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Monday, 22 November 2010

Fr Vsevolod Chaplin Says that the MP Allows the Use of Condoms through Oikonomia

The Church allows married couples to use condoms and “the Pill”… they’re non-abortive means of contraception, and are, therefore, licit.


Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, Chairman of the MP Synodal Department for Church and Society, in commentary on the statement of Pope Benedict XVI on the admissibility of the use of condoms, said that the MP is permissive in the use of non-abortive contraception. “The Basic Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church differentiates between abortion and non-abortive contraception. In the case of the latter, a priest can use oikonomia in shepherding his flock”, Fr Vsevolod told Interfax-Religion on Monday. However, in his view, it doesn’t mean that the church endorses “in any way the selfish refusal of a couple to have children”. Speaking about the permissibility of the use of condoms for the HIV-infected, which was referred to by the Pope of Rome, Fr Vsevolod urged those who are HIV-Positive to “think seriously about whether they should be sexually active, because the infection may spread through other channels, not only through direct sexual intercourse”.

22 November 2010



Editor’s Note:

There are those who think that the moral theology and social teaching of the Church and of the Catholics are identical. That is not so… the Apostolic Church is much more understanding and freer than the papal confession is. Mind you, we don’t tolerate anarchy; we reject “anything goes” and nihilism. That being said, the Church allows many things forbidden amongst the papists. For instance, we grant church divorces through oikonomia… that is, we put aside the letter of the law for the sake of a person’s salvation. Interestingly, the konvertsy HATE oikonomia, and rail against it at every opportunity. That’s why I believe that konvertsy are a species of Donatist… they truly don’t believe that people can repent (but then they offer blanket “pardons” to insider figures who favour their clique… go figure).

In short, the papists and we stand united against secular humanism… we disagree on many things, major and minor (which will prevent any “union”), but we do agree on what faces us (which will allow us to cooperate). As Mayor Ed Koch put it, “If you agree with me on everything, you’re crazy, or you’re kissing my ass. If you agree with me with what’s in front of us, we can work together”. We agree that secular humanism is bad… that’s what we have in common with the RCs… we disagree on many details of that syllogism, but we do agree on the general outline of the problem and of what we must do jointly to confront it.



Patriarch Kirill Visited the only Children’s Hospice in Russia on His Birthday

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias (1946- ) visiting a patient at the Children’s Hospice in St Petersburg… the Tea Party tries to tell you how the “profit motive” is so necessary in healthcare and medicine… this picture shows that to be a disgusting, demonic, and evil lie.


It’s still unclear who needs whom more, whether sick children need us more, or whether we need them most. They help us to compare our trivial trials with true suffering; to see what’s really important, and what’s ephemeral and of no value at all.

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias


On Saturday, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias visited a children’s hospice in St. Petersburg area of Kurakina Dacha. His Holiness, who celebrated his birthday on 20 November, met with children and their parents in a playroom. He emphasised their courage and strength of faith, which were indispensable for them to overcome their difficulties, and said that our view of events were very different from the dispositions of the Creator. “God views life in a different way, and we can’t see what God sees. We should accept with trust whatever He sends us. This is the real strength of Christianity”, Vladyki Kirill said. The children presented the Patriarch with hand-made figurines of angels. Patriarch Kirill visited wards and treatment rooms; he talked to the staff, expressing gratitude for their dedicated, patient, and god-pleasing work. His Holiness then went to the hospice’s chapel and addressed those gathered there, saying that he was happy to make this long-planned visit to the hospice on his birthday. “The most beautiful present that I received today, I saw in the faces of the doctors, personnel, and parents here… and, of course, the children. As the Lord said, My thoughts are not your thoughts; my words are not your words. We don’t know the way of the Divine, but what these children leave us is grace”, he said. Patriarch Kirill noted that people often attach too much importance to their own supposed sorrows, but they remained blind to the real sufferings of others. “It’s still unclear who needs whom more, whether sick children need us more, or whether we need them most. They help us to compare our trivial trials with true suffering and see what’s really important and what’s ephemeral, and of no value at all”, His Holiness noted.

His Holiness thanked the municipal authorities in St Petersburg for their aid in implementing the hospice project; he presented Church awards to members of the municipal government, and gave a copy of the Jerusalem icon of the Mother of God to the hospice chapel. “Visiting such places enriches me, it’s not just good feelings; in an intrinsic way, it uplifts and supports me spiritually. When we deal with seriously ill children, we have to deal with those who are very close to God. They see the Kingdom of God. Since they’re in contact with the holy, they receive a great gift of divine grace”, the patriarch told reporters after visiting the hospice. In turn, Valentina Matvienko, the Governor of the Federal City of St Petersburg, said that she’d been a hospice volunteer for quite some time, then, she approached the municipal government with the idea of creating the first and only children’s hospice in Russia. “This project has brought together a great number of trustees, many of whom who are here today are still working here. It unites all people with caring hearts. By the way, this is the only example in Russia where the head of such a public agency is a priest, Fr Aleksandr”, Governor Matvienko said.

