Archbishop Job Osacky (1946-2009), “the last honest bishop in the OCA“… how dare Moriak spit on his legacy. Now, THAT’S blasphemy…
I got some interesting feedback on Fathausen’s latest escapade… starting with his move to dramatically shorten the service time for one to become an Archbishop. One Kitchen Cabinet stalwart wrote:
I’m just dumbfounded by this new 5-year service time for archbishops. Is it any wonder that no one takes the OCA seriously? They couldn’t keep themselves from acting out these sophomoric stunts if they tried! Here’s a list of some archbishops in the Metropolia/OCA:
The shortest tenure is that of Metropolitan Ireney, but one must remember that he was already in his 60s when he was widowed and was made a bishop… plus, he was serving as head of the Japanese Orthodox Church. The second shortest is that of Archbishop Kiprian, who was almost 60 by the time his wife died. The other tenures put together average at about 19 years. Therefore, there’s the real deal.
It’s going under… that’s clear. Stay clear of the undertow. Isn’t it sad how Stokoe’s STILL a True Believer (he fits all the criteria that Hoffer lays down, doesn’t he?)? Isn’t it amusing how Behr and Moriak are trying to ingratiate themselves with the Centre? It’s like the old Starkist ad… you can just hear Flounder sayin’, “Matt… Vanya… the Centre wants Orthodox that ARE good, not Orthodox that LOOK good!” Pass me the jug…
The colloquy went on… we talked about Moriak and Dahulich. Indeed, Moriak’s about to find out that the people in the Midwest aren’t any less unreceptive to despotism than the ACROD folks he left behind. Gotta say, though, they nominated the man, so it’s a problem of their own making (but they’re the sort to say, “We fucked up and we make a mistake. Let’s put it right”). Dahulich is another treacherous despotic sort… did any of you out there hear his platform speech from I think last summer? It was on YouTube. Chilling attitude, no? ACROD mightn’t have an episcopal candidate, but at least it doesn’t have to worry about these two. Another Kitchen Cabinet member noted:
Did you notice that Lil’ Mizz Ginny and Matusiak père or fils didn’t publish any photos of “the crowd” ( i.e., the faithful in the pews) attending the consecration of Alexander Golitzin as bishop of the OCA Bulgarian Diocese on oca.org or the Midwest’s site respectively? When you take away the bishops, the clergy, clergy spouses, and altar servers, how many rank and file parishioners attended? Not many, I suspect. If the Bulgarian Diocese has 19 parishes, most of which are concentrated in the Northeast and the Midwest close to Toledo, why didn’t more people attend? Wall-to-wall Archbishops… rapidly declining membership… poorly attended episcopal consecration… the “new” OCA under Fathausen is becoming more and more like a vagante sect every day. It’s time to reunite with the other Russian Orthodox on this continent and go home, don’t you agree?
In re Golitzin… when our parish had a consecration three years ago, there were 80 attendees in all, mostly non-parishioners (including clergy). There were 12 clergy present (I kid you not… including Fathausen himself). They had to get people from three states (NY, MA, NJ) to attend… at least half of our “regulars” didn’t attend. Wonderful day in the neighbourhood, no?
Yet another Cabinet Member sent me this:
I received a call that on the OCA site pictures are already up showing off new Archbishops with crosses on their klobuks that look like a bad photoshop job. We don’t get much news from these guys, but give them a chance to show off and they’re quick to do so.
I can do better! But they wouldn’t ask me! In their eyes, I’m a FREAK! Pass me the jug… it’s turned form tragedy into farce, no?
You’d think that they’d be careful, what with the number of tech-savvy folks out there. For instance, I caught a bad photoshop insert by noticing that there was a bad “fit” of a person’s head on a priest’s body. However, we’re talking Lil’ Mizz Ginny and Jillions, neither one is overly bright.
