Over the past few years, I have wondered a bit about the way the Orthodox Church treats accountability and obediance in the modern day. We have all seen the media often littered with scandals in clerical ranks throughout various Christian traditions, and the Orthodox have certainly not been immune to having our heirarchs hung out to dry (fairly or not). Especially recently, this seems to have created the mindset that the clergy, by their very offices and titles, are not to be trusted by the people. In America, this can be seen in "accountability-speak", a sort of movement in the laity, across jurisdictions and across the country which feels the need to dig up the sins of every priest, deacon, and bishop we can.
This, however, is not limited to the clergy of churches, but is also evident among political leaders, &c. I wonder if anyone can comment on whether or not this sort of accountability is redeemable, and how this balances in particular with the call for us to be obedient--under our bishops, pastors, confessors, and ultimately Christ. How does the Church speak of accountability regarding the clergy and the laity, and how do we implement this in a way that does not create witch hunts and gossip, a very potent disease which seems to be infecting the Orthodox in America (at least) in the modern day?
Any quotations or other relavant commentary, including helpful experiences would be most beneficial. A blessed fast to you all.
Edited by Peter Simko, 01 April 2014 - 02:01 PM.