In 2003, on the initiative of the Diocese of St Petersburg, a charitable foundation was established, and, in 2005, the non-profit medical institution Children’s Hospice (Хоспис (детский)) began operations. Over seven years, about 40 hospice staff provided medical, social, and psychological assistance to more than 180 families in St Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast. At that time, the total budget necessary to render medical consultation, medical treatment, diagnostic, procedural, and health services, along with medicines, food, and cash assistance amount to 1.2 million roubles (39,000 USD 28,000 Euros 24,000 UK Pounds) a month. In 2006, Governor Matvienko of St Petersburg supported the initiative of the Diocese of St Petersburg to create the first children’s hospice in Russia. In 2007, a decree of the municipal government transferred the building of the former Nikolaevsky Orphanage in Kurakina Dacha to the hospice for its use. Currently, hospice physicians supervise the cases of about 300 children living in St Petersburg. For 2010, budgetary allocations for its activities amounted to 39 million roubles (1.253 million USD 918,000 Euros 785,000 UK Pounds), and the budget for 2011 was set at 44 million roubles (1.413 million USD 1.036 million Euros 885,000 UK Pounds). A cleric of the Diocese of St Petersburg, Archpriest Aleksandr Tkachenko is Director-General of the Children’s Hospice.

22 November 2010



Editor’s Note:

You can have His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and Benedict Ratzinger, the Pope of Rome… they say that universal access to health care is a human right. On the other hand, you have money-worshipping filth like Mitch McConnell, John BoehnerGeorge Weigel, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh, who argue that we can’t cover everyone… it would raise taxes on the rich by a few pennies! POOR BABIES!

You can have the Good Samaritan… or you can have the scribes and pharisees. I would say that one of these things is not like the other, and that there is only one way that a real Orthodox person can go (the clerical gentleman who supports Rush Limbaugh should hang his head in shame… how could you?). Any questions?


Bernie Sanders and His Holiness… What Strange Bedfellows! They Both Agree that Free Market Capitalism is a Massive Fraud

Filed under: moral issues,politics,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

Trillions to bailout the banks… trillions for colonial wars… trillions in tax cuts for the richest one percent… but there’s no money for healthcare, unemployment compensation, or social security… what’s wrong with this picture?


Yes, I am my brother’s keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality, but by the higher duty I owe to myself. What would you think of me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death?

Eugene Debs

The modern economy is built largely on fraud; it creates money out of thin air. [Money is] a token of human labour and of our God-given resources, such as coal, ore, and oil, along with our intelligence, physical labour, culture, and spirituality. [However,] every company produces its own money in the form of shares, which is passed onto the secondary market, becoming not just simple securities; they are traded and used as items of speculation. If these mere phantasms earn billions, not even backed by labour or real capital, then, how can such an economy exist? Who is going to pay for all of this? Why, the simple worker [is going to], who produces the value behind all of this bubble. [We need] a fair economic system where money and capital are equivalent and are the expression of real work.

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias

It is necessary to work with greater commitment at all levels so that the right to health is rendered effective, favouring access to primary health care. Health justice should be among the priorities of governments and international institutions. The social doctrine of the Church has always evidenced the importance of distributive justice and of social justice in the different sectors of human relations.

Benedict XVI Ratzinger, Pope of Rome

Plutocracy is abhorrent to a republic; it is more despotic than monarchy, more heartless than aristocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It preys upon the nation in time of peace and conspires against it in the hour of its calamity. Conscienceless, compassionless, and devoid of wisdom, it enervates its votaries while it impoverishes its victims. It is already sapping the strength of the nation, vulgarising social life and making a mockery of morals. The time is ripe for the overthrow of this giant wrong. In the name of the counting-rooms which it has denied; in the name of business honour which it has polluted; in the name of the home which it has despoiled; in the name of religion which it has disgraced; in the name of the people whom it has opprest, let us make our appeal to the awakened conscience of the nation.

William Jennings Bryan

Read this:


I shan’t belabour the point. Compare what Mr Sanders says to the quotes at the top of the post. They are in utter agreement. Ergo, I must say to all Orthodox Christians who supported (and support) the Tea Party… you stand in opposition to the teachings of the leading hierarch in Christ’s Holy Church. There is no “kind” or “gentle” way of saying this… the Tea Party stands for principles that are 180 degrees removed form His Holiness’ conceptions of justice and morality… full stop. The Tea Party is worse than any “Red”… it flies the Black Flag of Godless Consumerist Nihilism; do not be fooled by its smarmy religiosity.

I should add that Benedict Ratzinger, the Pope of Rome, Patriarch Bartholomew Archontonis of Constantinople, and most other responsible church leaders back His Holiness’ views on the free market unreservedly… the Tea Party is only backed by American Sectarians and neo-con “political” Catholics such as George Weigel (there are rightwing Catholics in the cyberworld as dysfunctional as the Orthodox konvertsy are, at least as far as politics is concerned).

A certain clerical gentleman should take down his link to Rush Limbaugh… Mr Limbaugh is a propagandist for an ideology condemned by Christ’s Holy Church… and by most Christian voices outside the USA (and many within it). Like it or not, the Church agrees with Mr Sanders on this… and we should act accordingly.

We are called to emulate the Good Samaritan (which was the Gospel reading last week)… we are called to protect the weak and speak for the voiceless. We are not called to imitate the scribes and Pharisees… I think you know what Our Lord Christ called them. They were the Tea Party, GOP, and Club for Growth of that time… they haven’t changed… Caiphas or Kenneth Lay, what’s the difference between them? Both were full of pious claptrap, were they not?

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 22 November 2010

Albany NY

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