30 June 2008, 11:10
Defrocked Bishop Diomid refuses to repent
Anadyr, June 30, Interfax - Bishop Diomid of Chukotka and Anadyr, whom the Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church defrocked until repentance, has told his parish he will neither repent, nor change his views.
"Bishop Diomid announced in the church today that he would not repent, as he does not deem himself guilty, and that he had made his position clear to the patriarch and Metropolitan Kirill," the bishop's nephew and parishioner Alexander Nesterov told Interfax-Religion.
Importantly, Sunday's liturgy at the Church of Transfiguration in Anadyr was conducted by Bishop Diomid, despite a ban imposed on his service by the Holy Synod.
The bishop will not abide by the Synod's ban and will continue his service, Nesterov said.
Bishop Diomid has been critical of Patriarch Alexy II and other church hierarchs lately, advocating the Russian Orthodox Church's self-isolation, and the rejection of the dialogue with the authorities and representatives of other religions and confessions, and of active missionary activities.
The Bishops' Council on Friday urged Bishop Diomid to repent and to stop his service. Bishop Diomid was given until the Holy Synod's next meeting to repent.
The Synod's summer session usually falls on the middle of July, when the St.Sergius of Radonezh holiday is observed. If Bishop Diomid refuses to repent before the meeting, he will be defrocked officially.