Metropolitan Jonah will be sorely missed by those of us who have valued his wisdom and willingness to approach his separated brethren. This will be a blow to interfaith communications. All too often, one is “contaminated” by one’s association with those less approved. While we do not know details as to the reasons OCA bishops have done this, one must wonder if this might not be the case here.
SYOSSET, NY [OCA]
In a letter addressed to the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops dated Friday, July 6, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah tendered his resignation as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.
On Saturday, July 7, the letter was presented to the Holy Synod in the course of a conference call in which all of the hierarchs participated, except His Eminence, Archbishop Alejo of Mexico City.
The text of His Beatitude’s letter reads as follows.
“To the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America,
“As per your unanimous request, as conveyed to me by Chancellor Fr. John Jillions, I hereby tender my resignation as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, and humbly request another Episcopal assignment.
“I had come to the realization long ago that that I have neither the personality nor the temperament for the position of Primate, a position I never sought nor desired.
“It is my hope that due consideration will be made for my financial situation, both in any interim and in consideration for any future position. I am the main financial support for both my parents and my sister, beyond my own needs.
“I will appreciate your consideration in this, and beg forgiveness for however I have offended you, and for whatever difficulties have arisen from my own inadequacies and mistakes in judgment.
“Asking your prayers, I remain faithfully yours,
“Metropolitan Jonah, Archbishop of Washington”
The hierarchs again will meet via conference call on Monday, July 9, after which additional information will be made available.
A PDF of His Beatitude’s letter is also available.