I think it’s important to remember that our Priests and Pastors (like our own parents) are still human and still have temptations and pressures in their own lives. If it’s any consolation, the Antiochian parish near me never closed, ever, and never required masks or any other baloney. There was also a Protestant church nearby that never closed either. My home Lutheran church closed and my husband’s home Greek Orthodox church both closed for Easter during the shutdowns 2020. Absolutely shameful.I just spoke to my priest to ask him when I can go to confessions as churches are currently closed. I told him that my work is mandating vaccines and I will not take it. Months ago he said he will never take it, and he has caved and has an appointment for it tomorrow. What was really surprising to me is that he begins telling me that the anti-christ is working through governments etc and that there is nothing we can can do at this time. He mentioned also that governments are threatening that they can't let unvaccinated in, and he wasn't outraged by this? Antiochian Orthodox priest. I'm confused? On one hand he knows this is abnormal, on the other he's telling me he is concerned they wont let unvaccinated people in the church. Won't he let them in, when/if that time comes? I'm not judging the man, he is lovely. I am confused though...
Edit: Well I am sort of judging him, Lord Have Mercy.
Edit: how are churches closed right now??