Voices from Russia

Friday, 30 January 2015

The Different “Flavours” of Orthodoxy… VERY Different, Yet, All ONE

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I read an interesting piece in the Jewish Daily Forward about why people leave ultra-Orthodox Judaism (it’s here, for those interested), and it got me thinking about the different “flavours” of Russian Orthodoxy. I’m not talking about Greek Orthodoxy… only amongst us “Russians”. I’m NOT talking about “jurisdictional divisions”… that’s something else entirely. There are “camps” amongst us, with such diverse opinions that it’s simply stunning to the outsider. New Skete is in the same Church as Jordanville is… Lazar Puhalo and John Whiteford are in the same Church… SVS and Monomakhos are in the same Church, too. In short, there’s an amazing diversity in the Church. Anything not defined in the Creed or synodically defined IS up for grabs. That doesn’t mean that there’s no unity in the Church… there IS. It does mean that the Church offers us a freedom not found amongst Papists or Protestants. Perhaps, it comes from the Greek roots of Eastern Orthodoxy (let’s leave Oriental Orthodoxy to the side for the purposes of this discussion). The Greeks have a love of intellectual argument and disputation… it started in pagan antiquity and carried over when Greece became Christian. Ergo, if one has a “Greek” orientation (and all Eastern Orthodox do), that means that one would welcome intellectual ferment as a way of coming to the truth.

This marks us as distinct from papists, with their insistence on the juridical importance of one man at the head of the church, and as distinct from Protestants, who’re all-too-often Bibliolaters. That is, both Western forms of Christianity (and the Sectarians who branched off from both) restrict enquiry. Of course, papal infallibility is a fallacy. Orthodoxy doesn’t and can’t accept that… it’s why they’ll never be official reconciliation with the Church of Rome. On the other hand, we’re just as adamant about “biblical inerrancy”. The Church existed before there was a canonical New Testament (a trait that the Oriental Orthodox and the Church of Rome share with us), so, we know that the Bible is the Book of the Church, it isn’t the SOURCE of the Church, as the Church existed before the Book did… the Church defined that Book… the Book did NOT define the Church. Ergo, all ecclesiologies founded on “biblical inerrancy” are trashy and without foundation.

This leads to a situation that many of the more literal-minded can’t abide. The Church normally doesn’t anathematise individuals, even those such as Florensky and Bulgakov who taught rank heresy. When it does issue an anathema, it’s usually for something serious, such as attacking the Church’s unity, so, most anathematisations are for those who set up opposition candy shops, such as Rusantsov and Denisenko. The Church excommunicated G P Yakunin for publishing lies about the hierarchy of the Church under the Soviets… so, one can see that the bloviations of Monomakhos, Dreher, Whiteford, et al are mere wind.

The Church WILL survive Lazar Puhalo… there’s no need to kick him out. Likewise, the Church WILL survive John Whiteford… in like manner, there’s no need to kick him out. The Church can even abide disagreements about relatively minor things such as the Calendar. I go to a parish that follows the Catholic calendar, but I don’t go to Catholic Christmas… I don’t make a sanctimonious fuss about it, either. I simply won’t sanctify the Catholic date. I believe that time will set this right… if we don’t make a narcissistic fuss about it, the way Dreher and the Monomakhos toddlers do.

The older I get, the more that I’m not bothered by diversity in the Church. Mind you, I’m NOT talking about kissing the Pope of Rome’s ass, as Jillions and some at SVS do… I’m not talking about “aerial toll houses”… the Church closed down all discussion on those. I’m talking about compassion to individuals. I notice that most of those who call themselves “Traditionalists” show an unforgiving and unloving attitude that they justify by saying, “We’re confessing the Truth in Love”. That’s utter rot; through oikonomia, through its creative wielding of the Canons as truly loving instruments of healing and reconciliation, the Church accommodates MANY who’ve fallen afoul of this-or-that rule.

Here’s the sad part… most of those screaming for “Tradition” don’t realise that our True Tradition is one of Accommodation… that’s what oikonomia is all about. The Church demands conformity in what’s needful… it allows freedom in all else. Ergo, Monomakhos isn’t outside the Church unless it moves itself outside (which could happen… heretics leave all the time because we’re “not pure enough” for them). That is, they’re in the Church until they leave. Merely being a pain in the ass doesn’t remove one from the Church or from God’s Love. If the Almighty can abide them, so can we.

