His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph recently sent the following communications to Mr. Theodore Daoud:
July 25, 2016
Mr. Theodore Daoud
Dear Mr. Daoud,
Blessings and greetings to you in the name of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ.
On March 11, 2016, we sent you a letter informing you of your immediate suspension from the active priesthood. The letter (attached) had speciﬁc information on our decision.
Our decision of your suspension was necessary for you in order to concentrate on your repentance and spiritual growth as a priest. However, instead of taking this decision as an opportunity for you to focus on your salvation, you continued to manipulate people including some parishioners of St. Mary Church, Hunt Valley, MD, by calling them and visiting them despite my strict directive to you to refrain from doing so. Furthermore, on July 24, 2016, you visited the Patriarchate of Jerusalem with which we are not in Communion and celebrated a Divine Liturgy at the monastery of St. Elias, Bethlehem, Palestine. Mr. Daoud, you knowingly and completely ignored the decisions of the Patriarchate of Antioch, our directives, and certain Apostolic Canons.
Therefore, after many prayers, reﬂections, and thoughts about your persistent disobedience, you leave us with no choice except to return you to the rank of the laity (i.e. you are laicized) effective immediately. We pray that you will be close to God and His Church, as you continue your life as a layperson in prayer and repentance.