Archimandrite Zacchaeus (Wood) Placed on Leave
In a carefully worded statement from Syosset today it was announced that the highly visible Archimandrite Zacchaeus (Wood), representative of the Orthodox Church in America in Moscow ," had been placed on a leave of absence and recalled to the United States." While avoiding the word "suspension", the statement noted that Fr. Zacchaeus is "prohibited from exercising any liturgical or sacramental ministry". The announcement concluded by stating that " Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, Director of External Affairs of the Orthodox Church in America, will assume duties as the representative of the OCA to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia." Given the Archimandrite's position, the statement was also published in Russian.
No reason for the action by Metropolitan Jonah was given by the OCA, but OCANews.org has learned that an allegation of possible misconduct has been levelled against the Archimandrite. OCANews.org also learned that the Archimandrite had been called back to the USA this past weekend, but checked himself into a hospital in Russia instead. He has since been released, but it remains unclear if he is on his way back to the United States at this time.