The hierarchy can appeal to the Pope over the decision of the Eastern Congregation. An appeal directly to the Pope can suspend the effect a juridical act of a lower authority (according to the canons). Perhaps the bishop has appealed to the Pope, which is the reason for the suspension of closure.
I think this happened once in relation to a decision of an official of the Eastern Congregation who opposed the installment of an Eastern bishop (I think Ukranian or Melkite?) in Canada. I think the local Church appealed to the Pope and the decision of the official from the Eastern Congregation was overturned. The foregoing is going off of my spotty memory, btw, so any more specifics that others can introduce would be great.
Last edited by mardukm; 08/24/15 07:56 PM.