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Friday, 24 October 2014

24 October 2014. Something to Think About… Shouldn’t We Be One?

00 OCA family. 19.05.14

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Here is a picture of one of our Russian Orthodox clergy families. I really think that we Russian Orthodox people here in the English-speaking diaspora have to have a serious discussion about Church Unity. Before we can reach out to anyone else, we have to solve our own internal disunity and intramural problems first. There’s no such thing as “American Orthodox”, and you don’t have to be “Russian” to be “Russian Orthodox”. We’re a social and sociological whole… we should unite, the way the Antiochians did.

Let’s start the discussion… that’s the first step on the road, isn’t it? That they may be as one… that’s what Our Lord Christ wanted… and the best way to start it is to unite all the Russian Orthodox first. That’s my thought, any road…

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

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Brum to Become “Bishop”… Tikhon Fitz Puts Another Crank Pal in the Episcopate

00 same ol' shit. 29.05.12

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The OCA made David Brum, who now calls himself “Igumen Daniel”, Vicar Bishop to Peterson. Click here for the confirmation. Brum has NO monastic formation… indeed, he has NO Orthodox priestly formation whatsoever. Tikhon Fitz ordained him directly without ANY scrap of Orthodox formation. That is, Brum only has a papist formation, which means that we’re nuts to make him an Orthodox bishop. All things being equal, if Brum only has a papist formation (he dropped out of GTU with Fatso), it means that his grasp of Orthodox practise and theology is shaky indeed. Tikhon Fitz has had three pals of his become bishops… all are walking disasters. Nikolai Soraich, Paffso, and Brum are all shitbirds of a feather. Well, Fitz is batting 1.000… they’re ALL crank! By the way, Brum’s background in papist canon law isn’t transferable at all, as our view of the canons and the juridical view taken by the papists aren’t compatible. In fact, they’re completely antithetical! Of course, oca.org slobbers over that, as ignorant konvertsy run that outfit. Brum ensconced himself at Syosset until he ran away in late ’05 to escape the blowback from Hermie’s escapades. He’s another Paffso… Paffso, Brum, and Eliel are Three Gay Caballeros… all three went to GTU together, and all three dropped out together (their history of higher theological education is as murky as Dicky Wood’s). All three kissed Gleb Podmoshensky’s ass big-time. Did they share Podmoshensky’s proclivities? You pays your money and you takes your choice.

The OCA bought itself a shitload of trouble with Brum, maybe, as bad as the situation around Fatso. Peterson doesn’t need an auxiliary… I’m smelling Brum for Bishop of the South… he’ll bring in Fatso (with Dreher and Shaw as cheerleaders) and if you thought that it was a circus under Royster… just you wait! The OCA SOBs have a death wish. They’re lemmings running for the cliff and they don’t give a royal red rat’s ass… thankfully, when the OCA does implode, it won’t affect most real parishes. That’s the consolation. Otherwise, it’s monkey business as usual in Syosset…

BMD

Chick-fil-A Celebrates My Birthday

01 a woman at the riverbank

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1 August was my birthday. I heard they also had a big stonkin’ bigot party at Chick-fil-A. I spent the day at home with my exceptionally smart trophy wife and my two clever and funny children. There wasn’t a homophobe in the room. This birthday got me thinking about my 18th, 39 years ago, and of what I thought the world would be like by the time I was pushing 60. One thing I never imagined was that bigotry, racism, and sexism would still play such outsized roles in our public life. However, they sure did back then.

To give you some idea of how much other things have changed, in 1973, I used a newly-available “correcting electric typewriter” to write something. After going through the five-step process to change an errant “s” to a proper “a”, I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, it can’t get any better than this!” It’s been a wonderful life. I’ve skydived under old Korean War surplus parachutes, crossed the Continental Divide on a motorcycle during a snowstorm, been lured to Arizona by a cult, and been rescued by good friends. I came to love the West and its people, most of whom aren’t racist like Joe Arpaio or dumber-than-a-cactus like Jan Brewer. I was just in Tucson last week, so, even the cult experience had an upside.

