Doesn’t this sum up the konvertsy attitude succinctly?
I heard this buzz from a Cabinet member:
I don’t know how true it is, but I know from experience that some of the most vocal anti-gays were unmasked as closeted gays. Also, note well that Fathausen kept up a guru-disciple relationship with Gleb Podmoshensky even after GP got le sabot from the ROCOR Holy Synod for nasty doings. So did Gerasim Eliel and Damascene Christiansen. Fathusen’s tried desperately to hide the fact that he went to Russia under GP’s auspices… he did NOT go there under the aegis of the MP, nor he was a regular member of the brotherhood in Valaam. Once one considers this, I’d say that if one hears someone scream loudly about homosexuality, the greater the chance that the screamer either is a closeted gay or has closeted gays in their entourage and/or background. Therefore, the chance that the allegations circulating about certain hierarchs and senior clergy may be true is very high. After all, Seraphim Storhiem does have a court date in Winnipeg, and he did refuse a plea (which the Crown only offers if they’ve got substantial evidence).
Lately, the konvertsy have been running about, telling all and sundry “how to be Orthodox”. Trust me, what they’re passing off as “the teaching of the Church” isn’t such, and that’s all that there’s to be said on the matter. After all, do secular courts ALWAYS impose the max on criminals? No… they don’t. Ergo, if the Church shows forbearance and leniency towards individual sinners, that’s only Christian and decent, in my book. I look to the immemorial practise of the Church, not the literalistic reading of the Canons by neophytes. After all, as Fr Alexander Lebedeff put it so well, “They don’t know an ecclesiastical court from a tennis court”. It’s time to muzzle these wayward and unruly toddlers… but shall we?
The Scripture tells us that what’s hidden will be shouted from the rooftops… I think that time is coming, and coming soon. I’m not looking forward to it… it won’t be pleasant and people will be hurt. However, if we’re to heal, unite, and move forward, do it we must. Take my hand… it’s rather dark at this juncture, isn’t it?
Sunday 16 September 2012