July 31, 2014

Mattingly on Met. Jonah

In “Orthodox bishop on hot spot,” Terry Mattingly looks at the improbable rise of Metropolitan Jonah — in the span of about 10 days — from newly consecrated assistant bishop of Dallas to head of the Orthodox Church in America. Snip:

If nationwide change is going to happen, said Jonah, it will have to grow out of respect and cooperation at all levels of the church.

“Hierarchy is only about responsibility, it’s not all of this imperial nonsense,” he said. “Thank God that we’re Americans and we have cast that off. We don’t need foreign despots. We are the only non-state Orthodox church. In other words, we are the only Orthodox church that does not exist under the thumb of a state — either friendly or hostile.

“So the church is our responsibility, personally and collectively, individually and corporately. What are you going to do with it?”

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