Voices from Russia

Sunday, 23 November 2014

23 November 2014. A Blast from the Past… Metropolia Memories… Ohio Clergy and Vladyki Irinei Bekish

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Ohio Metropolia clergy… Revs Rozdesky, Prislopsky, Lilokovich, Dziama, Rachko, Waschak, and Kapral

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Metropolitan Irinei Bekish

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Metropolitan Irinei Bekish

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A link to a happier and different time… but it wasn’t perfect! However, Metropolitans Anastassy Gribanovsky and Leonty Turkevich kept the peace and kept the gnarly shit down. Can we recapture the mindset? Can we build a united Church? I’d say so… and our forebears would’ve urged it, too. That they may be as one…

BMD 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

22 November 2014. JP Starts Crackbrained Facebook Page… Konvertsy Eating It UP… What’s Wrong With That Picture?

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I got this from a Cabinet member:

I don’t know if you’re on Facebook, but Met Jonah started a Facebook page entitled Free Met Jonah, which he is posting on… what the hell’s wrong with him…. the converts are eating this up, but they haven’t any idea how the Church works.

I’d only say that I wasn’t the only one who saw Fatso schmoozing with Nathanael Kapner last Pentecost… he’s paying for his oddbod connections to Kapner and Platina, for his ties to godless Uniates and sectarians, and for his whoring for American neocons. The konvertsy don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground. When Fatso surfaced on patriarchia.ru, they didn’t realise that Polar explorer A N Chilingarov was the main honoree… they also didn’t notice that the Blunder was present, but Varsonofy Sudakov and V A Chaplin weren’t (the main giveaway was the fact that Fatso only appeared in one photograph). In short, the two closest advisors of HH were ABSENT. Of course, the konvertsy are so stupid that they think that the Blunder’s the most important man in the MP after HH (they think that because the papists and Proddies think so, they lack any facility in Russian, and they’re generally of rather dim wattage… think of Dreher and Freddie M-G, and you’ve got them nailed). Fats was tight with Yustinian Ovchinnikov, y’ know, the MP bishop recently caught in nasty doings (the MP Holy Synod “exiled” YO to Kalmykiya for propositioning a man, I heard). One of my Moscow friends said:

He knows all the poofters in the American Church… they called him in to grill him on his gay pals. They don’t want another Yustinian.

This move guarantees that the OCA Holy Synod will nix any and all petitions for canonical release. This shows not only a basic misunderstanding of how the Church operates in the real world, it’s an extraordinarily stupid action lacking in good-sense… you don’t get people to vote in your favour by pushing their faces in the shit and caterwauling like a spoilt overindulged toddler. Oh, well… just another day in diaspora Russian Orthodoxy… it sure ain’t boring, is it?

BMD

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Court Reserves Decision in Ex-Archbishop’s Sex Assault Appeal

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Manitoba’s Court of Appeal reserved its decision on an appeal by Seraphim Kenneth Storheim, a former archbishop convicted of sexually assaulting an altar boy in the 1980s. On Friday morning, Storheim’s lawyer, Jeff Gindin, appeared before the court with photographs that he claims call a key witness’s testimony into question. Gindin said that the photographs show that the witness was not with Storheim in 1985, but in 1986. However, the appeal court justices questioned the validity of the photos… whether they show the boy in question and whether they were, in fact, taken in 1986. They pointed up that the witness who presented the photos to Gindin hasn’t signed an affidavit. The justices also questioned why the witness didn’t come forward during the trial. The judges said that the new evidence isn’t particularly “material”. The Crown argued that the photos are unverified, and even if they were admissible, they wouldn’t be enough to overturn the conviction. Prosecutors told the court that the only affidavit signed regarding new information was by an administrative assistant who was unable to verify the identity of the boy depicted in the photographs. Gindin argued that there wasn’t a “fair analysis of evidence” during the trial. The hearing continued until about 13.30, with the justices reserving their decision on the matter.

In January, a Manitoba court found Storheim guilty of sexual assault involving one of two brothers, who claim that the then-priest assaulted them when they were pre-teens. The brothers, who are now in their 30s, testified during the trial that they lived with Storheim briefly, on separate occasions, when they worked as altar boys in 1985.

31 October 2014

Katie Nicholson

CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/court-reserves-decision-in-ex-archbishop-s-sex-assault-appeal-1.2819696

Editor:

Gindin is a weaselly sack o’ shit who based his defence on shredding the cred of the victims. That’s why many victims don’t come forward… the lawyer for the defence clobbers ‘em in the court without mercy and all the goodthinkers trash them in all sorts of public venues, especially, the internet. It’s a wonder that anyone comes forward at all… I’d say that the loud claques around clergy are the worst… they show such unbridled mean and nasty behaviour that one does doubt the reality of Christianity at times. I don’t know who’s worse… the clergy claques or the pompous phonies such as Freddy M-G and Rod Dreher. Trust me… it does makes me think at times that religion is just a grand n’ glorious mind-fuck, then, we die, for good-and-all. It doesn’t last… but I’ll say that the best argument against Christianity… is so-called “Christians”. Do think on it…

BMD

Friday, 31 October 2014

New Evidence, New Trial, Ex-Archbishop’s Lawyer Argues

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The lawyer for a former archbishop found guilty of sexually assaulting an altar boy in the 1980s says Manitoba’s highest court should consider fresh evidence and overturn the verdict. A Manitoba court convicted Seraphim Storheim early this year of sexually assaulting a boy who had come to visit him in Winnipeg in 1985. Storheim’s lawyer, Jeff Gindin, presented three Appeal Court judges with photos and documents Friday that suggest the boy was in Winnipeg in 1986 and not 1985. Storheim’s handwriting on the pictures says a boy “not from here” is participating in a church ceremony in 1986. Gindin argued that the evidence casts doubt on the credibility of the victim and the Crown’s version of events. He told the judges, “I never suggested this evidence taken by itself was a smoking gun. It could’ve been used to cross-examine witnesses presented by the Crown in a different way”.

Justice Alan MacInnes questioned the veracity of the pictures, which don’t name the boy, saying, “This is an exceptional remedy you’re seeking. It’s that way for good reason. At some point in time, cases end”. MacInnes pointed up that Christopher Mainella, the trial judge who convicted Storheim and who now sits on the Appeal Court, didn’t believe Storheim’s testimony, noting, “The irony of this is the person who is accused wasn’t believed by the trial judge and now we’re being asked to believe his evidence. Your own client said it was 1985. On your argument, your client was wrong. Why should we be accepting the motion for fresh evidence?” While Storheim was convicted of sexually assaulting one boy, he was acquitted on the same charge involving the victim’s brother, who also visited on a separate occasion.

31 October 2014

CTV News

http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/canada/new-evidence-new-trial-ex-archbishop-s-lawyer-argues-1.2080471

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