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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Yustinian Ovchinnov to Leave the Apple for Kalmykia… 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 Kalmykia.
  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

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

22 July 2014. A Point to Ponder… Is ”Anti-Abortion” “Pro-Life?”

Life's a Bitch. 04.12

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Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Respect for Life from Beginning to End. 2012

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“If you think fertilised eggs are people, but refugee kids aren’t, then, you’re going to have to stop pretending your concerns are religious”.

That quote is a show-stopper. I have a friend whose mother is really conservative, and really Christian, who’s “Pro-Life” and “Anti-Abortion”, literally stop cold in her tracks, and recant her belief about these refugee children needing to be deported yesterday. The most amazing about-face I’ve ever seen a conservative make when presented with such overwhelming and incredibly simple logic.

http://proudtobeafilthyliberalscum.com/2014/07/22/shoot-kids-crossing-border/#comments

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There are people who call themselves “Pro-Life”… but they’re for warmongering in foreign parts… they’re for the death penalty… they’re gun nutters… they’re against single-payer healthcare for all… they’re for insanely long prison sentences… they’re for smashing unions so that the Affluent Effluent can steal more of the country’s substance… but because they’re anti-abortion, they’re “Pro-Life!”

I think not… Bernie Sanders is more Pro-Life than the lot of them… yes, I know that he’s “Pro-Choice”, but when you add up all of his other good points, they outweigh this bad point. In like manner, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin aren’t Pro-Life at all… all the other evil that they advocate overwhelm that one good point. Like it or not, we face a full-blown moral dilemma, which we shouldn’t turn into a cartoonish caricature. It isn’t a simple matter… I wish that it were! Neither position is purely ”good” or purely “bad”. However, I’d say that the Church teaches that a strong state is a necessity in our fallen world, it supports government-sponsored healthcare, and it teaches that the death penalty is a rare resort (like for the Minsk Metro bombers or for the Uniate putschists in the Ukraine). The Republican Party fails on all points. Its anti-abortion plank fails to rescue it. Orthodox Christians can’t vote for warmongering racists in good conscience.

The Republican Party is the party of “Greed is Good” and “God has a plan for your life”… neither one is good. The first contradicts our Lord Christ (The love of money is the root of all evil)… the second destroys Free Will, thus destroying all truly Christian concepts of theodicy (“Why is there evil?”). Don’t forget what the Apostle said, “Love God… and do what you will”… that isn’t a manifesto for licence. Do think on it… the matter is too serious for childish and mawkish posturing. Unfortunately, that’s all that we’re getting now… from both sides.

This IS a point to ponder…

BMD

22 July 2014. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… “Let ‘Em Eat Cake” Department

00 Unknown  Artist. The Love of Money is the Root of All Evil. 26.06.13

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I saw this on RT:

David Von Spreckelsen, the senior vice president at Toll Brothers said, “No one ever said that the goal was full integration of these populations. So now you have politicians talking about that, saying how horrible those back doors are. I think it’s unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighbourhood”.

In a new building in Manhattan, the wealthy residents in a new building get to use the front entrance… but “affordable housing” residents have to use a “poor door” in a back alley. Note how this rich bastard defends that… yes, read it… it’s the Republican Party writ large. It’s why I hate the GOP and everything that it stands for… it’s why I despise the konvertsy and their caterwauling. They defend this… Potapov does… Paffhausen does… Dreher does… I needn’t go on. I’ll be clear… an anti-abortion plank in the Republican platform doesn’t wash away the sheer sin of the above attitude. That’s what I believe… if you don’t like that, tough tukhus (that’s “tough ass” in Yiddish, it’s “tough shit”, but twice as sarcastic). A “poor door” exemplifies contemporary America… God do help us, we’ve fallen, and not only do we refuse to get up, we refuse to even admit that we’ve fallen. What a buncha maroons…

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus (Epistle of Apostle St Paul to the Galatians 3.28)… except in this new building… David von Spreckelsen said so! After all, those affordable housing people aren’t SUCCESSFUL… eek, oh, the humanity!

BMD

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