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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

22 July 2014. SHAME ON YOU, Bob Casey! He Echoes “Ukrainian Orthodox” Swine from McKees Rocks

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THIS is the face of UKRAINIAN NATIONALISM… THIS is what you support, Bob Casey!

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In tribute to the brave Orthodox warriors of Novorossiya

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here’s our Russian anthem… remember the dead of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Odessa, and Krasny Liman murdered by the Uniates… THIS is what the people of Novorossiya want, NOT Uniate hillbilly backwoods “Consciousness”

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US Senator Bob Casey Jr (D-PA) said the following:

The Ukrainian people want and deserve a unified, stable, secure, and prosperous country free from Russian interference.

Firstly, Casey is an ultramontane papist, so, the fact that he kisses the ass of the Uniates is no big surprise. However, Mr Casey should know that there are MORE Russian Orthodox people in PA than there are Uniate apostates. He pissed on all of us with this statement. I should hope that Russian Orthodox people in NEPA, Yinzertown, and all around the state wouldn’t forget this act of treachery and hate on the part of Mr Casey. His subservience to the Uniates is unseemly and without defence. No Russian Orthodox person should vote for this bastard… full stop.

Here’s another POS quote from a “Ukrainian Orthodox” priest, Fr Timothy Tomson, pastor of St Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church in McKees Rocks PA:

Russia is for Russians and Ukraine is for Ukrainians. If people (in the Ukraine) consider themselves Russian, they should move back to Russia.

Compare that the murderous manifesto issued by the OUN in 1941:

Long live the Ukraine without Jews, Poles, and Germans; Poles behind the River San, Germans to Berlin, and Jews to the gallows.

Note well that this “priest” echoes that… without shame! No decent Orthodox people can have concourse with fascist filth like that. To give you a better idea of the hate that animates “Ukrainian nationalism”, read the following:

The nationalists who emerged in Galicia following the First World War, much as in the rest of Europe, adopted a form of nationalism known as Integral nationalism. According to this ideology, the nation was the highest absolute value, more important than social class, regions, the individual, religion, etc. To this end, OUN members were to “force their way into all areas of national life” such as institutions, societies, villages, and families. They saw politics as a Darwinian struggle between nations for survival, rendering conflict unavoidable, and justifying any means that would lead to the victory of one’s nation over that of others. In this context, willpower was more important than reason, and they glorified warfare as an expression of national vitality. The OUN’s conceptualisation of this idea was particular in several ways. Because the Ukraine was stateless, and powerful neighbours surrounded it, its emphasis on force and warfare emerged as acts of terrorism and not open warfare, and they glorified illegality. Because Ukrainians didn’t have a state to glorify or serve, they placed emphasis on a “pure” national language and culture and not a State. There was a strain of fantastic romanticism, where the unsophisticated Ukrainian rejection of reason was more spontaneous and genuine than the cynical rejection of reason by German or Italian integral nationalists.

John Armstrong, Ukrainian Nationalism (1963). New York: Columbia University Press, pp 20-22

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Also note this:

The OUN wings disagreed on strategy and ideology, but shared a commitment to the manufacture of a historical past based on victimisation and heroism. The émigrés developed an entire literature that denied the OUN’s fascism, its collaboration with Nazi Germany, and its participation in atrocities, instead presenting the organisation as composed of democrats and pluralists who’d rescued Jews during the Holocaust. The diaspora narrative was contradictory, combining celebrations of the supposedly anti-Nazi resistance struggle of the OUN-UPA with celebrations of the Waffen-SS Galizien, a Ukrainian collaborationist formation established by Heinrich Himmler in 1943.

Per Anders Rudling, “The Return of the Ukrainian Far Right: The Case of VO Svoboda”. In Wodak and Richardson, Analysing Fascist Discourse: European Fascism in Talk and Text (2013). New York: Routledge.

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It’s time to stand for Holy Rus… we MUST oppose the Uniate snakes and their murderous ideology… we MUST oppose the pro-American running dogs of the putschist junta in Kiev… we MUST oppose the so-called “Ukrainian Orthodox” for breaking the Unity of the Russian World… BUT WE MUST NEVER HATE! Yes, our compatriots must kill these parasites when they find them, but we mustn’t harbour hate in our hearts! The present war is bad… the only justification is that the godless tyranny of the Unia and of “Ukrainian nationalism” is far worse. Yes… we live in a fallen world. Yes… sometimes, good people must use “tainted means”, for that’s the only thing at hand… but we mustn’t let hate live in our hearts, we mustn’t kill more than is necessary, and we must show mercy to the fallen or surrendered enemy, even if the soulless Uniate pigs do not (the hospital massacre in Krasny Liman and the murders of priests in Slavyansk are proof of that).

