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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Should Christians Speak Against Clergy Sexual Misconduct?

By |September 24th, 2009|

In July 2009 at the Antiochian 49th Annual Archdiocesan Convention, Metropolitan Philip spoke in defense of Bishop Demetri Matta Khoury. +Demetri is a convicted felon and registered sex offender whom the Antiochian Archdiocese continues to fund, thereby enabling him to remain in a position of trust.

In the heated discussions which have erupted on this topic, we find several fundamental questions at play:

Should Christians unconditionally obey our church leaders?
Should Christians remain silent when church leaders lead us astray?
Should Christians judge others?
Should a sex offender remain a bishop?

I will make the case that the Faithful have a moral responsibility to hold +Philip and other church leaders accountable to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse. I will also show that this issue is not an isolated incident. Beyond the issue of Bishop Demetri, there is a troubling culture in the Antiochian Church which shuffles around abusive priests and remains silent while sexual predators remain in positions of trust. Lastly, I will show that enabling a sexually abusive priest makes one just as guilty as the abuser.

First, a summary of the +Demetri controversy and +Philip’s recent response. […]

Harry Potter Icon Offends Many Orthodox

By |September 7th, 2009|

[Editors note: The follow letter to the editor appeared in the eactions poured in the Sept. 6th Dallas News regarding the recent Harry Potter Icon used in an article illustration (see the full reactions here?—? tinyurl.com/nw3382 —? regarding the Harry Potter Icon story first reported here?—? tinyurl.com/lqv3tp.)]
The letter:
The front page of the Points section displayed […]

St. Basil On Protecting The Abused

By |September 6th, 2009|

While we are called to forgive those who sin against us, we are also as a church called to champion justice, protect the innocent, and discipline the unlawful.