Attempting to further educated myself about Orthodoxy, I figured there's only so much I can garner from attending liturgy and pestering my priest with questions, so I purchased a copy of Bishop Kallistos Ware's The Orthodox Church, which I understand to be one of the definitive English-language texts on the history and beliefs of the Orthodox Church. I'm hoping that the fact that ware is an Anglo convert from a Protestant background like myself will make the perspective of the text more identifiable, which I've found to be the case when reading through some of Fr. Seraphim Rose's works.
However, I've read that Bishop Ware has been nicknamed Kallistos 'o Anglikanos (Kallistos the Anglican) by other Orthodox clergy owing to an alleged penchant for ecumenism and liberal theological approaches to issues like gender, sexuality, and so forth. Pandering to moderates on social issues, whether out of sincere belief or efforts to increase attendance by making the church a "big tent", is one of the reasons that I rejected Protestantism.
Can anyone clarify where Bishop Ware stands on such issues, and if there's a division between him (as probably the most prominent home-grown Anglophone Orthodox theologian today) and other Orthodox clergy? Is he a good source for a newcomer to Orthodoxy to look to for information on Orthodox theology?