Fr Michael Regan posted the following on the Orthodox Forum:
As some of you are aware, Fr Raymond Velencia has brought suit against a number of Orthodox. Unfortunately, he has included myself as a moderator in his suit, because of an alleged post on the Forum. Equally unfortunately, as a parish priest, I can’t afford legal counsel, and trying to attempt a propria persona (“for myself”) defence isn’t working. Is anyone aware of an attorney who might take on my defence pro bono?
Fr Michael Regan
This is an abomination! This is disgusting and reprehensible! Paffhausen just sits back and does NOTHING. Fr Mike writhes on the cross, and JP doesn’t give a good god-damn. If JP made a public statement, it’d stop RV in his tracks… and RV knows it. Yet, JP remains supine and mute. Oh… he can hobnob with the lowest sort of “Continuing Anglicans”, but he doesn’t have the moxie to stand up for one of his priests.
If this isn’t proof that Fathausen is “round the bend” and totally unfit to lead anything… well, there’s nothing that I can say to you. A suspended priest sues a priest in good standing, and the First Hierarch does nothing. He doesn’t even issue a statement saying, “I support Fr Michael Regan absolutely… Mr Velencia is a suspended clergyman without grounds to sue a clergyman in good standing”. That would kill RV’s suit immediately and totally. It’s what Metropolitan Leonty Turkevich would’ve done. It’s what Metropolitan Laurus Škurla would’ve done. It’s what Archbishop Antony Bartoshevich would’ve done. It’s what Metropolitan Iriney Bekish would’ve done. However, Paffhausen does NOTHING. NOTHING.
One of our priests has to crawl on his belly in public because a suspended clergyman sued him in court. This is unthinkable… this is unconscionable. I’ll be frank… Michael Regan was part of Tikhon Fitzgerald’s apparat… I don’t see him as being fully trustworthy. Yet… he’s being attacked unfairly and his bishop (Benjamin Peterson) and the OCA First Hierarch (JP) do nothing. They could end it all with simple statements on their official websites. Trust me, that would stop RV like a brick wall. As I often say, I’ll stand up for anyone getting the Royal Red Rooster… I know what it feels like… I’ve felt the lash on my back, and, by God, if I can interpose myself, I will.
Reflect on this… JP refuses to stand up for one of his priests. Benjamin Peterson refuses to stand up for one of his priests. The OCA Holy Synod refuses to stand up for one of its priests. If any bishop went in front of the court and said, “Mr Velencia was suspended from the priesthood for good cause; he didn’t go through Church channels before making his suit. Therefore, we disassociate the OCA from this suit, we disassociate the OCA from Mr Velencia, and we condemn his taking this matter to a court of law”… that would end this whole charade. Yet, they REFUSE to do anything.
This is proof of rot and degeneracy. Fathausen runs about spouting off about homosexuality. Well… I’d say that the proof is in what he does. He screams about morality, but he allows one of his priests to be sued… that led to that priest humiliating himself in public to no good end. RV’s creaming his jeans over that, no doubt. You see, JP’s pal Brum wrote the so-called “Brum Doctrine” that states that the First Hierarch is a tinhorn dictator who answers to no one. He has more power than the Pope of Rome does according to Brum (a former RC priest with no real Orthodox formation).
Aid Fr Mike, if you can. If JP gets away with this, no priest is safe. No one. Wer wird sein Bennigsen? It HAS come to that point…
My question in re Bennigsen is metaphorical not literal (of course… but in today’s litigious age, one can’t be too sure)… no, we don’t need (or want) JP dead. However, we do need him out, and someone’s got to have the sand in their craw to do it.
Thursday 28 June 2012