Voices from Russia

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Oregon Cops Nick JP Pal on Kiddie Porn Rap

01 Paffhausen with Isidore Brittain

Paffhausen and Benjamin Peterson BEAMING at Brittain (he’s on the far left) … I’d say to His Holiness, “Ну, так что же? (Nu, tak chto zhe?: Well, what about it?) This asshole drags the Church’s good name in the gutter, sir… DO SOMETHING. He enabled evil in the OCA, don’t let him do the same in the ROCOR!”

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Editor:

The Cabinet tipped me off on this on Friday at about 16.00. However, since yesterday was Holy Friday, I didn’t start work on it until 01.30… posting or working on such shit wasn’t in keeping with the day’s solemnity and focus.

BMD

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On Thursday, police arrested an Albany OR man who was a priest with an Orthodox church in the Lewisburg area on child pornography charges. On Friday, Stanley Brittain, 39, of Albany, faced 16 counts of first-degree encouraging child sex abuse in Linn County Circuit Court. Until last week, Brittain was associated with St Anne Orthodox Church, near Corvallis. Judge Thomas McHill set Brittain’s bail at 100,000 USD (3.57 million Roubles. 110,300 CAD. 107,200 AUD. 72,400 Euros. 59,600 UK Pounds), and appointed Arnold Poole as his attorney. Prosecutor Michael Wynhausen said that Brittain trafficked in hundreds, possibly thousands, of images and videos of young boys subjected to what Wynhausen termed “horrific” sexual abuse. He added that Brittain used methamphetamine before his arrest, saying, “At this point, the 16 counts are just a small fraction of the charges that could be levelled against him”.

The investigation into Brittain started in January, when police arrested a suspect in Oklahoma who was communicating with Brittain, Wynhausen said. Albany Police Detective Lieutenant Travis Giboney said that Brittain was an unpaid staff member and loosely affiliated with St Anne Orthodox Church. Captain Eric Carter added that there’s no evidence that Brittain was grooming potential victims from the congregation, “There’s nothing at the onset that leads us to believe (the crimes) were associated with the church”. Carter said that police haven’t identified any of the children from the images, “It’s all surrounding possession of what we could consider child pornography”.

On Thursday, at about 11.30 PDT, Albany detectives, with the assistance of the Oregon Department of Justice, served a search warrant on Brittain’s residence in the 2400 block of Eighth Avenue Southeast. Carter said that Brittain was cooperative, and authorities seized computers and other electronic devices. Brittain, a South Albany High School graduate, was known as Fr Isidore within the church. St Anne Orthodox Church began in the early 1990s and was originally in Albany. In 2003, the church purchased the historic Lewisburg Grange Hall and moved there. About 100 people now attend the church on a typical Sunday. Attempts to contact St Anne Orthodox Church for comment were unsuccessful on Friday, in part because of Good Friday services. The police investigation into Brittain continues, and those with information about the case can call (541) 917 7680.

18 April 2014

Kyle Odegard

Albany (OR) Democrat-Herald

http://democratherald.com/news/local/3b17e3c2-fcec-591b-ac98-46320338442e.html

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Reaction from the Cabinet:

  • Holy shit.
  • Oh, sweet Lord! Here you have JP’s legacy… this is what happened because JP disregarded his suspension and failed to depose him. Oh, and don’t forget those who aided and abetted JP in this… enough said.
  • Jonah is basically living at St John’s (ROCOR) in DC… no official release, but there he is… proud as a Turk.

This is an evil legacy of Paffhausen. Besides which, the parish in Oregon is a HOOMie conventicle, and everyone’s heard the word that’s circulated about them, the least-bad of which is that they’re a bunch of hyperclericalists who kiss the ass of their priests and allow them to run roughshod over the people. Don’t forget, JP championed the HOOMies. He pushed for their inclusion in the OCA and for the automatic ordination of their “clergy” without any vetting whatsoever. This is a poisonous result of all that. I believe that the OCA Holy Synod should make Brittain cop a plea to all the charges. That’s the only way to make this “go away” with justice. Brittain belongs in the slam, full stop. Then, the OCA Holy Synod should write both the ROCOR and MP Holy Synods asking them not to receive Paffhausen. Paffhausen was the main enabler of Brittain; Benjamin Peterson was another. In all justice, Peterson would resign, but he won’t. As for JP, there’s an elegant canonical solution. A schemamonk may become a bishop, but if a bishop takes the schema, he stops being a bishop. That is, JP should take the schema and the OCA Holy Synod should send him off to Athos to live out his days in repentance. Any “release” to the ROCOR would become moot… I don’t think that the ROCOR wants such a piece of work at this point.

