I'm not sure how many people have heard about or seen the new documentary, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, but it talks about the Catholic child abuse scandal and subsequent cover ups.
Anyways, they interviewed an abbot who said that the church was teaching a heresy, because they taught that a priest is somewhere between a human and an angel, serving as an intermediary of sorts on behalf of the people. The movie makes the claim that not everyone's psyche can handle this kind of power and it results in abusive situations.
I was wondering if the Orthodox Church has any similar type of doctrine? Obviously the church does allow married priests, which helps to prevent a lot of scandals as i'm sure, but what can we say about the potential problem of power? It's very easy to get caught up in the rush of holding the spiritual welfare of countless people in your hands, is it not?
Looking forward to your responses,