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EXCERPTS from Archbishop Tikhon’s Response of 3/15/16
I agree with You that joint synodal sessions are practically impossible for us, and therefore You have the right to freely rule your diocese within a regimen of autonomy, as had already been stated to you back in the very initial period of establishing the North-American diocese.
When we reminded You of the restricted rights of an autonomous diocese, the issue was only one circumstance: for complete independence it is imperative to have a minimum of two bishops. That is the entire problem. As long as there is not this number of bishops, an autonomous diocese does not have the ability of self-perpetuation, i.e., the consecration of other bishops. It was namely this and only this of which we wished to make You aware, but we did this in a very clumsy way, for which we ask forgiveness, and we very much hope for understanding on Your part.
Concerning our mutual claims, that we do not inform each other of matters under the jurisdiction of our dioceses, I must say that I have examined our correspondence of the last years and have noted that indeed we had exchanged news in church life; we had informed You, You, on Your part had written to us of Your events.
Therefore this can be called nothing but a misunderstanding. It is true that as of late indeed we ceased exchanging information, and this was caused by a definite cooling in our inter-relations. But there is always the opportunity to correct mistakes, only one must not be afraid to do so.
I wish to note, that the enemies of the rebirth of the True Local Russian Orthodox Church, inexorable parts of which are our RTOC and Your, still, for the time being North American Diocese, as a prefiguration of the future Synod of the ROCA, are doing everything possible in order to divide us completely, turning us into small marginal groups which would not be able to impede the enthronement of anti-Christ.
You are troubled that we do not openly publicize the minutes of our synodal meetings. In this regard I can say the following: We adopted such a decision because, after lengthy discussion we came to the conclusion that we can not divulge the details of our internal church life for outsiders among whom there are not few outright enemies of the True Church as well as specific departments.The decision was adopted to relay synodal determinations through ruling bishops at clergy meetings, and then clergy could relay them to their flock. This is our response to Your concern.