Aspiring theologist Chris Banescu has responded swiftly to our Priest to Priest: An Open Letter to Fathers Damick, Farley, Jacobse, Parker, and Trenham. He sent this anguished appeal to a list of undisclosed recipients.
Mr. Banescu manages OrthodoxNet. We introduced him to our readers in OrthodoxNet Has Heart Attack over Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware), where we note the following: “[He] imagines that his degrees in business administration, marketing, and law make him eminently qualified to weigh in on theological topics.”
OrthodoxNet publishes such gems of Orthodox spirituality as the must-read, When Knights Surrender Their Sword: The Problem of Effeminate Men.
Fathers and Brothers,
There are many things wrong with how this archpriest and grandfather responded to this child and how this travesty is being used to spread more confusion. He claims that Orthodoxy is in his DNA. Unfortunately, none of it is in his preaching and pastoral approach.
Please, use your true pastoral gifts and sacramental blessing to draft a genuinely loving and wise response to a teenage girl being attacked by the depravity in our culture. Show the Church how a true Orthodox shepherd and father (and grandfather) should have responded to this confused 13-year-old child. (Here are many testimonies of many who bear witness to Christ and the terrible lie of this sin.)
I’m afraid this shameful display will continue to push innocent children towards darkness and influence other Orthodox families to embrace the worldly foolishness and sacrifice their children on the altar of delusion. Please, preach and teach on this issue to help the many children and teenagers who are being purposely confused and destroyed by the insanity of this age.