We must be like the fighters of the VOV. “Don’t cry, baba… we’ll make them pay for this!” Forgive… yes, a thousand times, yes! I forgive the Uniates, schismatics, and nationalists for what they’ve done; I hope that God shows them mercy in the hereafter. However… forgiveness doesn’t cancel out earthly consequences for earthly crimes. I’d put the noose around the necks of S Yu ShevchukA P YatsenyukF A Denisenko, and P A Poroshenko, and I’d trip the trap with no emotion. Nevertheless… the solution, although necessary, isn’t good in itself, and I’d have to confess it. A greater evil doesn’t cancel out the sin of a lesser evil. It merely underlines necessity; it DOESN’T exculpate it.

We live in a fallen world. It’s especially fallen now. It’s a time of moral dilemmas and temptations to unbounded hate and violence… God do help us…

BMD

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Catholic Church Lawyer Details Cover-Up Claims on Sex Abuse

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Editor:

This is a read n’ heed… our people act in the same way. I need only mention the names of Gleb Podmoshensky, Panteleimon Metropoulos, Isidore Brittain, Sam Greene, and Seraphim Storheim. The lies issued forth by the institutional church and by the goodthinkers are disgusting and without warrant. Toddler assholes like Rod Dreher should shut up about the Catholics… we do the same exact thing (sadly enough).

Note well that the OCA hasn’t given up on denying Storheim’s guilt… they’re wasting the donations of the faithful in a bootless attempt to clear a perv. You can believe Mr Justice Mainella or you can believe Jeff Gindin (Storheim’s shyster mouthpiece)… I believe the former… he found Storheim and his lawyer “without credibility”. I agree. We have a shit-spattered byre to clean and we have no call to point fingers. This story illustrates a crank institutional culture that we share in its entirety. We’ve fallen and we REFUSE to get up. After all, didn’t the OCA give Peterson a “Get Out of Jail Free” card? ‘Nuff said…

BMD

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A canon lawyer alleging a widespread cover-up of clergy sex misconduct in the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis made her most detailed claims yet, accusing archbishops and their top staff of lying to the public and of ignoring the American bishops’ pledge to have no tolerance of priests who abuse. Jennifer Haselberger, who spent five years as Archbishop John Nienstedt’s archivist and top adviser on Roman Catholic church law, also charged that the church used a chaotic system of record-keeping that helped conceal the backgrounds of guilty priests who remained on assignment. Haselberger said that when she started examining records in 2008 of clergy under restrictions over sex misconduct with adults and children she found “nearly 20″ of the 48 men still in ministry.

She said that she repeatedly warned Nienstedt and his aides about the risk of these placements, but they took action only in one case. Because she raised alarms, she said that they eventually shut her out of meetings about clerical misconduct. She resigned last year. Haselberger wrote in an affidavit released Tuesday in a civil lawsuit brought by attorney Jeff Anderson, “Had there been any serious desire to implement change, it could’ve been done quickly and easily with the stroke of a single pen. The archbishop’s administrative authority in his diocese is basically unlimited”.

For years, the archdiocese pledged that it was following the national bishops’ policy, known as the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People”, which lays out a series of requirements… from conducting background checks to alerting parishioners about offender priests and barring guilty clergy from parish assignments. Archbishop Harry Flynn, who led the Minneapolis archdiocese until retiring in 2008, was an architect of the 12-year-old plan. However, Haselberger said that she discovered in 2008 that the archdiocese hadn’t conducted background checks on most priests since the early 1990s.

When she drew attention to the lapse, she said that they told her to eliminate references to the date of background checks in a form pledging a priest is suitable for ministry. Haselberger said that she found priests’ records scattered in storage locations throughout the archdiocese, including the history of allegations against them, their compliance with the monitoring programme, and evidence of their misconduct. She said, “The presence of so many files in so many different locations meant that often important information didn’t make its way into the priest’s personnel file”.

She also said the archdiocese gave inaccurate information to auditors hired by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to monitor dioceses’ compliance with the child protection plan. Haselberger noted that the auditors didn’t have access to church files to check whether the archdiocese’s report matched the records. She said, “They would’ve found out that it didn’t”. Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens said in a statement that Haselberger’s “recollections aren’t always shared by others within the archdiocese”. He said that the archdiocese was taking steps toward “greater transparency and accountability”.

