As forwarded from His Eminence Abp. Stephen Michael ++
On the day of my consecration at Berlin in the AOCC. (check the dates), The very same day I was consecrated at Berlin, by God’s grace, it was met with with a most epic response. This is something that I believe has never happened before to a currently ruling Archbishop.
Members of three hundred Dutch Catholic churches signed a petition and had gathered outside of the Palace of the then present Archbishop of Utrecht. On this day (I attach photos of their demonstration with plaque cards), it was fully accomplished in their minds that the old Archbishop has been thrown off as their authority. This was signed by 12,000 of their congregants and sent to the Pope. Radio hosts heralded (and official clergy of Holland celebrated that the former Archbishop of Utrecht has been ousted). By God’s grace, it occurred ON MY CONSECRATION DAY.
“Handen af van onze kerk” English “Hands off of our church”
His (the former Archbishop’s) is the highest seat of the Netherlands for the longest amount of time. It was a Prince Archbishopric formally recognized as the seat for negotiating numerous peace treaties of the world throughout the ages. It was all over the news, television and radio, that he is out! This was a sign from heaven which by God’s grace had coincided on the same day of my consecration at Berlin. Clergy being interviewed on the radio and TV said they are actively seeking a younger Orthodox Catholic who can work good with Protestants, to fill his post. They said the pope has been going too slow and that the Archbishop is no longer their Christian leader for the Netherlands. They seek a passionate leader with the hopes he can save about 200 of the churches from being closed for ever.As you can read in the signed petition to the Pope, and clearly read on the posters the people officially divorced themselves from him, from that day forward (by God’s grace the day of my consecration, he is no longer their Archbishop). On the radio interviews (which are also recorded) you can hear representatives of the church saying he is out, and all broadcasters agreeing with the will of the people.I’m ordained as a FUNCTIONAL/not-titular bishop in apostolic succession in supervision of two AOCC – WRM Archbishops, and by the laying on of hands from the Archbishop of Germany at Berlin. Sabbath and dietary laws fully endorsed with apostolic citation and communion agreements that preceded. Those are also attached.Documents attached as mentioned. Page 1 of consecration included only so you can see official date of the ceremony as it was performed at a special office at the ministry of foreign affairs.