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Thursday, 23 October 2014

23 October 2014. E-Mail Mollard… DEMAND that the OCA Stop Paying Storheim… Enough of the Believers’ Money has Gone to His Shyster

00 Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Pearl S Buck. The Truth is Exciting

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!

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Attend to the following:

21 October 2014

Re:

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.

http://archdiocese.ca/content/2014-may-23-24-ottawa-minutes-and-reports

(Page 6)

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.

http://oca.org/news/archived/orthodox-church-in-america-disavows-unauthorized-legal-fund-defense-efforts.

http://web.archive.org/web/20110427014925/http://archdiocese.ca/news/2010/20101230-fund_raise_for_Vladyka_Seraphim.htm

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.

Sincerely,

David Clohessy

St Louis MO

Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 

Cappy Larson

San Francisco CA

SNAP Orthodox Director 

Melanie Jula Sakoda

Moraga CA

SNAP Orthodox Director 

cc:

Archbishop Nathaniel Popp

Archbishop Nikon Liolin

Archbishop Benjamin Peterson

Archbishop Alejo

Archbishop Melchisedek Pleska

Bishop Mark Maymon

Bishop Irenee Rochon

Bishop Michael Dahulich

Bishop Alexander Golitzen

Bishop David Mahaffey

Igumen Paul Gassios

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Mollard’s contact info:

MAIL:

Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard

PO Box 675

Syosset, NY 11791-0675

FAX:

(516) 922 0954

E-MAIL:

metropolitan@oca.org

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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…

BMD

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Brum to Become “Bishop”… Tikhon Fitz Puts Another Crank Pal in the Episcopate

00 same ol' shit. 29.05.12

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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…

BMD

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Site for New Greek Orthodox Church Near WTC Site Blessed by Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis

00 Architectural Rendering. St Nicholas Greek Orthodox. NYC. 31.10.13

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On Saturday, hundreds of New York City’s Greek Orthodox Christians attended a blessing for a new church site near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, to replace St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, destroyed in the 9/11 terror attacks. In remarks at the site, Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis, the First Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOAA), recalled his dismay when, on 12 September 2001, he and other clergy visited the spot where St Nicholas church stood since the early 20th Century. The collapse of the Twin Towers crushed the tiny structure, making it the only church destroyed in the attack. Archbishop Demetrios said, “We stood there frozen, paralysed. There was a big hole instead of a church. It left a terrible kind of impression”.

More than 13 years later, work started on a larger 38 million USD (1.55 billion Roubles. 233 million Renminbi. 2.34 billion INR. 42.9 million CAD. 43.5 million AUD. 29.8 million Euros. 23.6 million UK Pounds) domed church designed by famed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava intended to serve both as a new home for the Greek Orthodox parish and as a national non-denominational shrine for Ground Zero visitors. The dome made of glass and white marble will be backlit from within so that it glows at night. Archbishop Demetrios said, “It’ll be a refuge for people in need of spiritual comfort regardless of their specific beliefs, or unbeliefs. Above all, this resurrected St Nicholas church will be a monument declaring the victory of good over evil, of love over hatred”. Those in attendance included Calatrava, US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), former NY State Governor George Pataki, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins, and various other New York and New Jersey politicians. Pataki, who was governor at the time of the attack, said the church was an important addition to the memorials and skyscrapers that rose in recent years at the WTC noting, “We had remembrance, we had commerce, but without St Nicholas, we didn’t have faith”.

Greek immigrants founded the original church in 1916 and began services at its 1,200-square-foot (112 square metres) site on Cedar Street in 1922. After its destruction, a legal dispute between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the GOAA over the original site delayed rebuilding. In 2011, the parties struck a deal in which the church agreed to exchange land on Cedar Street for the rights to another parcel on Liberty Street, just south of the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Calatrava also conceived the Port Authority 4 billion USD (163 billion Roubles. 24.5 billion Renminbi. 246 billion INR. 4.51 billion CAD. 4.57 billion AUD. 3.14 billion Euros. 2.5 billion UK Pounds) WTC transportation hub. The church chose him for the project after he submitted a plan that drew inspiration from two New Roman shrines in Constantinople (now Istanbul)… Hagia Sophia and the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora. Church officials said that donations from around the world funded construction, including 260,000 USD (10.6 billion Roubles. 1.6 million Renminbi. 16 million INR. 293,000 CAD. 297,000 AUD. 204,000 Euros. 162,000 UK Pounds) from the Greek government. They expect the shrine to open within the next two years.

18 October 2014

Tom Hays

Associated Press

http://news.yahoo.com/greek-church-near-wtc-gets-blessing-150445221.html

 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

8 October 2014. Cabinet Vox Pop on Gassios

01 woman on phone

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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.

BMD

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