According to their Official Website and dated January 16, the ROCOR-Moscow Patriarchate– which has spent a great deal of time engaged in court battles around the world for parish buildings belonging to ROCOR Churches and people who did not want to go along with union– is now in danger of losing the main Synod building. This appears to largely be due to yearly losses of approximately $450-500,000 annually, according to the article, “in recent years”.
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While the article does not explain the reason for the losses, it is not difficult to guess at all. The “unionists” in ROCOR saw approximately 10-15% of its parishes depart with Metropolitan Vitaly from 2001-2003 and approximately (according to the earliest reports) 33% of its parishes lost to Archbishop (now Metropolitan) Agafangel after the 2007 union with the Moscow Patriarchate.
The departing parishioners long misrepresented as a tiny, angry minority, it is becoming clear that Moscow’s “support” cannot compensate for the loss of almost half of the regular Church worshippers over a 15-year period. The rapidity with which new replacement priests were brought in to “bring up the numbers” as a face-saving mechanism has been of even less help, as ROCOR-MP witnessed an erosion of its credibility due to its “Western Rite” adventures and rapid ordinations of clergy who, in some cases, had not been fully catechized into Orthodoxy.
The ROCOR-MP report indicates that it is unclear how a resolution to the current situation would occur, but starkly reads that they are “aware of the need of the Cathedral worshipers in New York to continue their liturgical life should selling the buildings be the only viable option”. It is ironic that less than four months away from the 5th anniversary of the union (when full integration into the MP will be required), the very stones seem hesitant to come along.
The full report is below (original source here):