According to an email from a well-placed hieromonk in the ROCOR-MP, insiders within World Orthodoxy are initiating “investigations” into an alleged “disability scam” among members of the American Metropolia, or as they derisively refer to them, “LoBuites” in New Jersey. As the fact that only two older monastics at the Abbey of the Holy Name in West Milford, NJ recieve disability payments for a number of debilitating illnesses is well-known among Orthodox in the area who know them, the alleged “investigation” is being done with the intent of harming them.
One disabled monastic now fears he will be removed from his home of nearly 10 years, without reason, because of the threat of a supposed investigation for the ‘crime’ of being disabled with several chronic physical conditions from a young age.
The letter, sent by Fr Ambrose (Mooney), an Australian hieromonk in frequent communication with Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral, ROCOR-MP) of New York and Bishop Jerome (Shaw) of Manhattan and often an announcer of their intentions and plans, was sent to a friend of NFTU, who forwarded it to us.
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013 3:03 PM
Subject: LoBuites in New Jersey are being investigated for working a scam with their disability claims
****, I’ve just heard from a priest working in social services that the LoBuites in New Jersey are being investigated for working a scam with their disability claims.
Which of them reside in New Jersey?
As Mooney knows from having studied the Metropolia for years, only Holy Name Abbey is an active Church in New Jersey.
Unfortunately, New Jersey’s policy guidelines indicate that this behavior as well as violating the confidentiality of recipient records is illegal and against state policy (See Policy document, section 2.A.2.b,d here), and the Abbey intends to file a complaint to the department and assist in the pursuit of those who would abuse their position in government to harm defenseless people, bearing in mind the terrifying possibility that religious bias is being used in determining denial of benefits for the elderly and disabled. While the Metropolitan simply dismissed the claim of fraud as “ludicrous”, he did indicate he intends to reproduce the email and send it to local authorities shortly.
What’s particularly disturbing is that this is being initiated by a so-called “clergyman” in a secular position. We hope that this is a great misunderstanding, because such a person doesn’t just deserve to be deposed– such a one should have no access to state records, and should be immediately terminated from his position, as the public trust is placed in jeopardy.