Yesterday, Monomakhos published an essay on the Syosset plan for the continuing education of our priests. I stated that “several priests” had contacted me about this nonsense both on-line and by phone. One of them told me about a forum of priests that discussed the plan. He sent along comments which I published making sure that the priests were identified only the letters “V,” “W,” “X,” “Y,” and “Z.”
One of the priests that was quoted took umbrage and informed me that the discussion occurred on a closed forum and that I had no right to publish them. I didn’t know that. Another took me to task in that I implied that all five comments were given to me by the priests in question. He asked me to remove his comments so I have done so. Even though this forum is “closed” I am not ethically bound to not publish the posts. I am not a member of that forum. The rule applies only to its members.
Moreover, if I were bound to that rule, then everything that passed over the transom, including the leaked emails that revealed the clandestine coup by Stokoe, Reeves, Sordinksi and others and which blew open the Sante Fe conspiracy against the Primate, would never have seen the light of day.
In any event, I regret that the priests were discomfited by the publication of their comments and my hope is that they suffer no reprisals. (For the record, I removed any geographic references which might have pinpointed the location of the priests. We intend to keep the anonymity of the priests in question –as well as all our correspondents inviolate.)
That said, I was nevertheless impressed by the comments. They were cogent and to the point and revealed that our priests have strong and well-formed opinions. Reading them encouraged me. I wish though that they would show more courage and step out from behind their curtain of anonymity. What are we to conclude? Is the climate of fear within the OCA that great? Or do they prefer anonymity for other reasons? I ask this will all respect.
If the priests were more vocal about these issues, the facade of unanimity implied by their silence could fall. Maybe then we could start repairing the damage that Syosset has inflicted on our Church. We need our priests and we need them to be strong. My prayer is that the strength they showed in the private comments would be more evident to the people they lead.
Meanwhile, more correspondents (priests as well as laymen) have added their opinions and for the most part they are overwhelmingly supportive of my thesis.