Voices from Russia

Friday, 25 June 2010

25 June 2010. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words… “Transparency” in Action

JP smiling at Quentin L Cook “the thirteenth most senior apostle in the ranks of the Church”.

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On Friday 18 June 2010, JP had two choices. He could go to NYC for the opening of a major art exhibition blessed by Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan of Kiev and sponsored by the UOC (MP), or he could go to a party of well-heeled neocons in Foggy Bottom to schmooze with all the George Weigels of this world. In New York, 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, represented the Church. NO OCA bishops or clergy were noted as being present. NONE. It is customary to have “equivalence” at events… that is, if a bishop of another Local Church visits, he is met by at least another bishop. That didn’t happen here. JP chose to associate with godless Mormons and anti-Orthodox neocons on Friday and to attend a papist ecumaniac lovefeast on Tuesday. JP chose to leave the UOC (MP) delegation in the lurch (and saw to it that you didn’t hear of the exhibition on oca.org). He is telling you (and everyone else, too) something.

ORTHODOXY BE DAMNED.

I think that Owen, Chris, “John”, and “Gavriil” need to adjust their priorities. The times are getting dicey, and puppies such as these can give no one any useful information or advice… their precious tinhorn hero and idol has spat on them and laughed. That’s NEVER pleasant. It’s time for all four of you to cease your internet postings. It’s time for you to be silent, observe, listen, and attend to what the old hands are saying. The times are now perilous… young ‘uns such as yourself should get off the field before you’re hurt in the crossfire.

I certainly hate none of you… but I shall speak my mind openly and without equivocation. None of you are doing useful work such as translating news articles and getting “the rest of the story” out to our Orthodox compatriots in this country. You’ve been pandered to by Renovationists for low motives. I’m sorry for that, it has pushed your development back. There’s real work to be done by real people… you don’t have the experience or knowledge necessary for the task.

Take a good look at the snap posted above… it’s what has happened because of two generations of pandering to ignorant konvertsy. We’ve got to get back on the right road… and we can’t do that until we understand that Orthodoxy is not quoting the canons in bad translations or misusing the Patristic deposit. It’s time to go home… home is not perfect… home is not sinless… but our home is our home… and it’s NOT the nostrums peddled by SVS and Syosset.

There’s no place like home…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Friday 25 June 2010

Albany NY

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