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::14: Metropolitan Philip responded with the laicisation of John Hardenbrook and David Anderson, by suspending the remaining clergy, and by ordering one of the non-signatory priests to change the locks on the church. [http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/encyclicals/antioch/philip_saliba/philip_directive_feb1998.htm] <ref>Metropolitan Philip, 1998, Archpastoral Directive. https://benlomond.wordpress.com/1998/02/14/archpastoral-directive-depositions; accessed 23 March 2018</ref>
::: Metropolitan Philip responded with the laicisation of John Hardenbrook and David Anderson, by suspending the remaining clergy, and by ordering one of the non-signatory priests to change the locks on the church. <ref>Metropolitan Philip, 1998, Archpastoral Directive. https://benlomond.wordpress.com/1998/02/14/archpastoral-directive-depositions; accessed 23 March 2018. [http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/encyclicals/antioch/philip_saliba/philip_directive_feb1998.htm]</ref>
:::The clergy and laity at odds with the Archdiocese began to attend St Nicholas Orthodox Church (OCA) in Saratoga, and petitioned to be entered into the OCA. St Nicholas Church begins an extra Sunday service to accomodate the sudden rise (approx. 300) in parishioners. The Ben Lomond group continued to regard themselves as a separate community, and was unresponsive to requests to fill out membership forms and otherwise become a part of St Nicholas - in response, Bp [[Tikhon (Fitzgerald) of San Francisco and Los Angeles|Tikhon of the West]] issued a directive that all must worship in the same Liturgy.
*1998 Aug 20: Having sued the Ben Lomond Parish Corporation for the property and assets of the parish, the Archdiocese was awarded both, which resulted in the closure of the parochial school (running for seven years).
*1999 Feb: Having been made clear that the OCA would not accept the suspended clergy, the parish sought ministrations from the Jerusalem Patriarchate, and began to serve at a chapel in Felton. Two priests from the original community have since been ordained, who serve the community at St Lawrence's Church and it's parochial school.
-The OCA received a large number of the faithful, on the condition of their silence on the matter, also forbidding other OCA clergy to discuss it.
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==External links==
*Lucas, P.C., 2003, "[http://caliber.ucpress.net/doi/abs/10.1525/nr.2003.7.2.5 Enfants Terribles: The Challenge of Sectarian Converts to Ethnic Orthodox Churches in the United States]", in ''Nova Religio'', Vol. 7, No. 2, November 2003. (password protected)
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