Voices from Russia

Friday, 28 January 2011

28 January 2011. “It’s a Joke, Son”… Citizens United and You

Filed under: politics,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

Cartoon by Ted Rall

http://www.rall.com/rallblog/archives/political-cartoons-2010

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This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so SERIOUS… for the Republicans, corporations have more rights than people do. Remember that every time you see a link to Rush Limbaugh… who’s incorporated… he’s got rights. As for you n’ me… need I tell you?

Keep on keepin’ on… the bastards WON’T grind us down.

BMD

Video. A Cartoon Romp Through GOP Land… Laugh… It’s Good for Ya!

Filed under: politics,USA,video — 01varvara @ 00.00

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THIS is the ticket… DON’T get browned off at shmidiots such as Whiteford and Nelson (it’s not worth it, and it’s not good for you)… watch these vids, hoist a tall cold one, and say, “This one’s for you!” Smile… and say a prayer for the terminally constipated… they may be a royal pain in the bum, but that’s our obligation as Christians!

BMD

Press Head of the UOC/MP Says Ukrainian Schismatics are Panicking

Blasphemous picture put out by the Orangies… aren’t you glad that they’re in the dustbin of history? Oh, yes… Yushchenko and his wife were the DARLINGS of the US Republican Party… do keep that in mind.

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Vasili Anisimov, the head of the Press Service of the canonical UOC/MP, observed that the recent behaviour of Philaret Denisenko, the chieftain of the self-proclaimed “Patriarchate of Kiev”, indicated that panic is endemic in the ranks of its clergy and faithful. “At present, the panic amongst the schismatics is obvious”, he said in a broadcast on the Voice of Russia. Many of the statements recently made by Denisenko corroborate this, Mr Anisimov said. Thus, one of these statements claimed that the schismatics “have worked out a plan under which all their parishes would return to the fold of the canonical Church”. In yet another statement, the self-proclaimed “patriarch” demanded that Ukrainian President Yanukovich veto a new recension of the Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organisations. “He’s afraid that the new law would restore the legal status of the UOC/MP, therefore, the so-called UOC/KP, the Philaret schismatics, would lose property illegally seized from the UOC/MP”, Mr Anisimov said. In addition, he said, the leaders of the schismatics tried to exert pressure through social organisations, for both Lvov and Ternopol Oblast Councils {in the extreme west of the country, areas with heavy Uniate and schismatic infiltration: editor} appealed to President Yanukovich, asking, “Don’t trample on the schism”.

27 January 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=39287

Patriarch Kirill Thanked Archbishop Mennini for His Contributions to the Facilitation of Orthodox-Catholic Relations

Archbishop Antonio Mennini (1947- ), former papal nuncio to Russia, now papal nuncio to Britain…he’s one slick number; he’s probably going to England to pour oil on the waters after the dustup with the Anglicans over the new papal structure for Anglican disgrunts.

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Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias expressed his appreciation to Catholic Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the papal nuncio to Russia, upon the ending of his tour of duty in Russia, for having facilitated improved relations between the MP and Catholics. “I would like to thank you for your work as a representative of the Holy See in Moscow, and to note your personal contributions in solving difficult problems in our mutual relations. By God’s grace, we can resolve these affairs in a positive manner, changing the climate of our bilateral relations for the better. Largely, this is due to your efforts as the authorised representative of the Holy See”, His Holiness told the Catholic nuncio in a meeting in Moscow on Wednesday.

For his part, Archbishop Mennini thanked the patriarch for his assistance in the working out of these questions. “I was pleased to work for the benefit of our churches, but this would have been much harder without your support, friendship, and Christian love. I will never forget you and the Russian Church, but, rather, I will keep on loving it”, Archbishop Mennini said, assuring Patriarch Kirill that he is ready to contribute to a joint witness to the world of Christian values.

As reported last month, Benedict XVI, the Pope of Rome, appointed Archbishop Mennini papal nuncio to Britain. John Paul II, the previous pope, appointed Monsignor Mennini to the post of papal nuncio in Russia in November 2002. Whilst here, he consistently stressed that Catholics should show respect for the traditions of the Orthodox Church. Archbishop Mennini repeatedly supported the MP’s social justice initiatives. Therefore, he welcomed the idea of introducing a chaplain corps into the Russian army and teaching Fundamentals of Orthodox Culture in the schools. He also disagreed with the reproaches directed at the MP accusing it of trying to impose “clericalisation” upon society. Russia and the Vatican upgraded their relations to a full embassy during the incumbency of Archbishop Mennini as papal nuncio.

Interfax-Religion

26 January 2011

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=39271

Editor’s Note:

Here’s the Vatican’s take on the above story:

http://www.zenit.org/article-31597?l=english

They’re virtually identical… I chose certain words and the Zenit translator chose others, but as they were synonyms, it was a wash. Translation is an art form… the point is to convey the meaning, after all. This was diplomatic “happy talk” over a pleasant lunch at the Chisty Pereulok residence… neither party said anything of substance. Both sides smiled at one another, shook hands, and parted amiably as decent people should. However… we’re still at Square One in Galicia over the Uniate conundrum, aren’t we?

BMD

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