Some years ago, the OCA had the opportunity to chose Fr. Alexander Golitzen as the Bishop of the West. Instead, a serious flaw was made to put a man in place who became a disaster. Probably one of the worst mistakes ever made. Now, the OCA (Diocese of the Midwest) may have this opportunity again. Everything should be done to encourage Fr. Golitzen to accept nomination for Bishop of the Midwest.
Frs. Joseph (Morris) of St. Gregory Palamas' Monastery (GOAA) in Ohio, Meletius (Webber) of St. John of San Francisco's Monastery (OCA) in California, Callinic (Berger) of Holy Cross Church (ROEA-OCA) in Pennsylvania, and Sergius (Bowyer) of St. Tikhon's Monastery (OCA) would all be excellent candidates for consideration as well. I've been blessed to meet/know all four and they are all godly, devout men and excellent priests.
It is always difficult to predict exactly how well a candidate for bishop will do. Committees are formed and they make a decision based on their prayerful consideration. Do mistakes happen? Of course, because we are living in a fallen world and with the sinful nature of mankind.
What I would resist, however, is open campaigns for one candidate or another. While I have met Fr Golitzen and consider him a worthy candidate, I do not feel that we should campaign for him, or for anyone else. Let's let the Spirit and the committee, especially now that it is a more open process, complete their appointed task.
It really is narrow-minded to continue to ONLY consider celibates as candidates for the episcopacy. We look under every rock to find some celibate (most who are not well-adjusted psychologically) and empower them to be leaders. RIDICULOUS! The "TRADITION" of the Church is to consider the best male for the episcopacy, married or celibate. Marriage does not negate the presence of the Holy Spirit nor somehow make a candidate less acceptable - certainly not within Orthodox theology. Celibates were considered for EXPEDIENCY - that's all! It is time to return to the REAL Orthodox Tradition considering ALL males as candidates for episcopal election!
That is so true . I suggested the above because they're relatively well known and good men to start with in the search, not because I feel myself to have some innate sense of who must be our next bishop and that he's one of the men I listed...
Say Mark - appears to be TRUE that u have been SILENCED with ALL referring to us Antiochians ??? Did Met Jonah gag you or threatsw from Met Philip as we've HEARD ??? Don't expect any more about the AOCA said clergy at a rent MidWest deanery meeting! Some were saddened and some relieved - u can be sure.
(Editor's note: The fact is that 95% of what was posted about the AOCNA on this site did not come from me. I wrote, in all, less than 10 articles about the AOCNA over the past 9 months. And each of these was simply reporting actions taken by others, whether attempting to demote bishops, posting fraudulent documents, deciding not to allow external audits, etc. Has anything substantive happened since last Fall? No. So, the real question is not why Stokoe is not posting anything - but why others, who created most of the content, have ceased posting as well. My guess is that many in the Archdiocese looked over the edge of the abyss, and decided to step back once the precipitating cause (the demotion of the bishops) was resolved to a clearly tenuous status quo ante bellum.... )