But I didn't expect them to say that you cannot contradict this teaching in any public form - including in online comments - nor can you academically inquire into the possibility that this teaching is wrong or ahistorical, that such inquiries are gangrenous and only serve to divide the church, and anyone who does that might as well be a queer themselves.
I'd already decided to stop going to church until such time as Patriarch Kyrill gets desposed. Seems pretty obvious to me that starting a war "because of the gays" is pernicious heresy. Orthodoxy, not having a centralized authority like the Pope in the Roman Catholic Church, can depose it's patriarchs by holding a synod. If the other Orthodox bishops don't stand up to Kyrill, that's a problem. And if the people don't stand up to the bishops for not doing that, that's a larger problem.
And I haven't attended an OCA parish in years. The last parish I was a member of was a ROCOR mission parish. So it's not really my synod I guess. And aside from Pascha in 2021, I haven't attended services since the 'Rona became a thing.
Two exceptionally sad bits.
According to the description on the OCA website of the All American Council where this statement was first read on my birthday (July 21) there was a standing ovation.
The synod of the OCA has yet to condemn Christian nationalism, Nazism, or racism as clearly and as forcefully.
|< Now we are Obamacare age | Siri, draw me an Inconvenience Store >|