PRAVMIR. July 9, 2012. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, has tendered his resignationas Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.
On Saturday, July 7, his letter was submitted to the members of the Holy Synod during a conference call in which all of the bishops participated, with the exception of Archbishop Alejo of Mexico City and Mexico, oca.org reports.
In his letter, Metropolitan Jonah states that he is tendering his resignation as Primate by unanimous request of his fellow hierarchs, as conveyed to him by Fr.John Jillions, Chancellor of the OCA.
The Metropolitan writes: “I had come to the realization long ago that I have neither the personality nor the temperament for the position of Primate, aposition I never sought nor desired.”
He concludes: “I will appreciate your consideration in this, and beg forgiveness for however I have offended you, and for whatever difficulties have arisen from my own inadequacies and mistakes in judgment.”