Recently, Monomakhos tried to play amateur anthropologist. In response to a series of comments generated by Fr Alexander Webster, I asserted that the gay issue wasn’t that big a deal on the coasts. That the dominant (white) culture had come to accept homosexuality as no big deal and that the ethnic Orthodox parishes were essentially no different. I even went so far as to predict that in time gay commitment ceremonies will be performed in some marginal, cash-strapped ethnic parishes, especially if one of the happy couple was the child of a prominent family.
I may have been too pessimistic. Perhaps I need to issue an apology to the people of the Northeast. It seems that the danger of incipient ceremonies of this type have been anticipated and condemned by the courageous priests who serve in the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. Please read the following Response to Bishop +Michael’s recent encyclical on same sex marriage and judge for yourself.
Click here to read the document (.pdf).
From where I stand, the chancellor, deans, and priests of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey deserve a loud and full-throated AXIOI! Now, go to church, thank God for priests such as these, and pray!