Sent to me today:.. regarding Dimitri's 'Summary':
(Keep in mind that this is a summary and not a translation. As a result there are numerous details omitted. Also there are some inaccuracies in the summary. For example, the original Russian text says regarding Archbishop Sophrony: подлежит лишению сана. This has been rendered in the summary as “will be defrocked”; but the actual meaning of the Russian phrase is more accurately rendered as “is subject to deprivation of [the hierarchal] dignity.” The same error occurs in regard to Archbishop Andronik. What the text is saying in both instances is that because of the serious nature of the offenses, the canonical penalty could be “defrocking”. The final decision of the ecclesiastical court, however, was to impose a much lighter punishment and merely place both Archbishops in retired status.
Another error is the statement in the proceedings of the ecclesiastical court pertaining to Archbishop Sophrony: "Abp. Sophroniy is retired, but with the right to serve in his monastery until the All-Diaspora Council, as long as he attends.” In the original Russian text there is nothing corresponding to the phrase “as long as he attends.” Instead, the Russian text has the phrase, согласно его собственного заявления, which may be translated as “in accordance with his own statement”, which is not found in the summary. The same error also occurs in the summary of the ecclesiastical court proceedings pertaining to Archbishop Andronik. )
(By someone who knows Russian and the English equivalent, a bit better than Dimitri.)
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For myself, I had wished for and requested, a complete human-English translation of ALL of that Bishop's Report, every word,
to thus make clear to all, its exact and full meaning,[ for whomever agrees with it or not] and to thereby dispel any wrong interpretations.
But I cannot pay any such able bi-lingual translator, or order anyone to do this work.
Daniel In Oregon
General Sharing: (A Summary): ROCA Bishops Synod Session and Ecclesiastical Court 19-21JUL16 Summary - EnglishInbox