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The Paradigm of Compassionate Denial

by Inga Leonova | български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски

Holding hands

To a casual reader of social media, it may appear that the culture war battles in the Orthodox circles around human sexuality have finally ceased, especially compared to the raging 2010s. I think that, rather, the lines have been drawn, and most of the combatants have retreated to their respective camps. Certainly the need for intellectual and spiritual freedom to continue the important anthropological and theological work in the Church is an issue that is much broader than the limits imposed by the nature of social media interactions. Yet I ponder what has emerged from the fray as the paradigm of “compassionate denial.” This position can be summarized along the lines of “My heart breaks for people in the Church who struggle with same-sex attraction, and we should counsel them and offer them support with love in their ascetic endeavor to carry the cross of chastity.”

It may be due to the temporary distance from this discourse that the pitfalls of the “compassionate” approach struck me anew. Of primary concern is that it provides the well-meaning “traditionalists” with a comfortable alternative to the toxic hatred propagated by a subset of Orthodox culture warriors. It allows the satisfaction of feeling loving and accepting while at the same time remaining within the comfortable confines of an officially prescribed position: we are fully accepting of our homosexual brothers and sisters as long as they satisfy the requirement to forsake their need for human companionship.

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Post-Truth

by Fr. Cyril Hovorun  ελληνικά   |  ру́сский

The Oxford Dictionaries named “post-truth” the word of the year for 2016. That was the year when the phenomenon marked by this word affected the Western world most. It was the year of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. However, the eastern part of Europe experienced this phenomenon earlier, at least from the year 2014. For Ukraine, where I am from, the aftermath of the Revolution of Dignity, which took place in Kyiv during the winter of 2013-14, became the period when the wave of post-truth rose. This wave tried to wash away the results of the Ukrainian Maidan. Now we can say that the post-truth propagated by Russia mostly failed in Ukraine. Probably, we should thank for that the antibodies to propaganda, which our society developed in the Soviet period. The other reason is our long history of co-existence with Russia, which does not leave much room for naivety. Anyways, after stumbling upon Ukraine, the hurricane of post-truth moved further to the West. It overwhelmed some countries in Europe and reached the shores of America… Continue Reading…