Metropolitan Jonah of All America and Canada made a statement today (March 1, 2011) to clear out reasons of his 60-day leave, and rejected rumors of its forced character, according to the Interfax-Religion website.
"I am still your Metropolitan. I am still your diocesan bishop. I am still the active primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). The reports are not true. I am merely taking a retreat, a time for reflection," he said speaking at St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Cathedral in Washington, DC.
The metropolitan noted that the necessity to make such an address causes "sadness" and called Internet reporting that he had been deposed and resigned "inaccurate."