Read this nasty little screed (you can do it… I did):
Throughout the meeting, Hilarion smoothly but unmistakably tried to drive a wedge between Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II (whom two patriarchs of Moscow, both KGB-connected, refused to invite to Russia).
Mr Weigel is an ignorant and pigheaded boob. The gaybisti assigned every hierarch in the MP a code name… it didn’t matter if they cooperated with them or not. Mr Weigel is your typical thick-headed zapdanik Neoliberal bloviator. He’s nothing but an apologist for Neo-Nazi thugs in Galicia, Croatia, and the Baltics (all of whom gladly served in the Waffen-SS and collaborated in the Holocaust)… you see, they advance the cause of American robber-baron capitalism in their countries, so, they’re “democrats”. President Lukashenko is genuinely popular, he’s kept the Western Free Market thieves out of his country; indeed, that’s one of the main sources of his popularity, by the way. That scares Mr Weigel, and it scares his oligarch paymasters, too (they can’t bomb Byelorussia into “submission” as they did Serbia… it’s under the de facto protection of the Russian nuclear umbrella). I‘d like to know… how much did the Koch brothers pay you to spout such utter twaddle, Mr Weigel?
Get a load of this:
What is new, however, is the Moscow Patriarchate’s repeated claims that Russian Orthodoxy is the sole repository of the religious identity of the peoples of ancient “Rus” (Russians, Byelorussians, and Ukrainians) and their principal cultural guarantor today. That close identification of ethnicity and Russian Orthodoxy raises serious theological questions, even as it crudely simplifies a complex history involving multiple cultural and religious currents.
Izzat so, Mr Weigel? There’s always been a close connection between Orthodoxy and the Russian National Idea… it’s nothing new. To say such betrays total and absolute ignorance of Russian thought, history, culture, art, and literature. Read some Ivan Ilyin, Mr Weigel, that’ll show you otherwise… but he won’t. You see, it doesn’t reinforce his papocentric view of the world. Let’s rephrase his statement, let’s change it to:
That close identification of ethnicity and Galician Uniatism raises serious theological questions, even as it crudely simplifies a complex history involving multiple cultural and religious currents.
ZOUNDS! I think that Mr Weigel is not only hoist upon his own petard; his own harpoon shafts him… oh, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune! Mr Weigel teaches us something. There’s a party in the Vatican that’s dead-set on converting us to Catholicism. They make no bones of it… they boast of it, in fact, as Mr Weigel does. That’s why people such as Vassa Larina, Vanya Behr, the Blunder, Andrei Psaryov, and JP are so dangerous. They not only consort openly with the enemies of Christ’s Church, they encourage them by using papist intellectual arguments, categories, and terminology. We have our own definitions… we don’t (and shouldn’t) have to use those imposed on us by outsiders… Orthodoxy is ontologically discrete and existentially separate from Catholicism, and that’s that.
My view is simple… we can be “good neighbours” with Roman Catholics… why not? We are what we are; they are what they are. “Dialogue” is fruitless, pointless, and without issue… we should stop it. Let’s visit one another… let’s mark each other’s anniversaries and birthdays… let’s mourn together our deaths and losses. Most of all… let’s be honest friends and neighbours. Unity? That’s pure moonshine… one side or the other would have to capitulate, and that’s not going to happen. As for Uniates, they’re the dagger of a faction in the Curia aimed directly at our hearts. Relations are impossible, especially in the light of the Uniate thuggery in Galicia since the ‘90s. Mr Weigel is upset that we Orthodox aren’t “playing dead” and rolling over for the ultramontane faction amongst the RCs. That’s not going to happen. Now, that I’ve said that… all good Catholic people know that the front gate to our yard is open, and that they’re welcome as guests at any time. No doubt, some will call me a “fundamentalist”… that would put me in the same category as J. Gresham Machen… very good company, indeed (and I’m not in the same league as the late Professor Machen)!
In short, Weigel’s screed is total GIGO from stem to stern… this is what a faction amongst the Catholics thinks of us… reflect on this, JP is schmoozing with this faction. Caveat emptor, kids…
Monday 21 March 2011