The pandemic is going to be a real test of Christian leadership for our Orthodox bishops. These are the questions that are going through the minds of a lot of us :
1. Will they lay aside in the face of this great crisis their nationalisms, their phyletistic behaviours, their willingness to act unilaterally and not in concert with their brothers and sisters of other jurisdictions?
2. Will they be bold and courageous and exercise a leadership which is unafraid of making decisions and that will inevitably lead to many diverse reactions? Will they stop saying different things to different people for whatever reason?
3. Will they prioritise the safety of their flockx and not allow them to enter, reclessly and dangerously, uncharted pastures?
4. Will they be bold enough both to collaborate and to lead in devising and promoting creative solutions to new problems?
5. Will they attend the Scriptures and the Fathers rather that simply endorsing "the usual way we do things.." i.e., Tradition NOT traditionalism?
6. Will they fear the Judgement of God infinitely more than the judgements of men?
We shall see which emerge us as true pastors and shepperds of the faithful.
Cfr Ezekiel 34!
Fr. hieromonk Michael (Wood), Rocor WR, Scotland