Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Metropolitan Jonah Opens All-American Council in Bellevue

In getting the All-American Council of the American Orthodox Church (OCA) underway yesterday in Bellevue, Washington, Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen) referred to the first three years of his tenure as first hierarch of the OCA as "an administrative disaster," asking the assembled hierarchs, clergy, and faithful for their forgiveness and announcing that he would be undergoing "a complete evaluation" through "a program [specializing] in assisting clergy." His full opening remarks can be found here.

2 comments:

  1. Chrysustolm Homily I on I Timothy I: "Questioning is the subversion of faith."

    You guys can try to talk around his anti-Semitism, but this quote
    proves the dark evil inside the man who wrote your liturgy.
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    You ain't nothing but a muslim, spewing crap with slime
    You ain't nothing but a muslim, spewing crap with slime
    Go crawl into the habit of your abbott, you ain't no citizen of mine
    They said you all were Christian, buddy that was just a lie
    Called you all Christian, that was just a lie
    Go crawl into the habit of your abbott, you ain't no citizen of mine
    They said you all were Christian, buddy that was just a lie
    Called you all Christian, that was just a lie
    Go crawl into the habit of your abbott, you ain't no citizen of mine
    You ain't nothing but a muslim, spewing crap with slime
    You ain't nothing but a muslim, spewing crap with slime
    Go crawl into the habit of your abbott, you ain't no citizen of mine

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  2. I'm looking for a connection between the subject of your comment and this post and just not finding it. Your English also needs work (the spelling in particular).

    The above aside, Orthodoxy doesn't dogmatize or 'blanket canonize' the lives or writings of its fathers and saints. One of my favorite saints, St. Nicholas of Myra, punched someone in the face, but he was glorified because of the holiness and mercy that characterized his life, not for his one lapse into physical violence. Sts. George and Demetrius were martyred for the faith and are recognized as saints for that, not for their work as soldiers, which is penalized by the Church's canons.

    That being the case, St. John Chrysostom's anti-Semitism means nothing to me. I've read some of his writings and thought them excellent, but I've read others (anti-Semitic passages includes) and thought them trash. We are all of us called to be bees, sifting through a world of coarse grasses and noxious weeds to find pollen-laden flowers. No man has been perfect save the God-man Christ, and it shouldn't surprise anyone that His disciples have failed to live as He lives.

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