I didn't know that AFR could handle that much Italian-American chatter (Dr. Rossi and I share some ethnic roots) without melting the microphones, but somehow we managed to get through the evening without damaging the equipment:
Nevertheless, I think it went rather well. Dr. Rossi and I have not spoken since I graduated from SVOTS in 2001, and so it was an interesting experience to say the least. He has a lot of good information, being a clinician and in the thick of things at St. Vladimir's.
I'm also very glad he addressed the topic of addiction in the seminaries, because it really is as big of a problem in the schools as it is in the general public, though the repercussions are often far more painful and embarrassing. Most people expect clergy to somehow be more Christian than themselves, and when a clergyman fails, it somehow disproves the Gospel and the reality of the Christian message.
The Christian message is not 'perfection' but forgiveness. It is about how only God can save us, because our self will is insufficient. The funny thing is that the same people who complain about clergy being imperfect also whine about how out-of-touch clergy are and how they do not understand how 'normal' people live.
If you want to understand people, you have to join in their defeats as well as their victories. When you demand perfection from your clergy, don't expect them to be empathetic. They will never understand your pain. They will only pity you, and pity is one of the most dehumanizing experiences one can be on the receiving end of.
Anyway, I hope people find it helpful. Depending on the feedback, AFR might do more broadcasts on this topic.