This is too much of a muchness. Tikhon Mollard’s smarmy reflection on the barren fig tree is too much, too. It applies to the OCA apparat, SVS, and to JP in particular. Expect nothing, though… Mollard will be his usual bovine self. I have to walk away from this shit for a while… Easter is coming up…

BMD

Addendum 03.20 EDT 19 April 2014:

One of the Cabineteers wrote:

One article says Brittain was defrocked last week, so I doubt the OCA will have any influence over him from here on out.

That may be so, but it doesn’t wipe out the past. Brittain dragged the OCA in the mud… and Peterson and Paffhausen enabled him to do it. Full stop.

BMD

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

16 April 2014. Gleanings from My Mailbag

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Editor:

I’m in plain type; my interlocutors are in italics.

BMD

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What do you think of the resistance of heroic little Slavyansk? Sources tell me that real soldiers refused to move. The town’s name is proper, as one of the ways that you “read it” is “Hero Town”.

The Ukrainian patriots of Slavyansk will go down as heroes after this is all over and the dust settles. However, keep in mind that this isn’t an isolated incident. Patriots in Kramatorsk, Krasny Lyman, and Artomovsk pulled off similar actions. The Artomovsk patriots disarmed a junta military convoy without firing a shot on Saturday. Meanwhile, in Kharkov, Ukrainian patriots stormed the Gorsoviet building today and the police joined the anti-Maidan forces. If the putsch president Turchinov goes through with an attack on Monday morning, I don’t see how Russia can’t send in troops to protect the people, both Russian and Ukrainian, from these Nazis. Keep in mind, Turchinov would use “National Guard” troops, whose ranks are full of Western Ukrainian neo-Nazis. The regular army is utterly unreliable; it might even go over to the side of the patriots.

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You’d be surprised at how much of my material comes from my Cabinet. Some are people who can’t post publicly under their own names (this is true of some priests). I know that some use me as a conduit at times… but that’s OK. I pity the poor people of Little Russia… they’ve suffered enough, haven’t they?

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Judas! (In reference to Bartholomew Archontonis)

What else did you expect? He’s an American poodle… who wants to grab the Ukraine… and to join the papists (he did receive training in Rome, after all). It ain’t over yet.

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They’re misreading the whole Russian/Ukrainian situation due to ignorance of Russian history. Firstly, VVP did much to restore many “Soviet” aspects of society. Indeed, at the Victory Day parade, they introduce him as “Comrade Supreme Commander”, and the whole ritual has its later Soviet tinge. Secondly, haven’t they heard VVP say, “The Eurasian Economic Community shall bring back all the best features of the USSR?” In short, dogmatism blinds them. Putin’s rule is a new NEP, which anyone familiar with Russian history can tell. In fact, Putin all but admitted that the future belongs to communism. That’s what keeps me out of formal membership in any Marxist group… their refusal to truly embrace the dialectic (and reality), and their stubborn insistence on trying to fit reality to their theories. I think that their hearts are right… their dogmatism sucks. I don’t say this in anger.

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00 Crisis. 01 Odessa. We're not giraffe meat for the EU! .3

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When you posted that “We aren’t giraffe meat for the EU” sign in the protest picture it really warmed my heart. The senseless cruelty of those monsters in Denmark still bowls me over. Poor Marius! However, he did speak to the heartless EU from beyond his grave through that, no?

I feel so alone at times. I do. I think that the present crisis in the Ukraine is one of three great events that I’ve seen in my 60 years… first was Reagan’s election, which ushered in the present Dark Night… second was the August Events of ’91 that brought in the Second Time of Troubles… the third is the present situation, the world won’t be able to return to the status quo ante.

