I’m in “plain type”, my interlocutors are in italics.
THANKS for this… it gave me a top idea for a post, Why the Church in Alaska Belongs Back Home… NOT in the OCA. Its simple… the Church “culture” there is different… it’s not only more “native”… it’s more “Great Russian”. In any case, Metropolitan Kliment Kapalin’s an Alaska expert, and he’s wanted to lead Alaska FOR YEARS. Kliment went to Alaska many moons ago… I know. It’s time to take out the trash… kick out the HOOMie carpetbaggers and give the Church BACK to the natives… after all, “When the native elders speak, you’d better listen… they DON’T repeat themselves and they’re not gonna shout”. That’s my two cents…
Potapov made a sorry interview on the main ROCOR site… I’m going to be writing on “Orthophonies”… he’s going to be one of them. He actually said:
“During Cheesefare Week, the Russian Embassy lets us use their hall and we hold a high-end event attended by wealthy people. All the revenue goes towards helping the poor”.
That is, “We’ll deign to give you a crumb or two, when it suits us… and you’ll have to kiss our bums and tell us what great Christians we are”. That’s why God sent the Great Persecution from the Reds. It was to burn out such shit. Isn’t that such self-serving and treacly rot?
Tis’ true; I know it is hard for people to hear, but “Great Persecutions” often happen when people forget themselves and what’s important. We have the likes of Mitt Romney saying that he’s “not concerned with the very poor”, and we have Christ saying (from the Aramaic Bible translation, the language He spoke!), “Blessed by the Spirit are the poor, because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”. Who are we supposed to believe and follow!??!
It’s tiresome. We’re living in the last days of the OCA and the ROCOR as we know them. The OCA’s in WORSE shape than the ROCOR is, and that’s bad. If you had told people ten years ago that George Larin’s daughter would be defending UNIATES… no one would’ve believed you. Everything’s turned upside down… so, take a shot of Bushmills and cross yourself… it’s going to get WORSE before it gets better, I fear.
Some cracker judge in Georgia subpoenaed the President… no lie. How can anyone believe the birther nonsense? It’s surreal; it makes Kafka look normal. The worst lies are those told about the SS Cossacks. Krasnov was a traitor, full stop. He raised his hand against his compatriots… that’s inexcusable. That’s why I fight… the OCA and ROCOR First Families are all rightwing fanatics or in bed with them… we have to get the Church away from them. It won’t be easy and it won’t be pleasant. I confide that we can do it.
I’m anti-papist in ideology, but you must separate the Pope (and the apologias for papal supremacy) from papists (ordinary rank n’ file Catholics). There’s papistry and there’s Catholic custom, and they’re different things. As for Uniates, I’m with you… and I’m called “unloving” for saying so.
The Sectarians hate the Muslims? No, they don’t, they arm them to the teeth; see Saudi Arabia, Libya, Oman, Kosovo, and Syria…
They’re schizo… they hate them, yet, they promote them over real Christians. They burn Korans and denounce “Ground Zero mosques”… yet, they support Islamists all over the world. GO FIGURE.
The Church Fathers
Miscellany of Svyatoslav
The Fathers are CONTRADICTORY… not only does one Father contradict another, sometimes, a Holy Father said one thing one time, and quite the opposite at another! The Patristic Deposit is NOT dogma or doctrine… it’s “theologumenae” (wow… that’s a ten-dollar word if there ever was one)… “theological opinions”… and most nappy-wearing konvertsy don’t have the good sense to understand that. Doctrine and dogma (which is obligatory) is not embodied in the Fathers nor in the canons per se, you find them in the Creed, the doctrinal canons of the Great Ecumenical Councils, and the immemorial practise of the Ecumenical Church. One MUST hold to that… the rest… is up for grabs. Sorry Charlie… the Church is NOT a strait-jacket… Love God and do what you will… reflect on the TRUE meaning of that.
It’s been a crazy day. I never knew that there were so many loons claiming to be “Orthodox” out there. The depth of the hatred of Jewish people is just beyond words. Most of them are konvertsy. Many quote the Fathersor the canons at me… to begin with, I dislike that, but now it’s beginning to become positively anathema to me. The ones who don’t hate Jews… we online (the real day wasn’t so bad…). The nastiest are the “Alfeyev lovers”. Most of ‘em are too ignorant to catch the allusions to Denisenko, rather, the fact that I don’t fall down in adoration at his feet offends them. The most snivelling are those who say, “You shouldn’t be involving yourself in church politics”. I notice that these sorts don’t notice that the folks I’m posting about are playing “church politics” to the max (take Vassa Larina, if she weren’t George Larin’s daughter…).
