The sense of gloom that pervaded the first day seems to have lifted significantly. Many credit it with “the Speech” that +Jonah gave. Originally, some of his supporters felt that he had thrown in the towel. In its entirety however, it was far more uplifting and what we’ve come to expect from His Beatitude when the Spirit moves him. Clearly he’s a Christian gentleman of the first water.
This AAC is proving to be different in other ways as well. After +Jonah gave his speech, in which he accepted responsibility for certain administrative failures, one delegate (Maureen Jury of Dallas) rose up and asked which of the other bishops were going to take responsibility as well. Bp Benjamin of the West didn’t take too kindly to it but then Fr Chad Hatfield, the Dean of St Vladimir’s stood up and reiterated Maureen’s point. This was a bold move on both their parts but certainly Fr Chad’s as his employment is contingent upon the good graces of the Synod.
At that point, the two newest bishops of the OCA, +Michael of New York and +Matthias of Chicago, stood up and took responsibility. In fact, they said that they would join +Jonah during his respite while he worked on his administrative skills. This was a stunning development.
The New York Plan continues to gather steam despite the impassioned pleas of the Apparat. As of now, it may be defeated but the clear will of the people is increasingly on display.
For those who have been following Monomakhos and the analyses of the New York Plan, we would like to direct the readers’ attention to the following pie charts. On the top is the budget for the Diocese of the South; on the bottom is the budget for Syosset.
Notice again how much the Dallas budget allocates for Missions and Evangelism and how little for Administration.