Well, I got ye olde machine back from the geeks today. It’s going to take a little bit to get things copacetic again… but we’ll be back in full form before one knows it. Yes, I was at St T‘s for the Memorial Day Pilgrimage… NO ONE expected to see Fathausen there (I was expecting to see Ovchinnikov there, not El Gordo… but Yustinian wasn’t there… nor were George Schaeffer or Peter Lukianov). As per usual, there was as much socialising as worshipping going on; indeed, the most fruitful time for me was out in the car park, where I had several confabs with priests and laity. I’ll go more into detail later, but the general consensus was, “We don’t expect much from Mollard… he’s in over his head, but he’s the least-bad choice out there”. That is, only the deluded konvertsy, the SVSniki, and the Syossset Mafia still believe in the OCA. Trust me, I’ve never seen so few clergy take communion at a Pilgrimage. Mollard’s sermon was warmed-over pabulum of the worst-possible sort (he needed to enunciate his vision for his stewardship, which he failed to do).
El Gordo was received rather indifferently by the Valley crowd. It was one thing to bring in Herman… hey, the Valley’s his stomping grounds. However, Mollard was STUPID to have brought Fathausen to St T’s. He should’ve done it in the District or in the City, where he could rustle up a claque for the Fat One. Besides that, he undercut his own authority… it was a rum decision any way that one looked at it. As I say, I’ll get to it more in detail later (some of the things I was told about the Parma Sobor were quite interesting). Yet, bear this in mind… no one voted for Mollard because he was felt to be an intelligent and insightful leader… people saw him as the least-repulsive choice (especially, in comparison to Peterson and Dahulich). In short, he’s going to do the least damage to the Church in the near term… that’s why people voted for him (I got that directly from Sobor participants). However, I’ll be blunt, no one misses El Gordo… the general attitude amongst the ethnic majority is, “Good riddance to bad rubbish”, and Mollard did himself no favours by sucking up to Fathausen so blatantly in public.
It’s certainly not boring covering Orthodoxy in the USA! Yet, Mollard will be able, through his bovine passivity, to heal some of the more-egregious wounds that the Fat One inflicted on the Church. That’s why people voted for him… do remember why people voted for Bobby over Lyonyo… “Sometimes, we mar what’s good enough by trying to do better”… now, that’s a meaty bone to gnaw upon…
Tuesday 11 June 2013