Esteemed Vladika Tikhon and other Hierarchs of the RTOC Synod:
Having read Your Notification dated 11/24 February, 2016, my attention was involuntarily drawn to the undignified interference in the matters of another (my) diocese, which is strictly forbidden by the canons. Furthermore you resorted to slander, which is worse than interference: Yourpublic and false accusations against a fellow bishop even surpass any decency.
1) When, on June 19, 2015 I pulled up to the church in Worcester and entered it, I encountered Archbishop Tikhon – alone – standing in the narthex (there was no service underway). I greeted him and immediately invited him to come to Trenton in order to serve, but Vladika Tikhon replied, ”No, no, there is no way I can do this. I have a lot of parishes in Russia and the Ukraine which I need to visit and I have to perform hierarchical rank services there.” You, Vladika decided in Your Notification to turn my invitation into something vile, saying that since 2009 I have never invited you… Possibly Fr. Victor Melehov or someone else invented this slander, but since you, Vladika signed this Notification, then You are, if not the instigator, then at least a co-participant in this slander. But if You signed the Notification without reading it, then everything else that has been signed is of no consequence! There can be no excuse forthcoming from You. You are responsible for the Truth before God and the faithful!!
2) Meanwhile, you (Archbishop Tikhon, Archbishop Benjamin and secretary Fr. V. Melehov) signed yet another cunning paper; all of you, including hieromonk Polycarp were present when I reported on the life of our diocese: of awarding a mitre to Fr. Joseph Sunderland and the East American dean Protopriest Sergey Klestov. I discussed other matters with you as well: I told you, for example, that on the Sunday of Orthodoxy we anathematized Sergians, and You, Vladiko impeded this, saying that there was no such resolution… Remember? Yet You accuse me saying, “We have not received any information about your activities as a diocesan hierarch for a long time”. Then what did I deliver to all of you at our first meeting if not my report concerning my diocesan activities?? What is the reason for all these ridiculous accusations? This is only excusable if you have a touch of dementia (don’t we all at our age??) and You do not remember what I said to You half a year ago. Perhaps You should have re-examined your classified Minutes of that meeting prior to making this accusation against me…or do these Minutes not even exist??