Voices from Russia

Thursday, 11 December 2014

11 December 2014. Cabinet Reactions to Mollard’s Ad Limina… Sans Commentary

00 Tikhon Mollard and Ilarion Alfeyev. Moscow. 03.12.14

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I have it on very good authority that His Holiness the all-Russian patriarch laid down the Law on the OCA regarding Renovationism and lax morals (especially, the brewing homosexuality issue). His Beatitude agrees with HH… HH promised him every support. However, this means that they’re throwing down the gauntlet and it’s going to get ugly.

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I wonder why about this whole silly trip. Still can’t find anyone who has a clue. Was this a favour to Antioch so that their Patriarch wouldn’t have to receive Mollard in any official capacity?

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[Mollard] looks very angry… surely, the Patriarch isn’t on JP’s side! In other matters, just wait until the Arabs in the Antiochian Archdiocese start their backlash against the converts… Philip kept them in line with an iron fist…

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NO ONE KNOWS what went down in private. I’ll only say that I don’t know… but we’ll find out in due course, and it’ll be sooner, rather than later. Patience, kiddies… pass me the jug…

BMD

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Mollard Ends Trip to Russia… Oddest Ad Limina That I’ve Ever Seen

00 Metr TIkhon Mollard. Moscow. 10.12.14

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Read this. I’ve never seen such an odd ad limina visit. Whilst he was in Petersburg, Mollard did nothing major. On Monday, HH and Varsonofy blessed a reconstructed church at Tsarkoe Selo. VVP and Lavrov were there… Mollard and his delegation weren’t. HH handed out awards… Mollard and his delegation didn’t get any. Mollard had only one major event in eight days of his visit… the concelebration in Moscow. Otherwise, NOTHING of major import occurred… or, at least, nothing of major import surfaced in media reports. It seemed to underline the insignificance of the OCA… HH left Mollard in Moscow, and went off to Kaliningrad on pastoral business. They kept Mollard out of all major events, except for the singular instance of the Moscow Kremlin concelebration. I’ll bet that the Centre picked up the bill for this. The very lack of reportage suggests that both Yustinian the Poof and Paffhausen the Great were on the agenda. If I had to guess, that’s what I’d think. I’ve never seen the like before… and it may never happen again. Pass the jug… reporting on diaspora Orthodoxy is NEVER boring…

BMD

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Mollard Served Liturgy at OCA Podvorie… Went to Piter… To Leave the Rodina Tomorrow

00 Metr TIkhon Mollard. Moscow. 09.12.14

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Mollard took the train to Piter, Varsonofy Sudakov met him at the station… as did the American Consul (do you notice how Mollard always kisses ass with American officialdom? Now, that’s Sergianism!). Mollard visited the Aleksandr Nevsky Lavra, but there’s no other details available. This trip produced virtually NOTHING of a public nature. Mollard met with no government figure, let alone VVP or Medvedev. Literally, it’s been nothing but a tourist junket… externally. It did NOTHING to add lustre to Mollard’s stature… quite the opposite. Was that the point? God alone knows. Mollard served liturgy at the OCA podvorie in Moscow, but no local bishop concelebrated. The only local present of any note was Fr Nikolai Balashov, the effectual head of the MP Synodal Department for External Church Relations (OVTsS). That’s not the usual script for a visit of a First Hierarch of a Local Church. This is a signal to Bart… the status of the OCA is negotiable, but the MP will NOT kowtow to Bart publicly, nor will it give on the issue without Bart giving in on issues of Moscow’s concern (rolling up its opposition candy stores in the Baltics, stopping its interference in the Ukraine, and cutting off the Parisian Russians… interest in the last was shown by HH marking the 80th birthday of V N Tiesenhausen and giving him an award). Of course, the Centre doesn’t trust Bart… but it believes that it can do business with him, as the Centre does have the whip hand.

BMD

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Mollard Visits Tretyakov… HH in Kaliningrad for Diocesan Assembly

00 Metr TIkhon Mollard. Moscow. 07.12.14

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Read this. HH is in Kaliningrad on a previously-arranged pastoral visit (and has been there since the evening of 5 December). Mollard is in Moscow, apparently, doing nothing more strenuous or important than taking in the sights. Is he confabbing with MP officials? Maybe, but there’s no publication of such. There’s remarkably little coming out on this trip, at least in public. What was it for and why did it last so long? Your guess is as good as mine is. Patriarchia.ru did NOT report Mollard’s ass-kissing of the American Ambassador… which occurred early in the trip on 3 December. Neither the OCA nor the MP official site made it clear where Mollard will serve Liturgy today (if it’s at the OCA podvorie, that’d be odd… it’s going against pattern). As per usual, oca.org is doing a shitty job… it didn’t even have a report on the Antiochian installation yesterday. Normally, a full schedule is posted prior to the event. All in all, not a normal event nor is it normal coverage.

BMD

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