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Monday, 9 July 2012

9 July 2012. If You Read JP’s “Resignation” Closely He’s Not Resigning Any Real Office at All

The flag of the fictional Duchy of Grand Fenwick, and a supposed quotation from its founder… this is JP… this is the OCA apparat… any questions?

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Let’s revisit JP’s “resignation”, as one of my Kitchen Cabinet pointed up some interesting aspects of it:

I hereby tender my resignation as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, and humbly request another Episcopal assignment. I had come to the realization long ago that that I have neither the personality nor the temperament for the position of Primate, a position I never sought nor desired.

As my friend kindly showed me, JP’s resigned no real office at all. JP didn’t resign the episcopate… he remains a bishop. JP didn’t give up the white hat… he remains a Metropolitan. JP didn’t resign as Archbishop of Washington… he remains the ordinary of that diocese. Furthermore, in asking for “another Episcopal assignment”, he left open the possibility of merging the so-called Diocese of Washington with the Diocese of the South. In short, the only thing that JP gave up was the position as First Hierarch, which is mostly a prestige title. That is, he resigned nothing of real value, and, conceivably, actually feathered his own nest more than it is at present.

Now, the question is, “Is the Holy Synod aware of this state of affairs, or, is Fathausen going to skunk them, yet again?” If it’s the former, this is all a massive charade, sorry to say. If it’s the latter, there’s still time to put the lumber over JP. I fear that there’s aspects of both in this situation. Some bishops are in collusion with JP, I’m sure (Peterson, Dahulich, and Moriak)… others are dupes. That is, even as the picture becomes clearer, it becomes murkier, as the shell game becomes obvious to all but the slow learners. Again… JP did NOT resign his diocese or the episcopate… that means that all of this may be cynical smoke n’ mirrors to deflect attention from JP getting MORE power.

Crazy, ain’t it? Nevertheless… read the resignation for yourself. As you do, reflect well on the fact that the Holy Synod deigned NOT to tell you of this until today, even though the “resignation” took place on Friday. In short, it’s the same ol’ contempt of the rank n’ file believers. THAT has to end…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 9 July 2012

Albany NY

Saturday, 7 July 2012

7 July 2012. Any Which Way But Boring… The MOST Interesting “Buzz” of the Decade, Churchwise… This DOESN’T have Confirmation Yet, Kids… It’s what “Out There”

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There’s big-time scuttlebutt floating around out there. Now, I’ve got it from disparate sources in different places, from people in different factions. It does NOT mean that the buzz’s true. It does mean that everyone’s talking of it, and it’s OK to post. Mind you, this is a report of the buzz “out there”… it’s not a report of what’s happened. One of my sources whispered:

Rumour has it that the Synod asked JP to resign. It should be an interesting 24-48 hours.

Another whisper came in:

Archbishop Yustinian was supposed to be in [NEPA] today. He didn’t go because HH told him to go to DC.

If true, it means that there’s a good chance that the Centre was aware of the situation (and, maybe, set it up). I’ll say this… outward appearances give the impression that it’s an event that the Centre either wasn’t aware of, or, if it was, none of my sources knew of it (trust me, normally, Peredelkino/Chisty Pereulok is like any other locus of power… it’s got more holes than a Swiss Cheese).

Some sources mention Dickie Wood; others don’t… that’s actually a sign of authenticity. If a story identical in all its particulars was circulating, that’s usually the sign of a plant. True stories are garbled a bit in transmission (it’s why you can’t trust single sources) or people miss this-or-that detail when they tell it or hear it. That’s normal. If we have righteous buzz here, it’d explain why the OCA Diocese of the South cancelled its Assembly. We’ll have to see. If nothing else, if proves to be mere wind, it was interesting entertainment, wasn’t it? If it’s for real, getting rid of JP is only the first step. There’s no place like home.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Saturday 7 July 2012

Albany NY

7 July 2012. It’s the Lazy Hazy Days of Summer… Not Much Church News at either the Centre or Here…

There’s not much for the minstrel to tell you… everybody’s out at the dacha, dontcha know…

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Well, kids, this is the slowest time of year for any kind of Church news. However, some items are going to follow this paragraph. EVERYBODY’S out at the dacha (or its Western equivalent). HH is at Peredelkino, soaking up the rays. There’s not going to be much major news until autumn, not only on the Church front, but on the political one as well. The period between Victoria Day/Memorial Day and Labour Day (or Victory Day and the Day of Knowledge, to use a Russian reference) is always the slowest period for this website, as not much happens in the dog days of summer… of course, there are exceptions like the South Ossetia War in ’08, but the general rule holds.

