In this post, I presented an e-mail from Don Marco Yaroslav Semehen, the then and still Rector of St. Sophia church in Rome, in which he concluded that the episcopal consecration certificate presented by Ambrose Moran as evidence of his episcopal consecration by Cardinal Slipyj is false. St. Sophia is the church where Ambrose Moran claims he was consecrated a bishop by Cardinal Slipyj. With Ambrose Moran now back in the picture at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel seminary in Boston, Kentucky, I decided to make a second inquiry at the same church. I presented the above linked episcopal consecration certificate as well as this picture (background is St. Sophia church) and website. This morning (of August 25, 2018) I received the following (in red font) via e-mail from Don Andriy Soletskyy, current Vice Rector of St. Sophia church in Rome:
Glory to Jesus Christ!
Let me give you a brief response on your request, concerning the presence in the Historical Archives of the UGCC in Rome of the documents testifying the possible Bishop ordination of William (Vasyliy, Amvrosiy) Moran by Patriarch Josyph.
Checking the main archival funds and cases revealed the complete absence of such documents. Moreover, the comparison of signatures of His Beatitude Josyph and His Excellency Isydor Boretskyy from that period with the signatures in the “document” sent by you, certifies that your document is a falsification and the signatures in it are fake.
We have found instead a letter from Bishop Boretskyy to Patriarch Josyph, containing a petition for acceptance under his jurisdiction of Bishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Autocephalous Church in America Mykolay Ilnytskyy with two priests, Ivan Ropke and William Moran, from November 29, 1974. In a draft of the response letter Patriarch Josyph asks Boretskyy to send the original documents and to find out more about the canonical status of the requesters.
Any other documents were not found. In my opinion, there is no need of further researches, which may take a long time. Also, from the newly opened Archival funds of SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) we know that similar fake documents were often made by Soviet secret service.
A second investigation, conducted by a different priest, produces the same result, that is, Ambrose Moran is a fraud by presenting himself as a Catholic bishop consecrated by Cardinal Slipyj. Yet he has managed somehow to gain the Kentucky Fathers’ trust.
The following is a screenshot taken on August 25, 2018 of the website linked above, which provides information regarding St. Sophia church in Rome (taken in case it changes in the future):