Tuesday, August 09, 2011
OCA: Mark Stokoe Dismissed From Church Positions
Joseph Flavius has the story at Byzantine Texas. Mark's contributions to bringing an end to the scandals that plagued the OCA are well known. Unfortunately there has been a lot of gossip about his personal life, most of which he has not denied, that has been spread by his detractors. I intensely dislike this kind of "gotcha" game. It bears repeating that gossip is among the most sharply condemned sins by Scripture and the saints. But all of that aside there are obviously some standards that have to be upheld for persons occupying offices within the church. Unless he was prepared to deny the allegations or repent, his removal was necessary to avoid scandal. And truth be told, he probably should have resigned. This is very sad.