How I will vote in Pittsburgh

Author: Mark Stokoe
Date Published: 11/09/2008

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The All- American Council was supposed be held in 2010, not 2008. We were supposed to listen to the usual boring reports – not discuss one from a Special Investigative Committee. The old Metropolitan was supposed to be re-affirmed in his leadership – not a new one chosen. The only debate was supposed to be about how much to raise the head tax – not how much to lower it.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this at all.

And yet, by the Grace of God and the hard work of many, it will be.

Consider where the OCA was three years ago this very week: in response to Protodeacon’s Wheeler’s “Call to Accountability” detailing the financial and moral misdeeds of the preceding 15 years, the OCA reported: “Our love and concern must be for the Church, Metropolitan Herman stated, adding that recent allegations, especially those circulated on the internet, are not for the good of the Church. In response to questions about earmarked donations, Father Strikis noted that such contributions are used as specified by the donors.” (OCANews/11/5/2005)

Diversions and outright lies had become standard operating procedure in a central administration that ignored widespread financial irregularities, tolerated administrative malfeasance, encouraged corporate complacency, in a general culture of incompetence. The OCA, despite the glittering facade – or rather, in large part because of it – was dying.

No more.

In the past three years, the financial irregularities have been exposed, the complacency overcome, and the incompetent and criminal removed from office: