Voices from Russia

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Cardinal Koch Sez the End of Communism Wasn’t All Good for Christianity

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On Monday, Cardinal Kurt Koch, the top Roman Catholic official for inter-church relations, said that the end of communist rule in Europe, which began 25 years ago this month, wasn’t all positive for Christianity because it brought tensions between Rome and Russia back to the surface. He said that the re-emergence of Uniates in the Ukraine and Romania after decades of suppression created major tensions with the Russian Orthodox Church. Russian Orthodox leaders accused the Vatican-aligned Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGKTs) of trying to take back churches and woo away believers from the MP. The UGKTs and the Vatican deny this. MP bishops cited this as a hurdle to closer ties between Orthodox and Catholics, which for decades prayed for the conversion of the USSR, only to see the newly resurgent Russian Orthodox Church become a difficult partner. Koch told Vatican Radio, “The changes in 1989 weren’t advantageous for ecumenical relations. Eastern Catholic churches banned by Stalin re-emerged, especially in the Ukraine and Romania, and the Orthodox brought out old accusations about Uniate churches and proselytism”. “Uniate” refers to Eastern (sic) churches with Orthodox-style liturgies that recognise the pope as their spiritual leader.

Later this month, Pope Francisco Bergoglio will meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Archontonis in Istanbul. Bartholomew supports more cooperation with Rome, but can’t ignore the wary Russians, who make up two-thirds of the world’s 300 million Orthodox. Koch, who spoke a week after the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall, and on the same day as Czechs marked the start of their democratic revolution, noted that talks on closer ties between Catholic and Orthodox theologians were suspended between 2000 and 2006 because of tensions between the two sides, saying, “There are always setbacks, but I’m convinced that we can make more progress”. He noted that persecution of Christians in the Middle East brought Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants there together, but the Ukrainian crisis heightened tensions among churches, saying, “We’ve repeatedly heard major complaints from the Russian Orthodox. This is unfortunate because churches are supposed to be a factor for unity and reconciliation”. Last month, Metropolitan Ilarion Alfeyev, the Number Two man {not so… it’s a common ignorant Western misconception: editor} in the Moscow Patriarchate, used his guest presentation to a Vatican synod on the family to accuse the UGKTs of trying to poach Orthodox believers.

17 November 2014

Tom Heneghan

Kevin Liffey

Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/end-communism-not-good-christianity-vatican-190929295.html

Friday, 21 November 2014

21 November 2014. From Happier Days… “A Rusin Prayer”… with Fr Dmitri Sidor

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At present, Fr D D Sidor, the leader of the Rusin nationalists, is under house-arrest by the Uniate junta. I fear for his safety… after all, history tells us that the Uniate pigs murdered Blessed Gavriil Kostelnik (and here) and that they were accomplices in the murder of St Maksim Sandovich, along with being complicit in the many killed at Talerhof. These people showed their mettle in the past… they were murderers, thugs, collaborationists, and terrorists then… so they remain, today. Then, they whored for Nazi Germany… today, they whore for the USA… what’s the difference? The Uniates will gladly sell out their homeland to Western interests so long as they get to indulge their “Consciousness” (and get to be the local bully boys of the West)… it tells you much of their character as an institution (along with their running-dog partners, the “Ukrainian Orthodox”). I know that the world is often very crank, indeed… but do we truly deserve to see such depths of depravity?

Pray for Fr Dmitri… his life is in danger so long as he remains in the power of the Uniates. God do preserve him and us from the blight of the Unia…

BMD

Swastikas Painted at Babi Yar Memorial… Uniate Junta Praises Neo-Nazi UPA Pigs… They’re NOT Unrelated

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Unknown vandals painted swastikas on the Holocaust memorial monument at Babi Yar in Kiev. It’s the second time in the last two months that vandals defaced the monument. The Jerusalem Post reported that the graffiti was found Monday during a tour at the site for schoolchildren. Vandals painted a swastika on the monument, which is at the site where Nazi troops murdered more than 33,000 Jews in September 1941. In a separate incident, someone spray-painted anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls of a Jewish school in Kharkov. According to Israel National News, the graffiti included messages such as “Kill the Jews” and “Heil, Happy Holocaust”, along with crossed-out images of Stars of David and swastikas. Local police launched an investigation into the 13 November incident. Kharkov Chief Rabbi Moshe Moskowitz, told Israel National News, “At such a sensitive time, it’s difficult to know who’s behind this act”.

17 November 2014

Jewish Daily Forward

http://forward.com/articles/209382/swastikas-painted-at-babi-yar-memorial-in-kiev/

Editor:

None dare speak “Right Sector” or “Svoboda”… nor can anyone speak the obvious truth that the Uniate and “Ukrainian Orthodox” hierarchies shelter anti-Semites and support them. Rav Moskowitz is afraid that if he spoke the truth, the anti-Semites would attack his family. Such is life in the Ukraine today… the US Republican Party SMILES at this state of affairs. Ponder that, if you will…

BMD

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

America’s Oldest-Living Veteran: 108-Year-Old Whiskey-Drinking, Cigar-Smoking Richard Overton

00 Richard Overton. US WWII vet. 12.11.14

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On Tuesday, Richard Overton, America’s oldest living veteran, participated in the Veterans Day parade in Austin TX, posing for selfies from the passenger seat of a slow-moving car along the parade route. Chances are, the 108-year-old World War II veteran began the day like any other… on the porch, smoking a cigar, sipping a cup of coffee stiffened with whiskey. Overton told CNN last fall, “I drink whiskey in my coffee. Sometimes, I drink it straight. I smoke my cigars, blow the smoke out … I don’t swallow it”.

Overton, who was born on 11 May 1906, in Bastrop County, Texas, served three years in the US Army, with stops in Hawaii, Guam, Palau, and Iwo Jima. According to the Austin American Statesman, the centenarian still lives in the house he bought when he returned from World War II, still drives an old Ford truck and a Chevy Monte Carlo, and still helps “transport widows to church”. Last year, he received formal recognition as the oldest-living veteran last year. At the time, Overton said, “It makes me feel pretty good. It makes me think I’ve done something right. If I’d done something wrong, I wouldn’t be here”.

Last Veterans Day, Overton travelled to Washington DC, where US President Barack Obama honoured him at an event at Arlington National Cemetery. Obama said, “When the war ended, Richard headed home to Texas to a nation bitterly divided by race. His service on the battlefield wasn’t always matched by the respect that he deserved at home, but this veteran held his head high. He carried on and lived his life with honour and dignity”. In May 2013, a local television reporter asked Overton how long he expected to live. Overton replied, “Whatever God gives me. If he gives me ten more years, I hope I’ll be able to take it. If he gives me five, I hope I’ll be able to take it”.

11 November 2014

Dylan Stableford

Yahoo News

http://news.yahoo.com/americas-oldest-living-veteran-richard-overton-whiskey-211033103.html

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