"Also, Fr. Seraphim and ROCOR
offer us the lesson of holy indifference to world political opinion—even (dare I say it) the political opinion of other Orthodox. Do not misunderstand the point: obviously Orthodoxy is conciliar to its core, so that prideful schism from other Orthodox is always wrong. We in North America are part of a worldwide family, and there is no opting out of it. But one must discern: we can listen to our brothers out of humility, but we can also listen out of fear. And, as the Scriptures remind us, the fear of man brings a snare (Prov. 29:25). The hard truth is that we are not yet comfortable in our role as North American Orthodox. We wear it like a pair of new shoes not yet broken in; we are too aware of them. That is, we are not yet self-confident as North American Orthodox, and have a tendency (a natural tendency, but an unhelpful one) to cast glances around the globe to see how the other autocephalous churches regard us. We are, I suggest, far too concerned about the praise of man, and therefore not sufficiently concerned about the praise of God...."