The above warning was given to me when I first met Orthodoxy in 1986. Today [2009] it is even more perilous, even more difficult to find the Royal Path. For one thing there is a far greater abundance of misinformation. And many materials are missing, and other materials are being rapidly rewritten. For another thing there are fewer than ever guides remaining on the Royal Path, especially who speak English. Hopefully this website will be a place where Newcomers to the Faith can keep at least one foot on solid ground, while they are "exploring."

blog owner: Joanna Higginbotham


jurisdiction: ROCA under Vladyka Agafangel

who did not submit to the RocorMP union in 2007


26 November 2015

One person's problem choosing a church

from Joanna's note pad:

Someone said that someone said:
"I had seriously considered the GOC-K last year (2014) but the more I read the pompous and disturbing writings of this new Bishop of Etna and Portland and his cohort, Met. Chrysostomos, the more I backed away"

I do believe that someone said that.  I'm actually very familiar with this distressing observation/complaint/stumbling block – whatever you want to call it.

We in ROCA are not permitted to publicly criticize our hierarchs, which would include the hierarchs in our Sister Churches.  But conscience does not allow me to ignore the warranted distress of a convert.  So let me say this:

(read between the lines...)

Etna is not all of the GOC-K.  Etna is not an accurate representative of the whole of the GOC-K.  Etna is Etna and Etna has been Etna for a long long time (since the 1970s).   Etna bishops have a voice in the GOC-K Synod, but they do not rule the Synod, and they have to answer to the Synod.  Recently an Etna edict was imposed on a priest who then appealed to the Synod, and the Synod ruled in favor of the priest.  No GOC-K bishops, including the Etna bishops, go completely unchecked.  But caution is still advisable.  If it is not possible to join the GOC-K without going directly through Etna, then do not let that prevent you from seeking membership in a Royal Path jurisdiction.

No matter where you go there will be problems.  Problems in non-Royal Path jurisdictions are likely to become debilitating and malignant.  So even with the problems, you are better off in a Royal Path jurisdiction where there is at least a fighting chance against the wiles of the demons.

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