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Patriarch John X Receives Retirement Letter from Metropolitan Joseph

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

​Statement in English البيان باللغة العربية

No: 90/2022

To our Beloved in the Lord, The Hierarchs, Priests, Deacons, Members of the Board of Trustees, and Spiritual Children of our Holy Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America,

I greet you in Christ, lifting up my prayers for your protection.

Further to my previous letters to you at this critical period in the life of the Archdiocese, I would like through the present letter to inform you of the following:
First, we have received from His Eminence, the Most Reverend JOSEPH Zehlaoui, Metropolitan of New York and Archbishop of all North America, his Retirement Letter from his position as Metropolitan of the Archdiocese.
Second, we will duly forward the letter of His Eminence to the Holy Synod to take the necessary actions accordingly.
Third, the immediate effect of the resignation of His Eminence the Metropolitan of the Archdiocese and the circumstances related to it necessitate from us, as patriarch, to take appropriate measures in order to ensure the proper care and administration of the Archdiocese, in preparation for the next phase. We will inform you of these measures in due course.
Fourth, we ask the Lord to give Metropolitan JOSEPH many years of good health, that he “may complete the remaining time of his life in peace and repentance,” in a manner well-pleasing to the Lord, and in His Grace.
Fifth, last but not least, I call upon you again to remain united in prayer, and we are with you in this before the Lord, asking for the wellbeing of the Archdiocese and of each and every one member in it, both clergy and laity. We put our hope in the Lord, and He always does not disappoint those who rely on Him with faith.
With our Apostolic blessings.
Damascus, 17 September 2022.
 + JOHN X
Patriarch of Antioch and all the East

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  1. Now that Metropolitan Joseph has submitted his resignation as the head of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, the time has come to turn and face the future not only of that “ethnic jurisdiction” but what this portends for the future of Orthodoxy in America.

    Who will lead this important part of the Church on these shores going forward?

    How will he be chosen? What input will the faithful in North America have in his selection? Is its claimed “autonomy” real? Or, is it an illusory autonomy that offers only lip service to the clergy and laity it is supposed to serve?

    Will he favor the unification of the Church in America as +Metropolitan Philip, of blessed memory did? What voice will the converts who came into Orthodoxy under +Philip have in the direction of the Church?

    What position will the the new Metropolitan take with respect to the Declaration for Orthodox Christian Unity in America, as a leader of his flock and as a member of the Assembly of Bishops?

    Will he be able to convince Patriarch John that the ancient, struggling Patriarchate of Antioch has nothing to fear, but much to gain from a united, strong, growing autocephalous Orthodox Church in North America?

    It is time to look past the past and pray that both Antioch and Constantinople live up to the opportunities that the future could provide if they are willing to trust in it.

  2. The Antiochians have no REAL leadership. Met. Philip was a leader. Of course, he toed the line according to what the Synod overseas wanted – unfortunately. Everyone has to realize that NOTHING will change regarding unity of the Orthodox churches in America unless ALL the bishops here join in their own AUTOCEPHALOUS SYNOD rejecting their foreign overseers. The Canons are clear that foreign bishops have no authority outside their own territory. America is no longer a missionary activity and no churches can be a diocese of any foreign bishop.

  3. “ALL the bishops here” have to finally understand that only by coming together as an autocephalous synod can they finally be empowered to be real bishops.

    As long as they are subject to the synods in the Old World that appointed them (and can remove them for any, or no, reason) they are not able to function as real bishops. Autocephaly for the Orthodox Church in America does not mean abandoning the Mother Churches. It means joining them as a sister church that will grow and offer more support, financial, spiritual and political, than is now possible.

  4. Peter Ray Millman on

    The Antiochian Orthodox Church is headquartered in Damascus, Syria. The last time I checked ( a couple of minutes ago ) Syria is in the third world. Why on earth would a third world country have any influence or input in the preeminent first world country in the world – the US? Perhaps, I’m slow on the uptake, but it just doesn’t seem to make sense to me!! By the way, this is not an admission that I’m slow on the uptake. Thank you!!

    • Your comment about Syria sounds familiar. In the Gospel of John, chapter 1, verses 45-47, Nathaniel says, referring to Jesus, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” At that time, Nazareth was considered one of the lowliest places on earth.

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