In 2004, Metropolitan Valentine, as head of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church, on his own initiative and without the knowledge of his Synod, proceeded to uncanonically dismantle the archdiocese of Archbishop Gregory of Denver and Colorado. To accomplish this, he attempted to steal all of the archbishop’s clergy and place them under his own authority. Archbishop Gregory made formal accusations to the Synod against the Metropolitan for his breaking of the Canons. Along with the above mentioned fact, Archbishop Gregory also notified the Synod that Metropolitan Valentine had uncanonically received an unbaptized clergyman from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, along with his 180 unbaptized Haitian followers, into the Church. In addition to this, the Metropolitan also accepted into communion three deposed priests.
Upon his return to Russia, the Metropolitan presented a carefully crafted report to the Synod which not only failed to answer the formal charges against him, but also presented a series of slanders against the Archbishop. To justify the new ecclesiastical course that the Metropolitan was taking, he appealed to the condemned Kniga Consistorium, a collection of uncanonical rules that were instituted during the reign of Tsar Peter I. These rules undermined the canonical structure of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The outcome of all the above was that Metropolitan Valentine broke communion with Archbishop Gregory. For these reasons and more, Metropolitan Valentine willfully caused a schism in the Church. His followers and successors have made themselves schismatics who should be avoided.
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