The latest post on OCA News is starting to make sense of this for me.
I'm starting to think that maybe this thread needs to be sent to either the Free-For-All section, or the Politics section. So much of the information on here is based on hearsay, rumors, and the mud-slinging between two unofficial, private websites.
And while this certainly fits with current events and "Christian News", I just fail to see how any of this has anything to do with our salvation and why we are bothering to even argue about it.
I think, that even if you support OCANews.org, or it's opponent, OCATruth.com; we all must recognize that most information from these websites is simply hearsay and rumor, both of which are things that we are taught to shy away from as Orthodox Christians.
I believe it is time for all of us to step back and consider if this is really a matter for us laity to fight one other over, and whether or not we should allow this to divide us. Christ says, "Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." - Matthew 26:52... I believe we can also apply this to our willingness to take up the sword against one another in an allegorical sense. St. Peter was defending Christ with his sword, and yet Christ (I believe) made it clear that we aren't to fight his battles, we aren't Crusaders on his behalf. Certainly we should seek for justice, but we don't seek justice as the world seeks justice, we don't seek vengeance or punishment, but repentance.
Being here in Greece has taught me how frivolous these issues are. I am lucky I do not speak Greek, because I an ignorant of the controversies and arguments present here. If one Bishop offends another, I don't know, and I don't care. As long as I can freely work on my salvation, and receive the Eucharist at all Orthodox Churches, then that is all I feel I need to be concerned with. Everything else is just gossip and I believe, are all ploys by Satan to distract us from our real duty as Orthodox Christians.
I don't care what Metropolitan Jonah has said or done, it has no effect on me, or really, any other Orthodox Christians around me. If he has done wrong, that is between him and the person he offended, and it is not my job to force his hand into repentance. If wrong has been done, then there are those who have been appointed by the Apostles to deal with things accordingly. We have a hierarchy so that we don't have to fight this battles, it is a "shield" so that we can focus on what is truly important, our own salvation and the salvation of those around us. If anything distracts us from this, it is truly Anti-Christ.