November 25, 2005
To His Beatitude Herman
Metropolitan of All America and Canada
Your Beatitude, Dear Vladyko,
Please, excuse me
for writing this letter. However, I consider it is my duty
to do so because of my age (86) and sixty years of my service
to our Church in various capacities.
As you understand, many
priests and laymen including myself had been shocked by the
revelations of gross improprieties in financial management
of our Church, supported by solid data, made by former Treasurer
of the Church Administration Protodeacon Eric Wheeler. “If
even 10% of it is true...the conduct of those who have participated
in these actions is simply unthinkable!” - stated Gregg
Nescott, a U.S. Attorney in Pennsylvania.
Many of us familiar
with Protodeacon Wheeler’s complaint and Mr. Nescott’s
comments are grateful to your Beatitude and fully support your
statement at the last meeting! of Metropolitan Council: “...this
issue must be addressed forthrightly and accountably... I have
asked Father Paul Kucynda, as acting Treasurer, to arrange for
a full and complete independent audit of our financial records”.
It would be highly advisable to conduct audit
from the time when Fr. Eric Wheeler was Treasurer of the Church
and not just for the last years. If the allegations of Protodeacon
Wheeler are confirmed the perpetrators of these wrongdoings have
to be punished and removed from their positions. Attempts to
cover them up for whatever reason will have a very harmful effect
on you and on all of us priests and laymen loyal to our Church.
I and all my colleagues and friends support wholeheartedly
your intention to address this issue “forthrightly and accountably”.
We pray the Lord to give you His divine help in cleaning
and renovating His House,
I am sorry ! for troubling you.
Asking for our archpastoral blessing and prayers,
I remain faithfully yours in Christ,
Archpriest Dmitry Grigorieff