Has anyone heard anything about Met.Jonah resigning? / Met Jonah Resigns / Holy Synod Releases Official Statement about Met. Jonah's Resignation

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PeterTheAleut said:
MarkosC said:
Sad news.  Just out of curiousity, how common is the deposition of a primate in history?  I've read a reasonalbe amount, and the impression I get is that it's extraordinary and often either the result of misconduct or (more often) political factors, e.g. the case of EP Arsenios and Emperor Michael Palaeologos.   

(I'm not accusing Metropolitan Jonah or the Synod of anything, just making a statement)
Metropolitan Jonah was not deposed.
A rose by another name. 
 

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-orthodox-metropolitan-resigns-20120710,0,6513464.story

New article this morning.
 

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biro said:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-orthodox-metropolitan-resigns-20120710,0,6513464.story

New article this morning.
"What we are witnessing now in my opinion is the result of the disconnectedness of the Orthodox Church in America from the rest of the Orthodox world," Arey said. "Its internal politics have almost become cannibalistic in my opinion."
Fr. Arey evidently hasn't been to the rest of the Orthodox world.  He also doesn't seem to realize he is in the USA.
 

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Seraphim98 said:
Archbishop Seraphim?  Don't you mean Archbishop Dimitri? St. Seraphim is the Cathedral…not it's late bishop…if I'm not mistaken.
CORRECTION TO REPLY NO. 57

Yes, thank you, Seraphim98; I meant to refer to Archbishop Dimitri of Dallas.  (I must have been tired.)
 

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ialmisry said:
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FatherGiryus said:
Dear Augustin,

If you carefully comb through the controversies surrounding Met. Jonah, you will see the 'culture war' was by far a small bump in His Beatitude's road as First Hierarch.

The main problems he encountered came from speeches in which he offended the Church of Constantinople in an unpolitical way, then later called the Tomos of Autocephaly of the OCA into question by essentially implying it could be given up in favor of an arrangement with the Episcopal Assembly. In both cases, the Holy Synod was caught off-guard, since these were major issues (inter-Orthodox relations and autocephaly itself) that the HS has a role in.

His Beatitude had a habit of musing in public, which is never something that someone of such consequence should do.  After all, when he speaks, he speaks not for himself but the entire OCA.  It appears that he never entirely grasped the idea that the OCA is a large ship and that you can't jerk the wheel this way or that before you end up breaking the rudder.

This was all the more magnified when he agreed to take a leave of absence, then 'un-agreed' after the meeting with his bishops.  His pattern of quick decisions that led him to even quicker changes of mind really made working with him difficult.  But, it was his ignoring of the other bishops that ultimately did him in.  They tried to explain to him why he could not simply move the whole operation of the OCA to Washington, DC, during a true financial crisis, and he never seemed to accept the advice.  He tried to jerk the wheel, and ended up in conflict with his own administration.

Then, there was his unfortunate involvement with Fr. Joseph Fester that was uncovered by the leaked emails posted on OCANews.  I'm sure you don't want to wade into that controversy here.

In the end, Met. Jonah is a good man, but very clearly not cut out for the job.  This is not an insult, not every monk is material for such an office.  It just did not work out.  The difficulty of the OCA is that it has had a string of bad choices, which is really painful when you are a young church.  Let's hope the next metropolitan is a better fit.



augustin717 said:
Gorazd said:
For those here who are members of OCA parishes: What do the faithful in your parish think about this issue? Is this all just something going on in the Synod, or were the laypeople and parish clergy also discontent with Met. Jonah's leadership? Would they prefer to keep him?
From my limited experience: there are those thatmourn him as if it's a presage of the world's ending, and there are those that are glad; he was really naive though thinking that he can just dive head in into the whole "culture-war" the way he did, when his church wasn't on the same page as him by and large. But with friends like Dreher, a metropolitan hardly needs enemies.
And now the Synod has shown why Metropolitan Jonah was right and that the Tomos is worth a roll of used toilet paper in the face of possible American unity. We really don't have a mature enough church in this nation for autocephaly, and won't until after a century or so of actually having a united American Church.
LOL.  You should see all the "maturity" in the Mother Churches.
Mommy being a cutter has no impact on whether or not Junior is ready for anything other than safety scissors.
 