Since the clergy abuse scandal began in 1984, then, erupted into a national crisis in 2002, the American church has been flooded with revelations… from civil lawsuits, grand jury inquiries, and the bishops’ own research… about how dioceses consistently put the interests of the church above victims. Still, Haselberger’s accusations stand out because of her credentials and timing. She’s the highest-level official from an American diocese to make claims of a cover-up. A canon lawyer educated at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, she served as a judge on church tribunals in Minnesota and was trained through the US bishops’ conference on child safety and monitoring guilty clergy. In addition, Haselberger is coming forward in what Anderson calls “real time”. The bulk of previous disclosures about American bishops sheltering abusers were made years, if not decades, after the wrongdoing. Haselberger alleges a cover-up is happening now in Minnesota.

When Haselberger’s allegations first became public in a series of reports last September by Minnesota Public Radio, the archdiocese initially defended its record on preventing abuse. Since then, Nienstedt apologised for any mistakes and said in a deposition that he hid some information on accused clergy from police. A task force Nienstedt formed to review how the archdiocese handled abuse claims released a report in April conceding “serious shortcomings” by church officials. Haselberger said that the Rev Kevin McDonough… the archdiocese’s vicar general or top aide for 17 years, and brother of White House chief of staff Denis McDonough… never accepted the discipline plan American bishops adopted in 2002 that streamlined church law so that the dioceses could bar guilty priests from ministry or remove them from the priesthood altogether.

McDonough continued his previous approach of striking agreements with accused offenders to remain priests but stay away, sometimes providing them extra payments to do so. McDonough oversaw clergy misconduct cases until last September. Haselberger wrote, “He explained to me his position that dismissal wasn’t the right solution for the church”. Haselberger said that McDonough called the archdiocese’s monitoring system for priests guilty of sex misconduct “state of the art”. However, she said that the program relied heavily on self-reporting by guilty priests with no verification of what they reported. In one example, she said that Rev Robert Kapoun, accused of molesting several young boys, is enrolled in the monitoring program, but spends the winter months in Florida without oversight. Another priest, just out of prison after his conviction for victimising an adult woman during counselling, was placed in a retired priests’ home where minors worked. Haselberger said that the archdiocese learned of the problem from the priest’s probation officer. She said that when top Nienstedt lieutenant Rev Peter Laird learned about the problem, he said that the young people should be fired. Laird resigned as vicar general last September. He didn’t respond Tuesday to an e-mail request for comment.

Meanwhile, Nienstedt announced on 1 July that allegations were made against him several months ago of inappropriate sexual behaviour and he’d hired a firm to investigate. Nienstedt told the Catholic magazine Commonweal that he’d never engaged in sexual misconduct, nor had he made any sexual advances. Haselberger told Commonweal that the firm interviewed her, and investigators have about 10 sworn statements alleging sexual impropriety by Nienstedt. Last year, Minnesota lawmakers temporarily abolished time limits on civil lawsuits over child sex abuse, for three years. Similar windows for lawsuits in other states have resulted in total payouts by dioceses in the tens of millions of dollars and more.

15 July 2014

Rachel Zoll

Associated Press

http://www.newschannel10.com/story/26024705/church-lawyer-details-cover-up-claims-on-sex-abuse

Editor:

We’ve done all of the above… and more. Look at how Paffhausen defended Ray Velencia… I’d say that the public record of the Koumentakos case speaks eloquently of both of these men. Also, don’t forget how JP allowed Ray, a priest under suspension, to present himself as a priest in good standing at a GOAA parish, and to sue Fr Michael Regan, a priest in good standing. Now, that’s something that’s never occurred amongst the RCs… a suspended priest suing a priest in good standing… that’s special, ain’t it? No, we have NOTHING to chortle about… we’re in WORSE shape than the RCs are, and we won’t get anywhere until we admit it and stop defending the plug-uglies.

However, must we drain the cup to the bottom? I hope not…

BMD

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

2 July 2014. Some Takes on the Hobby Lobby Brouhaha

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A friend wrote this:

This country has truly gone MAD. We have gone down the rabbit hole, through the looking-glass. The solution is get health insurance OUT of employers’ hands… INDIVIDUAL Healthcare coverage. YOU decide what coverage you want, it has nothing to do with your employer, except to arrange for payroll deductions… like they do with parking permits, bus passes, etc. No “in network”, “out of network”, etc. Those who want coverage for contraception, abortion, other reproductive care, etc., could arrange for it. Your employer would have NO role/decision in what you select. It’s YOUR body, YOUR decision.

