Partly this is being done because I like the Abbess very much and don’t want to see her or her sisterhood defamed in any way. Another reason is because I want to protect the identities of certain people who are only tangentially involved (or were so in the past). The third reason is because the issues raised were merely a ruse to accuse His Beatitude of misfeasance, thereby justifying his illegal ouster. Fourth, it is because there was too much back-and-forth of a personal nature between several of our correspondants. I didn’t like it and it was getting rather testy. Finally, if we’re really concerned about proper monastic obedience, I’d say that the OCA would do well to tend to its own knitting and investigate the recent schism at the monastery of St John Maximovitch in Manton, California, which is actually one of ours.
Monomakhos is about the bigger picture, whether it be politics, culture or religion. In other words, are we going to be a Republic or a mobocracy? Are we going to have monasticism in America or clericalism? Are we going to be free men or clients? The fact that when a person delves into the minutiae of a subject and finds that things aren’t all that simple or black-and-white is of little interest to me. As my hero Ronald Reagan said, “I prefer to pain in bold colors, not pale pastels.”
This being the case, I will continue to moderate all commentary and strike those responses which I judge to be too personal or reveals personal information about third parties that are not germane to the topics. So if you’re wondering how come your comments haven’t been posted yet, it’s probably because it had something to do with the monastery in question or the now-disproven allegations used by the Synod to remove Jonah, that’s why.
P.S. If the Synod has any other information for removing Jonah that is not baseless and shows evidence of actual wrongdoing or misfeasance on his part (as opposed to the letter they hastily put out the day of his removal), then this is the time to bring it up. You owe the people the truth and not a railroad job. If there were no justifiable reasons, then you must apologize and restore him to the primatial dignity.
Thank you, George