If Not Me and You… Then, Who?
The threat I received on Monday from Velencia’s lawyer should be a cause for reflection for all of us. For many years, the SVS crowd hasn’t been averse to using threats, character assassination, and deprivation of the mysteries against its enemies. Bishop Job Osacky said so, and he put it in writing. Do ask John and Monica Iliff how SVS blackened their son’s reputation. Do ask Cappy Larson and Melanie Sakoda about the number of threatening letters that they’ve received from lawyers for posting the truth (do note that none of the threats materialised). That is, Howard Needle’s letter was nothing new for the SVS/Syosset cabal. Let’s remember what Archbishop Job wrote:
The first person says, “You do not agree with me. That means you are not with me. That means you don’t like me. That means you are against me. That means you’re out to get me. That means you are attacking me. That means I have to destroy you”.
The second person should reply, “No, it means I don’t agree with you. That’s all. Let’s have a cup of coffee and discuss it, and maybe you’ll convince me, or, at least, we might be able to reach some compromise”.
But, my friends, our reality has shown that the exchange would not take place. The second person would never have been given the opportunity to respond, and the attack by the first person, with the motive of character assassination would begin. And, my sisters and brothers, there would be no opportunity for discussion, for dialogue, or for compromise. This scenario was repeated again and again, and continues today, and has become the basis for promoting personal agendas and lusting after power and authority. Is this noble; is it righteous; is it Christian? Can it ever be justifiable as being “for the good of the Church?” God forbid! And may He help us all, because this is how we’ve been operating in the Holy Synod and Central Church Administration for years, and we are slow to adopt an alternative.
Vladyki Job ht the nail on the head when he said, “Is this noble; is it righteous; is it Christian? Can it ever be justifiable as being ‘for the good of the Church?’ God forbid! And may He help us all, because this is how we’ve been operating in the Holy Synod and Central Church Administration for years, and we are slow to adopt an alternative”. That describes Velencia’s actions to a tee. I’d ask myself, “Has he threatened other people?” The Sobor should question this loathsome SOB… and they should defrock him for threatening the faithful… I, for one, would be willing to give evidence against him (both in Church and judicial venues). Trust me, I’d not be the only one to come forward… I’m willing to bet on it (taking this creepo supremo’s past actions into account). This shit has to stop and the Church can do it. Defrock Velencia… depose Paffhausen… fire Lyonyo and Jillions… that’d be a good start. We have to honour Vladyki’s memory by heeding his words. “Can it ever be justifiable as being ‘for the good of the Church’?” It isn’t… it’s time to clean house. It’s not going to be easy or painless, but we must do it. Velencia threw down a gauntlet in front of the Sobor… “I have the right to threaten people as I please”. It’s time to pick up Bishop Job’s mantle. Bishop Mel, you should say, “NO… you shall NOT threaten anyone, Mr Velencia… and you’re toast as a priest because of it”. If you do that, sir… it would lance a good deal of the infection that’s there.
Shall you do it? If not me and you… then, who?
Wednesday 26 October 2011