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Friday, 22 August 2014

22 August 2014. Shevchuk Unrepentant Sack o’ Shit… REFUSES to Repent for Uniate Murders and Church Burnings in Novorossiya… Cites Non-Existent “Persecution” of Uniates in the Crimea and Novorossiya

00 Pope Francisco meets the Orthodox Grumpy Cat. 08.11.13

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I have never seen such a document that was more crowded with infamous falsehood and distortion. Scoundrels and piss-ants.

Cordell Hull

(1871-1955)

US Secretary of State (1933-44)

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I just read the most bizarre, surreal, Kafkaesque, and evasive pack o’ lies that I’ve ever read in my days, and I’m 60-years-old. I kid you not. I feel like Cordell Hull facing Ambassador Nomura in 1941. S Yu Shevchuk is a lying sack o’ shit and the Roman Curia is backing him to the max. Firstly, YOU MUST READ THIS. READ IT!

READ IT TWICE!

I’M NOT JOKING. THIS is what the Uniate swine believe. THIS is what the Roman Curia supports. However… DO NOT TAKE IT OUT ON THE RCs DOWN THE STREET! DON’T! They didn’t have anything to do with this lying shit. Shevchuk REFUSES to repent for the Dom Profsoyuzov fire! Shevchuk REFUSES to repent for the murders of Orthodox clergy in Novorossiya! Shevchuk REFUSES to repent for the anti-people pro-greedster policies of the fascist junta! Shevchuk BLESSES the junta for smashing its heel full-force into the faces of working people and pensioners (he BLESSES the combination of pension cuts coupled with rises in food prices). He cackles maniacally as the junta deliberately targets civilians and deliberately targets Orthodox churches!

This is satanic shit… full stop. If you support the junta, you support Satan. If you support Shevchuk’s lies, you support Satan. It’s quite that simple. The UGKTs has been an evil golem since its formation in 1596 at the Unia of Brest. It’s now time to separate the sheep from the goats. We have to disown Victor Potapov for being a loyal Step n’ Fetchit house nigger of the CIA. We have to disown Jonas Paffhausen for being the fawning running dog of enemies of the Church like George Weigel. We have to disown Vassa Larina for her subservience to Bob Taft, a Jesuit poseur, and her open kowtowing to the Catholics. We need to disown Alexander Webster for being an apologist for the neocon drive for world hegemony. We need to disown Rod Dreher for his cheerleading of neoliberal economics and anti-people “conservative” politics. We need to disown Freddy M-G for her indifferentist pro-Uniate attitude.

This is wild shit. It’s truly, truly surreal. Here are your choices:

  • You can stand with HH and the canonical Church… you can stand for Our Lord Christ and the Truth
  • You can stand with S Yu Shevchuk and F A Denisenko… you can stand for Satan and Diabolic Falsehood

There are NO other choices… choose well. I gotta walk away from this one. I will say this in closing… the Uniate enormities in Novorossiya are going to lead to “revengers” rising up to avenge the blood of the innocent victims. As a Christian, I don’t like seeing it, I don’t like reporting it, and I certainly don’t like what’s about to happen. However, as a conscientious reporter, I’m going to tell you “what’s out there”. Pass me the jug, Shevchuk’s lies are too much of a muchness. I can see why war correspondents drink…

I wrote this earlier… I stand by it:

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 Shevchuk, A P Yatsenyuk, F 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…

Никто не забыт и ничто не забыто… No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten.

Keep it focused…

BMD

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Mother Cathedral

00 St Michael Cathedral. Sitka AK. 19.08.14

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St Michael Cathedral is a great example of Old Russian church architecture. The greatest Orthodox Missionary in Alaska, Bishop Innokenty Veniaminov, designed it. He came to Sitka in 1834, returned to Russia in 1838, and became a bishop in 1840. He was the first Bishop of Alaska, and upon his return to Sitka in 1841, he began planning the construction of the cathedral. Bishop Innokenty laid the cornerstone in 1844 and hired carpenters and craftsmen to build it. The building used spruce logs with an outer layer of clapboard, and sailcloth covered the ceilings and walls for insulation and acoustics. The history of St Michael Cathedral began when a ship carrying the St Michael icon sank, along with all its valuable cargo, 30 miles short of its destination. Thirty days after the Neva sank, the undamaged crate carrying the icon washed ashore at Sitka and local residents found it On 20 November 1848, Bishop Innokenty consecrated St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Cathedral. The building is laid out in the form of a cross, with three altars dedicated from left to right to the Mother of God “of Sitka”, St Michael the Archangel, and St Innokenty.

