Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

29 October 2014. Here’s the “One Thing Needful”

00 Glittersnipe.com. Get Your Shit Together. 2013

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We must start with organising the house from within. That’s our responsibility. The most important thing is that the Church, as an institution, serves the community.

Tawadros Sulaymān

Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa

Coptic Orthodox Church              

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Our Russian Orthodox Church should focus on the “one thing needful”… putting our house into order before we even say anything to anyone else. Our most crying need is to unite our fractious body. The OCA, ROCOR, and MP/USA and Canada are one sociological whole. Why do we tolerate such disunity? The Cold War is over. We should put all minor issues to the side. Better heads than mine have told me that the Calendar issue is something best left to the healing hand of time. However, there’s one thing that many Great Russians haven’t faced… their unconscious assumption that their ways are the only ones in the Church. I wrote a friend:

It’s time for Russian Orthodox people here in the diaspora to start seriously talking unity… it’s the only way that we’ll keep the feral in check. I’ll be blunt… I think that there’d be a “Rump OCA” after such a union… but the healthy parts would “come home”. It’s TIME… it’s time to overlook minor disagreements… we NEED to be together… that’s the lesson of the Ukrainian Civil War… the Ukie nutters have unity, ergo their voice is heard. We’re shunted to the side… it’s our own fault!

They replied:

You’re aware that Great Russian chauvinism is behind our disunity? They disdain Carpatho-Russians, Byelorussians, and Russophile Ukrainians and THAT has been the cause of our disunity. “We’re ‘HIGH Russians’ and You People are ‘Low Russians’. You will do as WE say”. UGH. Can you fight THAT?

I shot back:

Veliki Rus is the core of Holy Rus, but it isn’t the only part… Great Russia is the largest partner at table, but not the only one. God willing, “High Russians” like me can help move things right…

My interlocutor wished me well, and admired my lack of chauvinism. However, we all need to look at our attitudes. Are we furthering “organising the house from within?” If not, the Church can’t serve the community; it lacks any real purpose. It then becomes a pseudo-temple… an abomination. We shouldn’t be talking about ecumenical contacts and missionary work when we can’t even set our own rooms to rights. We have work to do…

Can these dry bones live? It IS up to us!

BMD

Sunday, 26 October 2014

26 October 2014. A Point to Ponder… Lazar Puhalo Nailed It This Time

Tell the Truth

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Editor:

Yes… I know all about Lazar’s chequered history… we’ve all got a skeleton or two in our closets, don’t we? So far, he’s kept his word to the OCA SOBs (Synod Of Bishops or Sons Of Bitches… you pays your money and takes your choice). He’s nailed this one, though… it puts the harpoon to the clueless jabronies trying to ally the Church with the GOP (What concord hath Christ with Belial). Take a swig from the jug, Lazar, you did good.

BMD

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Secularism grows as more American Christians turn “‘churchless”

COMMENT:

A large part of the reason is that too many Churches have a political agenda that so far outweighs any Gospel agenda, that the Christ can hardly be seen in them and Jesus is only a name that they use to underwrite hate, malice, and ultra-rigtwingism. The fact that so many of these “churchless believers” still consider themselves to be Christian is telling. They have a deep desire for a life of faith and spiritual meaning. If some of the Churches would return to the Gospel and place Jesus ahead of their political party, and salvation ahead of their political agenda, there’s little doubt that many of the younger generation would be more open to “organised religion”. So long as hate and malice and the Republican Party outweigh Jesus Christ and the Gospel, one can’t blame the younger generation for baling out of Churches. However, if we want to bury our heads in the sand of our vain ideologies, then we’ll never be able to speak to the younger generation… which is so war-weary of our bigotry and hypocrisy… and the lies told by so many Christian leaders. Meanwhile, if you dance with Caesar, Caesar always leads. We need to stop the dancing and return to preaching the Gospel.

Lazar Puhalo

OCA Bishop

no URL available… sent to me as cut n’ paste

Update 15.16 EDT 26 October 2014:

Got this from the Cabinet:

It was posted on his Facebook page “22 hours ago”

BMD

Saturday, 25 October 2014

25 October 2014. Why is Moriak Gallivanting Around His Former Diocese?

00 a whisper in the loggia. 08.12

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I got this from a Well-Placed Source:

Since his retirement and departure from Chicago, Matthias Moriak, the former bishop, has made number of appearances in the Midwest Diocese. In early summer, he presided at a Divine Liturgy in a Chicago Deanery parish, also being present for the wedding of a St Tikhon Seminary graduate. He spent time helping his good friend Fr Andrew Bartek to pack up from one deanery parish and move to another. Most recently, Fr John Adamcio, the Holy Trinity Cathedral dean, announced that Bishop Matthias would be present for the services commemorating the 20th anniversary of the canonisation of St Ioann Kochurov (who served in Chicago). Bartek, also announced in his parish bulletin that Bishop Matthias will preside at Vigil on 1 November at Christ the Saviour parish in Chicago. Matthias will serve Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral the next day and will bless “Sanctuary icons”. Very likely, he will be the guest of honour the banquet that‘ll follow.

