Voices from Russia

Friday, 30 January 2015

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

01m Orthodox people

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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…

BMD

McCain Calls Demonstrators “Low Life Scum”… I Seem to Recall Him Praising the Evromaidantsy Scum as Heroes… Where is the REAL John McCain

00 Pat Bagley. Crabby McCain. 10.04.14.

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Read this. These protestors hurt no one, hurled no Molotov cocktails, nor did they conspire to overthrow the legitimate government. McCain praised the Evromaidantsy… who did hurl Molotov cocktails… who did hurt and kill people… who did conspire to overthrow the legitimate government (and did so). McCain shared the stage with the Rabbit… a soulless vacuous sort who was Darlin’ Yuliya the Landshark’s bagman and enforcer. Shitbirds of a feather do flock together! Let’s see… non-violent protestors are scum… vicious terrorists are heroes. It gives you the measure of the contemporary US Republican Party. It’s what they want in the USA… so, we’d best be on our guard. They’re not against amorality, illegality, and “might makes right”… McCain’s actions in Kiev prove that. You’ve been warned…

BMD

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Something that the West Overlooks in a “Grexit”

Sergei Kirillov. The Baptism of Grand Princess St Olga. Part 1 of the Triptych 'Holy Rus'. 1993

The Baptism of Grand Princess St Olga

Part 1 of the Triptych Holy Rus

Sergei Kirillov

1993

This was the baptism of Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Princess St Olga… the grandmother of Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Prince St Vladimir, the Enlightener of all the Russias. It happened at Hagia Sofia (Church of the Holy Wisdom of the Incarnate Word of God) in Constantinopolis, in the 10th century AD (some say 955, others say 957). Russians haven’t forgotten that… neither have Greeks. Russians and Greeks go WAY back. By the way… one of the things in contention in the present Ukrainian Civil War/War of Liberation of Novorossiya is the “ownership” of the legacy of St Vladimir. Is he “Uniate” or is he “Orthodox?” That’s why no Orthodox Christian can support the US Republican Party… they support those who advance the Uniate argument in that case. Just sayin’…

BMD

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Editor:

This is an excerpt from a longer, rather boring, piece by a humdrum Affluent Effluent self-important “wealth advisor”. However, this part not only rings true, it’s rather good. If you really want to read the rest of his neoliberal crapola, click the link at the end. This part, though, is a real read n’ heed.

I retained the original author’s emphasis.

BMD

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I wish to remind my readers of one unseen risk in all this, one that literally no one else has talked about. Southern Europe and much of the Balkans, whilst nominally “Western” in lip service, is really a long-lost religious remnant of the Eastern world.  The mediaeval Orthodox world was born from the Orthodox Byzantine Empire (sic), which stretched from Asia Minor, all the way through the Balkans, and westward as far as Serbia! The Greeks, who always had a great deal in common with Russia, are of the same Orthodox religious cloth as the Russians are.  Both Russia and Greece represent ancient civilisations, formed by Constantinople.

Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, and even parts of Bosnia all have the same religious lineage… they’ve all felt for centuries that they were “fish out of water” within Catholic Europe.  With the exception of Romania, there is almost a direct ecumenical “land bridge” connecting Russia to the Balkans (remember, the Ukraine is very much Orthodox).  

“Watchman, I think you’re making too big a deal out of this religious angle!”

Maybe, but ask yourself… what would a Grexit mean for Russia and the Orthodox world?

A Grexit would serve to re-establish an autonomous independent Orthodox foothold on the European continent (which Russia would quickly make a key partner). Therefore, a Grexit would effectively create a symbiotic relationship between Greece and Russia, creating an economic and cultural “magnetic pull” upon the rest of Orthodox Southern Europe, drawing them to parts further East (further into Russia’s sphere of influence). A Grexit would be a dream come true for Moscow, as it’d take the by-gone dream of a geographically unified all-Orthodox world (as well as the entire Eurasian trade zone) one huge step closer to reality.

Trust me, if Greece leaves the EU, they’d find a most hearty reception in Eurasia, as it’d be a religious homecoming!

Moreover, what of Orthodox Bulgaria?  Do you think that the Bulgarians are maybe feeling more than a tad bit slighted, after Brussels and DC forced them to give up South Stream to the Turks (their historic enemies)?  There’s so much going on here that 99 percent of commentators are totally missing.