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FormerReformer said:
ialmisry said:
FormerReformer said:
FatherGiryus said:
Dear Augustin,

If you carefully comb through the controversies surrounding Met. Jonah, you will see the 'culture war' was by far a small bump in His Beatitude's road as First Hierarch.

The main problems he encountered came from speeches in which he offended the Church of Constantinople in an unpolitical way, then later called the Tomos of Autocephaly of the OCA into question by essentially implying it could be given up in favor of an arrangement with the Episcopal Assembly. In both cases, the Holy Synod was caught off-guard, since these were major issues (inter-Orthodox relations and autocephaly itself) that the HS has a role in.

His Beatitude had a habit of musing in public, which is never something that someone of such consequence should do.  After all, when he speaks, he speaks not for himself but the entire OCA.  It appears that he never entirely grasped the idea that the OCA is a large ship and that you can't jerk the wheel this way or that before you end up breaking the rudder.

This was all the more magnified when he agreed to take a leave of absence, then 'un-agreed' after the meeting with his bishops.  His pattern of quick decisions that led him to even quicker changes of mind really made working with him difficult.  But, it was his ignoring of the other bishops that ultimately did him in.  They tried to explain to him why he could not simply move the whole operation of the OCA to Washington, DC, during a true financial crisis, and he never seemed to accept the advice.  He tried to jerk the wheel, and ended up in conflict with his own administration.

Then, there was his unfortunate involvement with Fr. Joseph Fester that was uncovered by the leaked emails posted on OCANews.  I'm sure you don't want to wade into that controversy here.

In the end, Met. Jonah is a good man, but very clearly not cut out for the job.  This is not an insult, not every monk is material for such an office.  It just did not work out.  The difficulty of the OCA is that it has had a string of bad choices, which is really painful when you are a young church.  Let's hope the next metropolitan is a better fit.



augustin717 said:
Gorazd said:
For those here who are members of OCA parishes: What do the faithful in your parish think about this issue? Is this all just something going on in the Synod, or were the laypeople and parish clergy also discontent with Met. Jonah's leadership? Would they prefer to keep him?
From my limited experience: there are those thatmourn him as if it's a presage of the world's ending, and there are those that are glad; he was really naive though thinking that he can just dive head in into the whole "culture-war" the way he did, when his church wasn't on the same page as him by and large. But with friends like Dreher, a metropolitan hardly needs enemies.
And now the Synod has shown why Metropolitan Jonah was right and that the Tomos is worth a roll of used toilet paper in the face of possible American unity. We really don't have a mature enough church in this nation for autocephaly, and won't until after a century or so of actually having a united American Church.
LOL.  You should see all the "maturity" in the Mother Churches.
Mommy being a cutter has no impact on whether or not Junior is ready for anything other than safety scissors.
LOL. Touché
 

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Orthodoxy should concentrate on saving souls. The Culture Wars are struggles between the fundamentalist and the liberal currents that both came out of the Protestant Reformation. They are none of our business.
 

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Tell St. Basil the Great and St. John Chrysostom that.  They had a lot to say about how we are to treat others, especially the poor.  What is going on in the culture often affects a persons soul.  There are many aspects to the salvation of souls.  Cultural values affect all of us as we often adopt them, even many that are totally against the teachings of Christ.  If the Church cares about the salvation of souls, then it has to take a stand against these things.  Jesus took on the Jewish culture of His time and it didn't make Him very popular with the the religious rulers of His day, did it?  In other words, Jesus didn't hesitate to say something about the values of the society. 
 

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That is utterly ridiculous. Is he also like St. George in his heroic sufferings for the Faith?

