The recent Pew Report has started a buzz throughout America regarding the sad state of affairs of our Church in America. Some have tried to discredit this report from the respected organization. What these myopic naysayers fail to realize is that this is not the first report that has these findings that we are in a crisis. There are others too. Here is a review of the 3:
1. The June 5th Edition (2015) of The National Herald has an editorial by A.H. Diamantaris entitled “Orthodoxy’s Sad Decline in America.” This commentary offers reflection based on the Pew Report. Yet some doubt this Report’s validity. The Pew Report itself can be found here.
2. For these sycophants and naysayers supporting the status quo, please remember that our own Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA) published an even more daunting article by Mr. Peter Kehayes (11/21/2012) entitled “An Important Challenge to Greek Orthodox Christianity“. To see an easier to view report of this in a PDF format that resides on our server, please click here.
3. As if this weren’t enough, the Patriarch Athenagoras Institute report “The Orthodox Church Today” (click to see synopsis) by Alexei D. Krindatch of the Patriarch Athenagoras Institute (September 2007 through May 2008), Has similar findings of our Church in crisis. To see the full report click here.
Do you see pattern here? Report after report from various sources are saying the same thing: we are in a crisis.
Our Hierarchs merely ignore.
It seems to us that when you ignore a challenge it becomes a crisis. The men that occupy the lofty positions of the Holy Synod of the GOA are of course pro-actively engaged in addressing these challenges. Sure.
Click any of the 5 links underlined above to read these respective articles and reports.