On the legal fund or other defensive effort being set up by individuals to aid His Eminence Archbishop

Author: Igumen Alexander Pihach
Date Published: 12/30/2010

TO: Clergy and Faithful of Archdiocese of Canada (OCA)

In order to dispel any possible misunderstandings, we would like to remind all involved that the Archdiocese of Canada, Orthodox Church in America is not in any way associated with any legal fund or other defensive effort being set up by individuals to aid Archbishop Seraphim.

All people involved in this or any other fund raiser are doing so strictly in their individual capacity, and not in their official capacity as clergy or regular members of the Archdiocese of Canada OCA or otherwise as representatives of the Archdiocese or any parish or other constituent body of the Archdiocese.

There has been no authorization (ecclesiastical or otherwise) for this or any other fund, nor for the participation in this or any other fund by any representatives of the Archdiocese, nor for the use of any Archdiocesan money, property or other resources for any such purpose. It is imperative that no Archdiocesan money, property or other resources be used for this or any other fund or other similar or related endeavour-including any list of members or parish rosters.

This matter is not to be discussed in Church or in any other setting by any Archdiocesan clergy in the delivery of their pastoral duties. The Archdiocese does, however, encourage the faithful to continue praying for everyone affected by the allegations, for a prompt resolution and for the healing of all.

On behalf of the Archdiocese of Canada
Igumen Alexander (Pihach) Chancellor
December 30, 2010