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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

30 July 2014. Why Did Yustinian Get Exiled (Again) to Kalmykiya?

00 a whisper in the loggia. 08.12

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Got this whisper from one  of the usuals:

Financially, the 97th Street cathedral is a mess, expensive repairs done just a few years ago need to be done again, cash flow isn’t well monitored. I heard that Justinian “approached” one too many guys, some of whom seem willing to talk about it.

That’s what’s “out there”… I won’t say yea or nay, but I will say that I’ve heard much the same from others, too. In other words, that’s the buzz; it sure does explain why the Centre moved (and moved rather quickly). Merkury Ivanov got a promotion when he left New York… he got a white hat, and he got to be at the Centre. Yustinian fucked up so badly that he only got a consolation prize (it smells like a “last chance” assignment to me)… if he doesn’t watch out, he’ll get sent to the Far North or to Central Asia. Kalmykiya is a Buddhist region… so, the bishop there is the leader of a minority. Oh… Yustinian and Fatso were great pals… if shitbirds of a feather flock together (and don’t forget that Podmo was Fatso’s guru)… I think that you know where I’m going.

However, the takeaway for us is that the Centre didn’t fart around in cutting off a potential problem… and they posted their decision on the official website on the very day that they made it. The OCA and the ROCOR could learn from that, couldn’t they?

BMD

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Yustinian Ovchinnov to Leave the Apple for Kalmykiya… Hieromonk Ioann Roshchin to Replace Him in the City

00 Fr John Roschin. NYC. 25.07.14

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JOURNAL Number 66 of the MP Holy Synod, 25 July 2014

RESOLVED:

  1. Archbishop Yustinian Ovchinnikov of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, transferred to be Archbishop of Elista and all Kalmykiya.
  2. We express gratitude to Archbishop Yustinian for all of his archpastoral labours.
  3. Hieromonk Ioann Roshchin, cleric of St Nicholas Cathedral in New York NY USA will be the new Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, and shall be consecrated Bishop of Naro-Fominsk (vicar of the Diocese of Moscow).
  4. Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev will choose the place and time of consecrating Hieromonk Ioann Roshchin to the episcopate, elevating him to the rank of Archimandrite for the time being.

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Biographical Details for Hieromonk Ioann Roshchin

A graduate of the Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary, in 1996-97, worked as an employee of the MP Publishing Council. In 1997, he joined the staff of the MP Synodal Department for External Church Relations (OVTsS). In December 1998, he was a member of the MP delegation at the Eighth Assembly of the WCC (Harare ZIMBABWE) and he became a member of the WCC Central Committee. In 2000-02, he studied at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America (Washington DC USA). From 2003 to 2009, as a member of the OVTsS Secretariat on Church and Society, was in charge of inter-religious communication, including interaction with the Interreligious Council of Russia and the SNG Interreligious Council, and international interfaith organizations, was a member of the Commission of the Conference of European Churches “Islam in Europe”, participated in the preparation and conduct of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Meetings of the joint Russian-Iranian commission “Islam-Christianity”.

On 27 July 2009, the MP Holy Synod appointed him Deputy Chairman of the MP Synodal Department for the Coordination of Church and Society (OVTsO). In 2009, with the blessing of Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias, he was a member of the Council for the Study of Religious Materials to identify extremist materials in the RF Ministry of Justice. He was the official MP representative in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia, a member of the Commission on organising state support and the development of original Cossack culture, a member of the Public Council under the Federal Drug Control Service, and a member of the Public Council under Rosreestr. From 2010 to 2013, he was the Executive Secretary of the SNG Interreligious Council. In October 2012, the Holy Synod appointed him representative of the World Russian People’s Council (VRNS) at the UN and assigned him to St Nicholas Cathedral in New York NY USA. On 11 March 2014, with the blessing of Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias, the Superior of the Trinity-St Sergei Lavra, Archbishop Feognost Guzikov of Sergiev Posad, tonsured him a monk with the name “Ioann” in honour of St John Maksimovich of Shanghai and San Francisco. A MP Holy Synod decision on 25 July 2014 (Journal Number 66) selected him as Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, and Vicar of the Diocese of Moscow with the title “Naro-Fominsk”.

25 July 2014

Russian Orthodox Church in the USA

http://ruschurchusa.org/ru/news/951

MP Established Sobriety Day… Elected New Bishops… Yustinian Ovchinnikov to Leave NYC

00 drunkenness. 25.07.14

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On Friday, a meeting of the MP Holy Synod decided to restore Sobriety Day, which the Church observed in pre-Revolutionary days. The Synod also approved a special molieben “For Those Suffering Affliction from Drunkenness or Drug Addiction”. Every year on 29 August/11 September, clergy would preach on this topic, after serving the new molieben dedicated to this affliction. The Synod also recommended, “As far as possible, cooperating with governmental and public bodies, we should publish materials and carry out activities aimed at maintaining a sober lifestyle”. The Synod approved “The Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church to Support Sobriety and Prevent Alcoholism”. Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov of Krutitsy and Kolomna moved that the Synod reinstate Sobriety Day on an all-Church basis.

