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It's ridiculous to make comparisons between wearing a cassock and forging a check. The priest was disobedient to his bishop - period. Whether the priest chose vanilla instead of chocolate is irrelevant, he must obey his bishop. It might seem strange to a generation reared on democracy to have...
Unfortunately it seems to be like that. Disgruntled parishioners phoning the ruling bishop when they don't get their own way and the poor bishop needs support from parishioners for his medical insurance. Not easy being a hierarch, priest or pious layman.
An example of politically motivated 'molestation ' is the ridiculous example of a dinner lady in UK being warned for offering a child (who is related to her) , a cookie. She was told she could be dismissed for 'proffering a biscuit for sex'.
Repentance versus pop-psychology is probably the subject of a new thread. However, the Church offers the Mystery of Repentance and we need to consider this rather than assuming therapy (often secular) is not the answer. Again my question why bring this up so late? Is it because the alleged...
20 years ago?? What took the victim(s) so long to report this? And was child molestation the same as it is considered today? If you put your arm around a child, some consider this molestation. If you hug your secretary in fun, is this rape? And there is repentance versus pop-psychology.
The first step to unity is a return to the Church Calendar. Worshipping according to the secular and the reduction and even abolition of fasting etc...is very devisive in that an individual can indeed choose how they live an Orthodox life.