Woe to Those Who Call Evil Good and Good Evil
By a priest in the OCA who wishes to remain anonymous
These are the words of the Prophet Isaiah. They were the only ones that came to me in order to make sense of what has happened to our Church these last few years. One of the reasons we have come to this point is because we have lost sense of right and wrong.
Clearly, we are failing in America. Part of this failure is because of our bishops. In case anybody was wondering, St Paul laid the parameters for the episcopate in his Epistle to Timothy:
If a man desires the position of bishop, he desires a good work.
A bishop must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;
Not given to wine, nor violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous.
Many of us have come to the clear recognition that some of the bishops in the OCA has shown very little of these traits recently. There has been documented evidence of public graft, theft, false testimony, slander, retaliation, fornication, drunkenness, and the unfair removal of deacons and priests based on spite. And now a Metropolitan has been removed based on nothing more than envy and false testimony.
With the Episcopate failing for many years now, one would think that there would be in place today a realization that repentance is called for. Sadly, this is not the case. With the new petitions that the Synod put out, it is clear that there is no concern on their part for repentance. If anything they are doubling down on their viciousness.
What we are dealing with are double standards. Our Metropolitan was thrown off the Synod because of false allegations which were justified by his critics in various ways. We are told for instance that he wasn’t properly “vetted,” that he’d only been a bishop for eleven days, and so on. We know that the bishops are entrusted by the Church to uphold the Pauline principles stated above. Of course it is their duty to exercise due diligence when it comes to consecrating new bishops.
Unfortunately, this is where double standards come into play. Why? Because due diligence has been overlooked on at least two occasions. I have been told that in order to fill two vacancies, the files of certain episcopal candidates from other jurisdictions were ignored. We are now paying the price for this with one of these bishops being placed on administrative leave for allegedly sending suggestive emails and texts to a young woman. Hopefully this matter will be put to rest in a just manner. We should pray for all concerned.
In the second instance, one of our new bishops was given administrative control over one of our seminaries. My source on the board of directors of the seminary told me that changes were made in the bylaws in order to remove the present dean (who was recuperating from surgery). These changes were posted on the website but were taken down. One reason for the removal of the dean was because of conflicts of interest that he pointed out regarding one of the members of the board of directors. As a result, the Equal Employment Occupation Commission (EEOC) is filing a wrongful termination suit.
More to follow…*
*Editor’s Note: Monomakhos has decided to exercize editorial discretion, hence the redaction of the bishops’ names and their dioceses. We do this because the nature of the allegations are serious and we want to verify them independently.