Sobriety Day

In 1913, the Holy Governing Synod established this observance for the first time. On 29 August/11 September, the Church celebrates the Beheading of St John the Baptist… one of the strictest fast days in the Ecclesiastical Calendar. It marks the death of a great prophet… after a drunken feast, Herod gave orders to cut off St John the Baptist’s head after his mistress and her daughter asked him to do so.

Other Decisions of the Synod

In addition, the Synod replaced the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA. Hieromonk Ioann Roshchin, a cleric of St Nicholas Cathedral in New York NY USA, will replace Archbishop Yustinian Ovchinnikov of Naro-Fominsk. In the near future, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev will elevate Hieromonk Ioann to the episcopate. The Patriarchal Parishes in USA comprises 32 parishes and the Monastery of St Mary of Egypt. Parishes are all over the USA, not only in New York, as well as in Mexico. The Synod also made some changes in episcopal assignments, Bishop Tikhon Zaitsev of Podolsk departed as head of the MP Department for Finance and Economic Management, with Archbishop Mark Golovkov of Yegorevsk replacing him; Mark will temporarily remain as head of the MP Directorate for Foreign Institutions. Bishop Feodosy Gazhu of Bishkek and all Kyrgyzstan (Central Asian Metropolia) went to the Diocese of Isilkul and Russkaya Polyana (Omsk Metropolia), and Bishop Daniil Kuznetsov of Urzhum and Omutninsk (Vyatka Metropolia) would replace him in Bishkek. The Synod also elected new bishops to serve in Siberia and Central Russia.

25 July 2014

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/obschestvo/1342648

Editor:

The MP decided this TODAY… it was up on patriarchia.ru TODAY… the secular press received it TODAY. Jillions and Lyonyo take two to three MONTHS to release analogous information on oca.org. I seem to notice a slight DIFFERENCE. I’ll be blunt… the MP is acting responsibly and honestly, the OCA is NOT. I’ll repeat that… the MP is being responsible and honest… the OCA is NOT.

FULL STOP.

There’s no excuse for this. None whatsoever… no way, no how. The OCA/ROCOR First Families hold us in contempt, and this proves it, even for the slow learners. Modern technology allows us to have things up in nanoseconds… the MP does it. Why not the OCA? Why not the ROCOR? If the Mother Church can do it, we can do it, too… that ends the discussion. Remember Isidore Brittain the Kiddie Porn King, the “Lone Ranger” escapades, Mr Justice Mainella’s assessment of Seraphim Storheim, and Eric Iliff’s death (and the SVS cover-up of the circumstances… the lawsuit against them went away, didn’t it?). One of the reasons for the poisonous secrecy in the American diaspora is that the “leading elements” DO have things that they want to hide… we’ve fallen and we not only won’t get up, we argue that being in the shit-pit is the same as being in heaven… please, do spare me…

Oh, one last thing… spare me your mewling about “renewal”… I’d say that the facts indicate that the Mother Church, which follows Tradition, is honest, whereas the elements that spurn Tradition (including the Traditional Calendar) are not. Reflect on that… it’s a meaty bone to gnaw upon. Sobriety isn’t merely abstaining from drink (although the “Green Snake” (the old peasant name for drunkenness) is no joke) and chastity isn’t merely avoiding sexual situations… both are a little bit more… think on that, too…

BMD

Sunday, 20 July 2014

20 July 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words: Slavyansk… BEFORE and AFTER the Uniates Came…

00 church in slavyansk. 07.06.14

BEFORE

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00 church in slavyansk. 18.07.14

AFTER

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00 slavyansk 01. 08.06.14

BEFORE

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00 family from slavyansk 01. 07.06.14

AFTER

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Today, Slavyansk is a battered shell… only some 20 percent of its population remains. The rest? Dead or fled… or killed by the Uniate swine (especially, the so-called “National Guard”, who’re nothing but untrained and undisciplined Euromaidan terrorists in uniform). The first thing that the Uniates did upon entering Slavyansk was to unleash a Reign of Terror on communists and Orthodox believers (they particularly hunted down UOC/MP clergy). If you support the Uniate junta in any way, that’s what you support, and you’re my enemy. I don’t hate you… I don’t dwell on it… but you’re an enemy, and I must treat you accordingly. Such enemies are Victor Potapov, who refuses to break ties with the CIA… Lyonyo Kishkovsky, who refuses to break ties with the CFR… JP, who refuses to break ties with the rightwing neocon warmongers on K Street… Michael Dahulich, who’s a closet supporter of the EP (he sneakily tries to influence young priests to follow foreign Greek, rather than our good old-school Russian, customs) and a Uniate lover. DO NOT HATE THEM… but do oppose them, for they oppose the good of Christ’s Church. It’s time for all decent Orthodox to stand tall for Russia and the People’s Republics… to stand tall with HH in opposing the Free Market hydra and in support of Orthodox Socialism… those who refuse to do so are enemies… full stop. DO NOT HATE THEM… but Christians have no obligation to roll over and “play dead”, either.

You needn’t be “Lion Chow”… after all, there were canny Bishops like Mensurius of Carthage who weathered the storm… so should we…

BMD

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