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IT seems that all the kerfuffle in Kiev has a good side… whispers tell me that certain people are asking Potapov… “Whom do you favour, VOA or the Church?” This mess is opening up eyes. People are seeing that Western “conservatives” aren’t our friends. The Eurasian Union is a creative synthesis of the good in Russia’s past… that is, Imperial Russia and Soviet Russia… not “either or”… it’s “both or nothing”. When HH, V V Putin, and G A Zyuganov all sing from the same score, you know that it’s on the up and square! To think that we have the meddling Amerikantsy to thank for it! The Nasty 90s brought the Church and Party together… the recent events of the past six years (after the August war) brought the post-’91 Russian élite in as well. Do you think that the Blunder will finally see the light? Despite all the gloom, there appears to more than a little hope. I think that we’ve turned a corner and won a respite…

I agree with you. People now see that they must choose. Whose side IS Hilarion Alfeyev on… the Vatican or us? I know what he’ll choose; maturity is dawning on this naïf at the age of 47! The same goes for the ROCOR, AND the OCA, AND Constantinople. We all have to lay our cards on the table, no longer hedging our bets. Who’s with us and who’s against us? Decision time is here.

I don’t have complete faith in all the OCA… sadly enough. However, I’m pulling “back” on some criticisms… I was harsh for a while for a reason… someone has to “bell the cat”. Once the cat is “belled”, you can scale back… but not before. My Cabinet keeps me informed, and that’s how I keep up or lessen the pressure. I believe that I play a role in the Church “discussion”… my role is to bring up things that many won’t (or can’t) look at. However, although I think that most of the OCA shall come ’round, I’m not overly sure of SVS. A friend at the Centre told me that Mollard was “the right man for the moment… he’ll do nothing, but that’s what we need”. I now realise what she meant… and I think that you do too!

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Rose impressed me once, too… we all were. He APPEARED so holy. Today, I’d say, “A long beard a monk does NOT make”. I think that you know what I mean…

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Note how they attack artificial birth control. In general, they abhor moderation of any sort. They’re fanatics… very much. They won’t listen to sensible people like HH, Charlie, or Vladimir Romanovich. What’ll they do when the Reds return and the Church and Reds embrace as one? That’s what VVP sees… that’s what HH sees… isn’t that how God works, after all? God doesn’t DESTROY his enemies in a Crusade; He loves them so much that they change of their own accord if their heart’s right. It puts the Nasty 90s in a new light, doesn’t it? Who woulda thunk it… the Reds repented and God blessed them… the Whites refused and died the death (I mean the White attitude, NOT White Russians or the White legacy)… God DOES work in mysterious ways, doesn’t He?

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Do you think that they’re abandoning unhealthy “generic” Orthodoxy for REAL Russian Orthodoxy? I’ve nothing against Greeks, Serbs, Romanians, et al (they ARE part of our Orthosphere, after all), but Russian Orthodoxy is a specific family… we must treat it as such.

They aren’t opposed to the real Russia that respects the Imperial legacy, triumphed under the USSR, and now is building a new state containing the best of both. They aren’t opposed, but they’re a bit slow to get it. This sodomic rape of the “real” all-Russian Ideal by their US Conservative “friends” was a revelation.

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The situation in the Ukraine is surreal… just when you think that it can’t get any odder… it does. On Fatso… the intel is all over the map, I’m discounting ALL of it until an official announcement comes out. We DO have the word on Soraich, but a friend of mine at the Centre a month ago told me it was a done deal. NO ONE at the Centre knows anything about Fats… NO ONE. What doesn’t help is that Fatso still schmoozes with neocons in full sight of the Russian Embassy! Crazy world… do pass the jug… it’s gonna get even crazier.

Same thing here, just no reliable news about Fatso… if all you have is Momomuckos and rumours, you don’t have anything.

I think that’s the Centre’s way of saying “NO”… after all, Soraich is no prize. How DO you “demote” a former First Hierarch (for that is what he was)?

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Editor:

That wraps up the latest sharable stuff… anything personal stays PRIVATE. Over seven years of posting, I’ve not betrayed anyone yet… and I don’t intend starting now!

