Editorial: Please Pray for the OCA’s Bishops

May 2, 2011

For those who have followed recent events within the OCA (as reported on www.oca.orgwww.ocanews.org and www.ocatruth.com and elsewhere) it is clearly evident, regardless of which interpretation of events you subscribe to, that there is a crisis within the OCA.

According to this report, The OCA’s synod of bishops is meeting meeting today and tomorrow May 2-3, and is discussing these serious and troubling matters.

Please pray for those in the OCA leadership. Among serious issues being discussed is a controversial SMPAC (Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee) report which describes (according to many insiders) a grave pattern of mishandling clergy sexual abuse issues on the part of some OCA church leaders. While there are many issues in the OCA which deserve attention, I know of none more serious that those concerning the safety of children and vulnerable adults.

May God grant the Bishops of the OCA wisdom and moral courage to deal with these difficult issues in a way which will resolve the scandal, reveal the truth behind these matters, and restore integrity to the OCA’s leadership.

— Stan Shinn

Editor, The Orthodox Beacon

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