A reader sent this email to OCATruth who published it. Please, no baseless comments about anonymity in response to this. The reader points to a hard truth: this attempt to remove +Jonah is so shameful that people are scandalized and leaving the Church. Comments below the parenthesis are from OCATruth.
From a reader:
No need to print. But I might represent at least another dozen or so people. Go ahead and report the trend. We are leaving in droves!!! Convert of 20 years. Have had ENOUGH.
Since this newest scandal started, I decided to take my own ‘leave of absence.’ I decided to check out other churches, and have found refreshingly joyful services elsewhere, and better run churches – both pastorally and financially. Orthodoxy is in danger. OCA in particular. The faithful vote with their feet. For those fearful of where you will go to worship when the church leaves you…..just realize that God is greater than Orthodoxy.
Sadly, there is a “need to print,” and that’s why we’re printing this. The Synod has got to wake up and understand what it is doing to the Church. It sat around for years and did nothing about Met. Theodosius’s abuse of office. It did nothing but wring its hands over Met. Herman following in that tradition. When we finally got a primate who was uncorrupt and visionary, though one who needs help mastering the finer points of administration, oh, that’s when they suddenly got vigilant — and now are willing to risk tearing the Church apart to have their way.
Nothing these bishops are doing makes a single thing the Orthodox Church teaches untrue. But ordinary people are getting so sick and tired of this garbage from the leadership that they’re walking away, because they figure that the bishops can’t really believe in what they preach, not when they act like they do.
We know that the OCA’s numbers are collapsing, and were collapsing long before Metropolitan Jonah had even been tonsured a monk. This is not his fault. As recently as 2006, Fr. Tom Hopko gave a chapter-and-verse recitation of the OCA’s steep decline. What have the bishops done to address this? What has Fr. Hopko, who denounced His Beatitude on Clean Monday, done to address this? He was dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary from 1992 to 2002, and as such, was one of the most important figures in shaping the minds and the ministries of many priests. Does he feel no responsibility for what has happened to the OCA?
It makes me sick to see all these bishops and prominent Orthodox dumping on a man, Jonah, who has no responsibility for the sick state the OCA finds itself in, and has struggled to find firm footing on the deck of a sinking ship, which started to capsize long before he was brought up to the bridge, while the bishops and other men whose job it was to right the ship preferred to stand around singing “Nearer My God to Thee.” Meanwhile, people like this anonymous reader above are catching lifeboats. You would think this might matter to the bishops and the Metropolitan Council.