Pokrov Responds: How much truth is too much?
Date Published: 2/14/2009
Rod Dreher has probably never visited this website, but Pokrov.org has been publishing news about Orthodox clergy sexual abuse for almost ten years now.
Cappy and I were, at one time, members of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), the jurisdiction to which Mr. Dreher belongs. The scandals in the OCA, and the other Orthodox communions in this country, have yet to receive the media coverage afforded to those in their Catholic counterparts. However, let us assure him that they are every bit as disgusting and sickening. Insulating himself from this reality may allow Mr. Dreher the comfort of his adopted church, but it also makes him part of the problem.
Mr. Dreher asks at the end of his piece “How much reality must we choose to ignore for the greater good of our own souls, and society?” We respond with conviction that when it comes to protecting the innocent and the vulnerable from clergy sexual abuse in the Orthodox Churches, we cannot afford to overlook a single thing. In this case, there is no such thing as “too much” truth.
Melanie Jula Sakoda