There’s no such thing as “monsters under the bed”… there’s no such thing as Faith Skordinski having any connection with the Storheim affair… they’re both equally barmy and ridiculous… what does that tell you about James Silver?
Firstly, hold onto to your hats and read what Silver has to say… there’s not an ounce of truth in it, but you HAVE to know what this obsequious little sock-puppet for Bobby is saying…
Christ is risen! Truly risen!
This alarmist message deserves to be ignored. If we bothered to consult SNAP, whose report was occasioned by Pokrov’s Cappy Larson, we’d soon see that there’s nothing in it or in the parish’s announcement that would bring condemnation or even criticism on Archbishop Seraphim. Archbishop Seraphim remains suspended, and cannot officiate at any services until his case is resolved. He hasn’t ever violated the canonical terms of his suspension, and I’m confident that he hasn’t violated Canadian law, either. Unlike SNAP and Pokrov, we should presume the archbishop’s innocence unless and until he’s found guilty in a court of law. Their reportage so far suggests that they consider him guilty, but this might not in fact be proved. For some reason, Faith Skordinski, an illegitimate member of the OCA’s Metropolitan Council, took it in hand to dig up the past and identify the two adults who claimed that, when they were children, Archbishop Seraphim had molested them. However, that was a quarter of a century ago, and Archbishop Seraphim protests his innocence. Had Faith Skordinski not pestered these men into some sort of accusation mode, there would be nothing on record. So, please, friends, let’s pray for Archbishop Seraphim, for his alleged victims, and for all those people who take advantage of the innocence of children and for their victims. And may the Lord be merciful to all of us.
Peace and blessings to all.
I think that all should be aware that James Silver, who calls himself “Monk James”, is a former monk now living in the world under dubious and dodgy circumstances. He claims that he has a blessing from a bishop to do this. If so, he should share with all of us the DOCUMENTATION proving that. Trust me… it’s not kosher… it’s not legit. In fact, the canons FORBID monastics from living in the world in the strongest possible terms, and stipulate that we should take all those found in “the City” (the secular world) BY FORCE and cart them off to a monastery to live a proper monastic life (yes, Virginia, there were “monastic” charlatans like Silver in old Constantinople, too). I’ve more to say, but I want to give you Mel Sakoda’s riposte first…
Monk James Silver overstates his case. Faith Skordinski had nothing whatsoever to do with the criminal case against Archbishop Seraphim Storheim. Complaints were filed by the victims. The allegations were investigated by the Winnipeg police and they determined that there was enough evidence to move forward on the complaints. The police took the case to the prosecutor, and the prosecutor agreed. The charges are being pursued by the crown, not the victims, and certainly not Skordinski. Similarly, the allegations were first brought to the attention of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) by an OCA priest, not by Skordinski.
Melanie Jula Sakoda
Skordinski was involved in the spiritual court that resulted in the defrocking of Silver’s friend, Robert Kondratick. However, I know of no reason why her position on the OCA’s Metropolitan Council should be termed “illegitimate”.
The above colloquy appeared on the Indiana List… according to the infallible intel possessed by Silver, it’s all Faith Skordinski’s fault! Is it Skordinski’s fault that Bobby couldn’t remember a single name of a 9/11 victim to whom he (supposedly) distributed monies from the 9/11 relief fund? Is it Skordinski’s fault that thousands of dollars worth of OCA corporate credit card expenditures lack ANY documentation? Of course, not! I’m no fan of Faith Skordinski, but she’s merely a pompous, posturing, and crashing bore (much like Silver, no?), not an evil succubus out to destroy Bobby (Bobby’s done that himself without anyone’s aid, thank you very much). Let’s keep it focused, gang… the question is this… “Are the accusations lodged against Archbishop Seraphim regarding the alleged acts of sexual misconduct true or not true?” In any case, what does Faith Skordinski have to do with it? She didn’t bring the accusations… she’s not linked with them at all… I’ve never heard her name mentioned in connection with them until Silver made his raving accusations.
Archbishop Seraphim promised to stay away from kids as part of his bond… full stop. A pastoral visitation does involve kids. That’s what this was… a prepared pastoral visitation set up by his benighted supporters. The proper question to ask is, “Has Seraphim Storheim flouted his agreement with the Queen’s Bench by visiting other parishes?” That’s a question worth asking… the OCA’s behaviour in the Koumentakos and Iliff cases doesn’t give me cause for any optimism, as far as their adherence to Christian standards of behaviour goes. As for Silver, I’d take his bloviating with a block of salt… don’t forget, he’s a protégé of Hilary Madison… and he still makes excuses for his abusive mentor. I wonder how much of Bobby’s ill-gotten gains ended up in Silver’s pocket? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…
Oh… one last thing… Mr Silver, it’s NOT the Easter season, so, can the blasphemous “Christ is Risen”, okay? It’s offensive and nauseating, taking into account your defence of the indefensible (and your baseless accusations against Ms Skordinski are beyond the pale). I didn’t think much of you before… and I thought that I couldn’t think less of you… but I was wrong. You don’t muck about with Our Lord Christ, and that’s that.