(Rooters) The Patriarchates of Constantinople and Moscow have come to a resolution on certain issues that threatened to derail the upcoming Great and Holy Council, slated for 2013. One of the sticking points was the issue of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Spokesmen in both Moscow and Istanbul said that both patriarchates have agreed that they would draw lots and the loser between them would get the OCA. Mark Stokoe, spokesman for the Central Administration in Syosset, could not be reached for comment.
OK, now that Monomakhos has had our fun, we’ve got important — and good! — news to report. The delegates to the AAC overwhelmingly passed a modification of the New York Plan. Instead of cutting Syosset down to $50 beginning in 2012, a resolution was drafted which would force the Metropolitan Council to cut the budget in increments so that by 2015, the per capita head tax would be fifty dollars.
Though not as dramatic as we hoped, it is a significant step in the right direction. Moreover, it passed by a two-to-one margin — 269 to 178. (On a tangential note, there were only 447 delegates who voted, about 150 attendees less than was previously anticipated. This was the least-attended AAC in decades.)
To be sure, the bad faith we have come to expect from Syosset and the Metropolitan Council can certainly derail the timetable. Let’s face it, their spiritual bankruptcy is reinforced by their intellectual inbreeding — all they know is what they know, and the Old Ways are the Only Ways. The Synod of Bishops for that matter can veto this resolution. If they do however, they will only drive more people away and the OCA doesn’t have that wide a margin for error. There are no guarantees and we at stately Monomakhos Manor aren’t popping the champagne corks yet. But anyway you look at it, this is a HUGE rebuke to the present Regime.