I’m not saying that you have to agree with them… you don’t. However, until they leave, they ARE of us, and I’d defend that to all comers. In my Father’s House there are MANY mansions… do recall WHO said that…


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Kiev Gorsoviet Attacks UPTs/MP… Takes Away Its Tax Exemption

00 Viktor Yanukovich at Liturgy. Kiev. the Ukraine. 21.01.14


01a Schema-Archimandrite Zosima Sokur

V F Yanukovich was the spiritual son of Elder Zosima Sokur… he made otpust to the Mountain every year… the Fathers made him welcome. Aren’t you ashamed of having listened to Uniate lies about him?


History means spiritual roots. Can there be a tree without roots? So, without history, there can be no spirituality.

Avoid extremes… extremes aren’t from God. Take the middle path. Don’t despair… there’s no sin that can’t be healed by repentance. God is merciful.

Elder Zosima Sokur


Look at this. Until the time of V F Yanukovich, the UPTs/MP faced all kinds of discrimination and attacks from nationalist nutters. Viktor Fyodorovich removed all of this impedimenta and protected real Christians from Uniate, schismatic, and sectarian bias. This is why the Uniates and their Western allies HATED him. He stood up for the Orthodox majority, so, the Uniate filth, in particular, heaped lies upon his head. This means that the Uniates, schismatics, and sectarians are blaming the real Christians for the failures of the Uniate junta. in the short run, things are going to get much worse for real Christians in junta areas. However, look at the positive side of this… the asshats know that their ship is going down and they wish to hurt us as much as they can before they go under.

This persecution is why I hate everything that Paffhausen stands for. When a bishop of the persecuted UPTs/MP was in New York to open an exhibit, California Fats was in the District having his photo taken with the First Profit of the Mormons… a cult that isn’t Christian in the least! A real Christian bishop from the Ukraine shows up… but Fatso had to give a lecture at a Uniate venue. Such nasty treachery is beyond the pale. We should never forget this nor forgive him for shitting on the suffering UPTs/MP to suck up to cultists and Uniates.

The UPTs/MP is on the cross. The Uniates, schismatics, and sectarians are our enemies. We forget that at our peril…


Sofiya Kishkovskaya Rides Again… She’s Still Taking Pot Shots at the Rodina… She’s Just Like Her Uncle Serge, Isn’t She?

03f Bulgariya disaster

Kazan is a far better place than what this zapadnik brat writes… consider the source. She’s worse than even Potapov (and that’s MIGHTY bad)… the image is of the memorial for the victims of the Bulgariya sinking… that’s at the mosque… it was also at the cathedral and at a secular venue. Sofiya Leonidovna kisses the asses of her Anglo bosses big-time… have you no shame, dear?


Here’s more tripe from S L Kishkovskaya… she’s still writing pro-Western rubbish. Sofiya Leonidovna is truly a piece of work. As bad as her uncle (Sergei Aleksandrovich Schmemann) was, there were certain lines that he didn’t cross. Sofiya has no scruples, no shame, and no honour… she’ll write whatever her paymasters tell her to. She’s a shining example of what some call a “pressitute”. However, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Her father, Lyonyo, is known for his viciousness to those whom he perceives as being weaker than he is (ask the people from the Our Lady of Kazan dispute in the 70s about that) and his obsequiousness to those whom he perceives as being stronger than he is (he’s a willing lapdog at the CFR).

How long shall the “Golden 400″ (“the First Families”) bedevil diaspora Russian Orthodoxy? It IS our Church, after all… Orthodoxy IS the “People’s Church”. When shall we reclaim it?


Sunday, 25 January 2015

HH Slams Charlie Hebdo’s Mockery of Christians

00 charlie hebdo cover. 13.01.15


On Sunday, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias, the First Hierarch of the MP, said that the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were “childish” compared to the dirt that it dished out to Christians. Charlie Hebdo regularly offended Muslims, Christians, and others with its irreverent cartoons. Earlier this month, gunmen killed 12 people at the Paris office of the weekly; they said that they were avenging the Prophet Mohammad, whom the magazine depicted in cartoons, defying a ban in Islam on representing its founder. Kirill stated in a sermon broadcast by Rossiya-24 TV that he opposed both terrorism and giving offence to religious feelings, saying, “The cartoons of Prophet Mohammad are childish caricatures compared to what this publication allows itself in mocking the feelings of Christians. Today, in saying ‘no’ to terrorism, killings, and violence, we also say ‘no’ to the inexplicable drive by a certain group of people to deride religious feeling”.

25 January 2015

Gabriela Baczynska

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