He who places his hope on thee, O Virgin all-glorious, will prosper in all he does.

Inscription on Byzantine coin during reign of Romanus III



Wednesday, September 17, 2008

OCA?

The proactive money is already handicapping the prospect of an OCA corpse, not that the hierarchical bumpkins on Long Island don't richly merit such pessimism.

Let's see. Former Met. Herman lent himself $150k by taking a mortgage against St Tikhon's.

Lent himself?

Well, modernist concepts like carefully-specified ownership rights and responsibilities don't apply to Bishops, who are addressed as Master (despota).

But...but...what about the...by-laws? Yeah, right.

My experience with day-to-day Church matters tells me that the disedifying and disillusioning cult of personality drives more faithful away from Orthodoxy than the saccharine call of Protestant megachurches. Let's blame ourselves for tempting our clergy to act as ringleaders of bootlickers, rather than as the servants of servants.

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I stopped over at Gabriel's place to briefly ponder the dissonance of an OCA/AA merger.


2 comments:

Andrea Elizabeth said...

Shouldn't there be a balance between respect for the office who ministers Christ to us, and blind allegiance to the human filling that office?

Visibilium said...

I believe in obedience to clergy as the norm, but I also believe that the fallenness sometimes interferes with normal behavior. My view is that Christ doesn't command us to obey heretical or otherwise wicked clergy, but I'd need to meet an evidentiary standard to deviate from obedience.