If you cannot even sign your name to such an accusation, is it really responsible to publically denounce a fellow Christian and stir up suspicion and distrust in others?How three months will change one's opinion, it seems, once the rubber band is on the other claw!
And one from Rod Dreher:
When I was a Catholic, and a journalist writing about the sex abuse scandal, I heard from priests and laymen all the time who had truly shocking and terrible things to report. I believed then, and believe now, that they were telling me the truth. But I couldn't report any of it unless they were willing to put their name to the criticism of particular bishops, priests, et al. Their views and information, however passionately held and grounded in fact, were useless gossip. And for all I know, they had it wrong. That they wouldn't say what they felt needed saying in public, with their names attached to it, said a lot about the credibility of their accusations. [Ed: emphasis added] It is perhaps understandable, to an extent, when a priest or layman whose income depends on not crossing church leaders is hesitant to stand up. But that didn't stop many OCA priests during the Herman mess. What's stopping this anonymous attacker of Fr. Joseph from identifying himself or herself now, and letting all of us at the cathedral be the judge of his or her credibility?Of course, two years is plenty of time to change your mind about anonymous criticism, especially if one discovers the utility of providing it. I believe he owes an apology to Fr Ted Bobosh.
No one has the right to do this to our parish and its priests. No one. Whoever you are, you either have no idea what you're doing, or you don't care.
I really don't intend to keep harping on this issue. I don't belong to any "team" and I don't pretend to have sufficient information to have a meaningful opinion about the current conflict between Metropolitan Jonah and some other members of the Holy Synod. I certainly don't have a public opinion of Fr Fester. I do, perhaps, have an unhealthy interest in schadenfreude and a couple spare minutes to use google well...