Skip to comments.Chicago Native Quits as Leader of American Orthodox Church
Posted on 07/10/2012 8:41:03 AM PDT by marshmallow
The Chicago native elected to the helm of the Orthodox Church in America resigned this weekend, saying in a letter that he has "neither the personality nor the temperament" to lead the church.
Metropolitan Jonah submitted his resignation during a conference call on Saturday with other bishops of the church. In his letter of resignation, he said he was leaving the post in response to the unanimous request of the bishops.
"I had come to the realization long ago that I have neither the personality nor the temperament for the position of primate, a position I never sought nor desired," he wrote in a letter of resignation.
The letter was written Friday in his Washington, D.C. home and witnessed by the Orthodox Church in America's chancellor, according to a statement from the church.
Elected in 2008 to lead one of several branches of Orthodox Christianity in the United States, Metropolitan Jonah became primate under a banner of reform after his predecessor, Archbishop Herman, retired amid allegations that leaders of the 400,000-member denomination used millions of dollars from church coffers to cover personal expenses.
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Sounds like a decent man who refused to play politics.
It’s a shame one Barack Obama isn’t as self-aware.