When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said, 'Zacchaeus, be quick and come down; I must come and stay with you today.' He climbed down as fast as he could and welcomed him gladly. At this there was a general murmur of disapproval. 'He has gone in', they said, 'to be the guest of a sinner.' Lk. 19:5-7

Timeline:

  1. Thursday, July 21, 2011 (Received in Moscow on Friday, July 22, 2011), a letter from Bp. Melchisedek was sent to Archimandrite Zacchaeus entitled, “Assignment instructions” stating leave of absence and requirement to return immediately to the United States without any information except stating that Fr. Zacchaeus was “named subject of an investigation apparently alleging violations of the  "Policies Standards and Procedures of the Orthodox Church in America on Sexual Misconduct" (PSP) against (SEE TEXT).”  EXHIBIT 1
  2. Friday, July 22, 2011, Archimandrite Zacchaeus receives letter from Deputy Chairman of the Russian Church’s Department of External Church Relations, Archpriest Nicholas Balashov, stating that the Department’s Chairman, Metropolitan Hilarion also received a letter from Bp. Melchisedek, informing him of my “leave of absence” and immediate need to depart to the United States.  (It was later made known that Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky contacted Fr. Nicholas Balashov and discussed the nature of this leave with him and the need for the parish to be serviced by another priest.) EXHIBIT 2
  3. Sunday, July 24, 2011, Archimandrite Zacchaeus was taken to the hospital via ambulance. The doctors later determined that the illness began on July 21, 2011.  EXHIBIT 3
  4. Sunday, July 24, 2011, Fr. Zacchaeus’ legal counsel, Vladimir Berezansky, Jr. sent a letter to Bp. Melchisedek informing him that, among other matters regarding Fr. Zacchaeus’ situation, “health-related complications prevent him from travelling for at least the near-term future.” EXHIBIT 4
  5. Wednesday, July 27, 2011, Mr. Vladimir Berezansky, Jr. sends a second follow up letter to Bp. Melchisedek after receiving no response to the first letter. EXHIBIT 5
  6. Wednesday, July 27, 2011, Bp. Melchisedek responds to Mr. Berezansky’s second letter and claims not having seen the first letter, although acknowledging it was sent to the correct address.  EXHIBIT 5a
  7. Thursday, July 28, 2011, an announcement appears on the Orthodox Church in America’s official website stating that Archimandrite Zacchaeus “has been placed on a leave of absence and recalled to the United States by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah.  He is prohibited from exercising any liturgical or sacramental ministry” but without any official documentation from Metropolitan Jonah himself. Likewise, without referring to any official document signed by the Metropolitan, the announcement states, “Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky… will assume duties as the representative of the OCA to the Moscow Patriarchate.” EXHIBIT6a
  8. Friday, July, 29, 2011 Bp. Melchisedek sends Archimandrite Zacchaeus a letter that he claims, “According to the instructions of Metropolitan +Jonah to me, as of Thursday, July 28, 2011, at 1:35 p.m., I am sending the attached letter to you at his request and with his authorization.” In a telephone conversation between Metropolitan Jonah and Vladimir Berezansky, it is confirmed that the Metropolitan did not sign this letter, but rather Bp. Melchisedek used the Metropolitan’s autosignature on the letter. The Metropolitan also confirmed that he did not see the final draft of said letter or approve its release. In the letter attributed to Metropolitan Jonah, Archimandrite Zacchaeus is transferred to the jurisdiction of Bp. Melchisedek and told to confirm receipt of letter within 12 hours. EXHIBIT 7