On Tuesday, 7 October, a Special Nominating Assembly preceded the Midwest Diocese’s regular assembly. Gassios received 88 of 102 votes cast for nomination to bishop, but there were eight votes for Matthias. There’s little question that these votes were cast by Matthias’ hardcore supporters not yet willing to accept his retirement from the Diocese. Lest we forget, this retirement came about after revelations that Matthias had texted and entertained an impressionable young woman in the Diocese who afterwards made an official complaint about him. Even though retired under less than honourable conditions, Matthias seems to be pleased to respond to invitations to clergy who showed loyalty to him, to attend and preside at a variety of celebrations… to act, as it were, as a “shadow bishop”. Matthias may be pleased by this loyalty and attention, but it seems to others that his visits are imprudent… that he should spend more time adjusting to a prayerful and contemplative life. He should stay closer to home and give his newly elected successor an opportunity to take his place in the Diocese without having to wonder when and where his disgraced predecessor will next turn up.

Shouldn’t Paul Gassios impose order in his diocese? He doesn’t need backdoor attacks on his authority (for that is what it is)! He has to put the konvertsy brats in order, and right quickly. Moriak is acting like Fatso… both are swanning about, getting attaboys from their admirers. It’s time to make both of them act like the monks that they pretend to be. I’d send both of them to the Mountain… right smartly. That’d not only learn them… it’d learn their claques, too. The Church is NOT “Evangelicalism with a Liturgical Itch”… thank God!

It’s not boring covering Orthodoxy in the USA… no, siree…

BMD

Thursday, 23 October 2014

23 October 2014. E-Mail Mollard… DEMAND that the OCA Stop Paying Storheim… Enough of the Believers’ Money has Gone to His Shyster

00 Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Pearl S Buck. The Truth is Exciting

If the truth is “exciting”… then, what does that tell us about those who bend and twist the truth? Now, that’s a meaty morsel, no? In any case, Our Lord Christ is the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life… He isn’t a pettifogging and slinking shyster!

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Attend to the following:

21 October 2014

Re:

Archbishop Seraphim’s salary from the Archdiocese of Canada

Dear Metropolitan Tikhon,

We are members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.

It recently came to our attention that the Archdiocese of Canada has continued to pay Archbishop Seraphim Storheim a salary, despite the fact that his retirement was announced by the synod of bishops on 3 April 2014.

http://archdiocese.ca/content/2014-may-23-24-ottawa-minutes-and-reports

(Page 6)

The material linked above clearly indicates that the archbishop is no longer an employee of the archdiocese. It seems apparent to us that these monies are simply a clandestine way to use Church resources to help pay for Archbishop Seraphim’s attorneys.

However, officials made it clear shortly after the archbishop’s arrest that this was inappropriate.

http://oca.org/news/archived/orthodox-church-in-america-disavows-unauthorized-legal-fund-defense-efforts.

http://web.archive.org/web/20110427014925/http://archdiocese.ca/news/2010/20101230-fund_raise_for_Vladyka_Seraphim.htm

Archbishop Seraphim is currently living in a monastery. He has no expenses for housing or for food. He has his pension from the Canadian government. In our opinion the archdiocese should not be slipping him money under the table. It is a slap in the face of those two brave men who testified about their abuse at the hands of the archbishop.

We implore you to bring this disturbing situation to the attention of the synod. This travesty needs to be rectified immediately.

Sincerely,

David Clohessy

St Louis MO

Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 

Cappy Larson

San Francisco CA

SNAP Orthodox Director 

Melanie Jula Sakoda

Moraga CA

SNAP Orthodox Director 

cc:

Archbishop Nathaniel Popp

Archbishop Nikon Liolin

Archbishop Benjamin Peterson

Archbishop Alejo

Archbishop Melchisedek Pleska

Bishop Mark Maymon

Bishop Irenee Rochon

Bishop Michael Dahulich

Bishop Alexander Golitzen

Bishop David Mahaffey

Igumen Paul Gassios

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Mollard’s contact info:

MAIL:

Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard

PO Box 675

Syosset, NY 11791-0675

FAX:

(516) 922 0954

E-MAIL:

metropolitan@oca.org

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Write Mollard… demand that the OCA stop paying a convicted perv. It’s bad enough that his mouthpiece slammed the victims… it’s worse that the believers’ money went to that shyster. Don’t subsidise a perv! Full stop! Mr Justice Mainella had Storheim’s number… we should heed him… NOT the First Family rats. ‘Nuff said…

BMD

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