Voices from Russia

Saturday, 25 October 2014

25 October 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Iran and Russia are Friends… HANDS OFF, USA!

00 Putin and Rouhani. Iran. Russia. 25.10.14

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President Putin shook hands with Iranian President Rouhani… Iran has Russian and Chinese guarantees. That means that Israel and the USA are NOT going to attack, despite all the noise from rightwing circles. Anglo Americans are arrogant blowhard bullies who back away from real fights… the Israelis won’t attack if they sensed that they lacked American backing (and they don’t have it for an attack on Iran, despite all the noise from the usual cast of suspects). America lacks the moxie to mix it up with equals (especially “conservatives”, who’re nothing but blowsy aggressors who run away crying if someone hits back at them)… that’s why any country that has a firm guarantee from Russia or China is safe. Since Iran has assurances from BOTH Russia and China, the Anglo cowards won’t touch it… they’ll make a lot of noise, but they do that all the time, don’t they? It’s much sound n’ fury signifying NOTHING in the real world.

BMD

25 October 2014. My life in Russia: Bobby Rome from Virginia… Great Vid About an American Expat in Piter

00 Bobby Rome 02. russia. football. 25.10.14

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click here for the page with the vid

Bobby Rome is a professional football player from Virginia. For several years, Bobby has been in St Petersburg playing for the Vikings. Bobby’s wife Gabrielle convinced him to move to Russia, “I wanted him to pursue his dreams, because I know he has a lot of potential. I had to try to push and convince him… ‘Maybe we should take this risk, maybe we should take this leap of faith and go after it? We only live once, why not take full advantage of it?'”. As Bobby said, it was one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

21 October 2014

Russia Behind the Headlines

http://rbth.com/multimedia/video/2014/10/21/my_life_in_russia_bobby_rome_from_virginia_usa_40757.html

 

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

Ura for Halloween! Fie on Long-Faced Konvertsy!

00 Halloween is FUN! 27.10.13

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00 Halloween. I Believe! 27.10.13

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I wrote this three years ago:

Much of the brouhaha is absolute hooey. It merely gives the terminally religious another occasion to feel superior to their fellows and fill the air with loud Jeremiads about how everything is going to hell in a handbasket, yadda, yadda, yadda. As for me, I observe that much of what goes on in American society on Halloween is just harmless kid fun… let’s leave it at that. In any case, the thing with ghosts and spirits had nothing to do with Satanists or any other oddball cult. It’s because Halloween is All Hallows Eve… the day before the Feast of All Saints on the papist calendar. Evangelicals would do well to remember that, but then again, they’re known for their long faces and disapproval of anything remotely FUN.

It still stands. Last year, I wrote:

Don’t let the Halloween naysayers get you down. Most of ‘em are killjoy religious hobbyist nutters. There’s nothing wrong with secular fun… God LOVES innocent amusement (that’s why He made it, lunkhead). Pass the jug n’ smile… and don’t cross the paths of any black cats (we have one, he’s a neat beast), mind you…

That still stands, too, as does this. I once asked an Old School NEPA Coal-Cracker priest about Halloween, and he said:

Anything that gets people out of themselves is good. We’ve always had a Halloween party in the Church Hall. We open up the bar for the parents, and everyone has a good time. God smiles.

As for me, I believe. If you don’t… I ain’t gonna argue the point with you nor am I going to let your asshat attitude spoil any fun. Fie on you! Halloween is innocent!

BMD

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