A VERY Timely Article on Orthodox Hierarchy!
- I thought that considering all that we see or hear about our
hierarchy, the article below presents a good view of where we should
be when it comes to our hierarchy.
Here is a pertinent quote:
"Of course, like every other mortal, bishops too have
failings"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
God." But, like all other mortals, they too struggle with their
weaknesses and try as best as they can to overcome them. Like
everyone else, they are not always successful. Nevertheless, despite
the fact that they too have human flaws, as long as they uphold and
defend and teach the Orthodox Faith, they are being faithful to the
confession of faith and the vows that they made at their ordination.
We do not revere our bishops because they too are mortal, and
therefore have failings like the rest of us. We revere and love them
because, though mortals and, therefore, possessing human failings,
they have taken upon themselves the heavy task of: (1) defending and
propagating the Holy Orthodox and Catholic Faith. (2) striving to
cultivate an increase the piety and fervor for God of the flock with
which they have been entrusted. and (3) seeking by all means to
increase that flock."