"... So it was NOT, emphatically NOT, because of Archbishop Mark or his treatment of us that we left ROCOR - it was because the Assembly of the Bishops of ROCOR changed their long held confessional stance, and submitted to the Moscow Patriarchate, and thus became, as events since have sadly clearly shown, part of "World Orthodoxy." That was the sole reason for our leaving, and any one who suggests otherwise dishonours our good intentions. We may prove to have been wrong, but I believe that people should respect our integrity and not try to present our motives as something dishonourable..."
Dispelling a Rumor
In a letter to Archbishop Chrysostoms in Etna, Archimandrite Alexis of St. Edward's in England asks for help in dispelling a rumor that his monastery left the R0C0R-MP because of mistreatment by Archbishop Mark Arndt. At the same time and in the same letter, Archimandrite Alexis admits that he is not certain that the union is wrong.