There is No Escape From the People’s Revenge! (I. Rabishchev, 1941). I was looking for an illustration to show how many Russian Orthodox people in America feel today. This poster seems to fit. Syosset’s days are numbered. Sic transit gloria mundi…
The Holy Synod of the OCA accepted the application of 76-year-old Metropolitan Herman Swaiko of all America and Canada to retire. In a letter to the Holy Synod, Metropolitan Herman asked the Synod to grant him the right to retire “in the best interests of the OCA”, due, in part, to the state of his health, the press-service of the OCA reports. In the course of a scheduled session, the bishops [of the Holy Synod] thanked Vladyki Herman for his service as First Hierarch and his archpastoral labours. The locum tenems standing in for the office of metropolitan of the OCA shall be Archbishop Dmitri Royster of Dallas and the South.
The Orthodox Church in America, founded by Russian missionaries at the end of the 18th century, is one of the most dynamic religious organisations in the US and Canada today (sic). Data released by the National Council of Churches of the USA in April 2006 attest to this. This shows that the OCA is one of the 25 largest American religious organisations. At present, the OCA has more than one million members.
Metropolitan Herman of all America and Canada (in the world, Joseph Swaiko) was born in Breyford PA on 1 February 1932. After completing primary and secondary school in Pennsylvania, he attended college in Pittsburgh, where he earned a degree in business administration and secretarial science. Subsequently, he served in the supply administration in the US Army in Labrador. After his discharge in 1959, he entered St Tikhon Seminary in Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 1963. On 4 December 1970, he was tonsured into monasticism with the name Herman, in honour of the recently-canonised St Herman of Alaska. On 17 October 1971, he was elevated to the dignity of superior of St Tikhon Monastery. He was elevated to the episcopal dignity on 19 October 1972. The enthronement of Metropolitan Herman [as First Hierarch of the OCA] took place in 2002 at St Nicholas Cathedral in Washington DC.
5 September 2008
This is utter rubbish from stem to stern. Herman was forced out due to well-founded charges of corruption and incompetence. Interfax is not to blame. They are printing verbatim what Syosset gave them. That is to say, Syosset continues to lie when it believes that it can get away with it, and this is a sign for all of us here. Syosset delenda est. There is no good there, it is a nest of vipers, especially as illustrated by such sorts as Kishkovsky, Fester, and Garvey. Of course, not all those part of “Syosset” are physically on Long Island (Fester is in Texas, and he protects the deposed swindler Kondratick in Florida, for instance).
It is high time for a united Russian Orthodox Church in the USA, another one in Canada, and an autonomous Church in Alaska free of the lower-48. The OCA is not only rotten to the bone, as this press release proves; its upper-reaches are strangers to the truth and they believe in expedience, not the Gospel. We must unite the faithful portion of the OCA with the ROCOR and the MP/US. Yes, it is time for the ROCOR to “disappear” as well. It is what Metropolitan Antony Khrapovitsky and his generation wanted. We should fulfil this desire, now that it is feasible.
Let us be one in Christ, one in our Orthodoxy, and one in our Russian soul. You’re not Russian… that’s no problem! However, know that you are joining a church with very deep Russian roots and we do not intend pulling them up to indulge some Anglo-Saxon convert’s phyletistic fancy. You shall find us open, friendly, and without guile. Yet… do bear in mind that our heritage is not for sale. It is a pearl of great price given us by God, and it shall be guarded.
May God see us through these times.