Father Joseph Birthisel of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, who resides in Virginia Beach VA (check the ACROD clergy directory for further details), runs the Byzantine, TX blog under the pseudonym “Josephus Flavius.” When you click “View my complete profile,” you get no information at all that you might expect a “complete profile” to contain.
Earlier today Father Birthisel posted his Protodeacon Theodore Feldman Boldly Spouts Nonsense at Byzantine, TX in response to the latter’s LGBTQ+ in Our Churches at Orthodoxy in Dialogue. The main takeaway is that, as Father John Parker at St. Tikhon’s Seminary has stated, Orthodox clergymen and lay theologians who wish to explore questions of sexual and gender diversity in human nature—and the bishops who let them get away with it—are better off drowned. Birthisel writes:
When will [the Holy Synod of the OCA] respond so that there is no question that a clergyman cannot use his great influence on the people and lead them astray in this way? If millstones around the neck [for the purpose of drowning] are the lot of such authors, what of episcopal inaction when hierarchs know full well what their clergy are getting up to?
Dear Father Birthisel: Nonsense you may think that Father Feldman has written, and a dumpster fire Orthodoxy in Dialogue may very well be, but a). we don’t hide like cowards behind pseudonyms, and b). we have never called for the murder of anyone—by drowning or otherwise.
On the contrary, Father, it is your dog-whistling rhetoric that has been shown statistically to lead to heightened levels of homophobic violence against, and suicide among, LGBTQ children, youth, women, and men.
Reach out to us, Father Birthisel, if you ever have anything useful—and pastoral—to say about sexual and gender diversity in human lives. Who knows? Metropolitan Gregory might even approve.
Giacomo Sanfilippo, Editor
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