Bishop Innokenty learned how to speak the Tlingit language, and the Tlingits loved him, as he went all-out to understand their way of life and spiritual needs. He provided them with medicine and vaccines. Today, 90 percent of the cathedral congregation is Tlingit, as well as other native groups. The music in the liturgy is sung a capella (unaccompanied voice) in English, Slavonic, Tlingit, Aleut, and Yupik. Bishop Innokenty eventually returned to Russia and became the Metropolitan of Moscow and all the Russias. The Church canonised him a saint in 1977.

On 2 January 1966, tragedy struck the cathedral. A fire in Sitka’s business district in the middle of the night eventually spread to the church. Scores of local people rushed to the cathedral, where they formed human chains to remove most of the treasures… original artworks, icons, and religious objects, at the risk of their own lives. Unfortunately, the fire destroyed the structure, the clock built by Bishop Innokenty, Bishop Innokenty’s library, and bells. The Icon of the Last Supper above the Royal Doors in the main altar also perished in the blaze. Immediately after this tragedy, concerned citizens made plans to rebuild the cathedral in its original form, beauty, size, and style. They formed the Sitka Historical Restoration Committee, including many prominent citizens. It took 10 years to rebuild due to the difficult conditions peculiar to Alaska. The original plans were extant and they used them in the reconstruction. The replacement was completed and consecrated on 21 November 1976. The generous support of thousands of people in Sitka, throughout Alaska, and Lower 48 states made all of it possible.

The National Parks Service designated St Michael Cathedral a National Historical Monument and the OCA Holy Synod of Bishops named it an architectural and historical monument. To this day, its clergy serve a full cycle of liturgical services to accommodate the needs of Orthodox believers in Sitka, and it’s the “Mother Cathedral” of the Orthodox Church in America.

20 August 2014

Junjun Ablaza

Manila Bulletin

http://www.mb.com.ph/mother-cathedral/

Friday, 15 August 2014

Lyashko Led Fascist Extremists in Scandalous Commotion at UPTs/MP Parish in Kiev Oblast

00 #savedonbasspeople 01. 28.05.14

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Ilya Repin. The Rejection of the Sermon of the Uniate Kuntsevich in Byelorussia. 1893

The Rejection of the Sermon of the Uniate Kuntsevich in Byelorussia

Ilya Repin

1893

We face the same threat today… the Vatican hasn’t changed its spots (but ordinary RCs didn’t make the decision, kids)…

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Watch the first 30 seconds carefully, look at the vehicles… they’re commandeered civvie off-road jobs; the jeep has improvised DIY Homer n’ Jethro “armour-plate”. More on that later… but I want to you know this… watch the first minute, even if you watch nothing else.

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Controversial Rada People’s Deputy O V Lyashko led extremist toughs from the Svoboda and Radical Party of Oleg Lyashko factions in disrupting worship and mocking the clergy at a UPTs/MP parish in Kiev Oblast. The intruders dared to lay hands on and desecrated the altar. R A Silantyev, head of the Human Rights Centre of the Worldwide Russian People’s Council (VRNS), told reporters that fascist extremists poured tomato juice on and otherwise abused Fr Vladimir, the rector of Holy Protection-St Tikhon parish in Chervonaya Motovilovka (Fastov Raion). Under threat of violence, the priest asked for a chance to go to Russia. The intruders accused him of being pro-Russian and “supporting terrorists”. This pogrom occurred after only a day after the election of Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky as First Hierarch of the UPTs/MP. Silantyev said, “The meeting of the higher organs of the UPTs/MP and its Sobor on 13 August took place in an atmosphere of relative calm. However, they’re not afraid to attack ordinary priests. There have already been more than 60 attacks on clergy and they’ve destroyed churches, they’ve set many churches on fire and damaged them with artillery fire and killed two or three priests”. This number includes incidents incurred during the fighting in Novorossiya. The new head of the UPTs/MP, Metropolitan Onufry, has already appealed to junta strongman P A Poroshenko to stop bullying and intimidation of canonical clergy by junta security forces.

15 August 2014

RT

http://russian.rt.com/article/45544#ixzz3ATDEh4HK

Editor:

Some of my sources in the Rodina tell me that civil order, the rule of law, and legitimate government no longer exists in the Ukraine. It’s become a lawless kleptocracy, with those with arms in control of the streets, as the above vid showed. Therefore, what Poroshenko thinks is irrelevant… he doesn’t control the streets, the fascist toughs do. Remember, the fascists demanded and got key posts in power ministries after the coup. I think that the Americans wanted it that way… since the fascists only have minority support, they’d NEED the Americans in order to stay in power. The fact that they’re anti-Semitic to the bone doesn’t bother Victoria Nuland… it tells you much about neocons, doesn’t it?

