This question needs to be asked now more than ever. It’s especially urgent for the OCA, which recently enthroned a new Primate under less than admirable circumstances and which has several dioceses under indeterminate locum tenancies. (Which is violation of the plain Statues of the OCA by the way.)
A growing cloud of illegitimacy seems to be gathering over the OCA because of these vacancies, to say nothing about the outrage perpetrated against His Beatitude. Syosset senses this but instead of adhering to the canons, they seem to be doing everything possible to increase their stranglehold over the dioceses. The warped dream of Protosbyterian overlordship is the reality on the ground. Bishops are merely the trappings necessary to pull the wool over the eyes of the other Orthodox Churches.
This unfortunate reality however may be necessary given the timbre of the majority of our bishops. We have pointed out that during the interregnum (between July of 2012 and January of 2013), much jockeying was taking place to see which usurper would wear the white klobuk. Almost every bishop had an impediment of some sort against him –some moral, some canonical, others physical. In the end, the one with the least black marks against him was elected.
Be that as it may, the question of episcopal qualificatons still needs to be asked, if not for the future of the OCA then for the other jurisdictions.
As a rule, I say “when in doubt, go back to the Rule-book.”