Metropolitan Petros of Accra
I thought that we should talk quite openly about the proverbial ‘elephant in the room.’ It’s not a literal elephant, but it is an issue that has certainly made headlines and done its rounds within our broader Orthodox community quicker than the recent raging fires of Pendeli mountain. It’s caused sensation and it’s caused shock and scandal. It’s provided food for gossip for those prone to this diet. It’s been a cause of publishing on Facebook—for reasons that still baffle me, and that I find cruel, insensitive, judgmental, vindictive, serving an anti-Church and anti-clerical agenda. It shook the faith of some but was also an opportunity for prayer for others.
I’m talking about the recent arrest of an Orthodox priest (not of the Archdiocese of Accra) on suspicion of committing a most horrendous murder. I’m not here to defend it, or sweep it under the carpet, as the Church often has done in such situations. I’m here to talk about it, and perhaps, present you with another perspective on the issue. Bear with me, please. Read More