Yekaterinburg, September 9, Interfax - The court of the Yekaterinburg Diocese on Wednesday scheduled for Thursday the third, decisive hearing of the case involving the excommunication of defrocked Schema-monk Sergy (Romanov), Archpriest Nikolay Maleta, chairman of the diocesan court, said.
"There are no results. Schema-monk Sergy failed to show up in court and therefore the hearing is rescheduled for tomorrow. But I think no final decision will be made on this issue tomorrow either," he said.
The schema-monk was summoned to court as an accused of violating the 28th rule of the Holy Apostles on September 7. He is facing excommunication for that. However, Sergy did not come to court and a repeat hearing of his case was scheduled for September 9.
The chairman of the diocesan court told reporters the final decision will most likely be made in the third hearing.
In a video released earlier, Sergy dismissed the Covid-19 pandemic as a myth and called for disobedience to senior clergy and the authorities. He also cursed those who closed churches during the pandemic and warned of the creation of "Satan's electronic camp."
On June 3, the diocesan court found Father Sergy guilty of breaching his monastic vows and his priest's oath and defrocked him. He did not come to two of the three hearing of this issue. The patriarch approved the decision of the diocesan court to defrock Romanov on July 24.
Father Sergy said he has no intention of leaving the Sredneuralsky Convent. More than 150 nuns remain there. They were offered to move to other convents, but they refused.