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 years ago, the series stalled in Ezekiel. Many of us (with sadness) assumed that it had joined so many other wonderful podcasts in permanent archival status.
I’m so happy we were wrong! Presvetera Jeannie is back, combining Bible study, patristic commentary, and the courage to apply both – and her own pastoral heart – to serious topics.
In this episode, she takes on the topic of corrupt clergy.
The problem of corrupt clergy is real. I suspect, as with so many issues, the cases that make the headlines are only the tip of the iceberg. It can be scary to have sensitive subjects like this talked about in public forums, but I still welcome it. Perhaps if we were doing a better job (and here I speak of my brother clergy and seminary professors/administrators), there would be no need for our wives and the laity to get involved. Perhaps, but probably not.
The Church I serve (UOC-USA) supports the theology and action of conciliarity (sobornopravnist); I love that theology and approach (when it is done well!) and wonder whether many cases of clergy corruption would have been identified and corrected sooner (if not avoided altogether) if we had a healthier system of parish and Church administration that was more open, accountable, and more conciliar.
Regardless – welcome back Dr.Constantinou!
– Fr. Anthony Perkins