BMD

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Kenai Orthodox Church Gets Grant for Bell Tower

01 Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai AK

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Even a 120-year old building needs a bit of sprucing up occasionally. Alaska’s Historical Commission announced a 12,000 USD (428,000 Roubles. 13,150 CAD. 12,760 AUD. 8,650 Euros. 7,160 UK Pounds) grant that’d essentially put a new hat on an old church-going lady, by renovating the bell tower at Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai. Fr Thomas Andrew, rector of the church, said that the blue paint is peeling, cracks in the floor of the tower sometimes cause leaks in the foyer of the church, and that the louvers, or wooden window slats, need replacement. The building, registered as a National Historic Landmark, is one of the oldest Russian Orthodox Churches in Alaska. It was one of 11 projects around the state chosen to receive nearly 100,000 USD (3.57 million Roubles. 109,600 CAD. 106,400 AUD. 72,000 Euros. 59,700 UK Pounds) in grant funding through the commission. Other projects included Fort Seward barracks signs in Port Chilkoot, a Cold War oral history project at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a student film project on the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Kodiak. Each project would have until September 2015 to spend the funds. State Historian Joan Antonson said that the recipients would have to match the state’s grant.

This year marks the first year in nearly a decade that this type of grant has been available, Antonson said. She said, “We found that we had some state funds in our budget that we could put towards a grant program to get money to do history projects”, adding that the History and Archaeology Department typically administers federal grant money which can have more restrictions on what people can apply for. Antonson noted, “This made it possible for church projects to get funding. Under federal guidelines, churches can get money for planning, but they can’t get it for actually doing the work that’s proposed on this bell tower”. She said that the Russian Orthodox churches in the state might not have the wealth that some other groups have, observing, “But they’ve been determined to be so incredibly significant for their architecture and their ties to telling Alaska’s Russian heritage. They perhaps got some special consideration because this is a way to get them some money for what we call ‘hammer and nail’ projects, because it’s state funds”. Antonson said that the commission and staff who’d be administering the funds were “delighted” to be helping with the project in Kenai, stating, “Apparently there are three bells that date back to the Russian period and one that actually came from Russia. The community of Kenai has a really important history in this state and we just want to sort of have a presence or help them make their history better known”.

Editor:

Hey, these guys need to match the funds… so, send ‘em a fin or two, if you can. I think that it’d be super if the Centre would chip in, too. After all, the missionaries did come from Russia, and that would be a nice touch (HH could show Orthodox unity in real life by sending in a buck or two himself!). Then, Metropolitan Kliment Kapalin could visit when the work’s done… he has a special love for the region, ya know.

Here’s the contact info:

Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church

1106 Mission Ave

Kenai AK 99611

USA

Here’s the rector:

Fr Thomas A Andrew

1106 Mission Ave

Kenai AK 99611

USA

frthomas71202@yahoo.com

They don’t have a parish website. Send ‘em some gelt for the tower… it’s a good cause!

BMD

12 April 2014

Rashah McChesney

Peninsula Clarion (Kenai AK)

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-04-12/kenai-orthodox-church-gets-grant-for-bell-tower

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Katherine Perkowetz, Daughter of Archbishop Kiprian, Dies in PA

00 Katherine Perkowetz (Nee Borisewitsch). 05.04.14

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On 3 April 2014, Katherine Perkowetz (née Borisewitsch); daughter of the late Archbishop Kiprian (Boris Borisewitsch)and Galina; beloved wife of the late Walter Perkowetz; devoted mother of Walter Perkowetz and his wife Lorraine, Michael Perkowetz and his wife Kathleen. Relatives and friends can call at the Schimunek Funeral Home, Inc., 9705 Belair Road (at Forge Road) on Saturday 5 April from 14.00-16.00 EDT and 19.00 to 21.00 EDT, and Sunday 6 April, from 14.00-16.00 EDT. The funeral service will be at St Andrew Orthodox Church (on Lombard and Chester Sts) on Monday 7 April at 09.30 EDT, with interment at St Andrew Russian Orthodox Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. You may make online condolences here.

Вечная её память!

3 April 2014

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Katherine-Perkowetz&lc=6890&pid=170479411&mid=591787

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