Holy Synod, Metropolitan Council meetings postponed
SYOSSET, NY [OCA] — It was announced by the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America on Friday, March 4, 2011, that His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, has postponed the meetings of the Holy Synod of Bishops and the Metropolitan Council, slated to be held in March, until after Pascha.
”It is the considered opinion of the Synod, canon law experts and the legal committee that the Metropolitan has the right to postpone the meetings,” Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, informed the members of the Metropolitan Council. ”The Metropolitan has not dissolved or declared that there will be no meeting but rather postponed them.”
The Holy Synod has reached a consensus that the directives of the Metropolitan in this regard are binding, and that the meetings are therefore postponed.
Expenses incurred by members of the Metropolitan Council in preparation for the previously scheduled meetings will be reimbursed.