A Letter to Archbishop Spyridon
from Metropolitan Maximos
regarding a Resolution passed
by The Orthodox Theological Society of America
( July 1, 1998 )
Date: Wed, 01 Jul 1998 13:50:45 -0400
From: Metropolitan Maximos <email@example.com>
To: Archbishop Spyridon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: OTSA resolution
I am informed that a "squiller" misinformed you regarding the recent
OTSA (Orthodox Theological Society of America) meeting. Allegedly, Your
Eminence was told that a resolution was passed, which asks for the
restoration of four Holy Cross professors.
The truth is different: a resolution was passed thanking the four
professors for their valuable contributions to the work of OTSA.
Nothing more. The rest comes from the evil one. I will get hold of the
resolution and submit it to you for your information.
What the resolution does not say, is that an OTSA member said that the
resolution was fine, but it did not address the "illegal dismissal" of
these professors. I rose to speak against such a statement in the
resolution, telling OTSA that "we cannot get involved with the internal
affairs of any one of our jurisdictions."
Looking forward to being with you at the dinner this Friday evening in
Orlando, I remain,
P.S. An "informer" also told me that, according to his information
"from a reliable source," your Eminence still believes that some of
your bishops side with the GOAL/OCL people. I cannot speak for the
others. But, I hope that your Eminence knows where I stand. These
people still hate me for the allegedly "threatening" letter I send
them last December; and they were not thrilled to be called
"para-ecclesiastical." It seems to me that some of your bishops are
disliked by your Eminence, and hated by your enemies. Why? No matter
what is going on, I am always defending your Eminence, in the best I
know how. I hope that Your Eminence can see that, and not pay attention
to "informers," who have their own agendas.
I also take this opportunity to thank you for accepting my resignation
for the Seminary's Board of Corporate Members. I have also found out
that you have second thoughts about my offer (at the acting dean's
request) to teach a class at the Seminary. My health does not allow
such a thing, anyway. To begin with, it was not very realistic for me
to think that I could turn the clock back to so many years. My feelings
are not hurt. To the contrary, I am thankful to you for caring enough
about my well being, thus not allowing an unfair thing to happen. Thank
you very much.
[ July 1, 1998 ]