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Metropolitan Jonah's Resignation

posted Jul 11, 2012, 7:45 PM by Gabriela Vidal Fontes   [ updated Jul 11, 2012, 7:46 PM ]
I am sure many of you have heard that Metropolitan Jonah has resigned as our Metropolitan. 

You can find the main releases about this at 
1. http://oca.org/news/headline-news/metropolitan-jonah-tenders-resignation
2. http://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-appoints-archbishop-nathaniel-l


Our Archbishop Benjamin also released a letter to the faithful of our Diocese about the situation which can be found at http://www.dowoca.org/news_120711_1.html

Having participated in the meetings with the Holy Synod and Metropolitan Council, I would specifically point you to a couple points in His Eminence's letter:
1. "Our struggle takes on many forms. And, not every battleground or skirmish can be openly reported and disclosed at this time because to do so would be to re-injure the innocent and do greater harm."
2. "You will no doubt hear all sorts of opinions and speculation from persons who have no first hand knowledge of events and simply disseminate their personal suspicions and agendas recklessly and with abandon. I can tell you it is wholly inaccurate to characterize this matter as simply a clash of personalities or philosophies."

I also want to share with you that it is my understanding that great pastoral concern and care is being shown to Metropolitan Jonah during this time and that the Holy Synod is taking the financial situation of his family very seriously.

While I am sure that at some point many specifics of the situation will become public knowledge, it is important to everyone concerned that certain things take place first. I can tell you that there is no attempt to cover up anything thing. Rather, it is a matter of discretion and pastoral concern.

Please pray for Metropolitan Jonah during this difficult time as well as for our Holy Synod and the entire Orthodox Church in America. These past several years have been very challenging to say the least. However, God has not abandoned His Church. We learn, we repent, we grow and we commit (and recommit) to following our Lord. He will guide us through. "The Father is my hope. The Son is my refuge. The Holy Spirit is my protector. O Holy Trinity, Glory to Thee!" 

Written by Fr. Michael Anderson