Boston area Greek Orthodox priest suddenly relieved of duties

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I normally don't concern myself too much with the goings on at any particular parish, but this one has hit Yahoo News for several days in a row now. Does anyone know what is going on?

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/07/30/arlington-church-protests-ouster-beloved-priest/58HucHFaguMGJe2oF0xA7M/story.html

Hundreds of devastated parishioners at a Greek Orthodox church in Arlington turned out to mourn and protest a lack of transparency surrounding the firing of a beloved priest at his last Sunday service.

The head of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston announced in a letter on Thursday that Rev. Nicholas M. Kastanas would be relieved of his duties at St. Athanasius the Great Church after more than 27 years, citing a “state of turmoil” related to “hurtful and destructive communications.” The letter did not mention any specific misconduct, and attempts to reach the Metropolis throughout the weekend were unsuccessful. Kastanas declined to comment at the church Sunday.
 

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I heard parish councils can get pretty ugly...
 

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According to leaders in the congregation, including one close to Kastanas, the priest was removed for not controlling criticism of church matters on social media.
  So now a priest is supposed to control parishioners' social media?  I doubt if the problem will be solved by changing priests.
 

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Luke said:
According to leaders in the congregation, including one close to Kastanas, the priest was removed for not controlling criticism of church matters on social media.
  So now a priest is supposed to control parishioners' social media?  I doubt if the problem will be solved by changing priests.
Actually, I'm not so much surprised. My priest (and not only) was being called by our metropolitan several times because of what I'd posted on Facebook.
 

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Luke said:
According to leaders in the congregation, including one close to Kastanas, the priest was removed for not controlling criticism of church matters on social media.
  So now a priest is supposed to control parishioners' social media?  I doubt if the problem will be solved by changing priests.
I read both articles and just wept.  A priest does not have that kind of control over free speech.  Especially in a parish of 800 families.  This parish needs healing and the metropolitan is not helpful at all.  However, I am impressed that the priest remained kind and respectful at his last Sunday Divine Liturgy in the parish.
 

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My priest would probably be content if he could just get me to shut up on social media much less all the other people in our parish!  ;D
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
http://arlington.wickedlocal.com/news/20170801/police-remove-parishioners-from-arlington-church-as-locks-changed
"Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? ... I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you; no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong; why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?" I know the Apostle is talking about judges, but police would be part of the same apparatus, surely.
 

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so... I love judge Marilyn Milian , but she has this great saying about social media:
Say it, forget it. Write it, regret it.
 
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Luke said:
According to leaders in the congregation, including one close to Kastanas, the priest was removed for not controlling criticism of church matters on social media.
  So now a priest is supposed to control parishioners' social media?  I doubt if the problem will be solved by changing priests.
It seems as though this fiasco would do more to incite the world's criticism of the church than the members posting on social media.  It's shameful and heartbreaking.
 
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