As most of you know, Monomakhos has been unstinting in calling the various institutions of American Orthodoxy to account for one reason or the other. We have long feared (for instance) that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America was either missing in action when it came to upholding Orthodox tradition or in danger of becoming an outright cheerleader for the Progressive Left (as this editorial by the then-Chancellor of the GOA shows).
Well, it appears that we were a little hasty in our generalization and for this we apologize.
Please listen to this enlightening interview produced by the always-excellent Ancient Faith Radio. In their new and live call in program Ancient Faith Today, Kevin Allen interviews Dr Philip Mamalakis and Andrew Williams from Holy Cross on the issue of Same Sex Marriage (SSM). Mamelakis is an Associate Professor in Pastoral Care and Williams has written a thesis on sexual addiction. This is heady stuff and it speaks well of Holy Cross. As usual, Mr Allen and his interviewees took on a serious subject in a serious way. If nothing else, I was relieved to not hear the same tepid, equivocal happy-talk that has become par for the course. (Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, take note.)
A few preliminary notes: their understanding that we are dealing with “passions” instead of “orientations” shows that their own spiritual formation is predicated upon traditional Christianity rather than modern, secular therapeutic-speak. This is nothing short of courageous for a modern academic to espouse, even those in a Christian setting. For that alone, they deserve our admiration. Such boldness is no small thing today given the dominant culture and its capitulation to the demands of the new Brownshirts.
Kudos to all concerned for daring to call a spade a spade. Of course a hearty thanks to Kevin Allen and Ancient Faith for daring to take on the crucial issues of the day. May AFR’s winning streak continue.