Metropolitan Jonah Rejects Reports of His Forced Leave

March 1, 2011  []

Metropolitan Jonah of All America and Canada made a statement to clear out reasons of his 60-day leave and rejected rumors of its forced character.

“I am still your Metropolitan. I am still your diocesan bishop. I am still the active primate of the Orthodox Church in America. The reports are not true. I am merely taking a retreat, a time for reflection,” he said speaking at St Nicholas the Wonderworker Cathedral in Washington.

The metropolitan noted that the necessity to make such an address cause “sadness” and called Internet reporting that he had been deposed and resigned “inaccurate.”

“I had intended, and still plan on doing so, to rest as much as possible during the Great Fast, spending time with loved ones and celebrating and attending the Divine Services at my Primatial Cathedral of St Nicholas in Washington,” he said.

According to the Primate, “in line with the Holy Canons, the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America, and the good order of the church, no major decisions will be made” without his “knowledge and consent”.

Unofficial OCA website of Orthodox Christians for Accountability posted a report saying that Metropolitan Jonah was placed “on leave of absence.” Earlier retired Bishop of Los Angeles Tikhon also reported in the Internet about Metropolitan’s Jonah leave.

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