The Buzz: Ailing holy man would benefit from Corbett bill

03/13/2014 12:00 AM

03/13/2014 6:37 PM

Bill would allow abbot’s

burial at his monastery

Sometimes California lawmakers focus on the little things, crafting locally tailored legislation known in Sacramento parlance as a “district bill.”

But it would be difficult to find a more specifically targeted effort than SB 124 by Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, meant for a single monk.

Abbot Archimandrite Theodor Micka, the founder of the Holy Cross Monastery in Alameda County, is gravely ill and nearing the end of his life. But permitting requirements make it difficult for Micka to be laid to rest beneath the grounds of the monastery that is the physical manifestation of his life’s work.

“There’s nowhere else he wants to be,” said Father Stephen Scott, who helped Micka raise the monastery. “It’s just where he feels God planted him, and he wants to be buried here.”

Corbett slipped language allowing for Micka’s burial into legislation about clean-energy contracts that has already been voted out of the Senate and is ascending through the Assembly.

“A compelling request has been made of me, and I feel it’s my duty to bring this forward for my constituents,” Corbett said.

– Jeremy B. White

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