Yeah, the “Orthodox” world can be a strange place; one “convert type” that I run into all of the time are the ones in the Antiochian Archdiocese that hate Arabs! I kid you not… I’ve run into dozens of these individuals; they’re Orthodoxy reflected back in a carnival mirror, at first glance, everything looks okay, but wait a minute… yikes!
Of course, they viscerally hate the Arabs, yet, they must depend on them for “canonicity”, or whatever it is they call their perceived juridical need. You must remember that these are Enlightened WASPs; they’ve mastered the Zen-like art of concentrating their passive-aggressive racial fear and rage with such strength as to put to shame the Atomic Bomb, whilst flawlessly acting the part of the PC police. Make no mistake… when they speak of “American Orthodoxy”, they mean a WASP substitute for Orthodoxy that excludes you and me… and Russians, Greeks, Arabs, etc as well. That also explains why they hate Jews.
What a relief to know that I’m not the only one seeing this hostile takeover of Orthodoxy in the USA. It took me a few years after re-entering the Church to see what was happening, but any and all of my illusions were destroyed many years ago! They try to make a person feel crazy for expressing the very statements you make, and their “crazy-making” can have very real spiritual effects on you if we allow them to get us down. Let’s support one another; we’re going to need it… St James the Just, pray for us!
Columbia’s symptomatic of the basic illness that bedevils contemporary America… the idea that one can “start afresh” from a tabula rasa. Americans have the arrogant idea that they can impose “solutions” on others due to the “Columbias” that they’ve built. There’s a sickening lie at the root of Columbia, and it affects the poorly-grounded. Besides that, Columbia’s SUPERFICIAL. That is, it’s a “nice” place, NOT a GOOD one. It’s a PERFECT illustration for the sterile imbecility of contemporary America. It LOOKS idyllic… but, in C S Lewis‘ phrase, it’s a “man without a chest”… it’s an Orwellian monster. We all have weak points. Mine is that I’m not a healer. It’s simply not in me. You can be starry-eyed, and only see the best in a given person or situation. You’re not quite Panglossian, but you seem to overlook the nasty edge of the world. Again, I’m a fighter, you’re a healer, and that does colour how one looks at the world. In short, I’m more cynical than you are… perhaps, I’ve been hurt more by the “respectable”. Think on that…
Love BT’s saying Deacon X and Hierarch Y weren’t lovers. It seems to me that the rule has become that if you keep telling a lie repeatedly, people will take it as the truth.
That always was the technique…
If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. If you repeat a lie long enough, it becomes truth. If you repeat a lie many times, people are bound to start believing it.
That’s one part of the equation… the other is from Nineteen Eighty-Four… doublethink:
The keyword here is blackwhite. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. However, it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink. Doublethink is basically the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
Understand these two concepts, and you’ll understand the Black Hole of Syosset. “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here…”
The OCA’s imploding… will the last person to leave the OCA turn out the lights and leave the Bishops and First Families to play with themselves?
Everyone’s going to find their own way out of the mess… in the end, there’s going to be a “rump OCA”… with Fathausen as Metropolitan. They’ll make themselves “bishops” and “mitred archpriests” and prance about in theatrical vestments sewn by their female admirers. Pass me the jug…
Paffhausen knew about Archbishop Seraphim’s problems. He got a letter about three years ago… he didn’t act until the Canadians pressed charges… this is their Waterloo.
He’s secretive to the point of mental illness… nothing about Dickie… nothing about Velencia… there was nothing about Iggy and the missing financial records (Tosi told us, “The records simply don’t exist”). He’s a nutjob oddbod…
He whines about homosexuals whilst accepting one as a deacon at XYZ Cathedral… they’re all craven hypocrites.
Do remember the years he spent with Podmoshensky…
They all deny that… everyone sees it, except for the converts, who won’t see it. Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt…
If they admitted the truth, then, they’d have to do something about it. Remember, the HOOMies are cultists, not Christians… they don’t act like Christians. When the Storheim verdict comes down, the shit will hit the fan righteously, they’ll not be able to lie any more. It’s no longer a question of “if”… the judge offered Seraphim a plea, after all. When the first hole appears, it’ll destroy the whole edifice…
I heard a rumour that Paffhausen’s going to go over to the ROCOR…
Untrue. That’s probably due to X, he’s on the outs as he’s a CIA asset, and that’s been known for years. None of the MP rumours has proven true in the past. It’d surprise me much if it happened. Why the Centre would want the Whale is beyond me. He’s not moderated his pro-Unia stance, nor has he repudiated the poofter Podmoshensky. He’s UNTRUSTWORTHY… he’s got the “knack” to tell people what they want to hear. On top of that, he’s secretive. I truly hope that it’s NOT true. We’re in for a shit-storm here if it is.
That’s it for now… my “kitchen cabinet” keeps me stocked with leads and with goads to my creativity. Without them, I’d be TOAST, and I freely admit it! Let’s raise a glass to all of them…