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    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 Read more…

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    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 Read more…

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    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…

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    About Wearing Cassocks and Other Good Habits

    About Wearing Cassocks and Other Good Habits Fr. Lawrence Farley May 27, 2016, No Other Foundation I am a great fan of the BBC series “Call the Midwife”, which features a group of Anglican sisters working among the poor in a London neighbourhood as midwives. Their order is fictional, but is Read more…

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    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 Read more…

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    Nine Secrets Your Pastor’s Wife Wishes You Knew

    by Christina Stolaas She’s always there. Sometimes in the background, sometimes with a welcoming smile up front, sometimes noticed and appreciated, sometimes being silently judged. Your pastor’s wife; the powerful force behind most church leaders often perceived as a mystery by the rest of the Read more…

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    Fr. Andrew Damick (AFR) – Is it Wrong to Want to be a Priest?

    Fr. Andrew Damick (my friend and neighbor) hits the nail on the head (actually, several nails).  Orthodoxy is pastoral, but it seems to be populated by some people that love dogmatizing particular advice and ridiculing those who go against it.  It is certainly true that the discernment process takes Read more…

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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
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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…

Apr
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Nine Secrets Your Pastor’s Wife Wishes You Knew

by Christina Stolaas She’s always there. Sometimes in the background, sometimes with a welcoming smile up front, sometimes noticed and appreciated, sometimes being silently judged. Your pastor’s wife; the powerful force behind most church leaders often perceived as a mystery by the rest of the church. It doesn’t have to be that way. What if we just asked our pastor’s wife to candidly, honestly, even anonymously share some of their Read more…

Mar
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Fr. Andrew Damick (AFR) – Is it Wrong to Want to be a Priest?

Fr. Andrew Damick (my friend and neighbor) hits the nail on the head (actually, several nails).  Orthodoxy is pastoral, but it seems to be populated by some people that love dogmatizing particular advice and ridiculing those who go against it.  It is certainly true that the discernment process takes place in the Church and that not everyone who feels called to the priesthood really is, but that hardly means that we should staff our Read more…

Mar
21

On Starting at a New Parish (AFR Podcast and Notes)

The Podcast is here. Review: Ten (Eleven!) Commandments for Pastors New to a Congregation In a previous post and podcast, I reviewed Rev. Lawrence W. Farris’ book Ten Commandments for Pastors Leaving a Congregation. It was full of good advice to help set your successor and the parish you are leaving up for success and ensure that you are ready to hit the ground running in your new assignment. In this post and podcast, I review Read more…

Mar
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Search the Scriptures (AFR): On Corrupt Clergy

One of the podcasts I used to listen to religiously (pardon the pun) was Presvetera Dr. Jeannie Constantinou's "Search the Scriptures" on Ancient Faith Radio.  Presvetera Jeannie is an accomplished academic biblical scholar with a great love for God, the Church, Scriptures, and Patristic commentaries.  For more than fifty episodes, she had been leading us through the Bible chapter by chapter from "the Beginning". Alas, a couple of Read more…

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Court your Khouria! (Podcast link and transcript)

Here is the link to the podcast episode. We are stressed. Being a priest is stressful. Time and money are in short supply, reasons to grieve are everywhere, and parishes can be difficult and demanding at the best of times. It’s hard to witness to the peace and joy that are our rightful inheritance as sons of God with so many worldly problems stacked against us. Unfortunately, we make things worse with how we respond to our stress. Read more…