Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

OCA Priests in Moscow Visit Radical Proddie Establishment…

Filed under: Christian,ecumenism,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

The REAL Orthodox Bible is NOT the same as the mangled Proddie Bible (they tossed out the stuff they didn’t believe in… convenient, no?). Why should we “cooperate” with those who refuse to teach the FULL truth? Makes ya wonder…

Read the following:


Well, what is this Russian Bible Society? For one thing, the heretic Aleksandr Men was amongst those who was one of its founders in the early 90s. As all grounded people know, Men was the inspiration for more than one of the vagante pseudo-Orthodox groups that sprang up after the fall of the USSR. Indeed, both SVS and the Paris Gang propagandise energetically on his behalf… for he was the only major Russian figure to parrot Schmemann’s pseudo-Protestant ramblings. He had a small audience amongst pro-Western zapadnik pseudo-intellectuals. Men is not known at large, and the general press ignores him, as it should. Those seeking his canonisation were rebuffed by the Patriarchate.

In short, this is more SVS fluff. Anyone with facility in Russian and familiarity with Russian sources knows the fallacious and fatuous nature of any SVS claim… but watch the konvertsy swoon in adoration. If I were to characterise Aleksandr Men for a heterodox audience, I would say that he was much like Edward Schillebeeckx… with the caveat that Schillebeeckx hewed closer to actual Church tradition. In The Church with a Human Face, Schillebeeckx argued that ordination to the priesthood does not necessarily gain its validity from apostolic succession. Ergo, one can separate ordination from the succession. Rather, the choice of priests (and, as a consequence, the celebration of the Eucharist) is dependent on the local church community. Men (and Schmemann) agreed with this heretical stipulation (both Frs Michael Pomozansky and Daniil Sysoev debunked this crapola). Just as Schillebeeckx somehow avoided formal condemnation (even with Joseph Ratzinger (rightfully) on his tail), so did Men and Schmemann. Men dodged the bullet by being murdered a year before the fall of the Soviet Union (if he had lived, he would have joined Yakunin in schism, I am certain). Schmemann, of course, was part of a wayward coterie (I mean the SVS cabal here, not the entire OCA, of course) that is still plaguing the Church.

This visit didn’t get a mention on the MP website… of course not, the Bible Society is full of Radical Proddies… and we shouldn’t be giving them any cred whatsoever. This is GIGO… just like the “Manhattan Declaration”. I agree with Bishop Pitirim… “Heathens and heretics must repent of their separateness (this includes all the denominations), as the Holy Fathers of the Church taught us”. That’s the ticket! Fie on Archimandrite Zacchaeus Wood and his nasty little piece of ecumania! We have nothing in common with such sorts and we shouldn’t be encouraging them (except to abandon their heresies and embrace Christ in His Church). It’s very much a case of Quem deus vult perdere, dementat priusby the way, I’m posting on an art exhibition in New York City sponsored by the UOC (MP). Proddie heretics get a post on oca.org… REAL Orthodox get the cardboard box. It tells you about the twisted priorities of JP, Lyonyo, and Matusiak… they DON’T want to inform you… they want to lead you by the nose.

Well, as they say in the Queen’s English, “Keep your pecker (nose) up!” I’m thinking of an old English music hall standard by George Formby, Count Your Blessings and Smile… Even as the Titanic is going down, they’re still dancing gaily in the First Class Salon… of course, they don’t have on their lifejackets… that would mean that something was wrong!

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 22 June 2010

Albany NY


Exhibition in New York City Opened: “Glory to the Ukraine: The Holy Image from the 11th to the 19th Centuries”


On 18 June, an exhibition entitled The Glory of the Ukraine: The Holy Image from the 11th to the 19th Centuries opened at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) in New York City, featuring icons from the collection of the Kievo-Pechersk Lavra. His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan of Kiev and all the Ukraine blessed this event as a part of an international exhibition project, “The Ukraine: The World”. It will take place from June 2010 until May 2011 in three American museums: the Museum of Biblical Art in New York, Meridian International Center in Washington, and the Museum of Art in Omaha. Bishop Aleksandr Drabinko of Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky, the Acting Chairman of the UOC (MP) DECR, and Igumena Serafima Shevchik, the Chairman of the MP Synodal Department for Church and Culture, attended the opening ceremony. The project was organised by the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the International Foundation for Art and Education (Bethesda MD) with assistance from the Ukrainian Embassy in the USA and the American Embassy in the Ukraine. The exhibition includes icons from all over the Ukraine, including Volynia, Galicia, Kiev, Chernigov, and Poltava, which made it possible to trace the evolution of sacred art from the post-Byzantine period, to the first days of the national style, all the way up to the Baroque era, a full and variegated display of the diversity of Ukrainian icon painting. The exhibition also includes church artefacts such as crosses, chalices, tabernacles, liturgical cloths, and books in precious bindings.

