Look at the old chart above… someone kindly sent it on to me. There are still a lot of old-timers left who remember the Metropolia days. Of course, there’s been inflation in our money since 1950… but it sure wasn’t a 10,500 percent increase! The 105 USD per person assessment (the current OCA Central Annual Assessment (CAA)) in 2011 is considerably more money than 1.00 USD per person in 1950. Look at the following table on gold prices (that’s a good take on actual inflation):
|1970 to 2010 net change
as a percentage
This means that 1.00 USD in 1970 is worth 38 USD in today’s baloney dollars. I’d say that the most that 1.00 USD/1950 would be worth today is 50 USD. That’s to say, the CAA has increased a little over twice as much as inflation would have it. Yet, we have to add in another factor… in 1950, 25 percent of the CAA went for clergy pensions. Today, parishes have to pay for their priests’ pensions in addition to their per capita CAA. Thus, there hasn’t been a 10,500 percent increase in the costs covered by the CAA; there’s been a 14,000 percent increase in the CAA, when there’s been a 5,000 percent increase in the general price level, meaning that the CAA has outstripped inflation by a factor of 2.8. None dare call it legal fees and “confidential settlements!” in short, its creative accounting of the most noisome and malodorous sort… I can smell the “cooked books” from here. Valerie Ringa CAN’T explain this one away, can she?
That’s not all… the Griswold Estate in Westwood (some wits called it “Pishtey’s Folly”) wasn’t acquired by the Metropolia until 1957. Eventually, all central administrative operations went there and it became what we now know as the “OCA Chancery” (or in metonymy, “Syosset”). Don’t forget, Alexander Warnecke had his greasy hand in this, just as he did with the purchase of the old St Vincent’s ha-ha hotel (de-institutionalisation emptied most of it and the shrinks moved to Harrison) for SVS (one wonders how much of the money stuck to his greedy fingers). Now, in 2011, the OCA can’t afford to maintain Westwood, support the First Hierarch, and make the Chancery payroll… it’s simple… even with a 280 percent real increase in the CAA (adjusted for inflation).
Do notice that the vast majority of po-nashemu folk… clergy and laity alike… aren’t attending the upcoming Sobor. This is barmy… if they don’t attend… even at the last minute… they could hand over the Sobor to the konvertsy toddlers. It would be a religious version of what happened in 2010… people stayed home from voting in the mid-term election to “send Obama a message”. All that it did was that the rightwing kooks DID vote, electing extremist slimers, and our country received grievous wounds to its social safety net as a result (at a time of raging depression, no less). No doubt, things will be set partially right in the next election, but the damage’s been done. Thousands are now suffering to enrich pill-popping pigs like Rush Limbaugh (who moved to Florida because of its laxer laws regarding prescription drug abuse) and Ayn Rand worshipping extremists such as Paul Ryan and Rand Paul.
In 1950, the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church of America (Metropolia) was much larger than today’s Orthodox Church in America… perhaps, there was a quarter of a million people in it. It was over twice the size of the present OCA. The loss was due ENTIRELY to the lunatic and crackbrained policies put in place by Aleksandr Schmemann and Ivan von Meyendorff. Interesting… the konvertsy worship these two and won’t let anyone criticise them. The konvertsy would destroy the Church as we know it if they felt that they had a chance to implement their chuckle-headed nostrums.
Do you want a REAL Church? Are you going to let the konvertsy steal it from us? Think on that…
Sunday 2 October 2011