If the truth is “exciting”… then, what does that tell us about those who bend and twist the truth? Now, that’s a meaty morsel, no? In any case, Our Lord Christ is the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life… He isn’t a pettifogging and slinking shyster!
Attend to the following:
21 October 2014
Archbishop Seraphim’s salary from the Archdiocese of Canada
Dear Metropolitan Tikhon,
We are members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.
It recently came to our attention that the Archdiocese of Canada has continued to pay Archbishop Seraphim Storheim a salary, despite the fact that his retirement was announced by the synod of bishops on 3 April 2014.
The material linked above clearly indicates that the archbishop is no longer an employee of the archdiocese. It seems apparent to us that these monies are simply a clandestine way to use Church resources to help pay for Archbishop Seraphim’s attorneys.
However, officials made it clear shortly after the archbishop’s arrest that this was inappropriate.
Archbishop Seraphim is currently living in a monastery. He has no expenses for housing or for food. He has his pension from the Canadian government. In our opinion the archdiocese should not be slipping him money under the table. It is a slap in the face of those two brave men who testified about their abuse at the hands of the archbishop.
We implore you to bring this disturbing situation to the attention of the synod. This travesty needs to be rectified immediately.
St Louis MO
Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
San Francisco CA
SNAP Orthodox Director
Melanie Jula Sakoda
SNAP Orthodox Director
Archbishop Nathaniel Popp
Archbishop Nikon Liolin
Archbishop Benjamin Peterson
Archbishop Melchisedek Pleska
Bishop Mark Maymon
Bishop Irenee Rochon
Bishop Michael Dahulich
Bishop Alexander Golitzen
Bishop David Mahaffey
Igumen Paul Gassios
Mollard’s contact info:
Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard
PO Box 675
Syosset, NY 11791-0675
(516) 922 0954
Write Mollard… demand that the OCA stop paying a convicted perv. It’s bad enough that his mouthpiece slammed the victims… it’s worse that the believers’ money went to that shyster. Don’t subsidise a perv! Full stop! Mr Justice Mainella had Storheim’s number… we should heed him… NOT the First Family rats. ‘Nuff said…
The OCA made David Brum, who now calls himself “Igumen Daniel”, Vicar Bishop to Peterson. Click here for the confirmation. Brum has NO monastic formation… indeed, he has NO Orthodox priestly formation whatsoever. Tikhon Fitz ordained him directly without ANY scrap of Orthodox formation. That is, Brum only has a papist formation, which means that we’re nuts to make him an Orthodox bishop. All things being equal, if Brum only has a papist formation (he dropped out of GTU with Fatso), it means that his grasp of Orthodox practise and theology is shaky indeed. Tikhon Fitz has had three pals of his become bishops… all are walking disasters. Nikolai Soraich, Paffso, and Brum are all shitbirds of a feather. Well, Fitz is batting 1.000… they’re ALL crank! By the way, Brum’s background in papist canon law isn’t transferable at all, as our view of the canons and the juridical view taken by the papists aren’t compatible. In fact, they’re completely antithetical! Of course, oca.org slobbers over that, as ignorant konvertsy run that outfit. Brum ensconced himself at Syosset until he ran away in late ’05 to escape the blowback from Hermie’s escapades. He’s another Paffso… Paffso, Brum, and Eliel are Three Gay Caballeros… all three went to GTU together, and all three dropped out together (their history of higher theological education is as murky as Dicky Wood’s). All three kissed Gleb Podmoshensky’s ass big-time. Did they share Podmoshensky’s proclivities? You pays your money and you takes your choice.
The OCA bought itself a shitload of trouble with Brum, maybe, as bad as the situation around Fatso. Peterson doesn’t need an auxiliary… I’m smelling Brum for Bishop of the South… he’ll bring in Fatso (with Dreher and Shaw as cheerleaders) and if you thought that it was a circus under Royster… just you wait! The OCA SOBs have a death wish. They’re lemmings running for the cliff and they don’t give a royal red rat’s ass… thankfully, when the OCA does implode, it won’t affect most real parishes. That’s the consolation. Otherwise, it’s monkey business as usual in Syosset…
A Cabineteer from that neck o’ the woods wrote me:
I think Gassios will be a good fit for the Midwest as he’s a native Midwesterner. He has a self-deprecating sense of humour (I’ve heard him refer to himself as “that dumpy Greek”) and he drives a newer, but modest car (Ford Fiesta). Then, he’s short, so the car fits him. He actually has experience with konvertsy… he was the priest at St Thomas the Apostle in Kokomo IN for more than a decade (assigned there not long after the parish became Orthodox, I believe). I’ve read some of what he faced trying to get them to “convert” to standard Orthodox practices. Gassios might be Greek, but he’s cradle. That’s important for stability. He’s been in the OCA since the mid-80s, that’s long enough for him to get an idea of the OCA. Most importantly, he held regular jobs (he was a social worker) before he went to seminary (he was in his late 30s). Therefore, he knows what it’s like to be an Average Working Joe; he’s not someone who’s been a priest for years in a parish, not working like a “normal” person. He didn’t want anyone to nominate him to be bishop again; he wanted to retire to a monastery. He doesn’t want to be a bishop. Moriak did.
Your rant about OCA priests wearing Uniate (Greek-style) vestments hit a nerve with me. I’ve seen priests with no connection to Dahulich or the Uniate lovers wear Greek-style vestments. I’ve seen multiple priests buy NEW vestments in this style. I have absolutely no idea why. Did you know that the ACROD priests are pretty much ordered to wear Greek-style vestments? Someone told me this before Metropolitan Nicholas died.
Amen… I won’t add anything on Gassios… I never met him, so, I don’t know, so, I can’t have an opinion on him. However, everyone who knows him says, “Give him a chance… he’s not a bad guy”. As for Greek vestments… if you want to wear them, be honest, and leave Russian Orthodoxy (OCA/ROCOR/MP)… we have our own style, hallowed by tradition. There is no such thing as “generic Orthodox”… that’s that.