Nevertheless, my history precedes even me. My Pop, Henry, saw electricity, the telephone, and the automobile arrive at my grandparents little family farm in Capitol Heights, Maryland. He lived through the Great Depression and always feared we would make that mistake again. I thought he was being silly. The Vietnam draft ended 30 June 1973, just one month before my 18th birthday. Before that, they chose draftees by “lottery” drawing from a glass jar, then, shuffled envelopes, then, a rotating raffle bin. If they picked your number early, you simply prepared to go. Lottery Day always felt like a national day of mourning. Mothers agonised and cried. After living through the upheaval of Vietnam, I never imagined we’d attack another country in a pointless exercise of American imperialism. We’d lost so much by destroying Vietnam and losing the war, and we damaged so many tens of thousands of our young men. I was sure we’d never forget the cost of our foolishness.

Having witnessed the correcting typewriter, I was kind of expecting big things to happen… they have. I’ve lived through the birth (and now death) of the desktop computer and the emergence of the internet as our new town square. Automobiles have gone from lasting about two years to lasting ten. Clothes, which used to be expensive, are now cheap. Gas, which used to be cheap, is now expensive. I also came of age during a time of both introspection and birth control pills. There was a lot of sex, a lot of sex. I wouldn’t call it “casual”, but it was friendly, and it was liberating. I don’t know anyone damaged by it. I remember saying I’d quit smoking if the price ever got to 50 cents a pack. Of course, by then, I was hopelessly addicted, so, I ended up quitting quite a few times. I didn’t quit for good until a miracle drug, Chantix, came along. It blocks nicotine receptors. Back in 1973, we wouldn’t have understood the brain well enough to even head in that direction.

A few problems continue to haunt us. We still haven’t figured out how to keep rich guys from using their money to tilt democracy in their favour. If anything, we’ve gone backwards, what with Citizen’s United and all. The other thing that really hurts my heart is our incomplete progress in ending bigotry and racism. Of course, we’ve made significant progress. However, when I was 18, I believed that intolerance would end when the old rednecks died. Instead, dumb uneducated rednecks raised dumb uneducated children, who continue to hold dumb uneducated views about black people, Muslims, women, Hispanics, and people who love the same gender.

This brings us back, I suppose, to Chick-fil-A. They’re “Christians”, they say. One religious group or another endorses so much bigotry and hate these days. Besides, we now have something called “Prosperity Theology” that teaches that God speaks to you through profits. Still, we’re heading in the right direction. My 19-year-old daughter encounters only a minority of bigots her age (mostly men, she says.) Recently, my 9-year-old son explained to a friend that “gay” isn’t an effective insult. It was his only experience with bigotry so far. I wonder what things will be like when those kids are pushing 60.

2 August 2012

Jimmy Zuma

Tucson (AZ) Sentinel

http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/opinion/report/080212_chick/chick-fil-a-celebrates-my-birthday/

Editor:

I grew up in this world. I’m only one year older than Mr Zuma… he was born in 1955… me, in 1954. I’ve seen the same changes. Some people scream that the “good ol’ days” were better and more moral. I remember hearing that as a kid, too. I don’t think that’s true. There’s always been evil and skulduggery afoot. There’s also always been goodness and right about, too… generally, most of the changes were neutral, though. I disagree emphatically with those who wish to use to use the law to punish those whom they disagree with. I also disagree with those who want to repress the “different”. The worst of that lot are those who confuse Real Religion with Mere Respectability. They obsess over gays, abortion, teenage sex, and condoms. Indeed, they’re VERY concerned about the world’s sins… but don’t do overly much about their own! As for me, I’m going to work on my many faults. That’s why I can’t abide sorts like John Whiteford or Freddie M-G… one gets the impression that they’re not only busy-bodies, but repressed persecutors. Of course, I guess what most rankles me about Whiteford, Freddie M-G, Rod Dreher, and Paffhausen (to name a few) is that one can tell that they’re putting themselves up as exemplars. I’m far from that… I know what I did (and I know that the sorts that I named have just as many sins on their plates).

This world would be a MUCH better place if religious people would remember the point of having a religion. It starts with working on YOURSELF… ’nuff said…

BMD

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