It’s especially difficult to post domestic Church news, as so many of my contacts are away from home on holiday or at camp, making stories difficult to vet. However, one of the interesting things “out there” is that his own bishop turned in Ruark, the priest nicked out in CA for alleged nasty doings with kids. It’s NOT confirmed… but if true, it’s an interesting nugget. As Philip Saliba has the best intel net in all of American Orthodoxy, it might mean that he’s gotten wind of what’s coming down with Storheim, and he wanted to act before anything stuck to him (after all, Saliba’s political instincts are nonpareil). Yes, I’m well aware that Cappy and Mel at Pokrov had the goods on Ruark previously. Unfortunately, the bishops ignore them, and try to hide the doings of clerical pervs, just as their RC counterparts do. However, Joseph did move, move quickly, and (reputedly) maybe blew the whistle on his own priest. That’s news, in anyone’s book. Now, the question is, “What about Storheim?” That’s still up in the air… but the fact that the Crown offered a plea doesn’t speak well for the OCA.

Fathausen’s infatuation with the so-called ACNA (Anglican Church of North America) isn’t only in violation of the Mother Church’s break with Anglican groups, it’s also unwise because the ACNA is virulently opposed to Rowan Williams, and SVS just creams its jeans over Williams. In short, JP just opened up another wound that he needn’t have done. When one adds this in with Dickie Wood’s defiance of JP’s orders to go to Manton, it’s a pretty little kettle boiling away. That’s the last thing that JP needs… to have SVS join his opponents. In any case, the fight between Anglicans isn’t ours and it’d be best if we kept out of it entirely. In fact, it opens up the avenue that JP’s really an Episcopalian who never fully converted; a waffler who’s still contaminated with the Branch Theory (declared a heresy by the Church, the opinion on it was written by HH when he was still a Metropolitan). By the way, one of the odd practises at Manton is having a communal silent “Jesus Prayer” for 20 minutes at the beginning of Vigil. That skates rather close to the heresy of Imyaslavie, and they should stop it.

As for the OCA Diocese of the South, I received the following:

The Assembly scheduled for July in the Diocese of the South was cancelled… Bishop Nikon said Fr Gerasim wasn’t properly vetted and will be questioned by the Holy Synod of Bishops this fall.

There’s no other info out there on this except for the official handouts. Wonder what this means vis-à-vis Maymon and his status? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…

One of the things that won’t die is JP claiming that he worked for the MP Publications Department and that he was a novice at Valaam. Both are bald-faced lies. Firstly, I remember getting mailings from Platina in the early ‘90s begging for money for Russky Palomnik. There was no mention of it being tied in with the MP; it was a completely autogenetic project of Podmoshensky (GP). In any case, JP spent about a year in Russia. Where did he get the money to do so? He didn’t get any from GP… he was always broke. The MP didn’t have any money back then… they were pulling all sorts of scams to keep the Church alive (hey, that happens sometimes). JP was in his early thirties, and he just gallivanted off to Russia… most normal people are too busy with work to spare more than a few weeks, to be frank. As for Valaam, all my Russian contacts are unanimous… he wasn’t a novice there, he was a guest.

Peter Gillquist is dead. He never did amount to much, did he? Here’s an exchange between a friend and me (I’m in italics):

Peter Gillquist died. He of “bringing all the Protestant sectarians into the Antiochian Archdiocese” fame. I’m expecting much weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth from certain konvertsy circles. The tributes should be on the morbid side. Certain folks just can’t light a candle for someone, say a prayer, or ask for a Pannikhida to be served. They have to wallow in their grief. You know exactly what I’m talking about.

