Here is an article that is written by a highly regarded Orthodox Priest that has the courage of his convictions. He has set forth a number of problems with Orthodoxy in North America. One of the themes of his multi-step examination of our beloved Church in America is of course the Ephraimite problem and its detrimental effect on the overall health of Orthodoxy. Here are a couple of quotes:
One of the worst ways one can have a fiefdom can be abusive use of the sacrament of confession and spiritual guruship (if I may so coin such a term–I’m sure someone already has anyhow). This can be seen when priests overemphasize the teachings of Ephraimite monasteries and begin to dictate sexual behaviors within a marriage–and I don’t mean deal with pornography and adultery, but literally dictate parishioners’ sex lives. A priest is responsible before God for the ministry of the parish but that should not entail mini-dictatorships.
A powerful article by Peter S Kehayes was posted on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese website that has been unnoticed. We would like to highlight it here because of its astute and important observations. Here is an excerpt: