According to Archbishop Daniel (one of the two EP exarchs) there is supposed to be a congress of the bishops of UAOC, KP, and any bishops of the UOC who want to be there. This body would formulate the structure of the new church and elect a primate, at which point the new church will receive the Tomos of autocephaly from the EP.
What does that make these bishops now? Is Makariy still metropolitan? Is Filaret still Patriarch? This is where it's rather murky and confusing.
I think both MP and EP have conducted themselves very poorly in this matter.
No one must put himself or herself in a toxic situation. I've been there with family and in-laws. I avoid contact as much as possible and keep my peace about me--the peace that I know that Christ is in charge here and hereafter and that I can bear these challenges with His help. But I don't have to go looking for more frequent experiences of toxic situations.
The Enemy can use these to weaken our faith. Don't let him. Recognize what this is--pray for your mother and be kind--but don't think you must constantly subject yourself to this because of the 4th commandment of honoring our parents.
Yes this is part of my problem. The peace I found with Christ when I started praying has been lost, but not because of my mom, because I eventually brought back to Him situations in which I just don't know where His love was in our life. I often feel like fighting both God and mom because they both make me feel guilty and not enough even if the one physically near me, mom, said that is the last thing she wants to make me feel bad. I have to convince myself to stop trying to fix both my relationship with Him and her relationship with Him at the same time.
The Enemy has won for now (he has been visiting me in my dreams since the age of 5, trying to scare me, I am no longer scared of him just disgusted and sometimes feel sorry for him too) in his exercise to push me down. When I was 5 I dreamt him and he promised he'd "get me." I wish I could feel as energetic against The Enemy as most Christians are, and get happy to just overcome his attacks and be more assertive and take pleasure from winning a fight. But I just feel like I passively hate him and wish him to just be gone.
No special insights, but when the offices held by Fr Wes (Economos/Finance Officer) and Fr Francis (Judicial Vicar) became vacant as a result of their respective passings, those offices were timely filled respectively by Bishop Gerald and Bishop John with new appointments.
The public statements issued by Bishop John Pazak and Bishop Thomas Olmsted (which have been discussed on this forum) provided the background for the appointment of Bishop Thomas as Apostolic Administrator.
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