I am going to be going through some quotes from the two articles in an odd manner and adding in my two fiat cents worth.
“I am going to leave a comment here, but I am NOT going to leave my name. Why, you may ask? Because I am an Orthodox priest. You may call me a coward if you want to. That’s OK with me. I am writing anonymously because I cannot trust my fellow priests OR lay people OR the hierarchs. On a few occasions I have made comments about injustices done to priests by their bishops and was then threatened by my bishop. The priest was guilty of simply speaking the truth. Guilty of speaking the truth about what the Scriptures teach, guilty for asking questions of the bishops about their compromises with sin, their turning a blind-eye to the scandalous behaviors of wealthy, politically connected laypeople who support abortion and gay marriage and family members who live in open homosexual relationships. There are many hundreds of priests who are afraid to speak the truth because if they do their hierarch will suspend them, or remove them from their parish. In other words, deprive them of their livelihood! There are many good and pious priests who are trying to care for their people and protect them from the secularist agenda of the present political administration. Instead of being supported by their bishops they are censured, ridiculed and labeled as bigots, racists, narrow-minded, malcontents, trouble-makers and rabble-rousers. They are labeled and therefore marginalized I am fearful of the very people who I should trust, but I can’t. If liberal-minded laypeople don’t turn in the priests they despise then other priests will “throw them under the bus.” We are becoming like the Orthodox Church in Russia, in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, when people would turn in others to the church authorities and political authorities for whatever reasons suited them. We are truly living in the “last days” If not the last days before our Lord’s return, then certainly the last days of our American liberty and republic.” This is from the website Orthodox Reflections https://orthodoxreflections.com/orthodox-priests-joining-the-fight-will-change-everything/ These words are very troubling but we must have faith that these things will work out. So be it if you or your Priest are called what is said in the quote, your goal is salvation, not to focus on the way in which others think and see you. Sadly in these times asking for forgiveness doesn’t come as often as it should so pray for them and move on things will work out in the end. We should support our Priests and all the hierarchy that support the Faith and are not allowing the world to dictate to them how they will do that.
Quotes from http://www.monomakhos.com/the-broken-covenant/ “Priests have been taught from seminary that they are to be martyrs to their parish communities. They are to witness the faith and be an icon of Christ, even if it means forfeiting their own lives. However, now, in addition to dispensing the Holy Mysteries, they needed training in epidemiology.” Another quote from that article “As the priests, one by one, objected they were told that they were the only priest having the problem. Some priests who objected were told they might need a psych exam. After all, if someone doesn’t care if people die and are continuing in practices leading to death and are therefore guilty of murder, the priest must be crazy! Lock him up for his own good!”, the words for this quote are theatrical but they are the truth not just for clergy but also for laypeople who have chosen not to wear a mask in Church or anywhere.
“The bishops, on the other hand, occupy their time critiquing their priests, while flipping back and forth between CNN and MSNBC to get the latest news. They busy themselves with writing encyclicals to explain the unexplainable, like how it is possible to be an Orthodox Christian and vote for a platform that promotes abortion, knowing in two states full term babies are being murdered. This has become their witness to God and the Church during the most difficult year in recent history.” This seems to be something that you would think people would all be against but we have to understand that there are people in the Church who are there to move the Church in a terrible direction and it takes seconds to find this information.
“Lastly, the great influencer of the Church’s new practices has been the government of the United States. “Put not your trust in princes nor in the son of men,” they say. Yet when the governors, the CDC, or a physician tells us to stop acting like the Church, we obey. Isn’t that what the Church did when Caesar, the Turks, and Stalin wanted the Holy Church to cease and desist? Did we not comply with disastrous results? Are we doomed to repeat the same mistakes?” I think we are because we don’t pay attention to what’s happening and many people follow along to get along, which is a terrible way to live your life.
I recommend going and reading both articles in full. I just wanted to pull some of the quotes that stood out to me at first glance. There is so much more in these articles that we should read and think about. Creepy things are happening and there must be some sort of push back that isn’t totally violent or things will get truly horrifying and we won’t know how to make things right again. Do not despair if you are having troubles with these things for there is no reason to, “Do not let anything deprive you of hope” says St Nektarios of Aegina. Those are very wise words and they should be remembered in these crazy times.