OCA council wants bishop suspended

Author: Ralph Gibbs
Date Published: 04/03/2008

Comparing himself to Jesus Christ in an interview with KTUU television in Anchorage, Bishop Nikolai Soraich said of his recent mandatory leave of absence, “I felt very much like Christ, going to the cross and being abandoned and pushed aside and no one there for him.”

Now he has more reason to feel that way.

On Wednesday, the Orthodox Church in America’s Metropolitan Council, the permanent executive body of the church, voted unanimously requesting the OCA “immediately reverse” its recent decision to lift Bishop Nikolai’s suspension.

The OCA synod revoked Bishop Nikolai’s suspension on March 27.

“Taking account of the anxieties, fears and pain of the Orthodox faithful of Alaska, and the deep concern expressed by all the faithful of the Orthodox Church in America, the Metropolitan Council is profoundly disappointed by the Holy Synod’s decision to lift the leave of absence of His Grace, Bishop Nikolai before a proper solution has been determined, and respectfully asks our hierarchs