Fr Brantley John Cox recently wrote a piece castigating many of His Beatitude’s supporters as “conspiracy theorists.” It’s rather well written and the graphic of the Great Seal of the United States with the All-Seeing Eye at the top of the pyramid is a nice touch. This insinuates that Jonah’s supporters are obsessed with the Illuminati and the Elders of Zion.
Would that it were true.
I’ve already demolished some of Fr John’s assertions in a reply. A quick re-cap:
2. There are closed cabals on social networking sites that openly question the Church’s teaching. Inga Leonova’s site “Breaking the Silence” (recently resuscitated as Faith and Sexuality: An Orthodox Christian Conversation) was the most notorious (and she’s a communicant at Fr. Arida’s church), and then there’s this open letter crying out for more “tolerance,” signed by Joseph Clark and his coterie.
3. These networks are primarily concentrated in the Northeast (see: Fr Caleb Abetti, St. Jacob of Alaksa Mission, Northfield Falls, Vermont, Thoughts on Love).
Note that apart from Joseph Clarke and Inga Lenova (“Listening Group” tactics discussed here: Discourse on Sexuality & Reframing the Discussion), none fit the “gay crusader” mold, at least in public. Nonetheless, the priests involved refuse to affirm that sodomy is sin, and some openly support the homosexual agenda.
How deep does the moral corruption go? Hard to say but it seems to be growing. Not too long ago “Archbishop” Lazar Puhalo took the time to answer a ‘concerned’ Orthodox Christian who wanted to find a parish where Church discipline was not upheld. From Inga Lenova’s defunct Facebook group:
Lazar Puhalo I realise that it is not an abstract question, Inga. I do not now of even one parish where a Gay person, let alone a couple, could receive communion (OK, I do know of three on the West Coast of America, but I am not about to open them to attack by naming them). Honestly, I do not know of any anywhere else. I cannot speak for any diocese or any parish, so really, I cannot give you an answer, unless the people in question have the courage to attend the parish anyway, even if the priest has told them not to. Monday at 1:06am via · Like · 1
To the OCA Synod: When are you going to rein in Puhalo? He is supposed to be “rightly dividing the word of truth,” remember?
To show you how accepted same-sex behavior is at the primatial cathedral in Washington DC, consider this public announcement of a lesbian wedding:
You see, sometimes conspiracies do exist, not the “Who Killed Kennedy” kind, but the type that congeals around decadent ideas and is fueled by human passion. It slides through the Church like an oil slick suffocating life along the way.
The homosexual activists and their fellow travelers are dragging the culture wars in the Church. No one argues that homosexual pathology needs a proper pastoral response or that people struggling with the passion deserve anything less than any other sinner. (I struggle with my own sins and constantly seek pastoral guidance as well.) But the people listed above are calling for more than human kindness and moral instruction. They want moral legitimacy for homo-genital activity.
Moreover, it is naive to argue that their anger against Jonah was not due in part to his unequivocal defense of the moral tradition when they brought these questions to the surface and forced him to confront them. Do you think that any of the aging activists in Lenova’s group demand anything less than the sanctioning of sodomy?
Jonah’s removal has revealed a fault line. But they created the fault, not the traditionalists, who for the most part are cognizant of their own sins and are not in any way engaged in a stoning campaign against homosexuals. And unless the traditional teaching and praxis on human sexuality is made clear and those who would change it are not corrected and disciplined, then the OCA will go the way of the Episcopalian Church. Difficult times lie ahead.
Bishops, are you listening?