How is the Eastern Orthodox Church turned inside out?

Okay, this has been bothering me for over a month now.

On May 25, the NYT’s Alessandra Stanley started a review of the TV show “Mental” with this lead:


There is nothing wrong with turning a proven success inside out — reversible raincoats, “Grendel” and the Eastern Orthodox Church have all shown lasting appeal. Opposites aren’t always apposite, however: an Oreo cookie assembled backwards is a little too gooey to handle.


For the life of me, I don’t know how or why the Eastern Orthodox Church is a proven success that’s been turned inside out.

I understand the proven success part. The Orthodox Church has been around a while.

But turned inside out? Like a reversible raincoat?

I asked a Greek Orthodox priest the other day and he had no idea.

Stanley is a former Rome correspondent for the Times who covered the Vatican extensively and wrote often about the Orthodox Church, as well. She knows what she means. But I don’t.

What does she mean?

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.