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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Now, You See Him… Now, You Don’t

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Let’s look at part of a post from Orthodox Christians for Accountability.


Fr Ray Velencia, who was elected as the clergy delegate from the Diocese of Washington in late August, has stepped aside from the OCA’s Metropolitan Council at the request of Metropolitan Jonah. He has been replaced by the alternate, Fr John Vitko.

Fr Velencia, the pastor of St. Matthew’s parish in Columbia, MD, was one of the defendants, along with former Metropolitan Herman and the OCA, in a lawsuit filed by Ms Kristine Koumentakos last year. Although several counts in this lawsuit were dismissed, the counts dealing with employment discrimination, of which Fr. Velencia was also a part, continues amid rumours of an impending settlement. It has been reported to OCANews.org members of St. Matthew’s “…made a unanimous vote to withhold the OCA dues until the Metropolitan explained the reasons for removing Fr Velencia”.

9 November 2009

Orthodox Christians for Accountability



Well, well, well… it seems as though JP has shot himself in the foot, yet again. The so-called (and “re-established”) “Diocese of Washington” named Mr Velencia as its clerical member on the MC on Friday 11 September 2009 (hmm… 9-11… I doubt that the konvertsy and modernists caught the irony of all that)… On Monday 9 November, Mr Stokoe’s website reported his (effectual) dismissal by JP. To cut to the chase, it took JP nearly two months to act. Truthfully, it would have been better for him to defend Velencia to the end. Now, the appearance given is that JP will trim his sails when his lawyers tell him to. No amount of Syosset spinning can stop this Hapless Harry from stepping in every cow pie (a rather fresh and odoriferous one, this time) scattered in the field.

What could he have done? Firstly, he could have made it clear to the organisers of the meeting that he didn’t want RV’s name brought up in nomination. “It’ll cause us trouble if we name a guy that’s involved in current litigation to the MC”. Why, everyone would understand such clear words. Nobody would place RV’s name in nomination… therefore, no problem would ever surface. Secondly, JP could have rung up Velencia and ordered him not to accept the election. RV would make a fulsome speech to the assembly… the meeting would choose another person for the place… again, no problem. Thirdly, JP had a limited “window of opportunity” to put this right after the guvno hit the fan. If he had acted in the first week, he would have been hurt, but, not badly or permanently.

Instead, JP has brought the “worst of all possible worlds” upon himself. The people who opposed RV’s accession to the MC now have a victory. This bloc has tasted blood. They shall be bolder the next time around. RV’s supporters (apparently, not a few… that speaks volumes for the state of the OCA, does it not?) feel cheated and are taking it out on JP. When the bell for the next round rings, this faction may very well not support JP to the max (and he DOES need their wholehearted support… especially if he institutes the crack-brained notion of an Anglican Rite). This decision was laggardly in the extreme. It took nearly TWO MONTHS of California Dreamin’ (where is Mama Cass when we need her?) before JP acted. Before, only his opponents mistrusted him. Now, JP’s supporters ask themselves, “Am I next? If I become ‘inconvenient’, will I be the next one tossed off the train?” This is the STUPIDEST thing that JP had as an alternative. It would have been better for him if RV’s dismissal were part of an open court settlement. Syosset’s passion for secrecy is catching up to JP and he cannot shake it… if he keeps “The Old Gang” in power (and he is doing so), he shall be covered by the splashed filth from their furtive doings… it is quite that simple.

In a related vein, one wonders why Syosset gave the OCA Treasurer the heave-ho. There was no word when they appointed him that this was only a temporary posting pending the merging of the SVS and OCA Treasurer slots. I thought that we could explain it simply by the OCA’s chronic shortage of cash… a scarcity exacerbated by legal bills and junketeering by JP and LK beyond its means. A friend of mine pointed up that an alternative explanation… one that merits attention. The Treasurer may have threatened to expose details that Bobby K and Co didn’t wish publicised. He may well have fought over the fudging that Syosset engages in with the published budget figures (which seem to change with each phase of the moon). One wonders when the next set of published figures is going to emerge (to cover the latest legal bills and junkets).

In short, this is another fiasco brought to you by JP and Co. If this does not point up their incompetence and slow-wittedness to you… nothing shall. Tiny Tim, where art thou? We need a song!

img_0001Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 10 November 2009

Albany NY


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