BUSTED! Mark Maymon isn’t Saliba‘s victim… he allowed a thief to run amuck. Hey, the SPC Holy Synod removed the Bishop in Kosovo for the very same reason… he had sticky-fingered associates. Saliba wasn’t only within his rights… it was his duty to remove such an incompetent bishop.
Read this, note this quote:
[Saliba] also blamed Bishop Mark for not keeping a close enough watch on church funds after an embezzlement at Toledo‘s St George Orthodox Cathedral. A police report was filed in March charging the cathedral’s treasurer, Charles Cassis of Toledo, with embezzling more than 145,000 dollars (4.48 million Roubles 103,864 Euros 90,277 UK Pounds) over a period of time.
Mark will get on well with Fathausen! You do remember what Tosi said about the missing financial records in the Diocese of NY and Washington (or whatever they’re calling it this week)? “The records simply don’t exist”. If JP foists Mark on the OCA Diocese of the South, do watch out! He’ll let Bobby and Fester rob the store blind, whilst all the konvertsy slobber over their “martyr” bishop.
Also, note that Maymon’s an unrepentant and open rebel… why should we take such on? He REFUSED an assignment! Then, he plays the victim! Only the konvertsy such as Mattingly, Dreher, Honeycutt, and Matthews-Greene are dumb enough to swallow that one (and they’re also SILENT on the paedophile case in Winnipeg… hey, Rod! Wanna supersize that order of crow supreme? Mark Shea and Agent 99 are chortling, I’m sure). The comboxes at Stokoe’s site are full of posturing and self-preening converts, none of whom mentions Mark’s arrogant disobedience and his toleration of financial skulduggery. One of my Arab friends said, “Good riddance to bad rubbish… he pissed on the old crowd from Bishop Michael’s days and kissed the ass of newcomers like that guy in Chicago” (I think my friend meant Reardon, as he went on to say, “He’s nothing but a convert phoney who works for UPS because there’s not enough people in his parish to pay him a proper salary”).
In short, JP screws up again… is that a surprise? Philip Saliba‘s the best ecclesiastical politician in the USA, bar none. Not only is he cleaning house, he’s also telling the world that he thinks that the OCA isn’t long for this world. He’s pulled his students out of SVS… now, he’s allowing a rebellious bishop to go off to the OCA. There’s no love lost between Philip and JP… that’s clear. It’s also clear that Saliba’s positioning the AOCANA in such a way as to minimise the undertow when the OCA goes down. This is IMPORTANT. There’s no bishop in American Orthodoxy more calculating and greasy than Saliba. If he’s written off the OCA, it’s not a fit of pique. Saliba’s the personification of “it ain’t personal, it’s business”, so, if he allows a snotty juvenile rebel to traipse off to JP, it’s clear that he thinks that the OCA’s a “dead man walking”.
The only outside people trying to keep the OCA afloat, oddly enough, are some of the ROCOR apparatchiki… they fear that if the OCA goes and the healthy part joins ROCOR, they might lose their little Ruritanian positions. Ironic, ain’t it… after the bitter Church War in the times of Grabbe and Schmemann, the last people standing by the OCA are the ROCOR stalwarts! Alexander Lebedeff defends ‘em tooth n’ nail. Well… JP better not count on his unswerving support. Lebedeff’s a flexible sort… “A man whose allegiance is due to expedience. ‘Vunce the rockets are up, who cares where they come down. That’s not my department, says Werner von Braun’”. Remember, Lebedeff was a fanatic partisan of Vitaly’s nutter plan of ROCOR parishes in Russia… then, he switched positions 180 degrees to favour reconciliation when it became the new party line.
This is much less than the konvertsy are making of it. What IS important is that Saliba has publicly written off the OCA. That’s the most important American church news of the year.
Orthodoxy’s never boring, is it?
Monday 1 November 2010