Look, I understand that some of you aren’t religious, but when we’re talking about geopolitics and the make-up of civilisation itself, don’t underestimate the important reality of religious considerations that come into play here. Besides…

Merkel doesn’t want Greece (and its newly discovered hydrocarbon reserves) to slip through her fingers.

With Russia acquiring a huge, new energy boon in its reunification with the Crimea, The EU’s list of friends with untapped extensive hydrocarbon reserves is growing rather thin!

26 January 2015

The Wealth Watchman

http://thewealthwatchman.com/the-hidden-threat-of-this-greek-situation/

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Konstantin Makovsky. Bulgarian Martyrs. 1877

Bulgarian Martyrs

Konstantin Makovsky

1877

Such events as those pictured in the painting did occur in the Ottoman-ruled Balkans. The worst of the Ottoman bullyboys were the Albanians, who had a reputation for cruelty, barbarity, and rapine, yet, they often showed cowardice in open battle. Not much has changed in that regard, has it? The locals welcomed the Russian troops as liberators from Turkish oppression wherever they went. The ordinary people of the Balkans have never forgotten that the Russians freed them from slavery. Only small minorities of the so-called local élites support the USA and its militant nihilism. The vast majority of Balkan people still support Russia and Orthodoxy. NATO had best not count on any of its Balkan members; they’re in for a rude surprise…

BMD

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Editor:

In Mediaeval Europe, until its treacherous sack by perfidious Crusaders in 1204, Constantinopolis Nea Romana (Constantinople New Rome) was the brightest light of civilisation on the continent. It was the literal lineal embodiment of the Roman Empire… indeed, that’s what it called itself… “Rhomania”… ROME. It wasn’t Rome’s successor… it WAS Rome, and they never tired of reminding the Western barbarians of that fact. It was NEVER the “Byzantine Empire”… that’s a nasty German 16th century neologism that no Orthodox Christian should ever use.

As Constantinopolis was “I Polis” (THE City), so, Moscow is “the Centre” today. Moscow is as much the centre of the Orthodox World (Orthosphere) today as Constantinopolis was the centre of the Orthodox World prior to its final fall in 1453. As Hagia Sophia was the main temple of all Orthodoxy then, the Khram Spasitelya in Moscow is the main temple of all Orthodoxy worldwide today. If you’re Orthodox… you’re a “Muscovite”. Just as being Orthodox at one time meant being “Greek”… today, you’re “Russian”… even if you’re Greek! V V Putin went to the Mountain… to an ecstatic welcome from the Fathers there. V F Yanukovich went to the Mountain regularly on otpust, with the blessing of his late starets Zosima Sokur. The Fathers gave him an equally enthusiastic welcome. Don’t listen to Uniate lies about Viktor Fyodorovich… he was much more honest than the Rabbit is (after all, the Rabbit was Yuliya the Landshark’s bagman; he stole much more than Yanukovich ever did… remember the Kiev “street” gibe, “The Rabbit shits in a solid gold toilet”)… reflect on this, Yanukovich was the MOST honest president that the Ukraine ever had.

Russia’s traditional foreign policy has been to liberate the Orthodox lands of the Balkans and to keep them free of papist interference. No one in the Balkans (INCLUDING Romania) has ever forgotten the Russian liberation of their lands in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 and their subsequent betrayal by the Brits and Germans (the very same parties, along with their American cousins, are interfering there today). No one has forgotten the “White Marshal”… Marshal Skobelyov… who led the victorious armies to the gates of Tsargrad (Constantinople).

In short, the war in the Ukraine and the coming Western interference in Greek internal affairs are nothing new for the hubristic West. SYRIZA had best keep its wits about them or its leadership will end up dead like Allende… the Anglos and Germans are nasty-ass terrorists of the worst-possible sort… they make al-Qaeda look infantile in comparison. Look at the Bush torture programme, the Holocaust, the British firestorm air raids of World War II, the destruction of Lidice, the drone murder campaign, the concentration camps of the Boer War, the Easter Bombing of Belgrade, Wounded Knee, and the Gitmo Gulag. I do daresay that the West’s shield isn’t pure (and hasn’t been, from the start)… yet, they caterwaul incessantly about “human rights” and about how “exceptional” they are.

Excuse me… I have to find a corner to be sick in… there’s only so much of that arrant shit that a decent person can take.

BMD

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

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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?

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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

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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…

BMD

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