Greece is occupied by creditors? Really? I must have missed the CNN report that showed the NATO tanks rolling in and the US Special Forces parachute drops. Evidently, I’ve got to get cable tv.
All kidding aside, and as you point out, the fault here lies at least partially with the Church of Greece. Yes, secularism and materialism are problems, and yes, asceticism is the answer. But asceticism is only attractive to those who have heard and accepted the Gospel. And, to borrow from St Paul, how can they hear unless we preach?
Forgive me but the Church in Greece, and I fear the Church in Russia as well, is at least as concerned with its social position as it is preaching the Gospel. Unfortunately to be as concerned about the preaching the Gospel as your place in society is, in the final analysis, to forsake preaching in favor of social acceptance and power.
Forgive me for sounding harsh, and I’m aware of how much work needs to be done by the Orthodox Church here in America, but the complaints of the Church of Greece ring hollow to my no doubt tin ear and fail to resonant in my no doubt stony heart.
Read more about it here.
- New Study on Impact of Blasphemy Laws [Dispatches from the Culture Wars] (scienceblogs.com)
- How Un-Orthodox: Greek Church May Sue Port Authority Over Ground Zero Site (observer.com)