I won’t say much by way of commentary. I primarily wished to inform readers of this blog. I will say, though, that many of us saw this coming. I also think the OCA synod should have written and vetted its statement better.
[Note, previously I had written:
“In light of the guilty conviction the statement probably should have referred not to ‘accusers’ but to ‘victims.’ This line will be understood by some, perhaps many, to mean the synod does not really agree with the ruling and does not really believe the victims are victims, even if the Synod does agree with ruling. I realize that only the charges brought by one of the two men (who had been boys at the time) were upheld, but in light of Archbishop Seraphim’s past apology for overstepping pastoral boundaries, using ‘victims’ in the plural could be warranted and would have come across more compassionately than ‘accusers.’ So, we’ll see how this all plays out and what actions the synod will ultimately take.”
The Synod has now changed it’s statement so that it speaks of victims. This is a good step forward.]