The fascists are attacking the canonical Church, just as they did in the 1990s. Back then, the Komsomoltsy stood up for the real Church… I shall remind all that the ROCOR stabbed the Mother Church in the back, supporting the CIA’s efforts to undermine the canonical Church (Victor Potapov was a major actor in this). Today, the First Family apparatchiki desperately try to hide this, but it happened… the ROCOR DID ordain Valentin Rusantsov and Agafangel Pashkovsky as bishops. The ROCOR did cooperate with soulless slimers like John Herbst (who tried interfering in the reconciliation of the ROCOR and the Mother Church… with the aid of certain ROCOR clergy who’ll remain nameless).

Today, we have quislings in our midst. There are signs that tell you who’s a Church stalwart and who’s a semi-Uniate traitor. Firstly, if a priest wears Uniate-style vestments, not Russian-style vestments, he betrays his opposition to Holy Rus and support of the Unia. Michael Dahulich pushes this innovation, but he’s a semi-papist (he was a willing and receptive pupil of the Jesuits at Duquesne) who had a major fracas with the late Metropolitan Nicholas Smiško… Dahulich slunk off to the OCA (who was dumb enough to take him). Any priest who wears such vestments shows his open antipathy to Holy Rus, to the Rodina, and to our received Russian Traditions, customs, and usages.

Secondly, if they spell “Kiev” as “Kyiv” and if they say “Volodomyr” in hillbilly dialect instead of “Vladimir” in proper formal usage (it’s like calling “Joseph” “Joey”… it lacks all taste, education, and class… it’s nekulturny to the max), you know that they harbour semi-Uniate tendencies. Some say that Mollard has such… he certainly has a deacon, one Roman Ostash, who’s known to have pro-junta leanings. Dahulich is a Uniate in all but name (unfortunately, his influence on young clergy at St T’s will take years to root out completely)… don’t let his “Pro-Life” posturing fool you… he’s anti-abortion, NOT Pro-Life in Cardinal Bernadine’s sense. SVS is totally pro-Uniate… New Skete’s always been soft on Uniatism. Mind you, that doesn’t mean that they’re outside the Church… it means that they hold questionable opinions. Remember, we don’t believe that people or institutions are infallible… we’re not papists. However, it’s safe to say that there’s treason in the upper reaches of the Church, whilst the lower reaches are still solid. That’s saved us before (the Iconoclasts, the Ferrara-Firenze kafuffle, and the Unia of Brest… in all three cases, bishops became apostates and betrayed the Church, but the people kept the Faith and saved the Church).

It’s time for ordinary folks to save the Church yet again. How, I don’t know… but that’s what history teaches us. Remember, we have the examples of Patriarch St Germogen of Moscow and St Mark of Ephesus, and of the Apostates Kirill Terletsky and Iosafat Kuntsevich in front of us. It’s up to us to choose which one to follow. You KNOW which one I chose, don’t you? Keep it focused, the times are evil.

BMD

Sunday, 3 August 2014

3 August 2014. The West Gets It Wrong Again Department… “Putin Strives to Harness Energy of Russian Pilgrims for Political Profit”… Kiss My Ass, Sophia Kishkovsky

00 russia 010. Mikhail Nesterov. The Soul of the Russian People. 1916

Sophia Kishkovsky (and all the other First Family sludge) has faith in the Almighty Dollar… I have faith in Almighty God… I seem to see a slight difference there…

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Editor:

Sophia Kishkovsky strikes again… yes, she’s the mercenary journalist daughter of Lyonyo Kishkovsky. She didn’t take the by-line, but “Sophia Kishkovsky contributed reporting”… that is, she couldn’t resist attacking the church of her birth. The First Families show their usual contempt for the Truth, for the Faith, and for the Motherland. Of course, they have theirs and that’s all that counts… the rest of us are their playthings, dontcha know. “We admit no crime or wrongdoing”… reflect on the fact that Lyonyo never defended any victims of abusive priests… and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. What does that tell us about Ms Kishkovsky? However, I believe her to be worse than her father is. Her father sold out for power in the OCA and for scraps from the Anglo table. She sold out for a minor post at the Times… and has to repeat the latest party-line exactly, down to the last jot and tittle.

