The following clergy left because they refused to follow the canons and the Constitution of the Church as written by the Synod that Chartered this Church. The canons also state a bishop should know the canons.
When it was discovered that certain clergy would not obey the canons the Patriarch suggested if they could not obey the canons that they may wish to leave and was advised they would not leave. A few days later they sent a message (by email) that their had been a vote to leave this Canonically established Church. Dominic sent word on behalf of his auxiliary bishops. GeoMichael sent in his resignation by email. Metr. Leland also by email stated he was gone and would be using a name similar to ours. All left without letters because they refused to obey a local canon, the Sacred and Divine canons and the Church constitution. All other claims are just made to make their exit appear to be "orthodox". When it was stated the OCA has a similar local canon the reply was the OCA is not "orthodox". The Local canon, like that of the OCA requires a mandate by the Holy Synod for all ordinations. This canon was intentionally violated.
Our synod, in 1998, stated the Archbishop Presidents position was protected in more direct statements than the 1927 constitution, written by the Russian Synod (Moscow Patriarchate) who issued our Charter, which states that all acts of the synod must be approved by the Archbishop President. Our presiding bishop has full authority similar to that of Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese today.
Abp. Dominic violated the local canon by asking the abbot to ordain without the mandate, and none was ever requested or issued. He also violated the Sacred and Divine canons (c55 of the 85c) by insulting the Patriarch. The Rudder directs the punishment for this. We have not acted in this matter since their actions show they are not truely orthodox. He also attempted to undermine the authority of the Patriarch and makes statements in an attempt to discredit others.
We view their leaving as the will of God.
We wish to state that by leaving as they have in violation of the canons (Rudder) they have no authority to act in our name and that any ordinations they did in violation of the canons were neither valid or regular. Secret ordinations are not acceptable to us.
We feel that by their stated intent to use a name like ours, like a name already in use by a Georgia group, they are proving our claims that they are not orthodox, just acting like independent wanna-bees.
This is an Orthodox Church! We follow Holy Scripture, the Sacred and Divine canons and traditions of the Orthodox Church. We require any clergy who offer the Eastern Liturgy to do the Liturgy fully and completely without changes by the clergy.
Some former synod members have acted in an unorthodox manner as follows and are now upset by what we have published;
Dominic spoke to Patriarch Nikon on the matter of the mandates required of the synod for all ordinations. He was fully aware the mandate was required by local church canon.
No synod was called but Dominic held a "convocation" in Florida and asked George Michael (bishop-abbot) to ordain a man without the required mandate, and this was done. The Patriarch was unaware of this ordination taking place until after the fact.
The Patriarch stated since no mandate was issued that the ordination was not valid or regular according to the canons. The ordination was not recognized as for this Church.
It was suggested to these bishops that if they would not follow the canons they might want to leave, which they did after taking a vote on or about Dec 7th.
They have decided to use a name similar to ours in their newly established independent church. Nothing they do, according to the canons, are in our name of our lines of Apostolic Succession.
A. These individuals left without the required letters!
B. They have setup a separate altar apart from the Patriarch.
C. Fail to obey the Canons
They have claimed they have the individual authority to ordain without a mandate that is required by the local canons.
The Sacred and Divine canons state a bishop shall do nothing without the advice, knowledge and consent of all which we interpret as supporting the local canon that required the mandate.
Dominic was advised a mandate could be issued if the synod agreed but he did not pursue the mandate.
The ordaining abbot stated he "spoke" by email to theologians (unnamed) who supported their claim of being able to ordain at will but it is doubtful these individuals were advised of the existing local canon. It was found that one of his "theologians" was a 3 yr seminary student!
Fmr. Metropolitan Leland stated he supported Dominic and the others, and that the canons conflict on certain matters. He went on to state that Orthodox does not mean following others, i.e. the old world orthodox.
Bp. Abbot GeoMichael
Bp Edward - advised that he was also leaving
Abp. Leland - agreed with the above
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