Read here on the usual Rorate a well-written (and beautifully translated) article appeared on an internet site of the Orthodox.
Besides being well argued, the article points out to something about which I have written often in the past, and will continue to insist upon on this blog: God doesn't do sexual perversion, and a sexual pervert most certainly can't be a priest.
One of the safest ways to recognise a sound thinking Christian from one polluted from the modern religion of “inclusiveness” is his attitude towards homosexuality. The sound Christian considers homosexuality as being in the same ballpark as other sexual perversions like pedophilia, incest or bestiality, whilst the polluted one subscribes to the “born that way” mantra. At this point he will start to say “gay” instead of homosexual, and slowly but surely this sexual perversion will become just another way of being normal. From there to not objecting to a homosexual priest the step is automatic, and the most confused might even consider him “a saint” because he is a celibate pervert. Erm, let me think….
The article points out to another hard but salutary truth: far from seeking the friendship and, so to speak, embrace of other homosexuals (with actually fairly predictable dangers) the homosexual priest must recognise his utter lack of fitness to be a priest and leave the priesthood. There is simply no other way, in the same way as it is unthinkable that a priest may be a celibate pedophile and think he is in any way, shape or form fit for the priesthood.
Whilst it is sad to see the Orthodox also have to deal with a liberal strain among them, I reflect the struggle between popularity and appeasement on one side and straight defence of Christian values on the other side is as old as Christianity himself. When history gives us the picture of a solid, monolithic Church it is not because those ages were deprived of dissent or internal subversives, but because the one and the others were effectively fought against. The Church is now doing a horrible job of this fight, and in some of them -even wearing black shoes – the doubt is justified as to whether they want the fight in the first place. We, the sound Christians, carry on regardless.