Rod Dreher has recently posted an article entitled "Abp Nikon Cancels DOS Bishop Election." It is obvious to even the most casual observer that the Diocese of the South is not in a happy place where the episcopacy is concerned, but do they need more "analysis" like this to further enflame the situation? In response to it I commented there, and I repost here, the following:
How many votes in recent OCA memory have gone smoothly or as expected? Even Abp. Dmitri of blessed memory was not on the winning side of an elevation to be metropolitan when the synod got involved. OCA electioneering is volatile. I doubt very much this will “destroy” the diocese. You do the people of the diocese a disservice by making this rather unwholesome foray into demagoguery.
The article itself:
I have it from two independent sources this afternoon that Archbishop Nikon, the locum tenens of the DOS, has cancelled the planned election of a new bishop of the Diocese of the South, set for a Miami meeting later this month. Why? I am told that a letter he sent to DOS priests — a letter I have not seen, but am trying to get my hands on (e-mail it to me at rod (at) amconmag.com if you have it) — asserts that Fr Gerasim Eliel, one of the two candidates for the position, was not properly vetted by the Holy Synod.
Gerasim is the candidate favored by most of the DOS. The other candidate, Bishop Mark Maymon, widely understood to be the Holy Synod’s favorite, is deeply mistrusted and even despised by very many people of the DOS, because of his shocking actions at the cathedral in Dallas (see here for more information on that). The Diocesan Council earlier this spring put forth a single name for its bishop’s election: Gerasim’s. It looked like Gerasim would be elected bishop of the DOS later this month. According to OCA rules, the victor of that election would have his name sent to the Holy Synod for confirmation or rejection. The final decision is with the Synod...