Archbishop Job Spoke Candidly to Father Vasile Susan in 2006
Last week Father Vasile Susan sent Pokrov.org information about his 2006 audience with Archbishop Job Osacky. Susan had requested the meeting to discuss Susan’s status within the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).
In 2004 Susan was abruptly terminated from his position at St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, by Archbishop Nathaniel Popp. The archbishop also had the priest removed from the Romanian Episcopate and transferred to the omophorion of the OCA’s metropolitan.
Susan was never given a reason for Popp’s actions, although he thought it was because he was outspoken about another priest who he believed was an active homosexual. Although Susan was in good standing within the OCA, he had been without church employment since his 2004 termination from St. Mary’s.
Although Osacky was not Susan’s bishop, he was the OCA hierarch in closest geographic proximity. Susan asked for and received a blessing to meet with Osacky from Metropolitan Herman Swaiko, his hierarch. Following the audience, Susan summarized what he and the archbishop had discussed, and Osacky signed the document that Susan produced.
In his meeting with Susan, Osacky apologized to the priest for the way he had been treated. “The OCA Statute provides along with the ROEA Constitution and By