There has been much mystery surrounding Bishop Ambrose Moran, especially concerning his episcopal consecration. I present below two episcopal consecration documents and what I have learned about them. I hope this post will clear up some of this mystery for all concerned.
Please click on the link below and you will find an episcopal consecration certificate with Ambrose Moran’s name on it:
You will see that, according to this certificate, the presiding bishop was Metroplitan Hryhorij (Gregory in English) of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the United States – Sobronopravna. The ceremony took place at the Holy Protection Cathedral in the Chicago, Illinois in September 1976.
I contacted the Holy Protection Cathedral to verify the authenticity of this certificate. On Friday October 23, 2015 I received confirmation from the Cathedral that this certificate was indeed authentic. Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer was made aware of this confirmation. He then verified it himself on Tuesday October 27, 2015 when he made a visit to the Cathedral.
On Friday October 16, 2015 I contacted St. Sophia Church in Rome to verify the authenticity of the following episcopal consecration certificate:
On Tuesday October 27, 2015 I received the following e-mail (in red font), which I sent to Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer the same day:
Document and absolutely false! I ran the document for verification to close associates of Cardinal Slipyy of that period. And those of Mons. Ivan Muzycka and Mons. Ivan Dacko was negative! In archives took Basilica Santa Sofia is not no copy of the document dubbed. Signed by Cardinal Slipyi the document submitted does not match with the real signature he used His Beatitude! The same signature and letterhead. Stamp also false! Signature of bishop Boretsky not match the signature he used! Two witnesses who were secretaries of cardinelw Slipyi not remember a fact of Episcopal Moran Dolgoroukyi. It’s all. So many good things.
Don Marco Yaroslav Semehen
Presidente della Associazione Religiosa “SANTA SOFIA”
Rettore della Basilica “SANTA SOFIA”
Coordinatore Nazionale per gli ucraini cattolici di rito bizantino in Italia.
Via di Boccea 467
Roma 00166 Italia