Seraphim98 said:
Yep, St. Athanasius…not because I think Metropolitan Jonah is at present of the same depth of theological accomplishment/spiritual life…though…who knows what things may come between this present breath and his last, God willing, many years hence.  I made the comparison because HB has faced hinky opposition almost from day one…the politics of the synod…or at least some substantial quarters of it do not strike me as altogether consistent with Orthodoxy. It has made his job much tougher than it need have been. Granted he is weary, and probably as he said not temperamentally (there's some code in that word) suited to be the Metropolitan….one wonders just what type of temperament it takes…but that doesn't mean that he should not have been our hierarch, or that he was doing the job badly…just perhaps out of step with ecclesial interests which he questioned…in short for all his learning, wisdom, pastoral insight, and vision he was alas insufficiently byzantine in his political machinations to get what he wanted…while others more cunning at that art arranged for the synod's unanimous request for his resignation…at least that how it seems from here. May it please God not to have been so cynical and political…In any event HB was forced to resign and I think not justly (time will tell on that point) and this is not dissimilar to when St. Athanasius was driven from his throne.  At least it's not quite as bad as what happened to St. John Chrysostom.  So, yep…St. Athanasius.
 

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PeterTheAleut said:
MarkosC said:
Sad news.  Just out of curiousity, how common is the deposition of a primate in history?  I've read a reasonalbe amount, and the impression I get is that it's extraordinary and often either the result of misconduct or (more often) political factors, e.g. the case of EP Arsenios and Emperor Michael Palaeologos.   

(I'm not accusing Metropolitan Jonah or the Synod of anything, just making a statement)
Metropolitan Jonah was not deposed.
Correct.  He has not been asked to give up his episcopate.  He has resigned as Primate of the Synod, not as a Bishop, and specifically requests another episcopal assignment within the OCA. 
 

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Gorazd said:
Orthodoxy should concentrate on saving souls. The Culture Wars are struggles between the fundamentalist and the liberal currents that both came out of the Protestant Reformation. They are none of our business.
Have you seen the Hungarian Constitution?
 

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Gorazd said:
Orthodoxy should concentrate on saving souls. The Culture Wars are struggles between the fundamentalist and the liberal currents that both came out of the Protestant Reformation. They are none of our business.
Maybe. But how to relate to those who face contemporary issues certainly is the Church's business. We don't save the souls of people facing serious temptations by telling them that they should sin.
 

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I think that many of us have a problem with the term 'culture wars' in that the moral issues with which we strongly adhere to are wrapped into a package of political and economic theories to which many of us do not subscribe. Also, the 'culture warriors' are for the large part Evangelical Protestants - representatives of many of the same groups who insist on proselytizing in our ancestral homelands as if we were never Christian. This rankles many of us - particularly when you read nonsense like this: http://www.euroteamoutreach.org/index.php?p=cmo.  Part of the war they are fighting is to co-opt us - the believers in the Apostolic Faith - the Orthodox.
 

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ialmisry said:
Gorazd said:
Orthodoxy should concentrate on saving souls. The Culture Wars are struggles between the fundamentalist and the liberal currents that both came out of the Protestant Reformation. They are none of our business.
Have you seen the Hungarian Constitution?
LMAO!!

That's fantastic.  Really hoping we're on the same page on this one.  Care to elaborate?  PM me
 

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I propose moving these questions to a thread in the Politics Section:
Funny Things about the Hungarian Constitution.
http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,45817.new.html#new

ialmisry said:
Gorazd said:
Orthodoxy should concentrate on saving souls. The Culture Wars are struggles between the fundamentalist and the liberal currents that both came out of the Protestant Reformation. They are none of our business.
Have you seen the Hungarian Constitution?
I think Ialmisry's point is that some of these culture wars are taken up in the Hungarian Constitution, like describing Hungary in the 20th century as leading to moral "decay"- even though who was leading the country in the 1990's, which was the period that the century led to?

