This is what Herman Swaiko has done by giving Raymond Velencia a church award. What have we come to?
Read the following little post. It says volumes about Herman Swaiko.
You missed this in your news article, although it wasn’t well publicised. In a nutshell, the priest who’s been accused of breaching the secrecy of the confessional, Fr Raymond Velencia, received a clergy award on 10 May 2008, when Metropolitan Herman Swaiko was on hand to consecrate St Matthew Church in Columbia MD.
Melanie Jula Sakoda
Orthodox Christians for Accountability
There one has it. Herman Swaiko’s telling the world that Raymond Velencia’s to be praised for his actions, and that he’s placing him as a model to be emulated.
It isn’t conjecture, nor is it internet speculation, it’s a proven fact that Raymond Velencia spread about confidences told him in confession and counselling. He sent these details via e-mail to the members of the Metropolitan Council of the OCA and to Mark Stokoe, the webmaster of the Orthodox Christians for Accountability site. Therefore, one can confidently assume that Herman Swaiko approves of such pastoral shenanigans, for it’s a safe conjecture that his minions keep him informed of the postings on Mr Stokoe’s website. This means that nothing’s held sacred by this man. He spits in the faces of the Koumentakos and Patico families, in public, no less. This man is a bishop? In formal sense, maybe, but not even the worst bishops in the Soviet period did such. This is so noisome it leaves me speechless at the evil involved. If you need proof of the devil and his works, you need only look at this.
Reflect on this, if you would. This man was elected freely by the Synod of Bishops. That means that the problem is systemic, not personal. At the Battle of Jutland, Admiral Beatty turned to his flag lieutenant after seeing several of his battlecruisers literally blown out of the water by the Germans. “There’s something wrong with our bloody ships, today”, he growled. He seemed sunk in thought, and he continued, “…and something wrong with our system”. The British had the will to change their “system”, and the Grand Fleet ended up victorious in the war. Shall the OCA have the will to do what’s right, and abandon its quixotic quest? Schmemann’s opium dream of unity is over, and this nasty episode is a direct result of it. As a very wise old Matushka said to me, “You know, he’s the cause of it all”. Shall we find the courage to go home and cease the hubris and chest-pounding? That’s a question that only you can answer. Ponder it well before answering.
Sunday 8 June 2008