The Situation Within the OCA: Selected Analysis & Recommended Solutions
THE SITUATION WITHIN THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA: SELECTED ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDED SOLUTIONS
by Fr. George Johnson: Conemaugh, PA
It is reasonably expected that many persons have come to know at least something of the events of the recent past 12 months, as affect life within the Church. In the following pages, a few areas of concern connected with those events will be discussed. Given the making of an effort to be concise, it is very possible that not every single aspect of every problem will be discussed thoroughly; however, these few short words are offered in terms of perspectives which (in some cases) have been mentioned by some persons or (in other cases) seem to have been mentioned by almost no one. The perspectives are critical as we continue first to address the fundamental question Are the allegations true ? (Sometimes restated as To what extent are the allegations true ?), and then seek to see Church life returned to normalcy in terms of focus on its calling from God.
1) The problem associated with Proskauer-Rose and the collision course concerning its report;
2) The problems caused by the borrowing of U.S. $1.7 million;
3) The problematic perception of the Central Church Chancery;
4) The impact that these have on the life of the Church, particularly within the foreseeable future;
5) Summary of proposed solutions.
Speaking methodologically, #4 here will be more or less treated in running fashion throughout these analyses and proposals; the other areas will have sections of focus. The purpose in all cases is the offering of some considered and experienced perspectives in areas that very much have become critical to Church life (whether we like it or not), these perspectives also being something not yet substantively found in the rather voluminous print dedicated to the subject to date.
THE PROBLEM ASSOCIATED WITH PROSKAUER-ROSE and the COLLISION COURSE CONCERNING ITS REPORT
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