Background [from before the 2011 Constitution]
Statute I of 1920 confirmed the monarchical form of government (albeit with a vacant throne, the king's powers being exercised by [fascist] regent Miklós Horthy and his ministers)... Statute XLVII dethroned the Habsburg-Lorraine dynasty.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Hungary
From the 2011 Constitution (http://www.kormany.hu/download/4/c3/30000/THE%20FUNDAMENTAL%20LAW%20OF%20HUNGARY.pdf)
Preamble
We are proud that our people has over the centuries defended Europe in a series of struggles
Like the Huns and Magyars that invaded from Asia in the Middle Ages?
We honour the achievements of our historical constitution and we honour the Holy Crown, which embodies the constitutional continuity of Hungary’s statehood and the unity of the nation... We do not recognise the suspension of our historical constitution due to foreign occupations... We do not recognise the communist constitution of 1949, since it was the basis for tyrannical rule; therefore we proclaim it to be invalid.
Hungary's first constitution was the 1949 Stalinist one. What is the Holy Crown of Hungary? The one dethroned in the 1920's?
We date the restoration of our country’s self-determination, ...from the second day of May 1990...
We hold that after the decades of the twentieth century which led to a state of moral decay, we have an abiding need for spiritual and intellectual renewal.
Would the Constitution's authors happen to have met the people in power from 1990-2000?
 

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I wanted to ask what was the real deal with the problems about Metropolitan Jonah. You see, it's very unfortunate he wasn't getting along with the Synod, and the move to an expensive Washington place sounds pretty counterproductive. But the part about having an inner circle around him trying to help his image with internet PR or telling him to be stronger sounds like a petty issue.

Plus, things like signing a document against abortion and gay stuff, or taking a position on the relations of the OCA with other American Churches sound like neutral if not positive steps.

So it seems they should try to work things out more, unless there is something I am missing. Personally I would have liked to see Bishop Job as metropolitan, but it was good to try to have a new person to deal with the older problems. And why get rid of someone as important as a Metropolitan because of simple personal disagreements. So I admit perhaps there could well be some other very bad problem, but I don't feel ready to make some judgment about the situation. Maybe it's better that way? Generally I think it's better for people to be informed and know about problems so they can be dealt with.
 

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rakovsky said:
I wanted to ask what was the real deal with the problems about Metropolitan Jonah. You see, it's very unfortunate he wasn't getting along with the Synod, and the move to an expensive Washington place sounds pretty counterproductive. But the part about having an inner circle around him trying to help his image with internet PR or telling him to be stronger sounds like a petty issue.

Plus, things like signing a document against abortion and gay stuff, or taking a position on the relations of the OCA with other American Churches sound like neutral if not positive steps.

So it seems they should try to work things out more, unless there is something I am missing. Personally I would have liked to see Bishop Job as metropolitan, but it was good to try to have a new person to deal with the older problems. And why get rid of someone as important as a Metropolitan because of simple personal disagreements. So I admit perhaps there could well be some other very bad problem, but I don't feel ready to make some judgment about the situation. Maybe it's better that way? Generally I think it's better for people to be informed and know about problems so they can be dealt with.
I'm not sure I know what the reasons were, but I'm pretty sure we'll find out more as news trickles out over the next few weeks. Until then, I wouldn't speculate that much. It's probably best we not know until we get the truth from the more official sources.

From what little I have gathered from OCA.org over the last couple of years, though, I get the picture that Metropolitan Jonah often didn't collaborate with his Synod and frequently worked against them on issues of importance to the whole of the OCA. I'm learning from my role as president of a non-profit organization that the role of president--in His Beatitude's case, president of the Synod--requires much more the ability to build a consensus within his team than the ability to make decisions on his own. In fact, I would say that Apostolic Canon 34 kinda requires this team-building ability of a national primate. It's not just about doing the right things, it's about doing the right things the right way.
 
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