Friday, February 25, 2011

Metropolitan of the OCA Resigns?

A Greek-language website is reporting that Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen) of Washington of the American Orthodox Church (OCA) has resigned as First Hierarch of the OCA and that Archbishop Nathaniel (Popp) of Detroit and the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate in America has been appointed locum tenens. That here. So far this is the only place I've seen this information, so it's entirely possible that it's wishful thinking on the part of someone under the Ecumenical Patriarchate, especially as another rumor has it that Metropolitan Jonah has requested a two or three-month sabbatical.

Update: More rumors have surfaced stating that Metropolitan Jonah has been placed on a leave of absence by the Holy Synod and that Archbishop Nathaniel is to fulfill the duties of Metropolitan Jonah in his absence. Some also say that Fr. Alexander Garklavs has been replaced as chancellor of the OCA by Bishop Melchisedek (Pleska) of Pittsburgh, but others deny this. There are still no official statements on the matter from the OCA. More here.

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