Which state became the first to recognize same-sex marriage
After all, could Metropolitan Jonah’s conventional Orthodox moral position on such a subject really provoke such animosity among Orthodox Christians?
I assumed that this was clearly impossible, and that there had to be other, more important factors at work.
Other writers have painted it in terms of personality conflicts.
But one of the most interesting ideas put forward has been that the fight against Metropolitan Jonah is itself a manifestation of the so-called, “Culture Wars.” This is how Muzhik, one of the contributors to OCA Truth, characterized the situation: What is it about Jonah’s vision that they find so objectionable that they want to throw HB out?
Here is a link to one of her articles about the Metropolitan Herman-era scandals.
Inga Leonova, during our exchange, invited me to visit her Facebook Group called Listening: Breaking the Silence on Sexuality within the Orthodox Church.
Much work needs to be done to actually learn the context of Pauline pronouncements, for example, or St. The Church has the authority to change most things except the key Trinitarian and Christological doctrine if it is pleasing to the Spirit.
This is how the conversation developed from that point: Inga: Yes, we are both Orthodox, and I may shock you even further by admitting to holding a position within the Church governance structure.
Sexuality is an inherent part of a person’s biological makeup same as race.
It is also true that the site is run by Mark Stokoe, a partnered homosexual.
But, coming from the Diocese of the South, it just seemed too far-fetched to me that Metropolitan Jonah’s stridency on same-sex marriage could have been a major factor in bringing on this crisis.