Read this rubbish. Read all of it. Reflect that a member of the OCA/ROCOR First Family apparat vetted and approved it. We have traitors in our midst. There’s nothing else to say… I’ll have more to say at the end of this. READ IT. It shows the depth of contempt that the Kishkovskys, Potapovs, Schmemanns, Hopkos, Gans, and Oussorgines have for all of us.

BMD

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The pilgrims tramped toward the storied monastery by the thousands… chanting prayers, singing, and embracing the kind of nationalist fervour that President V V Putin seeks to harness as his own. The official reason for the trek to the Trinity-St Sergei Lavra, the seat of the Russian Orthodox faith (sic) and the country’s original monastery (sic), was to commemorate the 700th birthday of its founder and namesake. However, amidst that tide of pilgrims… official estimates hovered around 30,000… swirled diverse political and religious currents related to Mr Putin’s effort to cast himself as the defender of traditional values, a campaign that’s been more pronounced since Russia’s involvement with the Ukraine.

The birthday celebrations in Sergiyev Posad emphasised St. Sergei’s role in shaping a unified Russia, a narrative that dovetails with the nationalism and conservative morals (sic) that Mr Putin espouses. Some historians and church figures cry foul, however, over what they call Kremlin efforts to reshape the saint’s legacy, to enhance their political goals, to foster what one critic called “an official cult”. Irina Karatsuba, a historian who often aligns herself with unpopular causes, said, “They’re creating a myth around St Sergei, making him out to be an obedient servant of the Russian state, which he was not. He’s one of the important embodiments of what was and is the best in Russia, but the way they’re trying to link him to the Russian state is nonsense; it’s political manipulation”.

The pilgrimage illustrates one way that Mr Putin is trying to use Russian Orthodoxy as a tie that binds Russians together, analysts said, fashioning a fresh ideology for his continued rule after 14 years as either president or prime minister. His participation in the St Sergei celebration last month was on live national broadcast feeds. Church officials said they wanted St Sergei to serve as an example of spiritual hope for Russians in their daily lives. The Russian Orthodox Church resurrected after the 1991 collapse of the USSR, ending 70 years of often brutal Communist repression. The church seems only too happy to hitch its halting rebirth to Mr Putin’s fortunes, hoping to attract more adherents. Although 80 percent of the 140 million Russians identify themselves as Russian Orthodox culturally, the number who actually attends church is tiny. The church says that it’s nearly 10 percent, but experts say that it’s long hovered around 3 percent.

Another reason for St Sergei’s elevation is the current crisis in the Ukraine. The birth of the Russian Orthodox faith dates back to St Vladimir the Great, Grand Prince of Kiev, and the mass baptisms performed at his behest there in 988, bringing Christianity to what then became Holy Rus. However, Geraldine Fagan, author of Believing in Russia: Religious Policy After Communism, noted that now that Russia and the Ukraine are locked in a proxy war, the government and the church realise that the physical link to an important religious symbol is being severed. Because those roots… not to mention the relics of St Vladimir himself… are in the territory of an estranged neighbour, Ms. Fagan said that Russia appears to be casting St Sergei as his replacement.

In the late 14th century, aside from founding the first monastery (sic), St. Sergei of Radonezh persuaded the Russian princes to stop their murderous, internecine fighting and concentrate on throwing off the Mongol yoke. V R Legoida, the head of the MP Synodal Information Department (SINFO), said, “St Sergei was the beginning not just of Russian monasticism or the Russian spiritual tradition. In many ways, he’s the source of Russia itself”.

St Sergei has long received homage as a humble figure, content to spend his days in prayer and dressing like a beggar. He turned down the job of leading the church, but received the unique title of abbot for all Russia. Margarita Popova, a 48-year-old English teacher who travelled 17 hours by bus with her teenage son from their home near Volgograd for the anniversary, said, “He’s a great personality in Russian history. Russia before Sergei Radonezh and Russia after was perhaps two different Russias”. Ms Popova said that ordinary people don’t have the time to pray for themselves, for Russia, and for the world constantly. The monks who do so follow a tradition started in the Russian Orthodox Church by St. Sergei. Often, people consider him the original starets, a Russian word that means a monastic spiritual leader, one who has achieved tangible experience in the future kingdom of God {no, it means “elder”; the definition given is only one of several… the author shows his ignorance here: editor}.

Beyond spiritual matters, the crowd at the birthday commemoration at the monastery here, 45 miles north of Moscow, was unquestionably in the Putin camp. Many compared him to a tsar, and meant it as a compliment. Vladimir Bubelev, 60, an officer in the naval reserves wearing a brass pin showing the profile of Nikolai Aleksandrovich, the last tsar, on his lapel, said, “He just hasn’t been anointed, but his powers are greater than those of Tsar Nikolai. On many questions he acts like a monarch… he makes correct and deliberate decisions. This is very good. Plus, he’s a believer!”

