I took a glance at my blog stats and noticed something about a post I made some time ago about Metropolitan Philip’s opinion of traditional clerical dress in the Orthodox Church (here). It was a link coming in from another blog. As coincidence would have it, not even five minutes I read the following:
+Philip Removes Orthodox Priest For Wearing Cassock
On the day the Archdiocesan website officially published the Metropolitan Philip’s October 22nd “Implementation” Order (read those 18 directives here or here), the Metropolitan dismissed Fr. David Moretti of Terre Haute IN from his parish, and the Archdiocese, ostensibly for disobedience, that is, wearing a traditional cassock rather than a clergy suit while in public. The letter announcing the Metropolitan’s decision was short and direct:
“To the Priest David Moretti:
It is with sadness of heart that I write to you today. Because of your disobedience in following the directives I have set forth for liturgical dress and practice as well as public comments you have made disparaging me personally, I am releasing you from your duties as pastor of St. George Church and as a priest of the Antiochian Archdiocese effective December 1, 2010. Please plan to be out of the parish by that date.
Read the full story here.