Two years ago, in Spanish-speaking countries, the phrase ¡¿Por qué no te callas?! became a bit of an overnight instant “pop culture sensation”. It means, “Why don’t you just shut up!?” King Juan Carlos of Spain snarled that at Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez when the latter refused to stop rudely interrupting Spanish Premier José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero during an international conference in Santiago (Chile) in 2007. Sr Chávez was boorish throughout and His Majesty was correct in slapping him down publicly and loudly. The audience in the hall LOVED it immensely (they gave the King a round of hearty applause). It not only showed what courage King Juan Carlos possesses, it showed that the public still responds with vigour to real leadership. On top of that, it proves that loud minorities do not speak for us… they never have, they never shall (do attend to that fact, SVS and Syosset…). Of course, this shall NOT stop such sorts from trying…
I believe that it is time for Patriarch Kirill to say to JP and Co (and the entire autocephalist cabal):
¡¿Por qué no te callas?!
Actually, he would say:
Почему не просто завершить!?
It is time for the curtain to fall on the farce known as the OCA… at least, its recognition by the Patriarchate of Moscow and all the Russias must end. In the past few days, what I have noticed about pro-JP criticism on my site (all spammed, by the way… we shouldn’t give such scurrilous stuff air-time) was that it was invariably personal and focused on the peccadilloes of the person posting objective reportage on JP and his entourage. It NEVER focused on the accuracy of the statements given in argument for a particular thesis. Therefore, I e-mailed several acquaintances… hmm… I wasn’t the only person on their list of pleasant greetings (and I, probably, wasn’t one of the more important ones on that list, either). Of course, if they attack one person, it’s no surprise if they attack another… that stands to good reason (indeed, it’s an old habit of theirs… in any case, Bishop Job attests to their customary methods of bullying intimidation).
In short, such juvenile ranting and jabbing doesn’t discomfit anyone nor does it take anyone aback. One expects it… one sees it coming. It doesn’t make it any less unpleasant or nasty… I, for one, am not made of stone… but, it doesn’t burst in on you in surprise (sadly enough). These days, such sorts use many internet pseudonyms… yet, there is a common thread running through most of them… it is easy to see that they come only from a small set of thugs and gossips (for I shall call them what they are). In fact, I identified only some fifty “regular” posters (at least one post a week) and only some twenty “constant” posters (at least three posts a week) on a well-known modernist “Orthodox” internet forum. That is to say, such boorishness is issuing from a very small group of people. In this instance, this set is a subset of a larger group that claims over a thousand “members” (at least, that is how many “user-names” are registered… it could be fewer actual people).
I would say to His Holiness:
“The time for waiting is over. Jonas Paffhausen and his set shall embarrass the Church, if not worse, if you do not bring them to heel, and bring them to heel immediately (do remember the abomination inked at Nashotah House… it is in opposition to your ban on relations with the TEC). During the 90s, the Church in Russia either removed or exposed the pliant clergy put in place by the communists. It is sad to say, but, some of those biddable and compliant sorts (and their confederates) are still afoot in the OCA, in particular. They are not your friends. Revoke the Tomos… disestablish the OCA. Yes, a spot of rebellion shall be one of the results… that was inevitable after Jonas Paffhausen’s accession. It is better to have a small bit of upset now than to procrastinate and have a larger upheaval later”.
This is one woman’s opinion. However, more than one other person shares it. It is time for serious grown-ups to put the squalling and misbehaving children back in the nursery where they belong. We must do that or face the consequences of our inaction, I fear.
It’s your move.
Tuesday 10 November 2009
This is one of those posts where I must heartily thank my opposition. Instead of discouraging me (and the others of like mind to me, whom you attack just as nastily and drearily), it only gives me more reason to stay the course… that is, it only makes me more determined to persevere until it’s all over and the dragon is slain. I’m only a minor member of the band that is attempting to do it… but, we’ll all have a necessary hand in it before it’s over. Thank you for reminding me why I fight on.
A last note to the childish posters who think that they are causing me and others like me pain: “If you persist, all you shall do is to deepen our resolve to see this situation put to rights. If I am not perfect (a fact that I cheerfully admit)… then, neither are you. If such is so, apply your words to yourself… and, then, read the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee. ‘Get your mind right’, as my Nicky says”.
In ending, I give a grateful word of thanks to my friends… your kindness keeps me going and on the path. SPASIBO!