22 June 2010


Official Website of the Patriarchate of Moscow and all the Russias


Further tips on the neighbourhood from Tyotya Vara:

Whaddaya do when you’re done with this wonderful, but not huge, exhibition? Listen up… if you have some spare change (or room on your plastic), go to the Blue Nile for great Ethiopian grub at 103 W 77th… take an uptown M104 bus from the museum, ride the bus for about sixteen blocks, get off, take a right down 77th. Cross Amsterdam, it’s on the next block, I think it’s on the right-hand side of the street (it’s a 5-6 minute walk for a New Yorker, 10-12 minutes for everyone else). When you’re done, walk on down to Central Park West one more block, and you’re by Central Park… near Strawberry Fields, if my guess is right. The Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium are nearby. They’re on the web:


Less pricey is La Caridad on Broadway at 78th… take an uptown M104 and you’re there… it’s right on the bus line. It’s Cuban/Chinese… in the old days, you had old-school waiters from Cuba… they looked like Hop Sing, but they sounded like Cheech Marin. Good eats… good prices. On 79th, you can take an eastbound M79 to Central Park West, or take it across the Park to the Met. They’re on the web at:


If you want a REAL New Yorky experience… or your budget ain’t too grand… BIG NICK’S. Also known as the Burger Joint (does this give you an idea of the menu, kiddies?). They’re at 77th and Broadway, right on the bus line. This is a funky and crowded NYC kinda place. Don’t come here if you’re looking for pasted-on smiles and chi-chi decor. There’s good eats here… trust me… I’ve scarfed more than one Big Nick’s burger in my time. It’s got pictures of the famous (and not so famous) who’ve eaten here. Typical 3GS (Genuine Greek Greasy Spoon)… great place. I don’t recall if they take plastic… I’ve always paid cash. They’re on the web:


There! You have no call to have a bad day in town… I’ve given ya the true grit on it all. Enjoy!


Editor’s Note:

This occurred last Friday, and that dogsbody Matusiak didn’t post it on oca.org! Indeed, no one from the OCA is mentioned… perhaps, that is why they didn’t post about it… they weren’t invited. It didn’t happen in Lower East Podunk, after all… it happened in NYC, right under their noses. Note well that oca.org posted a bit of fluff about Wood’s visit to an inconsequential Proddie establishment in Moscow, but had nothing on this exhibition in New York City that the American faithful would love to visit.

Bone idle lazy and hutsky-klutsky incompetent… that’s Matusiak for you! Well, Tyotya Vara will tell it all for you. Listen up… the NYC exhibition will run until 12 September. Admission is seven bucks, except for kids, seniors, and active duty military, who pay four bucks. It’s at 1865 Broadway at West 61st (that’s about five blocks from Lincoln Center); the closest subway stop is 59th Street/Columbus Circle. They’re open 12.00 to 18.00 Wednesday through Sunday (open later until 20.00 on Thursday only), and they’re closed on Mondays and Tuesday (and on the Fourth of July).

Note well that oca.org didn’t tell you this… I did. They can’t even report on what goes on in their own backyard. Well… smile! You know about it now! Betcha that Matusiak will have something up on oca.org tomorrow to save face. How can you take such Keystone Cops seriously? Fatty Arbuckle, wherefore art thou?


Editor’s Postscript:

As of 17.25 on 23 June, Slacker Matusiak still has nothing up on the front page of oca.org on this important event. I guess that Vladyki Vladimir doesn’t rate… Episkies do… Radical Proddies do… but REAL Orthodox can go suck wind as far as the HOOMie crowd is concerned. I’m going to paste this on the top of the front page for the duration of the exhibition in the City, so that people have easily-accessible info on the event. The sheer hubris, arrogance, and laziness of the Syosset/SVS cabal is breathtaking. To think that they want your money, too! Don’t send ’em a red cent (or any other colour, for that matter).

Remember, Paffhausen promised you “transparency”… and, in a classic bait-and-switch brought to you by the BP/RSK/SVS/CSB Network, he served up Hyper-Secrecy Redux instead. You know what to do.


Fr Vsevolod Chaplin Told the Ukrainian Rada that Church-State Relations in the CIS Countries is Similar to that Found in Europe

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin (1968- ), the head of the MP Synodal Division for the Relationship of Church and Society

According to Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the MP Synodal Division for the Relationship of Church and Society, the model of church-state relations in the former Soviet Union is increasingly in line with European standards. “Throughout the CIS, countries increasingly adopt model laws on religion based on those common to most European countries, as it involves the selective support by the society and the state of one or several religious communities that play a special role in the their common life”, he said. During meeting in Kiev on Monday with a number of MPs from the Party of Regions and the Yuliya Timoshenko Bloc, he noted that all religious communities have the basic rights associated with freedom of conscience, but each has “nuances in its relationship with the state and with society”. The gathering was a discussion of practical arrangements between religious communities and the state. Fr Vsevolod noted that this method is already prevalent in many countries of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, including Russia, Byelorussia, Georgia, and Armenia. In his view, there is every reason to hope that this usage will spread. “The state and religious communities not only can, but must, be in a systemic social partnership, for those who make up the state and those who belong to these religious communities are mostly the same people”, he added. The meeting was also attended by a representative of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (MP) to the Verkhovna Rada, Archbishop Avgustin Markevich of Lvov and Galicia, who also exchanged views with the MPs on church-state issues. Amongst other things, they discussed the development of legislation governing state-church relations in the CIS and Eastern Europe. In particular, they talked about the transfer of property to religious organisations for religious purposes, religious education in schools, the presence of military chaplains in the forces, and religious outreach in higher educational institutions.

22 June 2010



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