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2.16.06 LATEST NEWS

Letter from Holy Trinity, Clayton WI

Note from Fr. Christopher Wojcik:

The resolution passed unanimously (one person abstained from voting). In addition to myself, the Council President, and the Recording Secretary, all who voted also signed the document. The assembled parish requested that the resolution be addressed to the entire Synod of Bishops, and that it be entrusted to Metropolitan Herman until the Synod's next meeting.

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To Our Beloved and Blessed Hierarchs of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America,

We, your spiritual children, members of the rational flock of Christ’s Holy Church, ask your blessings and bring an appeal in the hope that healing may begin to permeate the life of our Church.

With a deep and profound desire to rebuild a spirit of trust, mutual love, and hope for the future, the assembled parish of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Clayton, Wisconsin, adopts and submits the following petition:

Having heard of the allegations of years of financial mismanagement that have been raised from several different sources and with reasonable documentation, we believe these allegations are of such a serious nature as to undermine the trust that is necessary for the well-being of the Church.

The Lesser Synod of Bishops has admitted that “error, lack of good judgment, and sin” have taken place, and has further admitted that “mistakes have been made in the past” requiring “repentance,” and that these acts constituted “sin against the Church.”

Our Archbishop JOB, to whom we offer steadfast support and loyalty, has consistently and simply asked if the allegations are true or if they are false. This simple question is one that we share, and we applaud our Archbishop JOB for having the courage to ask this in the face of criticism and even outright hostility.

At the last All-American Council, our Metropolitan Herman said, “Every Orthodox Christian, having received the Holy Spirit, may properly express concern for the Church, discuss the Church’s challenges and needs, and suggest insights and answers to the challenges found by the Church.” As the people of God, we take his inspired words to heart, and we now express our concern and offer an answer to our present challenges.

We, the assembled parish of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church of Clayton, Wisconsin, call on the Holy Synod of Bishops to initiate a professional, independent audit of all the financial records in question, covering all the years in question. We further petition that the Holy Synod appoint an independent commission consisting of at least three hierarchs, and an equal number of priests, and an equal number of qualified lay persons, to be given full access to the audit and all other information relevant to the allegations, with the purpose of determining the extent of the errors and sins which have been committed against the Church. This commission would report directly to the Holy Synod, and an honest and balanced summary of its findings would subsequently be made available to the whole Church.

We realize that this resolution would require a change from past decisions of the OCA central administration, but as children requesting bread from their father’s table, we nonetheless must set this petition before the Holy Synod. We believe that only through a more thorough investigation and confession can peace and mutual trust begin to be reestablished in our beloved Church.

Note from Fr. Christopher Wojcik, pastor:

The resolution passed unanimously (one person abstained from voting). In addition to myself, the Council President, and the Recording Secretary, all who voted also signed the document. The assembled parish requested that the resolution be addressed to the entire Synod of Bishops, and that it be entrusted to Metropolitan Herman until the Synod's next meeting.

 


 

 

 


 

 
     
 

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