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The left “through” should be “threw”. ( second sentence). Sorry. I tend to proof read everything I read, and I find typos and little mistakes in most everything.
» Posted By another anon On June 7, 2012 @ 7:01 am
What, in heaven’s name, did Bishop Mark do during Holy Week that has led to his excoriation? I want to know!!!
» Posted By another anon On April 27, 2012 @ 2:45 pm
Thank you for your very thoughtful remarks.
» Posted By another anon On April 24, 2012 @ 12:24 pm
I just watched 60 Minutes overtime on my computer, about Taybeh, and the interview with Maria Khoury and found it to be quite moving. She could have explained first hand the plight of Christians, and oppression of the people of Taybeh by Israelis and Muslims much better than the 60 minutes episode.
One of the best accounts of the depletion of Christians in the Middle East that I have read is William Dalrymple’s book From the Holy Mountain. It’s something that’s happening throughout the Middle East as we see in Egypt and Syria. And you can’t blame that on the Jews.
» Posted By another anon On April 24, 2012 @ 9:35 am
Actually, I have talked with Palestinian Christians about their plight, and I’m very sympathetic with them. It is a tragic, complicated situation there with no easy solutions. And yes, the U.S. has been a strong supporter of Israel. But an anti-semitic rant against “zionists” is not the answer to the tragedy. The language you use in your message betrays your bias.
» Posted By another anon On April 24, 2012 @ 8:48 am
This is an extremely complicated issue. Admittedly, the number of Christians in this region is declining. But the coverage of these circumstances by CBS was also extremely shallow, and I felt, a hit job on Israel. I feel the frustration of Palestinians who live in the little towns nearby as they are unable to move freely because of Israeli restrictions. On the other hand, I feel the frustration of Israelis who are fearful for their state. The reasons why Palestinians are leaving are complex. Many are coming to the U.S. for (simply and purely) economic reasons as millions of others have come to our shores. Palestinians are hard-working people, deeply committed to maintaining family ties. Family is everything, and they come to be with families as well as to enhance their economic circumstances. I think it is a myth to suggest that Muslims and Christians get along well in this region. Christians have been harassed for centuries by their Muslim brothers, and I have heard personal testimony about these circumstances in recent years. And their Muslim “brothers” did not assist them in re-settlement when they were displaced by the creation of Israel as a new state. Arab solidarity is a myth, except when used as a cudgel against Israel. There is definitely a “pecking order” among Arabs and the benighted Palestinians are at the bottom of the order.
I guess the reason why this segment was frustrating to me was because the situation in Jerusalem and surrounding areas is so complex that there is no way it can be summarized in the pitiful segment presented to the watcher. It did nothing but confuse anyone who saw it. I would love to hear from others who saw it and to know what they got from this presentation. I thought it was awful.
» Posted By another anon On April 24, 2012 @ 7:38 am
This is a very serious matter and it needs to be addressed. I think that members of the OCA should be enraged by the behavior of Mark Stokoe, and they should rise up in arms to make sure that he is not on the MC. This man, with his machinations against Metropolitan Jonah, has led the crusade against Metropolitan Jonah, and now the introduction of the homosexual issue into Orthodox conversations is helping to create more disunity. When I look back on his early efforts to discredit people in the Church, I can’t help but wonder how many of those efforts were “misguided.” Ironic that the man he maligned, Metropolitan Philip, looks more sensible and far thinking every day while the OCA the jurisdiction which many Orthodox believed would save Orthodoxy in America is now tottering on the brink of disaster. What a terrible situation for so many priests and laity alike. In the long run, God’s justice will prevail.
» Posted By another anon On August 5, 2011 @ 6:01 am
Why hasn’t Mark Stokoe published Metropolitan Jonah’s encyclical? He publishes items that some might consider trivial, but NOTHING on Jonah’s statements. I find that shameful.
» Posted By another anon On August 2, 2011 @ 10:04 am
Thank you for pointing out the glaring inconsistencies in Bishop Benjamin’s actions as opposed to Metropolitan Jonah’s pronouncements on DADT and statements on abortion. It is unbelievable that Jonah cannot lead without ridiculous criticisms of his actions. Isn’t it the moral responsibility of the Church to speak out on moral issues?
And you are correct in pointing out the complexities involved in the environmental issues in the Alaskan situation. The situation in the OCA is beginning to seem more and more ridiculous with an Alice in Wonderland quality to it. Thanks again.
» Posted By another anon On May 31, 2011 @ 11:44 am
Regardless of the early comments in this thread, you have correctly diagnosed the problems in American Orthodoxy. Coming from the Antiochians, I truly believed that the OCA was the best hope for Orthodoxy in this country, but the insularity of the so-called leaders in the OCA makes this impossible, and especially hard for converts (generally treated as outsiders). OCANews.org has contributed to this situation, but Mark Stokoe and his allies will NEVER retreat or admit any wrongdoing. The only option I feel that I have is to keep my head down, and look at history, realizing that the Faith has faced terrible problems in the past. All this manuevering and intrigue seems paltry compared to those brave persons who lived in the Soviet Union and faced incredible darkness during the worst of those years. But to ignore the damage that Stokoe and his allies have inflicted on the OCA is to ignore reality.
» Posted By another anon On May 26, 2011 @ 10:49 pm
The dream of the OCA, whatever it was, is dead and the contemptible Stokoe and his cronies have prevailed. I weep for the OCA and its future.. I suppose one should admire his devious ways from a political management standpoint, but I do not. Perhaps he can get a position as a political operative and make a lot of money working in politics with his skullduggery and manipulative ways. He’s had a lot of practice.
» Posted By another anon On May 7, 2011 @ 1:01 pm
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This is a powerful indictment which rings true. I had once thought that the OCA was the hope of Orthodoxy in the future of America. How naive I was. I applaud you for dealing with the issue head on. Many of the clergy connected with Synosset, for the sake of the Church in America must face the issue head on as well or, it seems to me, the Church is headed for far deeper problems in the future. People keep telling me that the Church has faced far greater problems in the past, and that is true, but still. . . .when living in the midst of a corrupt and deeply sinful secular world, I and many others want to be able to trust (and trust is the word) the Church we love.
» Posted By another anon On April 11, 2011 @ 12:29 pm