"A variety of bishops from basically every jurisdiction in the United States have encouraged us to do this work. They support this work."
These are the words of George Demacopoulos, a pro-LGBT activist and high ranking academic who has been working hard for years on the subversion of the Orthodox Church in the US. His promotion of pansexual perversion has been publicized numerous times, as even a cursory internet search can demonstrate.
He makes this horrific comment during an interview with "Sister Vassa", in the following video clip (transcript included below):
In America, is it really true that Orthodox bishops from "every jurisdiction" are supporting this man's subversive work? Perhaps this shocking claim should be taken with a grain of salt. After all, he has dedicated his life to promoting perversion. He may just be lying or exaggerating.
On the other hand, there may be reasons to take his comment seriously. Since seven Orthodox Bishops have publicly endorsed an organization co-founded by Demacopoulos himself, would it be surprising to find out that additional bishops are secret supporters?
In any case, don't expect these false teachers to show mercy or respect to those who uphold traditional Orthodox Christianity. In this video, Sister Vassa suggests that anyone opposing Demacopoulos must be "mentally ill".
Here is a transcript of the video clip:
Because we're Orthodox, we don't fall under any kind of ecclesiastical supervision from Fordham. We are just our own thing.
And because we are not clergymen, and because we are not at an Orthodox seminary, we have the true benefits of what in the academy is known as "academic freedom". So we are able to pursue projects and topics that the institutional Church, for whatever reason, would have a greater difficulty pursuing. And I know that there are, at least on the internet - not people I've ever met, there are people who hate that we have this kind of academic freedom.
Hate might be a strong word. I think they're very critical of the very kind of structure that allows this freedom, but people I have actually met — like a variety of bishops from basically every jurisdiction in the United States — have encouraged us to do this work. They support this work. They come to our events. And to quote a now-retired archbishop, "Our job in the Church is to ask the questions that others can't ask." And we just kind of have a blanket encouragement from the institution to do the kind of work that we're doing, and to ask tough questions.
You would say there are these internet voices — I also have to admit that I have never met anybody like that — they seem to exist only online. But they say that people have testified that these are real people.
You know, it's very easy to be frustrated with these kinds of things. My own experience whenever I've met someone who — whenever I have actually met someone or conversed more carefully with someone who takes this kind of position, they are typically a person who is coming to this from some kind of history of spiritual or personal trauma, and they just tend to react in rather aggressive ways for a variety of reasons. And, you know, as difficult as these types of personalities can be sometimes, you know, it's also, we're all part of God's Church, we're all part of God's creation, an to the same way that I would encourage them to be more flexible and loving and understanding, I think that we have to take the same approach with them.
Oh yeah, I have nothing against the mentally ill, George. Don't get me wrong. Only love!
There is a fetishization — is that a word? — fetishization of all things eastern, sometimes... a certain type of Catholic, you know. And I think it creates a false... it's one of those things, of course, that tries to help us maintain our identity. And I think that because of this globalization and because of the, sort of... that the boundaries are being a little bit more blurred. I think there is panic in some people who want to hold onto something, and the best they can do, or the easiest solution, is to hold onto an external thing, or to simplify what guarantees their eliteness or their specificity.
I think you're exactly right, and in my experience, it's actually not people born into the Church. It's people who came to it, usually running away from something, and thinking that they finally found what they've always been looking for, only to suffer cognitive dissonance, because what they found isn't exactly what they thought it was.
Yes, people will often say, "If you touch upon issues that been sort of addressed already, decades ago, in those communities, and people have fled to Orthodoxy to escape, perhaps, those issues, that's true. Very often I will be told, "Oh, you don't know what that leads to, because we've been through that," back in whatever church they were in, "and we know what that leads to." You know, and that's like, well...
That's like, that's like error 101 in logic. That's not the way logic works.