If I have not been delicate, or if I was brash on that topic, forgive me, brothers. These things are difficult to discuss without falling into errors on the right, or supercorrectness, as Fr. Seraphim Rose said.I wanted to share some guidelines for discussions concerning active Orthodox clergy (i.e. clergy in the Eastern Orthodox Church).
-We have to use caution to not turn this subforum into a gossip corner where we critique and nitpick, even if we have valid concerns.
-Be very thoughtful before posting any critique on active clergy. Remember that this forum is public.
-Do not share any private knowledge or unsourced suspicions that a priest has done something incorrect or non-Orthodox, whereby his reputation would be hurt (i.e. gossip).
-Do not read into the potential motivations of a priest to try and understand his actions (i.e. mind-read).
-You may comment on public actions and statements on a priest, but from a position of understanding and compassion. Don't be quick to attack out of anger.
-Do not call a priest a "heretic" or "ecumenist" unless that label have been given to him by an ordained member of the Church. Only use adjectives that refer to specific behaviors (e.g. "Concelebrating with the Anglican priest was an ecumenical gesture.")
As this subforum grows, there will be a strong temptation to break these guidelines. It's okay to disagree with opinions and actions of clergy, but be respectful and delicate when doing so.