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Seeking the Episcopacy: Salvation not Reputation

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
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      Seeking the Episcopacy: Salvation not Reputation
      Posted on November 7, 2012 by Fr. Ted
      In as much as the OCA is
      in the process of electing a new Metropolitan, we can consider the words of St. Gregory the Great (d.
      604AD) about those who seek to become bishops. Some according to St. Gregory
      seek the office of bishop for wrong reasons, looking not for their salvation but
      to enhance their reputation:
      “Moreover,
      it should be noted that he said this at a time when whoever supervisedthe laity
      was the first to be led to the torments of martyrdom. Therefore, it was laudable
      in that era to seek the episcopate, when whoever held it would suffer severely.
      It is for this reason, then, that the office of the episcopate is defined as a
      ‘good work’ when it is said: ‘If one desires the episcopate, he desires a good
      work.’ Therefore, he who seeks not the good work of the ministry, but only the
      glory of honor, testifies against himself that he does not desire the office of
      a bishop. For a man does not love the sacred office, nor does he even understand
      it, if by craving a position of spiritual leadership he is nourished by the
      thought of subordinating others, rejoices at being praised, elates his heart by
      honor, or exalts in the abundance of his affluence.” (The
      Book of Pastoral Rule, pg. 41)

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