Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

“I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”

Filed under: Christian,Orthodox hierarchs,Orthodox life,religious,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

All of us are familiar with this tagline from Wellington J. Wimpy (or, is it J. Wellington Wimpy? I stand under correction in such an important assertion). Did Wimpy ever have any intention of paying on Tuesday? Absolutely not (my Nicky thinks that Wimpy made himself very scarce on Tuesday, just as the OCA bishops cannot be found when real questions are asked). In addition, he was a coward and poltroon. Does this sound like some bishops that we all know…?

Things are getting curiouser and curiouser, as Alice would put it. Do look at the following snippet from the OCA news website. It is serious; it is not a parody.

The first of nine “Town Hall” meetings to be held in preparation for the 15th All-American Council took place on Saturday, June 7th, at Ottawa’s Annunciation Cathedral. Twenty-five persons, clergy and laity from Ontario, Québec, and upstate New York, attended the meeting. Both Archbishop Seraphim and Bishop Nikon were present for, in the words of one participant, “a lively event” that “ far exceeded (my) expectations in the breadth and depth of the candour of the comments, and the open, listening stance of the hierarchs”.

Orthodox Christians for Accountability


“Twenty-five persons, clergy and laity from Ontario, Québec, and upstate New York, attended the meeting”. A parish meeting with that number of participants would be considered a failure. That is a “lively event”? Note well that there was no breakdown of clergy and laity; so, one does not know the audience composition. This is another case of classic GIGO from Syosset, and note well that Mark Stokoe is cooperating with them.

A small group of activists showed up, and it is paraded as the “voice of the people”. I do beg to differ. Nothing of substance was discussed. The investigative commission’s report is still held more secret than a CIA situation précis. But, this is the same sort of thing that happened prior to RSK’s ouster. A meeting in Florida where he spoke at was described as an “overflow crowd”… 100 people showed up.

I would say that the rank-and-file laity and clergy have given up on ever hearing the truth from the Syosset/SVS true believers and apparatchiki. There is a sense of expectancy, everyone knows that change is coming, but, what? It would be best if Herman and some of his minions resigned now. If not, there are things now hidden that shall come out in the wash. I say this in all love for the church. It would be best if this is ended quietly by mass resignations rather than have some of the sordid details come out in public.

If you think this has been a scandal… it is time for certain hierarchs and their clerical hangers-on to leave. If not, don’t blame me for what happens. I am only a reporter with no influence on events whatsoever. However, it is my duty to report what I see and know, so that others can make up their minds with the facts in hand.

“I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”. Tuesday is here now, and the bill is due… shall it be honoured?

Vara Drezhlo

Tuesday 10 June 2008


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