Firstly, here’s my proof for this (and the image above is proof positive, even for the doubters):
A friend sent me the following:
Look at who came to the party… besides the bishops, a certain bishop wannabe for Alaska [Gerasim Eliel] also served…
Frankly speaking, one has to realise that Maksim Vasiljević is an SVS-style Renovationist fanatic. My Serb sources tell me that some of the loopy liturgical instructions that he issues are contentious and dubious, to say the very least. Vasiljević was in Paris for a year, and sources tell me that he sucked up to the Rue Daru crowd… he and John Breck are stuck together so tightly that it would require a major surgical operation to separate them. Maksim runs interference for the HOOMie fanatics in Platina; he protects them from criticism. This is more of the same… Eliel did stick by Gleb Podmoshensky (GP) after GP’s rightful defrocking for nasty doings, after all.
The only thing that it lacked was Izzy Brittain… but that would’ve gotten Maksim in trouble with the OCA Holy Synod… but as it stood, this “concelebration” wasn’t bright at all. It made it appear that the SPC defends Fathausen (for it’s well-known that Soraich is tight with BP and JP) and the konvertsy element in the OCA. Of course, this occurred because Metropolitan Christopher Kovacević has been dead and gone for almost a year… there’s a power vacuum in the SPC in the US. Don’t forget, recently, the succession of Patriarch Irinej Gavrilović showed the deep and rancorous divisions in the SPC (Irinej was very much a compromise candidate). There’s no doubt that Amfilohije Radović’s influence is growing, especially after Ratzinger made two major gaffes concerning Croatia and Stepinac. Obviously, this is an attempt on the part of the SPC Renovationists to strut their stuff (in order to convince the SPC Holy Synod to appoint a Renovationist to succeed Christopher)… it also means that the SPC Holy Synod is in deadlock at present about Christopher’s replacement. However, this gives the grounded people in the SPC (such as Amfilohije) ammunition to use against the Renovationist cabal. Maksim should’ve kept Nikolai and Gerasim in the background… he didn’t, and that’s news.
This DOES mean that much is going on behind the scenes. In Orthodoxy in the American diaspora, as in the old Soviet Union, censorship of “bad news” is pervasive, so, rumour flies without restraint. It’s best if we stick to substantiated history, actual images, and real events. As I say, it’s a FACT that JP lies about his sojourn in Russia in the ‘90s… it’s an attested FACT that he went there to further GP’s oddball project… it’s an attested FACT that Mark Stokoe’s a former Syosset apparatchik drone (who’s lusting to be one again, dontcha know). It’s an attested FACT that JP and BP served with Izzy Brittain. That’s what I cover… the real events of the Church. What I CAN say based on my knowledge and experience is that the present structure is tottering and it’s rotten from the foundation all the way through to the ceiling. I’ve no bloody idea on how the dénouement is going to work out… no one does, to be frank. However, I do know that the time for “painless” solutions is long past… there are now two mutually-exclusive groups in the OCA, and “a house divided against itself cannot stand”. The only question is “when”, not “if”…
22 July 2011
One of my indefatigable correspondents clued me in to important details on this. Hierodeacon Panteleimon Erickson was raised in HOOM. His father, Paul, is a deacon who came into the OCA in 1995 and is now serving in Juneau AK. The younger Erickson was also suspended by the OCA from running off to Australia with Soraich. I don’t remember seeing that his suspension was ever officially lifted. Shades of Brittain… Fr James Barfield is a HOOMie, as is Fr Hilarion Frakes. In short, they’re all squiffy cultists and not Real Orthodox at all. Things ARE getting curiouser and curiouser, Alice…