“I have been told by certain people (to remain anonymous) that certain Orthodox hierarchs in a certain jurisdiction are in fact homosexuals.”
Do you see what you are saying? You have been told; it’s not that you saw the deed yourself; it’s not that you have any substantial facts, but only rumors, rumors disseminated by certain people whose business it is to disseminate rumors and wait for the after effect to take hold. People just by looking at how much they are engaged in attacking and defaming the hierarchs behind their backs slandering their names viciously to anyone who would lend them ears, who if they had any shred of facts would not have hesitated to expose those hierarchs but because they do not have any substantial facts they are content to eat the flesh of their shepherds. Christians in name only, who neither hear the Lord nor do they have any love for the Church. False brethren, wolves who lurk among the sheep, who ignore the commandment ‘you shall not give false witness’’ and follow the accuser’s path and imitate the Evil One the Accuser of our brethren.
“Now usually a rumor like that has some basis.”
A rumor like what? What basis? An assumed, imagined farfetched basis? Like the one they are telling you? The so called Christians who don’t want to follow proper channel but are gleefully spreading a slander on the good name of the shepherds behind their backs just so they may act like spiritual people concerned for the Church? Oh please! Open your eyes, flee such serpentine malicious fallacious logic if they care about the church, they would have their facts and take it to the proper channel within the Church, and not engage in unchristian, malicious manner. Do you know the value of a good name? Do you know what a simple accusation would do even if when it is proven that the accusations are false? Do you know how many people are going to be hurt by such baseless none factual, accusations? A rumor, a rumor a rumor a rumor without a fact to back it up is simply a rumor, when people start to attack other people with unsubstantiated rumor it is murder. Worse it’s a prolonged torture, heart ache suffering, and crucifixion of the innocent. I hope you truly understand what living under such cloud of false accusation means to the innocent accused, I hope you and others truly taste and know what it feels like to endure 10 minutes of such a state let alone to watch an hour facing such a cross.
“One of the hierarchs whom I was told has been a homosexual for years has a noticeable "lisp" that many homosexuals have.”
Look at what they have you believing, an utter lie, and a lisp as a sign of homosexuality?! Wow is that your version of homosexual profiling? It walks like a duck it quacks like a duck it’s a duck, is what God gave the Reverend Father that made you judge him in such a way? God knows what you would have done if you really have something concrete and you had factual evidence that the Reverend Father had committed a homosexual act with a consenting adult. What happened to your sins that he shoulders, the countless sins he hears every day and conceals them with love and integrity, and you find him committing not a crime but a sin, you who have been forgiven so much, go around strutting about considering broadcasting his sins to the world. What did St. Macarius the Great do when he found out his brother the monk was committing fornication right in the monastery? for that matter what kind of false accusation did St. Macarius faced? What did Abba Anthony the great do?
A brother in a monastery was falsely accused of fornication and he arose and went to Abba Anthony. The brethren also came from the monastery to correct him and bring him back. They set about proving that he had done this thing, but he defended himself and denied that he had done anything of the kind. Now Abba Paphnutius, who is called Cephalus, happened to be there, and he told them this parable: "I have seen a man on the bank of the river buried up to his knees in mud and some men came to give him a hand to help him out, but they pushed him further in up to his neck." Then Abba Anthony said this about Abba Paphnutius: "Here is a real man, who can care for souls and save them." All those present were pierced to the heart by the words of the old man and they asked forgiveness of the brother. So, admonished by the Fathers, they took the brother back to the monastery.
How many of the desert fathers were accused of sexual immorality falsely? And how many of the brothers the monks have gotten up after falling in sexual sin by the merciful spiritual care of their brothers? What you have is rumors, even if there is a remote possibility that a sin is being committed between two consenting adults, and you know of it for a fact and you feel you must speak then speak using the proper channel of the Church, in a manner that will help your wounded Father the Shepherd, spiritually. The other sick malicious rumor spreading that is being acted upon by those people who told you that rumor is without a doubt intended to harm the Reverend Fathers, it comes without a doubt from the Evil One, hear me my brother, I beg you, if you are a practicing orthodox and go to the Divine Liturgy, do not approach the Chalice without confessing this grave sin you are in. I don’t go around saying this to people, but you my brother it is not by accident that you came to this forum and God’s providence is reaching out to you save yourself and perhaps partake of the grace and blessing that comes from standing with your shepherd and being counted when the wolves attack him. So Repent of this.
“However I have never spread these rumors but I have been told one of these hierarchs has paid for his lover's home in the Southeast with church funds.”
This is not true, you are spreading rumors, in fact in this very same sentence you pile it up even more, you bring out a big accusation, of sexual immorality plus theft from the Church all based on a rumor. Have they no fear of God? Have you? To utter such things without anything to back it up is a terrible terrible thing. You have been used my brother, by those people and by the evil one.
“If that is true, I think that should be brought to light to that particular jurisdiction”
If that was true, why didn’t those who have the facts and are concerned about the Bishops and the Church go to that particular jurisdiction proper chain of command? Instead of yammering about such things to whoever is willing to listen, and harming the church in this way? Doesn’t the jurisdiction have its own ways of dealing with financial discrepancies and ways to report such discrepancies?
“Part of me wants to hire a private investigator to get further evidence against this hierarch and then post online and pass though out the eparchies.”
What you should have done was hold those Tilly tallies by their throat and demand that they bring their solid evidence (nothing under the category of the lisp evidence) right away or apologize to the Bishops your fathers for spreading such rumors.as to posting online really??? May the Lord shelter you from committing such a blunder!
Now my question is making an accusation against an Orthodox hierarch a "law suitable offense"?
false accusation can always be a” law suitable” offense, but you have something more to worry about, if you do not judge yourself, Judgment will come upon you and there is no partiality. Know what sort of thing you got yourself into all based on rumors!
“Another part wants to confront the hierarch face to face with the accusation.”
Confront him about accusations based on what exactly? What facts do you have to give weight to such rumors enough to as you have put it ‘ confront him?’ whatever happened to the Fear of God that should reign in our hearts my brother? If your father was being slandered behind his back by some people of cheating on your mother and those people come and told you their version of fallacious evidence how would you react, does that seem more real to you than the shepherd of the Church being accused with no real evidence, perhaps you would do more for your biological father’s reputation, now if you are a Christian as you claim to be, go out and put as much effort into fighting baseless rumors and ignorant profiling, malicious attacks of the evil one and his servants against your Fathers those shepherds of the Church.
Lord have mercy!