Gregory Jensen’s gotta stop leaving his “calling cards” all over the place!
Listen to this gobbledygook from Gregory Jensen:
While there may be victims who are… for any number of reasons… are “long past being ministered to in any credible fashion”, there are others who the Church might be able to help. From my point of view, the challenge is that abuse committed by clergy tends to foster in victims distrust of the Church. This distrust is certainly understandably. At times, the local bishop or denominational official mishandles the allegations and this often pushes the victim away. But even when things are handled well, overcoming the lack of trust is difficult if not impossible. One way around this is for different Christian traditions and secular professionals to partner together to help victims of clergy misconduct. For example, I’m on the list for a Roman Catholic group that offers pastoral care to members of that Church who’ve been victimised by Catholic priests. I’ve also worked with Protestant clergy offenders who themselves don’t trust their own denominational officials. Again, my own concern for due process is not about protecting perpetrators from the consequence of their malfeasance; much less is this about ignoring the needs of victims. Rather it is about working to restore the lost sense of trust that misconduct causes.
This is utter and impenetrable BS. Mr Jensen lacks the requisite academic background to call himself a psychologist… he doesn’t have a graduate degree in Psychology and/or a field clinical internship. Interestingly, he also lacks an MDiv, which is considered the basic professional degree for all clergy. On top of that, the MDiv is about 90 credit-hours of study, compared to the 36-48 put in by Jensen. His post-grad work is in “Theology”, which is NOT the same as an MDiv… it lacks the pastoral and professional courses mandated in any institution offering the MDiv. His dissertation is in “Spirituality”… whatever that means… it’s not an STD, or an STB, or an STL… it’s not “professional” in the least, look at the title of his dissertation, An Empirical-Experiential Study of Being-in-Communion. What in blue blazes is that? It reminds me of a quote from the late, great, and much-missed William F Buckley, “The academic community has in it the biggest concentration of alarmists, cranks, and extremists this side of the giggle house”. Hmm… a real psychologist out there should turn this crankish impostor into the APA… he’s making y’all look like Jethro Bodine… no, I take that back, Jethro wouldn’t have inflicted An Empirical-Experiential Study of Being-in-Communion on the world, do give him credit.
Let’s speak bluntly, a priest who is “in the know” told a friend that he once asked a bishop, who was terribly concerned about false allegations against priests, “How many [such unfounded allegations] have there been over the years, exactly?” The bishop refused to give a substantive answer, he just expressed his “concern” that they might occur. I agree that one should show balance and protect the rights of anyone accused of a crime, but how often do you hear anyone raise the same question in regard to arson, robbery, or assault? It seems to be primarily abusers (and rapists, of course) that are “wrongly accused”, if you are to believe certain uncredentialised parties. If Gregory Jensen has evidence that the charges against Seraphim Storheim are false, he should make that information available to the magistrate in Winnipeg; no doubt, they’d be VERY interested in such a turn of events. Don’t hold your breath… Mr Jensen doesn’t have such information. Indeed, there are very few documented and substantiated cases of “false accusation”… what about Isidore Brittain or Sam Greene or Pierre l’Huillier or Gleb Podmoshensky, Mr Jensen? It’s all “false accusations?” I think NOT. Tell that to the State of Texas, sir.
I think Jensen’s theory about victim distrust is nasty and putrid. The first move of most abuse survivors is to go to the Church, thinking that they’ll get help there. Their trust begins to erode when ecclesial apparatchiki like Jensen and Lebedeff treat them like shit. People hang on for years, thinking that if they could just find the right words to explain the problem, the Church would respond appropriately. For some, it takes years before they finally realise that the bishops knew what their problem was, but that they wouldn’t deal with it, because if they did something about it, then, THEIR secrets might come out! For instance, why is JP so adamant on refusing to be honest regarding his relationship with and to Gleb Podmoshensky? Don’t forget… James Paffhausen associated with him knowing that the ROCOR Holy Synod had defrocked him for good and sufficient reason. He wasn’t brain-dead and he wasn’t Aaron Slick from Pumpkin Crick… he KNEW that GP was “spoilt goods”. After all, JP went to Russian under GP’s auspices. It’s like a fish, kids… it rots from the head down.
In related news, Jensen is “attached” to St Nicholas Cathedral in Washington DC… but he lives in Wisconsin! Huh… that’s a new one on me… does he live in Wisconsin, or, does he live in Maryland? I guess, he’s “attached” to the cathedral the same way that Raymond Velencia is… it’s a way for JP to protect his butt. Let’s see… JP protects Velencia and refuses to punish him for his attack on Kristi Koumentakos, and Jensen gets to play about as a “psychologist” without the proper academic and professional credentials. On top of that, Joseph Fester of Diocese of the South fame (Bobby K’s protector) is supposed to be coming to DC, too, if my information is correct. If “like calls unto like”, what does that tell us about JP? To substantiate what I’ve just said, look at this clergy listing for St Nicholas Cathedral:
- Most Blessed JONAH , [Bishop]
PO Box 675
Syosset, NY 11791
- V Rev Constantine White, Dean
13957 Saddleview Dr
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
- Rev Valery Shemchuk, Associate Priest
46174 Chester Terr
Sterling, VA 20165
- V Rev Denis Bradley, Attached
1718 Hoban Rd NW
Washington, DC 20007
- Rev Gregory Jensen, Attached
2302 Crest Line Dr
Madison, WI 53704
- Rev Maximus R Urbanowicz, Attached
- Rev Michael Popkhadze, Attached
23219 Murdock Ridge Way
Clarksburg, MD 20871
- V Rev Raymond Velencia, Attached
10771 Bridlerein Terr
Columbia, MD 21044
Home: 410-992-0608 Email: FrRay@StMatthewOCA.org
- V Rev George Kokhno, Attached
2530 Chain Bridge Rd #203
Vienna, VA 22181
- V Rev Vladimir Danylevich, Attached
10920 Bangor Pl
North Bethesda, MD 20895
- V Rev Daniel Hubiak, Retired, Attached
16 Wharf Ct
Ocean Pines, MD 21811
Home: 410-641-7323 Email: email@example.com
Wow! Ten priests (one of them retired)… and the cathedral parish isn’t overly large by Catholic or Anglican standards… talk abut a Ruritanian organisation. Did you note that JP refuses to list his DC address and phone number… that’s secret! “Everything’s changed”… it sure has, JP… everything’s TWICE as secret as compared to Herman’s days. After all, we have to keep up the payments on Bishop Tikhon Mollard’s Cadillac Escalade SUV… can’t have the clergy inconvenienced, can we?
The more things change… the more they stay the same. That’s the old wisdom… is it any different if the hand fishing in the till is a convert’s rather than that of a Russian-American? I think not… I know that the world’s crank and unjust… but how much longer will it be, Lord?
Friday 7 January 2011