Jun
24

Do Clothes Make the Man? Keeping the Cassock

by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos (The cassock) has a history connected with sacrifices, struggles, tears and blood. … To clergy the cassock reminds them that they are spiritual physicians and not just social workers. The life of the cleric is sacrificial, an ongoing offering that requires the coming out of one’s self to offer himself to others. This is connected with the struggles, the sacrifices, the patience in slanders and Read more…

Jun
11

Abbot Tryphon – graceful love (not therapy) is needed

Self-Appointed Therapists: When correcting others becomes a form of abuse Abbot Tryphon in The Morning Offering (11 June 2016) When focusing on the sins of others, we set for ourselves the mission of correcting them. We see ourselves as called to help this poor, unfortunate one by pointing out their sins, and telling them how they can be a better person. We are not being critical, but helpful, we tell ourselves. "Don't take Read more…

Jun
04

A Case Study in Church Division – and repentance

This article, "The Widowmaker Repents", recently appeared in my Facebook Newsfeed.  It's a couple years old, but still well worth the read. One of the challenges of Orthodoxy in America is that so many of our parishes were founded out of schism.  Whether the split was from Rome (as is the case for so many parishes now with the OCA, UOC-USA, and Carpatho-Russians) or not, the legacy of division is often generations of toxicity, Read more…

Jun
03

GGWB Podcast – Facebook Page

The Good Guys Wear Black Podcast now has Facebook Page.  I'll post episodes (and other interesting things) there. Read more…

May
09

Discerning Vocations: Online Live Interview with Fr. Anthony and Fr. John

Fr. Anthony Perkins, editor-in-chief of Good Guys Wear Black, will be interviewed live, online on Thursday, May 19th at 9pm EST/6pm PST. "You're On with Fr. John", the live online program by host Fr. John A. Peck, will feature Fr. Anthony Perkins (and a few other visitors), as we answer questions about, and discuss in depth, discerning vocation in the Orthodox Church. The program will include spiritual preparation for your Read more…

Apr
20

Narcissistic Clericalism by Abbot Tryphon

Narcissistic Clericalism by Abbot Tryphon Posted to The Morning Offering (April 19, 2016) “Clericalism shouldn’t have anything to do with Christianity” For those who know me, they would not be surprised to hear that I am anti-clerical. I am sickened when I witness clergy who expect special treatment, or who gush before their bishops, like court officials in some kingdom of bygone days. I was thus delighted to read a news Read more…

Apr
18

A Few Thoughts on Narcissism in the Priesthood

One of the most popular (and useful) GGWB articles of all time is "Signs in a Congregation That a Leader Has Covert Narcissistic Personality Disorder"  If you look at the comments to that article, you will see indicators of something that researchers have confirmed: 1) the proportion of pathological narcissism among clergy is extraordinarily high (this survey of Presbyterian clergy in Canada found that 30% had NPD!); and 2) narcissistic Read more…