Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Zenit Blows it All Out of Proportion, Yet Again

Read the following:


Note the headline, “Churches Seek Accord In Eastern Europe: Orthodox, Catholics Discuss Reconciliation Strategies”. Watch for the papists to start screaming about how “union” is getting closer. Nothing could be further from the truth. What happened is that some of our useless and windy scholars sat down with some of their useless and windy scholars to issue the usual old dreary academic papers on how the peoples of Eastern Europe can live together in peace.

In short, total GIGO from stem to stern. I only mention it because loud sorts such as “Josephus Flavius” and Christopher Orr are going to bang the drum for this and give it a meaning far beyond its actual import. This is just another excuse for ivory-tower academics to get together and waste the money of the babas and dedes on their airy-fairy debates (and their rather substantial food and drink, no doubt). “They decided to establish a working committee to develop a joint document on reconciliation between these nations, highlighting the contribution of the Churches in this effort. Participants proposed setting up a bilateral commission, and discussed themes for future dialogue. They suggested also including members of the Orthodox Church in Poland as well as the Catholic Church in Russia to participate in this commission”.

There one has it, the old blather. It’s just another opportunity for Alfeyev (or a like-minded aide) to insert his foot in his mouth, yet again (maybe, he’ll give us an encore of his Der Spiegel performance). So, if you hear bleats from the usual cast of suspects over the next week, ignore it. It’s nothing but “white noise”. It’s why Zenit and Asia News are nothing but the Ministry of Propaganda and Enlightenment for the Vatican and one has to treat them as such. Where do they dig these so-called journalists up from anyway? Can’t they tell what’s important… oh, well; it takes all kinds. Let’s have a drink and smile… now, that’s something I’ll get a hearty “amen” for, I’ll warrant. Why can’t we just exchange gestures of friendship and good neighbourliness and leave it at that?

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Wednesday 3 March 2010

Albany NY

Patriarch Kirill Hopes that Russia and Greece Will Work Together to Protect Orthodox Values from Modern Threats

Easter on the Isle of Tinos. Very Orthodox and very Greek, as well. Christos Anesti! Aleithos Anesti! Pass around the jug! Opa!

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias pointed up the importance of the spiritual dialogue between Russia and Greece, for this can help them to offer a unified defence of the Orthodox foundations of their two cultures. “In an era of globalisation, we should all care for the survival of the values and moral fibre of our (Orthodox) civilisation. To do so, we should strengthen cooperation amongst the various Orthodox countries”, His Holiness said on Tuesday at a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou, at the Patriarch’s residence in Chisty Pereulok in Moscow. He noted that even in the Soviet Union, where “the authorities distanced themselves from the Church”, in international relations, the “Orthodox factor” played an important role, because the Church in Greece and Russia embodied “the value system and cultural framework of our two nations”.

According to Patriarch Kirill, the MP is “very satisfied” with the recent actions of the Greek government to forbid the removal of icons from courtrooms and its opposition to the abolition of the taking of legal oaths on the Gospels. In this regard, His Holiness mentioned the decision of the Strasbourg Court to ban crucifixes in Italian schools, and expressed his concern at the fact that, in many European countries, Christian values are banned from being part of the public discourse. ”We need to ensure that these moral values remain vibrant in the lives of our peoples”, he said to the Greek Premier. Patriarch Kirill said that the Russian Embassy in Greece is taking steps to organise an exhibition in Moscow focusing on the Holy Mountain of Athos, and expressed the hope that the Greek authorities would help in this effort. He also noted the willingness of the Russian Orthodox Church to support the Year of Greece in Russia in 2013 and the Year of Russia in Greece in 2014.

16 February 2010



Exhibition “Holy Russia” Opened at the Louvre: “Year of Russia” in France Begins

On Tuesday, President Dmitri Medvedev (1965- ) and his wife Svetlana (1965- ) with Mgr Patrick Jacquin in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The Medvedevs venerated the Crown of Thorns and an icon of the Virgin, crossed themselves, and stood in respect as Mgr Jacquin said some prayers. Watch the mossback idiots call this “state-sponsored Uniatism”… I call it being a good neighbour and a decent human being. There is no Unia on the horizon… Thank God!

On Tuesday, President Dmitri Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy attended the opening of the exhibition Holy Russia at the Louvre, which begins the Year of Russia in France and the Year of France in Russia. Before this, both Presidents and their wives, Svetlana Medvedeva and Carla Bruni, talked to Parisians and guests on the square in front of the Louvre. After his visit, President Medvedev left his comments in the VIP guest book of the museum. “The Holy Russia exhibition is a very important part of the Year of Russia in France”, Mr Medvedev wrote.

For his part, M Sarkozy, speaking at a gala dinner in honour of the Russian president and his wife, said that the exhibition is a significant event, “full of deep symbolism”. Amongst other such events, he mentioned the visit of a Russian naval squadron to Toulon in 1893, the opening of the Alexander III Bridge in Paris for the World Exhibition in 1900, and the Moscow visit of General de Gaulle in 1966. ”Today, Russia is regaining its history, and we are happy that we are involved in that process”, M Sarkozy added. In response to his, Mr Medvedev expressed the confidence that both countries would successfully implement the Year of Russia and France and “it would become a powerful symbol of the cultural and spiritual kinship of our nations (народов)”.

