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Reflections On The Scandal

Fr. Alexey Karlgut (2.02.06)


Remember--the issue is: "Are the allegations true or are they false?"   Let's get the answer to that question and act on itin an appropriate  manner.

Let me (simple, humble, village, poor, Russian priest) try.

Allegations:

1.    There were/are/is a discretionary funds in  OCA.
2.    Those discretionary funds were/are/is under sole  discretion of the Primate of OCA.
3.    Those discretionary funds were/are/is not a part  of regular funds of OCA.
4.    Those discretionary funds are confidential as  long as donors (those giving money) approve.
5.    Those discretionary funds are not audited by the  church or reported to the church, which is a nature of confidential  discretionary funds, as long as donors approve.
6.    Those funds (regardless of the amounts) are  to be used by sole discretion of the Primate of the OCA, as long as donors  approve.
7.    Some (including 2 former employees) do not  approve the way which those discretionary funds were/are/is used by the Primate  of the church. (not by
some dark entity - administration)
8.    Those in #7  call upon the Holy Synod  to inquire into the matter and come with a definitive answer, so that we all  (peoples;-) can put it behind us.

Definitive Answers to Allegations

(please read  carefully)

Resolution of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox  Church in America concerning
the Primate's Discretionary Funds

The  HOLY SYNOD
of the ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA

We, the Holy Synod of  Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, convened in extraordinary session  on Monday afternoon, July 26, 1999

An issue has come before us. The  issue in question is the Primate's discretionary funds. We, the Holy Synod  of Bishops, have reviewed this matter and we
find that the Primate, and his  predecessors, havealways had and maintains full authority over such funds.  The Primate has the canonical right to maintain those funds in privacy and  confidentiality; not only the privacy of the Primate but also the  confidentiality of the donors and the anonymity of the beneficiaries of  these funds. The Primate's discretionary funds are used in accord with the  wishes and directives of the donors and to promote and advance the Holy Orthodox Church.

It has also come to the attention of the Holy Synod  of Bishops that demands have been made upon the Primate to violate the  privacy and confidentiality
of the discretionary funds in his care. We  unanimously exhort the Primate to deny any form of audit, or any other  intrusion into the confidential nature of the
funds in the care of the  Primate and/or the privacy of the Office of the Primate. The confidence of  the Holy Synod of Bishops in the Primate of this Church
to lead and govern is held without question.

Executed by His Grace, the Secretary of the  Holy Synod of Bishops in behalf
of all.

/s/

+ SERAPHIM
30  July 1999

Now for some (a former employee whose typed letters without any proof  were recently 'verified' by another former employee in a telephone interview  with a
'website without a personal agenda') this statement by the Holy Synod  might be confusing, but I read slow so here is what I see:

1.    There were/are/is a discretionary funds in  OCA.
2.    Those discretionary funds were/are/is under sole discretion of the Primate of OCA.
3.    Those discretionary funds were/are/is not a part  of regular funds of OCA.
4.    Those discretionary funds are confidential as  long as donors (those giving money) approve.
5.    Those discretionary funds are not audited by the  church or reported to the church, which is a nature of confidential  discretionary funds, as long as donors approve.
6.    Those funds (regardless of the amounts) are  to be used by sole discretion of the Primate of the OCA, as long as donors  approve.
7.    Some (including 2 former employees) do not  approve the way which those discretionary funds were/are/is used by the Primate  of the church. (not by
some dark entity - administration)
8.    Holy Synod had inquired into the matter and came  with a definitive answer (posted above), so that we all (peoples;-) can put it  behind us.

I also tried to type slow,

Alexey Karlgut

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Other Reflections:

Fr. Paul Harrilchak
in a public letter to his parishoners at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Reston VA on 12 December 2005:

Fr. Ted Bobosh

St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church, Dayton OH on January 25, 2006

Otche M: 

Special to OCAnews.org on 1.28.06