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Saturday, 28 August 2010

A Photo Essay. His Holiness in the Footsteps of St Tikhon: A Visit to Lipetsk and Zadonsk

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28 August 2010. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: The Patriarch and the Sheikh

This was taken on 24 August 2010 in Moscow. His Holiness is standing next to Sheikh ul-Islam Allahshukur Pasha-zade, the Chairman of the Muslim Board of the Caucasus. You can follow Patriarch Kirill or you can follow Glenn Beck… it’s your choice. I’ve made mine…

BMD

Disagreements Needn’t be Fatal…

Filed under: Christian,moral issues,Orthodox life,religious,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

The konvertsy can stop spoutin’ the “fire n’ brimstone”…

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Recently, a friend and I had a disagreement. There’s no need to go into details, in fact, all that I’ll give is my part of the discussion… the reason for the “dispute” wasn’t personal… but I wish to safeguard the anonymity of my interlocutor. I said:

It’s terminology… unlike the papists, we can disagree without rancour. The Church doesn’t lay down X as dogma, in any case. Truly… the Church only holds as DOGMA that what is NECESSARY to salvation (and that’s not much, in the end). We can disagree on all else. In any case, I believe that we should follow the Russian example, and “English” as many terms as possible. You will agree that Schmemann muddied the waters on this and many other issues too. As Chukcha would say… “However… You worship same God… You Orthodox Christian. You disagree on this n’ that? Knock yourself out…”

Orthodox don’t sweat the small stuff… that’s what Proddies and papists do! All too many of our people have caught the heterodox bug… it’s why so many fell for the Tea Party. However, the Tea Party’s falling apart… they launched it too soon. Let it stumble on… it will open eyes.

That’s one of the major things that the konvertsy get wrong. They don’t know how to disagree civilly. They misconstrue the canons as “canon law” and they spout the Fathers as promiscuously as they quoted the Scripture as heterodox. If someone disagrees with them, they “shun” them (only they call it “automatic excommunication”)… doesn’t that prove that they are still sectarians at heart, not Orthodox at all? Orthodoxy is the freest of all the Christian faiths, that’s the primary reason why converts from heterodoxy have such a hard time grasping it (if they can do so at all). The papists have an infallible pope to fall back upon, and Proddies have inerrant scripture. We have neither of those… we have something BETTER. We have LIVING TRADITION. Trust me, it’s why grounded Orthodox know that JP’s concordat with Nashotah House was fraudulent, it’s why we know that the reception of the HOOMies, Brum, and the Platina crowd were irregular, and why everyone knows that paying off Bobby K was wrong.

Within the Lived Tradition, grounded Orthodox can disagree about things like the toll houses, the Assumption, and liturgical texts. Things such as that do NOT break the Unity of the Church. However, there are things that ARE dogma, that the Church HAS spoken on synodically and ecumenically. That is, the bishops of the Whole Church spoke as one and said, “You MUST believe this or else”. There are very few of these (virtually all are in the Creed, it’s why we repeat it every Sunday… it’s our basic charter, after all). Much of what the konvertsy hold up as “what the Church teaches” isn’t dogma at all… it’s a thelogumena of one theologian or another, or it’s a nomocanon of a particular Local Church (or even diocese)… that is, stuff that’s not even close to being universally binding.

What I’m leading up to is that the disagreement that I had with my friend did NOT touch the ESSENCE of the Church. People can disagree on such things. Sadly, most of the nonsense of JP and his apologists falls under a rejection of “I believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church” (which IS a dogma). I shan’t bore you with a laundry list… yet, I ask you, how could the OCA automatically ordain cult gurus as it did with the HOOMies in 2000? It does make one question things, no?

Let’s not break relations on relatively minor disagreements… however, if the Creed is transgressed (as it was by JP addressing the Lumen Gentium conventicle), then, we have a right to raise a row. “Orthodox Feast of ‘St’ Francis?” I think NOT…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Saturday 28 August 2010

Albany NY

Editor’s Postscript:

Now, for something entirely different… please, say a prayer and light a candle for a friend in need, Timothy, he’s laid up with a painful knee replacement. This is the only time that I give out “real names”… and you can see why!

BMD

 

A Photo Essay. 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore: A Russian Victory Parade

Filed under: international organisations,Olympics,Russian,sport — 01varvara @ 00.00

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Maria Kuchina (1993- ), gold medallist in pole vault

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Natalia Troneva (1993- ), gold medallist in shot put

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Daria Gavrilova (1994- ) (centre), gold medallist in tennis

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Tatiana Segina (1992- ), bronze medallist in archery

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Nadezhda Leontieva (1994- ), bronze medallist in the 5 kilometre walk

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Viktoria Komova (1995- ) (centre), gold medallist in gymnastics

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Daniil Kazachkov (1993- ), bronze medallist in gymnastics

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Bolot Tsybzhitov (1993- ), bronze medallist in archery

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Viktor Baluda and Mikhail Biryukov (both 1992- ), silver medallists in tennis

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Viktoria Komova (1995- ), gold medallist in gymnastics

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Artyom Okulov (1994- ) (centre), gold medallist in weightlifting

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Diana Akhmetova (1994- ), silver medallist in weightlifting

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Aldar Balzhinimaev (1993- ), gold medallist in wrestling

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Artyom Okulov (1994- ), gold medallist in weightlifting

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Artyom Okulov (1994- ), gold medallist in weightlifting

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Andrei Ushakov (1992- ), gold medallist in swimming

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Olga Zubova (1993- ), gold medallist in weightlifting

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Viktoria Alekseyeva (1994- ) (front), silver medallist in fencing

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After dealing with the Tea Party, it’s good to get one’s hands on a story that’s just downright wholesome and RIGHT. The Russian team was made up of kids from all nationalities and all religions… and that’s what’s ‘sposed to be, folks. Where there Muslims on the team… you bet… what’s wrong with that? They’re no threat to Russia! I think that this has something to say to certain loudmouthed Americans…

BMD

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