”. This privilege shall always  be subject to amendment.”


In the end the new directives are simply  the working  out in specific instances of the general principle  outlined in  the  implementation’s final Article #18. It reads: “By  no means are these  policy changes and directives set forth herein to be  deemed an  exhaustive list. The Archdiocese reserves its right to issue  further  policy changes and directives it deems appropriate.” In  short,  concepts such as “self-rule”, structures such “dioceses”,    “constitutions”, or people such as “Boards of Trustees”,  or “diocesan   bishops” sitting on a  “Local Synod”, no longer constitute the   Archdiocese for purposes of administration or policies.  In the   re-defined Self-Ruled Antiochian Archdiocese there is now only  one   voice - Metropolitan Philip'. Whatever he orders, now or in the future,   as “... there may be additional policy changes and directives that are needed which have not yet become apparent", are not only to be acccepted and obeyed, but presented to the world with " a positive tone and attitude."


Such is the new policy.


-Mark Stokoe

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 01, 2010 - 10:34AM #2
Kerygma
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Yes. Pope Philip has ruined whatever legacy he may have had. I listened to the interview conducted with him by John Maddox of Ancient Faith Radio. In it he talked about his "millions" and said that it was "his" money and that it was no one else's business. He intended (when he died) to give it to the Church but until then it was his from gifts and so forth. He will allow no audits and sadly, Bp Mark was one who demanded audits of his own diocese (in which he found theft) and of the archdiocese which enraged Philip. Thus Bp Mark is gone to the OCA having been turfed out of his diocese and threatened with a transfer elsewhere. And... he is a good man. It's all a very sad indictment upon some of our hierarchs.

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 02, 2010 - 1:28PM #3
Prajna
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It's very authoritative.  But apparently it comes from the Synod back "home." 

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 02, 2010 - 1:32PM #4
Kerygma
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Having listened to the interview which you can check out on AFR, I pretty much lost all respect for the man. Sad really since there was a time I had hopes that he might be the one to usher in unity amongst the Orthodox in America and bring America home to the Orthodox Church. Instead, he has succeeded in driving many away from the Church it would appear.

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 02, 2010 - 3:41PM #5
Prajna
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Now, I don't know if I want to listen to the podcast, LOL.

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 07, 2010 - 10:24AM #6
Kerygma
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Praj... have you read how Philip has now removed a priest (with a family)... essentially throwing him out into the street because he wore his cassock in public? Here's a snippet:


 


On the day the Archdiocesan website officially published the Metropolitan Philip's October 22nd "Implementation" Order (read those 18 directives here or here), the Metropolitan dismissed Fr. David Moretti of Terre Haute IN from his parish, and the Archdiocese, ostensibly for disobedience, that is, wearing a traditional cassock rather than a clergy suit while in public. The letter announcing the Metropolitan's decision was short and direct:



"To the Priest David Moretti:
It is with sadness of heart that I write to you today. Because of your disobedience in following the directives I have set forth for liturgical dress and practice as well as public comments you have made disparaging me personally, I am releasing you from your duties as pastor of St. George Church and as a priest of the Antiochian Archdiocese effective December 1, 2010. Please plan to be out of the parish by that date.
In Christ,
+Metropolitan PHILIP"


 


You can read the entire sorry tale here: http://ocanews.org/news/PhilipDumpsPriestinCassock11.3.10.html

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 07, 2010 - 3:20PM #7
Prajna
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OMG....what is my Metropolitan doing?

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 07, 2010 - 9:37PM #8
Kerygma
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Behaving like a prelate who evidently believes in infallibility.

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 07, 2010 - 9:39PM #9
Prajna
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I will pray for the Priest and his family.  

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 09, 2010 - 11:26AM #10
Xapisma
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Nov 7, 2010 -- 9:37PM, Kerygma wrote:


Behaving like a prelate who evidently believes in infallibility.




More like a two year old throwing all the toys out of his pram.


If, as it seems from the accounts, he is being pressured by the home synod, he is not in an enviable position. Still, as a shepherd, he should be looking out for his sheep, including his own priests. Throwing the priest to the wolves is not very pastoral.


But what do *I* know?

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