As it happened, the birthday of St Sergei and the anniversary of the death of Tsar Nikolai fell within a couple of days of each other in July. The church made Tsar Nikolai and his immediate family saints in 2000. The tsar’s 1917 overthrow was for many Orthodox faithful the last time that a God-anointed ruler governed Russia. Mr Bubelev believed that when the tsars ruled, Russia evoked both nobility and morality. The Romanovs deeply revered both St Sergei and a later 19th-century monk, St Seraphim of Sarov, also worshiped by the Russian Orthodox (sic). Mr Bubelev said, “They helped the tsars rule Russia in the right way… they made Russia rich. The tsars went to their relics and asked for God’s help, and they succeeded. Thank God, Mr Putin’s asking for their help now”. However, Ms Karatsuba, the historian, pointed out that the Romanov rulers also tried to elevate the concept of Holy Rus as a national ideal in their campaign to stall political reform in the 19th century. She noted that turned out badly for them in 1917.

Still, the Slavic nationalism prevalent among the faithful makes them a natural base of support for Mr Putin’s policy that all ethnic Russians are worthy of protection wherever they are. That’s been his stated reason for championing the cause of anti-Kiev insurgents in the southeastern Ukraine (sic). Dmitry Markov, 28, a buyer for a mobile-phone company who attended the St Sergei commemoration, said, “We’re all one people, we’re all part of Holy Rus. Any person, regardless of where he lives, if he’s Russian in spirit, he must be defended by his president, by his country, because he’s an indivisible part of the nation”.

Mr Putin, who attended the anniversary celebration less than 24 hours after a civilian plane disaster in Ukraine that many blamed on Moscow, addressed the faithful for only about five minutes. He lauded the “patriotic, national, and moral resurgence” inspired by the monk, including his campaign to build monasteries as both spiritual centres and real fortresses to protect Russia, saying, “His wise and solid words as a mentor and guide were a spiritual pillar and support during a difficult time of foreign invasion and internal discord. It was then that he spoke his prophetic words, ‘Our salvation lies in love and unity’. This appeal, filled with unshakable faith, helped to unite Russia’s lands and stamped itself forever on our people’s soul and in our historical memory”.

The commemoration, planned for years, provoked some quiet grumbling within the church itself, however, that it was too elaborate. With a war raging next door, critics said that they could’ve spent the money on better things. Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev himself led the 10-mile procession that started the commemoration, beginning from the monastery at Khotkovo, the burial place of the saint’s parents, to the Trinity-St Sergei Lavra. The patriarch walked under a white umbrella carried by a young priest, and during a break in the march closeted himself away from the adoring throng in an air-conditioned mobile home. Michael Storojinsky, 53, a religious music producer, explained why he walked for five hours under the relentless summer sun, “Faith without deeds is dead. I was a Communist in the days when the Communist Party said it was battling religious superstition. The party placed itself on the pedestal that was meant to be occupied by God”.

2 August 2014

Neil MacFarquhar

Sophia Kishkovsky

New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/world/europe/from-pilgrims-putin-seeks-political-profit.html?_r=0

Editor:

Irina Karatsuba is an unimportant figure with no official standing in academe, Church, or the state. I believe that she’s the daughter of the famous mathematician A A Karatsuba. In short, she’s a minor and inconsequential figure. Geraldine Fagan is cut from the same cloth… she’s been associated with various Langley “pro-democracy” fronts and is a known acquaintance of Victor Potapov. No doubt, Victor helped Sophia to get in touch with her (just as he helped JP find a ghostwriter at the Washington Times). You see, Potapov’s son attends Lyonyo’s parish on the Island. When I said that the OCA/ROCOR First Family apparat is incestuous, it almost fits the bill literally. Gan… Kishkovsky… Potapov… Jillions… there’s no difference, they socialise together, they marry amongst themselves, and they live in a little world divorced from the reality of life in the OCA and ROCOR parishes. It’s why the OCA is only 40 percent of its 1964 peak, and why the ROCOR almost imploded in the 90s (only the arrival of the New Russians saved them).

There are elements in the OCA and the ROCOR that’ve sold out to the enemies of the Church and the Rodina. The above is but a foretaste of what they believe in. The don’t care for us, they don’t care for the Motherland, and they don’t care about Christ and His Holy Church. “If you can’t eat it, drink it, smoke it, or screw it, forget it”… that’s their effectual motto. Have a care… the times are evil.

BMD

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