Look at this:
Firstly, note that the source is the crook Asia News… a papist outlet with an agenda (they’re ecumaniacs; they think that everything’ll be hunky-dory if Orthodox kiss the Pope of Rome‘s bum and become Uniates). Also, note the sensationalist headline, one that bears no relation to the truth. Firstly, anyone with brains knows that three MP figures are ALWAYS involved in dealings with the state apparatus in the City of Moscow. Firstly, there’s Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov, the Patriarchal Vicar for the Diocese of Moscow… he’s got power to spare… he’s KMG’s unsinkable satrap as far Moscow is concerned. Secondly, there’s Fr Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the MP Department of Church and Society, he’s the liaison between the Church and “political Russia”… besides that, he’s KMG’s closest confidant and “closet prime minister”. Thirdly, there’s Bishop Panteleimon Shatov, the head of the MP Department of Charity, the man directly responsible for the soup kitchen. Ms Achmatova named NONE of these men… it means that her information DIDN’T come from reliable and righteous MP sources, it didn’t reflect the reality of the close and harmonious working relationship between the Church and State in the City of Moscow (it may have come from rebellious elements in the Blunder’s camp in Bolshaya Ordynka, though).
C’mon, this isn’t the only soup kitchen in Moscow… there’s plenty more. Friends of mine in Moscow tell me that the lowlifes were harassing people and panhandling. They weren’t only a nuisance, they were a security nightmare (a terrorist could dress as a tramp easily enough). Mayor Sobyanin went through all the proper Church and State channels… this story comes from a disgruntled underling who didn’t like the decision reached by his superiors, so, he mouthed off to a zapadnik reporter with an agenda. I predict that this priest will get into the deep kimchi with Vladyki Yuvenaly for shooting his mouth off to the wrong people. No doubt, he doesn’t like the fact that the soup kitchen’s going elsewhere… that means that the budget for his parish (which is set by the diocese) will decrease. It makes one wonder if this guy isn’t skimming off the top… there are crook priests, after all.
Most of all, there was no mention of this incident on patriarchia.ru, the official MP website, or on interfax-religion.ru, which many consider an “unofficial” source for some in the Church. There’s NADA, kiddies… that means that this story’s crank and that you should ignore it. NEVER trust Asia News… they’re chock fulla beans; in any case, they’re pissed off because their pal, the Blunder, is seemingly in KMG’s doghouse. For instance, recently, at an Orthodox liturgy served at Basilica Sancta Maria Maggiore in Rome, Archbishop Mark Golovkov, not the Blunder, was the main celebrant (don’t forget, the Secretariat is KMG’s “shadow DECR”). Now, THAT’S interesting, and patriarchia.ru DID corroborate that story! Asia News didn’t find it important…
ALWAYS find out who’s paying for what… it’ll save you a great deal of grief. The MP ISN’T cutting any services to the poor… not in the least. File this one under “Much Ado About Nothing”. It DOES take all kinds…
Saturday 11 June 2011