The following reflection on the life and ministry of the late Archbishop Dmitri, written by Archpriest Basil Zebrun, rector of St Barbara Church, Fort Worth TX, on the day after the Archbishop’s funeral, was sent to the OCA web team on 6 September 2011.
This is an obvious lie… did you notice that they can’t even fib well? They should have kept silent about the date of writing… it wasn’t necessary to the understanding of the piece. The piece was written last Friday… and they received it then, but there was a hell of a fight over the “slant” that the coverage would take (I heard that a Synod meeting for this week was scrubbed). Ergo, the five day delay. Of course, they’ll deny it, just as they denied any wrongdoing in all of their settlements (“We admit no wrongdoing”). Do note the lack of actual reportage on the funeral itself. NO IMAGES, NO TEXT, NO NOTHING. It’s now a WEEK after the funeral. This is unprofessional in the extreme. The OCA web team are a bunch of drooling layabouts who ought to be taken out at dawn and shot by Wally the Mexican and his band of grinning Mexican banditos. Compare the coverage of Dmitri’s funeral and that of Metropolitans Laurus and Nicholas! Neither the ROOCR nor the ACROD have a paid staff or a “web team”, yet, both got the news out in a timely fashion.
I note that Mark Stokoe is silent on this, too. He’s waiting for his orders from Lyonyo, no doubt. Remember… Mark is nothing but Lyonyo’s sock-puppet on the web. I’ve heard it from several sources that Lyonyo, Stokoe, and Connine Tarasar formed a “troika” that attempted to “take over” the Chancery, as a part of a plan to “hijack” the upper levels of the OCA. Lyonyo and Connie were involved in TOC, so they couldn’t “start” an “independent” website. Note well that Mark isn’t an independent “outsider”… he’s been a highly-partisan “insider” for years. What I find interesting is how Stokoe’s seems to have pulled the wool over the konvertsy element’s eyes. I wasn’t well-connected, so, I didn’t know the whole megillah at first… but I asked around, I found reputable sources, and I learned (I especially asked people of the generation preceding me, that is, people born in the ‘30s and ‘40s). My conclusion is that the konvertsy aren’t clueless… they can see what the rest of us can see. Simply put, they tolerate the schmutz out of ambition. They want to take over the Church and remake it in their image. They desire to twist it into a caricature… into a distortion.
I want you to think on that. That’s why I’m not going to go on and on. THINK on what I just wrote. Ask yourself, “Do I want a REAL Church for my kids and grandkids?” That’s what’s worth fighting for… not pointless disputes over this-or-that canon or this-or-that Father… do we want a REAL Church for our kids and grandkids?
Now, that’s a question to PONDER…
Thursday 8 September 2011