The exhibition at the Louvre covers more than a millennium in the history of Holy Russia. It includes the emergence of the Rus in Latin and New Roman history, the first flowering of Christian art in the Russian principalities in the 11th and 12th centuries, and follows its development through the traumatic changes of the Petrine era. In all, 438 unique objets d’art from the collections of 17 Russian museums, four libraries, and one major archive are on display at the exhibition in Paris.

3 March 2010



Editor’s Note:

Hello, boys and girls, it’s time for the… BIG GREEN WEENIE! Interfax really fell down on this one… its English translation was 99 words in the main body of text… mine was 312 words, that is, over THREE TIMES as long. Paragraph 2 was missing in its entirety! Hmm… there may be an American or pro-American hand at work here. Paragraph 2 was a Franco-Russian love feast to beat the band. Don’t forget that the French just sold the Russians a Mistral class LPH (with an option on three more, besides). It proves that the USA’s policies towards Europe are failing. The chattering classes are pro-American, but that’s all. France is no minor player… this proves that Russia is not isolated diplomatically in any way, shape, or form. This gives English-speaking readers a distorted view of what occurred. Reflect well that this is a relatively minor piece of news… it was short and translated easily… why the deceit? This reeks of an American somewhere… methinks I smell the blood of (not an Englishman) the OCA. How do you spell Zacchaeus?


Lydia Plas Dies in Nice: She was Barred from the Mysteries by Gabriel de Vylder for Exposing the Russophobic Policy of the Clergy There

Lydia Plas (1933-2010), a confessor for our time… she stood for what was right and true… she was barred from the chalice as a result… THIS is what the Paris gang and the OCA stand for… don’t let Mme Plas’ suffering be for nought! Pray for her soul and send them no money!


Lydia Plas, the centre of a controversy in Nice, died today at the age of 76. A parishioner of St Nicholas Cathedral, the former secretary of the church council of the Russian Orthodox Association of the City (ACOR), she was barred from the Mysteries by the head of the so-called Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe under the EP, Archbishop Gabriel  de Vylder, for an indefinite period in the spring of 2008. Interfax-Religion learned of her death from sources in the Russian Orthodox community in Nice. They also told us that Mme Plas complained of heart problems in recent months. Gabriel barred Mme Plas from the mysteries because she wrote an article, “A Russian Church of Magnificent Beauty”, which appeared in the newspaper Русская мысль (Russian Thought), it brought to light the parish life of St Nicholas Cathedral. She noted that the rector, Archpriest Johann Heidt, along with the other clergy of the cathedral, took an openly Russophobic position, so, she pointed up, “They neglected Russian traditions and discouraged them”, and, as a result, “Everything Russian in parish life is curtailed and abandoned”. Shortly after the publication of the article, Gabriel barred Mme Plas from the mysteries for an indefinite period. This action was carried out in absentia; she only received by mail a letter with notification of the decision. In subsequent months, Mme Plas repeatedly appealed to Gabriel to set aside this edict. She wrote an open letter addressed to the head of the Archdiocese and other members of the Russian Orthodox community in France, but Gabriel refused to answer. A year ago, one of the clergy of St Nicholas Cathedral abruptly refused to absolve Mme Plas during confession and forbade her to enter the church building at all.

3 March 2010



Editor’s Note:

Firstly, as we are Orthodox Christians, do pray for the persecuted handmaiden of God Lydia… light a candle for her and order a Pannikhida, if you can. She deserved none of what came to her, truly. This proves, even for the slow learners, the wickedness of the cabals that run the OCA and the Paris gang (this is not to mention the fact that the OCA has a VERY serious problem with open homosexuality in high places). Since the time of Schmemann, both of these groups have used the Mysteries as a weapon. If one disagreed with them, they cut you off from the Church and its Mysteries, there was no chance to defend yourself, and they trashed your reputation. Do NOT forget… Vladyki Job spoke of this. He condemned it. Many often speak of him as “the last honest man in the OCA”. I agree with that assessment. Unfortunately, the situation hasn’t improved in the OCA under JP. Indeed, it’s deteriorated. Secrecy runs amok, the Old Gang is firmly in power, and we see all the old evasions being utilised by the same old faces.

It looks dark… very dark, indeed. It looks as desolate as Stalingrad after the smoke cleared after the battle. Can people live here? There’s hope… if you’d told people on 31 July 1991 that the USSR would be prostrate within the month, dead by its own hand by the end of August, they would’ve told you to go home and sleep it off. Yet, that’s what happened. I do NOT know how or when the OCA is going to collapse or what is going to happen as a result of that collapse, but I believe that any rational person sees it coming. The end shall be hastened by unwise policies, not the least of which is keeping SVS in a very expensive location, when the OCA is aware that it has been declining in membership for at least the last thirty years. I’ll leave you with a final reflection. The OCA has always lied about its membership figures to the outside world. Today, they are returning to those lies, as JP’s interview to Pravoslavie.ru proved. If they refuse to tell you the truth on this, well, how can you trust them on anything else? Also, do note that they never give the results of fund drives… for instance, oca.org doesn’t tell you how much JP’s Haiti appeal raised or what it went for. Crazy, ain’t it? I didn’t make up this situation; I’m only reporting it. Be good… we’re going to need it.


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