Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of North & South America & the Diaspora
Archeparchy of the United States
His Beatitdue, MEFODIY, Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine, Predstoyatel
His Eminence, The Most Reverend Michael Javchak Champion, DD., MA Th.
Archbishop of New York - Metropolitan of All America & the Diaspora
STATEMENT OF THE COUNCIL OF HIERARCHS OF THE ARCHEPARCHY OF THE UNITED STATES
We, the bishops of the Archeparhcy of the United States, of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of North & South America and the Diaspora, meeting in Synod on December 6, 2005, following canonical procedure and having reached the necessary quorum, issue the following prouncement:
(1) After reviewing the relating material and pertinent information, it is decided that Bishop Myroslav (Michael) Kniespeck shall be removed as a member of the Council of Hierarchs of the UAOC of North & South America & the Diaspora.
(2) Since there was never any canonical installation, any claims or references to his title as "Titular Archbishop of Khust" and "Coadjutor-Archbishop" are null and void and have no efficacy.
(3) Bishop Myroslav (Michael) Kniespeck is deprived of any priestly faculties and is not able to celebrate the Divine Services or Sacraments of the church, nor to represent himself as a clergyman of the UAOC or of the Orthodox Church in general.
(4) Neither this Council of Hierarchs, nor the UAOC as a whole can condone or support any actions that may have been or may be in the future, performed by Myroslav Michael Kniespeck.
Archbishop of New York
Metropolitan of All America & the Diaspora
Bishop of Maramaros
+BISHOP PAUL PETER
Bishop of Zela