To round this out, yet another “Vara’s Army Regular” observed:
I have to agree with you that the method’s wrong, especially as far as the iconostas and vesperal Liturgies go. On the iconostas, if Moriak decides to push this one, it’s going to divide the diocese between older and newer parishes (those established in the 70s and later). The older parishes all have the older-style high iconostas. The newer parishes run the gamut. St Paul the Apostle in Dayton OH (Stokoe’s parish) has a “suggestion” of an iconostas (pictures here). Most of the other newer parishes I’ve seen have an iconostas that is some variation on the theme of one, maybe two, levels of icons, with the main icons having a bit of space in between the icons and the supporting posts. Most aren’t terribly “see-through” and are above head height. The Royal Doors are usually about half height or perhaps a bit higher. It seems a curtain could be hung across the Royal Doors with the majority of the iconostases in the newer parishes, but replacing the Royal Doors and adding an extra level of icons to an iconostas? That’ll cost major bucks that I’d assume the majority of parishes don’t have in this shitty economy. I’d daresay even the fabric and hardware to hang it might be a stretch for some parishes.
As for the vesperal Liturgies, I think that’s going to be a battle with parishioners. Simply put, it allows them to attend festal Liturgies on weekdays. I’m told Vladyki Job allowed them as a concession for working people. It’s not done at all in the Diocese of the West, and not all Midwest parishes do it. Has Moriak attended a 9:30 festal weekday Liturgy in the average parish? Some retired folks, maybe a housewife or two, maybe with young children, the person who works second or third shift, and that’s it. Maybe only 10 people, depending on how many retired folks are in the parish. Oh, I’m sure the parishes would serve festal Vespers, as well as the Liturgy, but I wonder how many would come, knowing they wouldn’t be taking Communion? Then, there’s the problem of the choir. Unless a parish has a paid choir director, I bet a priest would very likely find himself without a choir. Are choir directors and singers going to burn the few days off we get nowadays for a Liturgy? The church would likely be empty aside from the retired folks or those who don’t work days. I’ve heard of an occasional parish doing a very early morning (6:30 am) festal Liturgy, which is a decent compromise. At least the OCA Midwest parishes would have Vespers… it seems Vespers has virtually disappeared from many GOAA and some ACROD parishes. So, all they get are Sunday Liturgies and the occasional weekday Liturgy. The OCA (and the Antiochians) made a very big deal over the past several decades of getting the laity to commune more often. So, Moriak decides to what in effect is preventing people from taking Communion by making sure Liturgies are scheduled when most people can’t attend due to work and school?
Myself, I don’t object so much about the move to weekday morning Liturgies, as long as it’s done in a less extreme manner. The end doesn’t justify the means. I wonder how much Moriak is going to get crapped on. How are the priests going to sell this to the parishes? Did Moriak stop to think, even a little bit, about the practical realities of what he’s apparently jamming down people’s throats in the Midwest? Vladyki Job was averse to conflict. Moriak, on the other hand… aside from the cassock issue, he’s pushing too hard, too fast. There are at most, what, maybe 5-6 feast days a year (of the Great Feasts) that are on weekdays (depending on the year)? There’s nothing wrong with gradually doing away with vesperal Liturgies, but no, he has to push it. I wouldn’t know how widespread the use of Sunday baptismal Liturgies, since I can’t think of any parishes that actually do them. It will be interesting to see how much the average parishioners get riled up about this.
In short, the OCA’s in deep kimchi, kids… and everybody’s talkin’. It’s neither boring nor repetitive. However, I don’t think that Fathausen & Co are listening to any of it, but that’s not fazing people… they’re gonna do what they’re gonna do, and boy-oh-boy is it ever gonna be a SURPRISE to Fat Boy and his pals. Pass me the jug… cross yourself and take a drink… what else can you do at present?
Sunday 13 May 2012
This Just In Department:
A Kitchen Cabinet member piped up:
In the ROCOR, the rule is that a Bishop can become an Archbishop after 15 years… that’s the accepted Russian Tradition.
Quite… one wonders why JP changed the Archbishop rules? It smells to me as if he’s trying to defend Peterson. After all, decent well-run churches usually expect arrested bishops to resign (as happened with Frau Kässmann in the EKD). She resigned despite getting a vote in her favour by the other EKD bishops. That was the correct and honourable thing to do. What does that tell us about both Paffhausen’s and Peterson’s characters (and of the OCA Holy Synod, which disregarded Herman Swaiko’s desire to shitcan Peterson)? Too much… none of it good. Oh, yes… decent people usually want sticky-fingered Treasurers to go to the slam (as the Episkies did here in New York State to a treasurer with creative ideas for church funds… she did hard state time). What does that tell us about Eric Tosi and about the priest that he defended (“The records simply don’t exist”)?