Voices from Russia

Monday, 12 October 2009

There Ain’t No Free Lunch

female clergy

A female clergyman (?), presumably of the TEC. Or, is it “clergyperson”… AARGH! PC cant is not only beyond me, it is beyond the comprehension of any decent person! The TEC accepts such… so does Nashotah House… by entering into an agreement with them, JP and Hatfield accept such, as well! “Well, cat my dog!” as the sensible Jed Clampett would say. (I have nothing against the person pictured… she is probably a very nice person… it is simply a snap of female clergy… nothing more)

Some people are wondering why I (and others, as well) are being so hard on JP and the SVS gang. It is quite simple, truly. Nashotah House is an establishment of The Episcopal Church (TEC), and it has not repudiated any of the positions of that confession, either officially or off-the-record. Apparently, many of those who converted from Evangelical Anglicanism and so-called Anglo-Catholicism have an overblown affection for the place, and they utter ecstatic and rhapsodic cries whenever it is named.

Earth to all Episcopalian konvertsy! The TEC is a heretical organisation; it is outside the Visible Church of Christ. If you have any doubts on this, read The Church is One and On the Western Confessions of Faith by Aleksei Stepanovich Khomiakov. Do look at the icon of St Hilarion Troitsky the New Martyr… the scroll he holds reads Bez Tserkva, Nyest Spaseniya! You may not like this… “However… that is what the Church teaches… like it or lump it… accept it or leave it”, according to Chukcha the Wise. Have you forgotten St Paul’s admonition not to be yoked unequally with unbelievers (those outside the Church)? Here is a quote to attend to:

According to the holy Fathers…, a heretical doctrine is a virus, a poison that leads to spiritual infection and results in spiritual death… The Latinising “Orthodox” Ecumenists… are waiting for the day when the mind-set (phronema) of Orthodox peoples will have become sufficiently blunted to be ready to accept such a diabolic betrayal of the Faith.

Constantine Cavarnos, Ecumenism Examined (pp. 52, 60)


St Hilarion Troitsky the New Martyr (1886-1929). “Outside the Church… There is no salvation”… like it or not, that is what we teach! Here is a link to an online biography of the saint from a reliable Russian source in English: http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=20421&cid=115&p=14.12.2007

Professor Cavarnos is absolutely spot-on! His words describe the present situation to a tee! To reiterate, The Latinising “Orthodox” Ecumenists… are waiting for the day when the mind-set (phronema) of Orthodox peoples will have become sufficiently blunted to be ready to accept such a diabolic betrayal of the Faith. That is what JP and Hatfield have done. They see this as nothing out of the ordinary. Nevertheless, one is compelled to note that Nashotah House teaches “heretical doctrine”, which “is a virus, a poison that leads to spiritual infectionthat “results in spiritual death”. One can see readily that we can have nothing to do with this unrepentant bunch of heretics. Yes, they are very pleasant sorts… they have MUCH more money in their endowment funds than the OCA has… I have no doubt that their morals are cleaner than those found at SVS (remember Eric Iliff), Syosset (remember Bobby K and Feodosy Lazor), or the OCA at large (don’t forget Raymond Velencia).

We should pay heed to the words of St Hilarion Troitsky the New Martyr, According to the words of St Cyprian, to be a Christian means to belong to the visible Church and to submit to the hierarchy which God has placed in it. The Church is the realisation of Christ’s love and any separation from the Church is a violation of this love, in which both heretics and schismatics sin equally (from To be Christian Means to Belong to the Church). By this standard, any agreement with Nashotah House is both schismatical and heretical. That means that any hierarch or clergy who sign such are preaching schism and heresy barefaced. This is worse than any moral or financial scandal (although these are not minor or incidental, I would argue). Messrs Paffhausen and Hatfield plan to coordinate the actions of an Orthodox institution with those of a heretical institution.

This is a clear indication that neither Mr Hatfield nor Mr Paffhausen has fully converted from Episcopalianism. They still believe in Anglican compromise and comprehensiveness. Hmm… everything has a “price”… there ain’t no free lunch, as they say. If you sign an agreement with heretics… if you intend to link efforts with schismatics… well… don’t be surprised if people call you a heretic and a schismatic! Birds of a feather DO flock together.

Ad Orientam, how do you respond to Professor Cavarnos and St Hilarion Troitsky? I would add that contemporary voices, such as Professor Aleksei Osipov at the MDA, Deacon Andrei Kuraev (who is on staff at the MDA besides being a popular preacher), Fr Vsevolod Chaplin (who heads part of the DECR that was taken from Alfeyev), and Professor Kirill Frolov (at the CIS Institute, he is a specialist on the sickly Ukrainian successor-state) echo this point of view. In short, there is no ground whatsoever to support the actions of JP and Hatfield. The OCA is starting to implode… publicly, messily, and loudly in the most revolting method imaginable (to agree to be yoked on an equal-footing with heretics is totally beyond the pale!). Everyone in Orthodoxy in the US and Canada is going to be spattered liberally with the reeking filth of its demise, sadly enough.

I think it is clear that the present events do not cheer me… I did not make this up… these people CHOSE to do this… ergo, they should not be surprised when the faithful are upset. In the words of the title, “There ain’t no free lunch”. If you do something outlandish, be prepared for the fallout.

WHY? Why are you doing such an abomination? Do you truly dislike us that badly? If so… please, become Anglicans in name as well as in fact. It is much more “honest to God”.

God help us all. I stand with those who venerate (and try to emulate) the Royal Martyrs (remember that St Nikolai the Tsar-Martyr was the pre-eminent patron of the Church in America in its early days) and the entire chorus of New Martyrs. Instead of such a God-pleasing endeavour, JP and Hatfield (and their HOOMie buddies) venerate and emulate Aleksandr Dmitrievich Schmemann and his heresy… they wish to ram such potty rubbish down the throats of all good Orthodox Christians… where do YOU stand? The two positions ARE incompatible, after all.

img_0001Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 12 October 2009

Albany NY

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