Bishop responds to church leadership

Author: Maria Downey
Date Published: 03/11/2008
Publication: KTUU (Anchorage AK)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s Russian Orthodox bishop says the church’s followings are at risk and questions whether it will become a church body that follows a corporate model.

The Right Rev. NIKOLAI wrote an open letter that was posted on the Russian Orthodox website Tuesday.

Last week, national church leaders ordered the bishop step down while an investigation is underway about his leadership.

There have been numerous complaints, including that the bishop is ”intimidating” and ”overly strict” in adhering to church doctrine.

But in the letter to his clergy and church members, the bishop says he is still their bishop since the proper procedures weren’t followed.

He says a mandatory leave of absence is foreign to orthodox canon law.