1895[orthodox-synod] Re: The newspapers
- Mar 12, 2000Michael,
One of the saints said: "I am worse than a dog. A dog is always loving and
does not judge."
Forgiveness must always include asking for forgiveness, as you suggest.
I recall when, years ago, I had a letter in "Dear Abby." It was intended to
be an amusing swipe at those who want to call everyone "Reverend."
I said: "Protestant ministers should be called 'Mr." unless they have
doctorates. In which case, they should be called 'Dr.' Priests are always
called 'Father.' I don't know what we should call the new Episcopal
priestesses. How about 'mother'."
Abby replied: "It will never fly in Peoria."
Abby later published a letter from a Lutheran ministeress. She said:
"Father James, I forgive you for not loving me."
I responded to her, privately "You cannot forgive me for loving you. I do
not repent. Even God cannot forgive what is not repented, and I cannot
repent for something I have not done. I CANNOT love you. I don't even know
you! See why women should not be made clergypersons?"
One must not mistake Republican politics for the Holy Orthodox Catholic
Father Andrew (who is in the same city as you, as I recall)
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