I met him… greasy self-important SOB. Nevertheless, you say a prayer and hope that they do well at the judgement.

I met him, too, and I agree with your assessment. He was like a used car salesman.

I got this on Storheim:

The Winnipeg Court dismissed the Bishop’s pretrial motion yesterday. Not sure what the motion was but probably to dismiss the charges for whatever reason. I’m trying to find out more.

That’s it on Seraphim… it means that it’s still chugging through the system.

Got this (and it’s all that I have) from an MP source on the Blunder. It would explain why he’s in HH’s doghouse:

In Dublin, he “concelebrated” with the Catholics at the Eucharistic Congress; it caused quite a scandal.

Interfax has mostly been dry… just the Pussy Riot trial dragging on interminably and the usual appointments and housekeeping. I won’t waste your time with that. Trust me, nothing major is up until September or October. Until then, keep an eye on your parish’s resources and don’t let anyone sweet-talk you into signing them over to JP or the bishop. JP’s out of ready cash, and I hear that he’s using Perich to raise it. Do have a care… otherwise, enjoy the summer… that’s why God gives it to us.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Saturday 7 July 2012

Albany NY

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

16 May 2012. Konvertsy Faction Raising Unauthorised Cultus Around the Person of the Late Archbishop Dmitri

No, Dmitri was NOT a saint… and all the caterwauling by all the konvertsy can’t make it so…

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Got this from another Kitchen Cabinet member:

Ground was broken at St Seraphim Cathedral in Dallas TX to build the mausoleum to be the final resting place for the corpus {“corpus” was in the original, I’d NEVER be that vacuous and fatuous: editor} of Archbishop Dmitri. Metropolitan Jonah, Subdeacon Jeff Wynn, Milos Konjevich, diocesan treasurer, and Subdeacon Vladimir Gregorenko have met with the architect Nick Unich and his associate to design the new chapel. According to Michael Smith, task force member and parish council member, “We couldn’t be more excited. This is a positive uplifting experience for the entire Diocese of the South to have Vladyka back with us”.

With the pouring of the foundation scheduled for week of 14 May, Archbishop Dmitri could arrive back at the cathedral as early as 1 July. The chapel construction should start shortly thereafter and take nine to 12 months. Approximately 40 percent of the funds needed to complete construction of the chapel are now available. A new website at AbpDmitri.org (under construction) will follow the progress of construction.

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The OCA’s out of bloody gelt (so much so that JP’s reaching into local DC funds to pay his rent), yet, there’s money being spent on this. It does make one wonder if Dickie Wood got the drop because his crook starosta was skimming funds for JP… it’s not inconceivable, given the murky history of Bobby with the Moscow OCA representation (and JP’s Bobby’s Boy… make no mistake on it). Furthermore, sources tell me that konvertsy nutters are painting Royster’s icon… just as some SVS oddbods have painted Schmemann’s icon (like the crew at New Skete… AARGH). All in all, Dmitri was a equivocal figure at best… but it does give one a handle on the mentality of the konvertsy… scary, ain’t it? Well, there’ll probably be another tempest in a teacup amongst the unrepresentative nutjob lot at Monomakhos… remember this… anyone who posts under a “username” AUTOMATICALLY forfeits credibility… ponder that. You wonder what they’re scared of…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Wednesday 16 May 2012

Albany NY

This Just In Department:

Apparently, Gregory Burke and a fellow named Gantt are listed as clergy on the OCA Diocese of the South website, but not on the main OCA website. A Kitchen Cabinet member opined:

What’s going on? Is Burke a cleric in good standing or not? Is Gantt an OCA cleric or not? As you say, Fathausen’s more secretive (actually downright sneakier!) than Herman ever was…

Quite. That’s why rumour walks abroad… if the Metropolitan and his claque are secretive, what does that do? Would Metropolitan Leonty Turkevich have acted in such a way? Answer me that one…

BMD

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