OPEN LETTER TO METROPOLITAN TIKHON by Vyacheslav Karpov, PhD

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Metropolitan Tikhon (Mollard) of the Orthodox Church in America

To: His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada

March 31, 2022

Your Beatitude,

In its statement published on March 27, the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America has unequivocally condemned Russia’s horrific aggression against Ukraine and called on the Russian authorities to end the war. The Synod also affirmed your unpublished letter to Patriarch Kirill imploring him “to do whatever possible to end the war in Ukraine.” The statement is a step in the right direction, but it does not go far enough. Notably, the Synod  issued its statement two days after Public Orthodoxy had published an open letter calling on the OCA to condemn not only the criminal war, but also the involvement of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) in it. So widespread has been the indignation with the actions of Russia and its Church that you must have received other similar letters. Among them was an open letter that I sent to you on March 24. It focused on the role that the Patriarchate of Moscow has played in the war and listed steps that, in my humble opinion, would help the OCA assert its ecclesiastical self-determination and rid itself of dangerous Russian liaisons. Since the Holy Synod’s statement did not address these issues, I decided to publish my letter. The following is my original letter with minor edits and changes. Read More


TRANSFER OF RUSSIAN PARISH TO ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE COMPLETE by Vincent van Buuren

For context, see our Amsterdam’s Russian Parish Requests Transfer to Ecumenical Patriarchate of March 12, 2022.

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Metropolitan Athenagoras (Peckstadt) of Belgium, Exarch of the Netherlands and Luxemburg, Ecumenical Patriarchate
New bishop for St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Amsterdam

On Saturday, March 26, 2022, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Amsterdam held a general parish meeting at which the members of the parish could vote for or against the proposal by the clergy to transfer to the Patriarchate of Constantinople. A notary was present.

There were two ballots. One was a vote for or against the transfer to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, while the other was a vote to remove “Russian” from the name of the parish in the statutes. For the transfer to Constantinople, there were 108 votes for and 56 against. Read More


CORRECTION: ROCOR CONTINUES TO COMMEMORATE MURDEROUS PATRIARCH

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Metropolitan Hilarion (L), First Hierarch of ROCOR, greets Patriarch Kirill of Moscow (R)

On March 22, two days ago, we published a report entitled ROCOR Allows Parishes to Stop Commemorating Patriarch Kirill. This turned overnight into one of our most viewed articles to date worldwide.

Yesterday, Father Gregory Joyce, secretary of the ROCOR Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America, writing on behalf of Archbishop Peter, denied our report on the diocesan website. Oddly, the ROCOR website fails to address the question at all.* Read More