Voices from Russia

Monday, 4 October 2010

It’s Shit Diggin’ Time Again… Yes, Virginia… It’s Another OCA Scandal

Aren’t you tired of all this? If you lie down with pigs… don’t be surprised if you’re muddy and grubby.

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For those in power, there is no sin greater than the cowardly evasion of responsibility.

Graf Pyotr Stolypin

Archbishop Seraphim Storheim of Canada (OCA) took a “leave of absence” due to an investigation of allegations against him by the Canadian authorities. Here’s the links for those who wish to follow this up:

http://www.pokrov.org/resource.asp?ds=Article&id=1395&sSrch=seraphim&sType=Articles

http://www.pokrov.org/resource.asp?ds=Article&id=1396&sSrch=seraphim&sType=Articles

http://www.pokrov.org/resource.asp?ds=Article&id=1397&sSrch=seraphim&sType=Articles

I don’t have any more information on this… Cappy and Melanie at Pokrov.org might be able to help serious inquirers (especially those from the press), their contact URL is:

http://www.pokrov.org/contact.asp

I shall say that I’m tired of shit diggin’ and muck raking. It’s time for the charade to end, and end quickly. Jonas Paffhausen should resign and hand the Tomos of Autocephaly for the OCA back to His Holiness. Full stop.

There is no “painless” way out… we have to admit that due to our prelest and idiocy, Russian Orthodoxy in the USA is now at less than half the membership it had in 1970 (both OCA and ROCOR), and that we have to adjust the Church administration to reflect this. It shall HURT. People shall lose positions… institutions must be closed. Firstly, SVS must go… it’s an expensive white elephant and prestige mill. Yes… it shall cause disruptions in clergy education for at least five years (if not a decade), and no one can say it’s an easy affair (the first three years shall be particularly dicey, to be sure).

Secondly, we need to consolidate dioceses, as we cannot afford the bishop-heavy structure we have at present. We can support three dioceses in the USA, in NYC, Chicago, and San Francisco, with each ruling bishop having two to three vicars. This would be after the MP consolidated the OCA and the ROCOR with the MP in the US and Canada.

To be blunt, this is our only way out. Paffhausen punked out… not only in this case, but in the recent Velencia case as well. He has proven himself an utter failure. He can retrieve a legacy by resigning, returning the Tomos, and going back to his monastery to work out his salvation as a simple monk. That’s all that’s left for him.

For us… aren’t you tired of wading through shit (there’s no nice way of putting it, I’m afraid)? It’s time to go home… I’m tired of hearing of this or that “Great White Hope”… the Mother Church isn’t perfect, it isn’t Nirvana, but it’s our Mother. I know that all true blue Russian ethnics feel as I do… as for you konvertsy… if you want to come, fine. But understand that you’ve got to shut up and learn. The Church is what She is… the Bride of Christ. We like Her the way She is… so does Our Lord. If you can’t live with that… go with God. We’ll not hurl imprecations at you.

This is one too many, truly. Drizzle-drazzle-druzzle-drone… time for this one to come home…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 4 October 2010

Albany NY

One Nation Working Together… One Nation Voting Together… Equals Democracy, NOT the Tea Party!

Filed under: politics,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

Editor’s Foreword:

I noticed that the “One Nation Working Together” rally in DC got less press coverage than the Palin-Beck Dixie Fry, even though it attracted a larger (and more mixed) audience. Can you say “Ministry of Truth” (or, in Newspeak, Minitru)? I believe that if the majority of people turn out for the election, we can defeat the Tea Party… they shall win in some smaller and more nativist venues, of course. However, we’ll be able to hold ’em… if we don’t, we’ll have suffering like this country hasn’t seen since the Great Depression of the ’30s. After all, the Tea Party is “of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich”… any questions?

Here’s some more of those reworked posters that have touched a positive chord with so many of you… get psyched, get registered, get others to do the same… the Tea Party boobs are gonna vote, so, we gotta too!

We CAN beat ’em in November… but only if you get out there and VOTE!

BMD

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Ordinary guys from all over America are fighting the wars to enrich the oligarchs… the oligarch’s sons are safe… there’s no draft, after all, and, “Only the little people die for their country”.

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After all, cannon fodder can’t be illiterate these days…

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Only the ordinary Joes go to the front… the affluent effluent have a career path to nurture, after all.

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Yes… there’s wasted money… but it’s not as important as the wasted lives…

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Don’t complain you bastards… suck up the “givebacks” or we’ll send your jobs to Mexico and Indonesia…

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That’s right… pay up so the rich won’t have to!

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Don’t forget the secret CIA torture facilities in the Baltics, the Ukraine, and Romania… if the GOP approved of torturing foreigners, they approve of torturing Americans. Do vote accordingly…

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They love their kids as much as we love ours… the US bombs civilians without any pity or mercy… they’re only wog “terrorists” after all. What have we become? How low have we sunk?

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Don’t vote for the union-busting Tea Party… they want to turn the clock back to 1933… no Social Security, no Medicare, no OSHA, no nothing for the working people… remember, the rich have country club dues to pay…

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This is what the Tea Party stands for… everything for the rich… nothing for you. You CAN vote against them… DO SO.

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Register… then, get out there and vote! This is an important election… do your part and the Tea Party will be nothing but a bad memory by December… your most powerful weapon is your vote! It’s more powerful than any terrorist’s bomb or gun!

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