After the gross mishandling of the situation several years ago with the disgraceful former Metropolitan Herman and the theft and mismanagement of money, as well as the lack of spine for dealing with past sexual misconduct in the OCA, is it simply time that we stand up to the "old guard" that sits in the Holy Synod and speak our minds?
Let's be honest, there are in fact Priests in the OCA that didn't want Metropoltan Herman gone, they also vehemently opposed Archbishop Job of blessed memory. I know for a fact that there are some who physically and verbally threatened those who openly voiced their opposition to Metropolitan Herman and the lack of transparency. There were even some who went so far as to physically assault those who spoke their minds about Metropolitan Herman.
Some of the Bishops who originally opposed transparency and didn't want to deal with the problems still exist in the Holy Synod and have actively opposed his beatitude (now to be former) Metropolitan Jonah. Some of these Bishops are part of the "old guard" and the "good old boys", I question whether or not any of them have the spine to reverse their course and support a Metropolitan who doesn't give a damn about the status quo and who will actively fight against ALL corruption that they see.
Now that they have requested the resignation of his beatitude Metropolitan Jonah, and Metropoltan Jonah has submitted his resignation, isn't it time that as members of the OCA, we make sure our Bishops realize that they serve us and that as our spiritual shepherds, it is their God-given duty to stand against all forms of ungodliness including sexual misconduct, financial misconduct and stand up for our Orthodox faith?
I really hope it doesn't ever have to come to this, but it this is a bad omen of things to come into the OCA, then I hope it's members will start voting with their feet and seeking out the other jurisdictions. If that begins to happen, I sincerely hope that either the Holy Synod changes or that the Church of Russia would promptly rescind our tomo of autocephaly.
May God let unity come quickly to North America so that the "good old boys" and "old guard" quickly find out that they are simply a few out of dozens of Bishops and they cannot control things forever.