Here’s a MEANINGFUL news item:
The former Archpriest Silas Ruark is deposed from the Holy Priesthood and returned to the rank of Layman effective immediately.
That’s it… that’s all… but it’s to the point. It didn’t take a long time… the bishop said, “Let his arse be grass, and I’m the lawnmower”, and IT HAPPENED. The Fairfield CA coppers nicked Ruark for nasty doings with kids and less than a week later, this. Compare this to Paffhausen’s laggardliness in dumping crook clergy (and, conversely, his zeal in defending dodgy sorts like Gerasim Eliel and Ray Velencia).
Hat tip to Vladyki Joseph al-Zehlaoui of the Antiochians for acting as a bishop should act. This is what should’ve happened to Benjamin Peterson, to Bobby K, and Ray Velencia, but it didn’t. It’s time to clean house, and let’s start with Bobby and Ray… Ray had the brass to sue another priest, and the word out there has it that Bobby’s footing the bill (no confirmation on that one, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone if confirmation did come through… after all, remember what happened to Bobby’s kid…).
Compare Joseph with Jonas. There’s no comparison, is there? What does one do when the bishop refuses to do his duty? I think the answer to that one lies with YOU…
Monday 2 July 2012