Comments Posted By GregF
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Do I assume correctly that the only reason he left the ACROD was to become a bishop in the OCA?
» Posted By GregF On April 18, 2013 @ 11:55 am
RE by leaving ACROD after thirty five years prior to age 65 he VOLUNTARILY walked away from the income supplement he otherwise would have been entitled to receive.
Why would he leave voluntarily?
» Posted By GregF On April 17, 2013 @ 6:32 pm
RE Fr. Peter Dubinin. “… the episcopal assembly and what comes of it… is the future for the Orthodox Church in the United States of America.”
A committee is the future of Orthodoxy here? I suppose you have to work with what you’ve got.
Hope it will be more than motion masquerading as progress.
» Posted By GregF On April 26, 2013 @ 3:23 pm
Time named Hitler Man of the Year only once, in 1938, and not for being a positive influence.
From Time.com: Adolf Hitler: Man of the Year, 1938
» Posted By GregF On April 25, 2013 @ 4:53 pm
Will the OCA someday be but a memory of the anomaly and conundrum that is Orthodoxy in the Americas?
» Posted By GregF On April 24, 2013 @ 6:07 pm
Being upset because a particular article did not mention the OCA by name is being oversensitive. After all there were “several dozen representatives of the various Christian Churches and other world religions, who attended the Pope’s inauguration.”
In the pictures I saw the number could have easily been between 50 and 100.
It would be interesting to read Metropolitan Tikhon’s and Father Tosi’s reflaections on their trip. Hopefully they will publish something.
» Posted By GregF On March 26, 2013 @ 6:14 pm
I wonder how much of the revernce we see in the Russian Orthodox video is due to the years of Communist oppresssion? And how much of the apparent irreverence among Catholics is due to an over familiarity with the parts of the Mass because they have not had a similar recent experience of oppression?
Just a thought.
» Posted By GregF On February 26, 2013 @ 2:55 pm
What is it about many Orthodox Christians that will not allow them to come within 500 feet of anything Catholic without making some arrogant, mean spirited, or snide remark?
If this story were about how Catholicism is “right” and Orthodoxy is “wrong,” then the shots at Catholicism could be understood as an effort by Orthodox believers to defend their position. This, however, is not the case. This is a general-interest complimentary-opinion story about the Pope.
I know, of course, that those making such remarks consider it their duty to do so. And they think it a badge of honor when they are chided. I wonder if they think that Met. Hilarion is a closet-Catholic because he is in the same room as the Pope? And shaking hands with him!
» Posted By GregF On February 14, 2013 @ 2:14 pm
Can the Anglicans and the OCA last for quite a long time, at least as an administrative entity? I think so, if this example is relevant: The Netherlands dominated global commerce during the second half of the 17th century. What about today? Well, no, those days are long gone; but they are still a country.
Just a thought.
» Posted By GregF On August 25, 2012 @ 11:39 am
It would be interesting if the action of a malpractice insurance company gave us the only “findings” of a disinterested third-party investigation.
That is, if the insurance company drops the attorney’s coverage, that would seem to be a clear indicator that the actions of the Synod were wrong – not to mention that there may be the civil or criminal liability of certain parties.
Barring the active participation of a disinterested third-party investigation; I suppose one has to “read the tea leaves” of the actions of any group (the malpractice insurance company) even tangentially associated with the Synod.
» Posted By GregF On July 21, 2012 @ 11:37 am
Rod Dreher says, “Mark Stokoe, who is to be congratulated on his scoop, clearly had seen the SMPAC Report, or been informed of its content by someone who had access to it. Everything he reports in it is accurate. I know this because I just consulted my copy of the report.”
His copy of the report?
Here’s an idea. Perhaps the OCA should just distribute copies of every document, letter, memo, report, etc. on any subject to all their membership and let the rank and file weigh in on every decision.
Just a thought.
» Posted By GregF On July 20, 2012 @ 8:33 am
I have read about and pondered this situation with varying degrees of confusion, disgust, and amusement (in a gallows humor sort of way). I have read through many of the articles and comments trying to get a grasp on what happened, but come to no conclusion other than this is a very sad day for the OCA.
What Brian has to say should ring in the ears of everyone trying to understand what happened: “If a reasonable explanation were forthcoming, would any be willing to believe it (after all, the ones from whom an explanation is demanded are the very ones who are trusted the least)?”
» Posted By GregF On July 14, 2012 @ 12:38 pm
Do we know if either Pope John Paul II, or Benedict XVI ever recalled a priest or bishop accused under similar circumstances and relocated him in a similar manner?