The Forward wrote this (the full article is here):

Earlier this month, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) cornered Mat Staver of the US Liberty Council into admitting that a photographer could object to photographing a Jewish wedding on “religious liberty” grounds. In May, Houston TX Pastor Betty Riggle admitted under questioning by City Councilwoman Ellen Cohen that stores could turn away Jews on religious reasons as well. Two separate incidents… both instigated by Jewish leaders at legislative hearings… but with the same result. The “slippery slope” of Hobby Lobby includes discrimination against Jews. Both of these processes were Talmudic in tone. In each case, the conservative Christian activist protested that she or he wasn’t talking about Jews… in each case, the Jewish interlocutor insisted that they could equally apply the logic applied to gays and women to Jews, could they not? Finally, the conservative activists caved. In the words of the aptly named Pastor Riggle, “No. No, I’m not saying… yes, I’m saying that, but that isn’t the issue that we’re talking about”.

In Hobby Lobby, the court decided that closely held corporations are “persons” for the purposes of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This means that corporations, like human beings, may have religious beliefs that the government must respect. To many of us, this seems patently absurd. As a lower court wrote, corporations “do not pray, worship, observe sacraments, or take other religiously motivated actions”. Yet, Justice Alito proceeded along highly Talmudic… even Pharisaic… lines. He noted that corporations are “persons” in other laws, like the Dictionary Act. He called a corporation “simply a form of organisation used by human beings to achieve desired ends”. He observed that religious non-profit organisations are already granted religious exemptions… so, why not for-profit businesses?

I can see where this is going. Hobby Lobby’s owners are extremist “Evangelicals”… the next thing is that they’ll demand an abstinence declaration from their employees based on “religious liberty”. The “Evangelicals” are in no way Traditional Christians, they have little (if anything) in common with us, and this case points that up. Look at what the Church teaches… V A Chaplin reiterated it here… and look at what the Hobby Lobby pukes demand. There’s nothing that we hold in common with these godless and god-denying sectarians (they deny the sacraments, the liturgy, the whole canon of Holy Scripture, the priesthood, and Tserkovnost, after all). This legal case is just another illustration of that. Single-payer is the way to go, as Vermont showed with Dr Dynasaur. All the parents in Vermont love it. These Affluent Effluent greedsters simply wish to treat their employees like marionettes, and we shouldn’t allow them to do that. Their so-called “Religious Liberty” is a licence for religious persecution… I’ll say that loud n’ proud. I’m on the other side of the barricades from the theomachistic “Evangelicals” and I’m handin’ out the AKs, RPGs, flamethrowers, coshes, and axe handles out back… hey, we lefties know how to use ‘em too. Have a care… there be evil people out there… and most of ‘em dress up in “religious vesture”… the ones with the biggest smiles are the biggest assholes. Keep your wits about you…

BMD

Friday, 27 June 2014

27 June 2014. “Consistent Life” Sucks Up to JP… Do They Realise Whom They’re Admiring?

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A group called “Consistent Life” (a pro-Republican website, sad to say) gushingly quoted JP (do read it and hold your nose, the hypocritical bastard did say this):

All the sins against humanity… abortion, euthanasia, war, violence, and victimisation of all kinds are the results of depersonalisation. Whether it is “the unwanted pregnancy”, or worse, “the foetus”, and not “my son” or “my daughter”, whether it is “the enemy” rather than Joe or Harry or Ahmed or Mohammed, the same depersonalisation allows us to fulfil our own selfishness … Pro-war is not pro-life! God weeps for our callousness.

Consistent Life

issue 216 (27.06.14) 

Unfortunately, all Russian Orthodox people know that JP is pals with the most vicious pro-war neocon elements in the District. He’s a rabid anti-people Republican… he’s for “small government”, which means that he rejects the Orthodox teaching of Symphonia (which accepts the premise of a strong state structure)… and that he accepts the theomachistic premises of the so-called “Tea Party” (Orthodoxy believes that we live in a Fallen World, ergo, it’s against deregulation on principle). Besides all that, he lied continually to the OCA Holy Synod, he never lived within his budget, he sucked up to the worst GOP elements on K Street, he encouraged the Maryland nuns’ disobedience to the OCA Holy Synod (and didn’t get a proper release for them at first), and he was nasty to personal opponents and to those who were inconvenient to his friends (do note how he refused to defend Fr Mike Regan publicly from Ray Velencia’s nasty lawsuit). In short, JP is a total putz and no one should quote him or hold him up as an exemplar. Anyone who does, comments upon their character… rather negatively, I’d say. Let those with ears hear…

God weeps to see such hypocrisy and effrontery from JP!

BMD

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