rebellious anti-Orthodox people have already left our canonical ROCA,
and are in full anti-Orthodox and impious schism.
believe firmly that this anti-lawful episcopal authority parish
council, whose rebellion is aimed at our entire ROCA, has the end goal
of taking our Astoria parish and property to ROCOR/MP. Even now, they
firmly believe in a protestant type of parish rule - NO REAL Canonical
BISHOP. It looks more and more that this has been their agenda from the
I predict seeing
ROCOR/MP Hilarion Kapral celebrating a molieben and Liturgy in his new,
Holy Trinity Church in Astoria, New York.
Getting the majority on the parish council and thus capturing it, and then by voting and issuing dictatorial edicts, and
firstly by rejecting ROCOR episcopal and priestly authority, i.e. our
Metropolitan Agafangel and our ROCA Synod of Bishops, and Fr. Vladimir
Petrenko - whom our Synod appointed to be the rector there, which is really their only roadblock,as has
been the MP's way of seizing various ROCOR parishes around the world
and in a somewhat similar fashion, as with the Santiago, Chile ROCOR
Holy Trinity Church, step by step, & booting out the priest they don't want, changing the door locks, & installing THEIR chosen priests, etc. and making physical threats, including threats of civil legal actions and use of the police, which method has worked before, so why not again?, but this time in Astoria.
Vl. Andronik is too weak to stop them, indeed in preventing them from doing whatsoever they decide, i.e. THEY CONTROL HIM, and not HE THEM!that
is why they claim him as their sole bishop. He is really their total
puppet. He seems to say yes, with a smile, to whatever those around him
and controlling him want him to agree with, even signing his name to
various uncanonical and outrageous edicts, and then later, verbally
saying: "But just because my signature is on it, doesn't mean that I
agree with everything in it" (!) What a sad end to his rather short
episcopate!... and to all the many years that Fr. Vsevolod Dutikow worked
to build up that Holy Trinity parish, and the many previous to his 20
years of his rectorship, of the previous ROCOR priests and supportive
laity, before him.
to those who are now, so foolishly following and/or mistakenly
idolizing Andronik: He is only a bishop now, because our Synod of
bishops made him a fellow-bishop, and also it is they who now have
officially retired him as a bishop.
He has absolutely no right to act as a independent bishop, nor to wage war against his fellow bishops!, from the Synod which made him a bishop.
And now he is heading a pathetic useless and groundless unfounded schism.
to those who idolize or who follow him, as they are thus departing from
the Universal Orthodox Church.... from any pretense of being a genuine
part of Orthodox Church life.
confused weak and indecisive Vl. Andronik Kotlaroff has become the
Gospel, 'The blind leading the blind and they both shall fall into the
I as with most
who ever had any dealings or contact or words with Vl. Andronik, used to
have only warm and respectful feelings towards this kindly spiritual
man. Now?.. what are we to think of him?
too, in the past, how many of us believed that Met. Lavr Skurla was
also a kindly and a VERY holy man? and we loved him dearly.)
He needs to repent of this madness, and so do those who claim him now as their 'sole bishop'.
THAT might heal this schism, God grant it!
Where!? is his mind?... and where are their minds!? Has he lost his mind?... some of us believe so.
Otherwise what he is a leading now, helped by other members of his family, will be called, 'The Kotlaroff Schism'.
Or is this what some cynics here in America have labeled: "Spreading Orthodoxy... by schism!" ?
God save us!
P.S Now are forming the two opposing battle lines: those with the schism, and those loyal to ROCA.
have no choice in my conscience but to remain loyal to our ROCA, to our
honorable Vladyka Metropolitan Agafangel and to our honorable ROCA
Synod. And I urge others to do the same.
Rd. Daniel in Oregon
*Human-English translation, so that all may read what this council and Fr. Dimitry Dobranravov have to a say:
Reverend Agafangel, Metropolitan of New York and Eastern America,
Archbishop of Taurida and Odessa, Ruling Hierarch of the New-York,
Odessa and Zaporozhe Dioceses, President of the Hierarchal Council and
Synod of the ROCA.
And TO: Right
Reverend Gregory, Bishop of Sao Paulo and South America, Vice-President
of the Synod of the ROCA. Ruling Hierarch of the South-American
And TO: Right
Reverend George, Archbishop of Kishinev and Moldova, Ruling Hierarch of
the Kishinev and Bolgrad Dioceses. Secretary of the Hierarchal Synod.
And TO: Right
Reverend Andronicus, Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada. Member of the
Synod of the ROCA. Ruling Hierarch of the Canadian and Syracuse
And TO: Right Reverend Sophronius, Archbishop of Saint Petersburg and Northern Russian, Ruling Hierarch of the Saint-Petersburg Diocese.
3 August, 2016
Dear, in the Lord, Vladykas, bless.
this letter, we are informing you, that in accordance with the decision
of the Holy-Trinity Parish Council on 3 August 2016, we do not
recognize the punishments imposed by the Synod on 21 July 2016 on
Archbishop Andronicus and Archbishop Sophronius. We likewise do not
recognize, in the capacity of our ruling hierarch, either Metropolitan
Agafangel, who resides in Ukraine, or Vladyka Gregory, we resides in
Brazil. Our ruling hierarch was and remains Vladyka Andronicus, whom we
continue to commemoration in this capacity.
Parish Council is informing Metropolitan Agafangel and Archbishop
George that it does not see a necessity to hold a general meeting as
planned by them. In the event of their appearance in the parish, the
Parish Council retains for itself the right of recourse to the laws
functioning in the USA which protect an American corporation from
interference in its internal affairs.
Rector of Holy-Trinity Parish, Fr. Dmitriy (Dobronravov) (signature)