» Posted By GregF On March 28, 2012 @ 12:43 pm
Maybe all Orthodoxy is going through the EA process because they know it is the right thing to do. (There should be only one Orthodox Church in a given geographical area.) That, however, does not address the emotional ties that a group of people have to where they came from. The foot dragging of the Patriarchs may be convoluted political manuvering. The hesitation at ground level may be more a sense of not wanting to turn your back on your grandfather.
But… what do I know. I’m just thinking out loud.
» Posted By GregF On March 21, 2012 @ 6:53 pm
I wonder. Perhaps it is partially true that “the foreign bishops don’t want to let go of what they grabbed in N. America” (Diogenes), but are they THE primary roadblock to autocephaly in the U.S? Is it not possible that the Bishops in the U.S. – and their people in “the Americas” – WANT to maintain a close connection to the “Old World” and might believe that pushing for an autocephalous church in the U.S. would, in some sense, sever that connection to their ancestral homeland?
» Posted By GregF On March 21, 2012 @ 3:32 pm
Rather than who is the numerical minority or majority, one might then be led to say: A real democracy can only exist if those with political power respect the basic rights of those without political power.
Are the Christians with political power in Syria only watching out for themselves?
» Posted By GregF On March 14, 2012 @ 12:49 pm
RE It would cost over $100,000.
Just to clarify. When you say “it” are you referring to the cost of an audit of:
1. Your own parish.
2. All the AOCA headquarters organizations and departments, including those funds controlled by the Met. himself.
3. The Archdiocese headquarters (#2, above), each diocese, and all the parishes.
» Posted By GregF On March 11, 2012 @ 4:25 pm
The AOCA issue I find difficult to ignore is Met. Philip’s refusal to allow an independent external audit of AOCA finances, including those funds controlled by Met. Philip.
» Posted By GregF On March 10, 2012 @ 4:28 pm
I don’t think the fact that your are limiting Ashley’s word count qualifies as censorship. Ashley has posted his views on this blog numerous times. His writing is often just a variation on his main theme of general dislike for the Orthodox Church and all of those posts are still available for viewing via the “Read all comments by” link.
» Posted By GregF On March 10, 2012 @ 12:15 am
I didn’t realize how much I needed a good laugh until I saw this and it just burst out of me. Regardless of the subject it is a fantastically funny one-liner:
“… we might as well be bragging about who’s the tallest midget in the room.”
» Posted By GregF On March 20, 2012 @ 12:23 pm
Interesting. Upon what do you base your assumptions of 6-10% OCA decline and 3-5% AOCA growth?
» Posted By GregF On March 14, 2012 @ 12:57 pm
RE Statistically, the Antiochians passed up the OCA in membership size, several years ago.
I don’t think this is correct. Per the 2010 US Orthodox Christian Census (Chart on page 4):
The OCA has 84,900 adherents and 33,800 regular attendees.
The AOCA has 74,600 adherents and 27,300 regular attendees.
» Posted By GregF On March 13, 2012 @ 1:22 pm
The Met said the EP had a “great desire” (20:42) to convene a Great and Holy Council, but there was no “sometime next year” time frame mentioned – unless I missed something. Nevertheless, it makes sense that the more the hierarchs talk it up the more likely it is to happen sooner than later.
» Posted By GregF On March 12, 2012 @ 11:43 am
Art imitates life… Greek crisis gives Germany something to sing about
“There is no obvious clear happy ending.”
» Posted By GregF On February 28, 2012 @ 3:34 pm
Hang on a minute. This doesn’t seem to be posted on the GOA web site. I wonder how it, with the GOA logo, got into general circulation?
» Posted By GregF On February 28, 2012 @ 2:27 pm
He used the word “dumb” four times. It’s probably just me, and I might be too picky, but the more an adult uses the word “dumb” the more he sounds like a petulant teenager with a limited vocabulary.
» Posted By GregF On February 28, 2012 @ 1:13 pm
» Posted By GregF On February 23, 2012 @ 6:01 pm
I am reminded of when our samoyed, Bear, died a few years ago. He had been sick for quite a while and finally it was time. On a Friday, my wife and a friend took him to the vet to have him put down. The following day I was in the backyard cleaning up the last of his business. My wife came out and saw me leaning against the shovel with a tear or two in my eyes.
“I thought you didn’t like Bear that much?”, she said.
“I didn’t think I liked him that much either!” (sniff) I replied.
Sorry for your loss.
» Posted By GregF On January 8, 2012 @ 11:46 am
A complex situation, to be sure.
» Posted By GregF On December 31, 2011 @ 6:36 pm
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Is it possible that no one in Orthodoxy has spoken out because Fr. Ephraim might actually be guilty? Thus, the Church of Greece and the EP might want to know what evidence there is before they take a stand.
» Posted By GregF On December 31, 2011 @ 2:13 pm