“April of 1997:
Dear Fr. Nicholas,
When you convinced us to leave the Russian synod in December of 1986, along with leading us into schism, did you also lead us into a cult?
You allowed rumors to be spread about my brother Peter and myself as a means of explaining our behavior, when we decided to leave The HOCNA and return to the Russian Synod in 1992.
You lied to my son and caused a separation in our families, while Fr. Isaac turned my niece against Maura and myself; my sweet niece, who came to the Old Calendar while living with us, like our child for a period of two years.
You know when Fr. Isaac’s brother [the late monk Fr. Michael] interrogated me, he implored me to never tell his family what I knew about Fr. Isaac’s involvement in this sexually perverse situation, because it would destroy them. I never did tell his family, so in return last month, when my son and his wife went to Boston to an Antiochian New Calendar church for the baptism of my niece’s son, I was informed that Fr. Isaac told them to never attend any Russian Synod Old Calendar Church.
This is a cultist mentality. This is evil. Fr. Panteleimon and Fr. Isaac are sifting my son and his wife and my niece like wheat.”
How can you allow such pernicious behavior to continue? You were my best friend, Fr. Nicholas. I trusted you; how can you continue to betray my family? All I ever wanted you to do was to investigate, to stand up and defend these monks on behalf of your parishioners; on behalf of all these monks who are equal to Fr. Panteleimon in our Savior’s eyes. Wasn’t there just one monk that you cared about? What about Fr. Barnabas? Presbyteria loved him. Your parishioners loved him. We all did. He gave 32 years as an Archdeacon, until he could stand no more.”
[John Chaplain’s note] - Sad to say, Fr. Nicholas apparently couldn’t deal with this reality–he never even responded.
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