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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fraud alleged in recent Holy Synod decree regarding Antiochian Archdiocese of N. America

A bombshell may have just detonated in the Middle East. The fathers of Holy Trinity Monastery have posted a direct accusation that at least part of the recent decree of the Holy Synod of Antioch which purportedly gave autocratic authority to Metropolitan Philip was forged. Arab Orthodox blogger Samn! has the translation from the Arabic posted on his website. Met. Philip has been wielding this new found authority very aggressively recently, removing at least one troublesome bishop and two priests.

H/T Bill (the Godfather)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not seeing a translation anywhere.

Matthew the Penitent

John (Ad Orientem) said...

The translation is at the second link. It is the large paragraph signed by Archimandrite Touma (Bitar). Samn! forgot to put it in quotes.

In ICXC
John

Dean said...

Just when we thought this could we possibly become any more bizarre...

Have to hand it to them...they certainly get high marks for creativity...

Incredible. Are you SURE Met. Philip is not Greek?

LOL

Dean Calvert

John (Ad Orientem) said...

Greek? Arab? Who knows. One thing that I am certain of though, is that he is BYZANTINE.

VSO said...

Waiting to see which parts were forged...meanwhile I found an OCA parish I liked.

Anonymous said...

I was planning to pretend the antiochian jurisdiction didn't exist for advent, but this just pulled me back in....