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Analysis: The Crisis in the School of Theology

We did not have time to say "thank you God" for the Boston Theological Seminary of Holy Cross and we started the supplication " help us All-Holy Mother of God" and I add also so that things don’t worsen because if the crisis that erupted with the unexpected resignation of its President, George Cantonis, develops, then famine is coming.

The news of Mr. Cantonis' resignation, which was revealed by the "National Herald" on May 26, literally came like a "thunderbolt in the shine" and numbed the multitude of the Church and the Omogeneia, because it was probably the last thing they expected to hear. Of course, for those who have the knowledge and opinion of the happenings in the School, it might have been expected, because for months a kind of crash of perception or of cultures, if you prefer, had begun to appear, to recall the well-known expression and articles of sociologist Samuel Huntington, and I will explain below.

But first I would like to attest here that the reason I revisit today with this analysis is to sound the alarm in all directions that everyone involved and institutionally responsible must immediately recover and reach an agreement, because the School and consequently our Church in America cannot stand another crisis. It has been subjected to many crises by its institutional representatives in the past, due to their  pettiness and incompetence, now the arrival of Elpidophoros has created a Messianic hope which must not and can neither weaken, nor perish. Elpidophoros is not an accidental hierarch; he has the qualifications and the potentialities to become a great Archbishop of America.

In other words, simply to repeat what I said and wrote from the first moment of his election, Elpidophoros cannot and has no right to fail, because such a thing will not only be fatal for him personally, but for the Archdiocese of America, and inevitably for the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Undoubtedly, Elpidophoros has made a pretty good start. He started to settle the pending issues and omissions of the past with the completion of the Saint Nicholas nave and Shrine, the regulation of the pensions of the priests (although as things show, the communities are called to bear the burden again), and the great thing of ensuring the academic recognition of the School, with Cantonis, of course, as its leader, and with the financial injection of two million euros from Greece, to put it bluntly.

Let me also say that the resignation of Cantonis is the first crisis that Elpidophoros is called to manage, and this is precisely the essence of the matter.

Speaking a bit above about a conflict of perception and cultures, I mean that the Boston School cannot and should not be a copy of Halki in terms of its monastic and cloistered character, because the Holy Cross is called to educate and shape mostly married priests who will serve communities around the US. It can never become and it would be wrong to turn it into a breeding ground for unmarried clergy with career celibacy as a springboard to the Episcopate. If some people want to become unmarried, Archimandrites and Hieromonks, then they should go to the Monasteries of Ephraim and those that are to be founded in Massachusetts. Nor can they be ordained on the side without fulfilling the formal and "psychological" qualifications as established by the School, in order to screen out those who are not suitable for the priesthood, because, in the final analysis, the communities are burdened.

I must state once again that I respect and honor the true and authentic  Monasticism, which I consider to be "the joyful sadness of the Church." Those monks whoa are the living eschatological signs of the Kingdom of God on earth, but I have many doubts about career Monasticism and Archimandritism.

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