It’s time to send the “Love BT” Boat to the bottom!
Here’s the latest missive from our favourite Orthodox village idiot, “Love BT” (retired Bishop Tikhon Fitzgerald). Trust me; it’s MAAN (Much Ado About Nothing). Read it! He’s expecting you to take him seriously!
Re: Gay Marriage and the OCA
Even canonically, the Metropolitan, or the Diocesan Bishop, or the Locum Tenens, to whom Mme Sakoda refers, may not rectify the matter unilaterally. The new Bishop and the new Metropolitan may very well have presented the case to the Holy Synod, for it was in response to “someone’s” presentation that Synod members reported their consensual response, “Oh, he repented”. After the last AAC, the Synod may have abandoned its former civility and punctilio regarding brotherly conversations. Why a couple of the more senior members may have allowed themselves to address a request from the Metropolitan to take this or that personnel action with expressions like “Over my dead body”, or “Only over our dead bodies”, and so forth. Even a senior hierarch, let alone a neophyte, might be taken aback by such politesse…
Friday 11 March 2011 13.18
Firstly, again, BT isn’t offering any proof. This is a disjointed ramble. The OCA Holy Synod has a responsibility to issue a gag order upon Tikhon Fitzgerald. He’s doing nothing but making the entire OCA look foolish. I’m reporting no breaking news to tell you that lurkers from the MP and the EP, in particular, monitor the Indiana List and Orthodox Forum (an EP agency subscribes to this site according to WordPress, so, it’s a safe assumption that the major players watch these two sites)… it’s a way of keeping informed. I’d ask Mel Pleska, “Is THIS what you want people to see? It’s nothing but the simian gibbering of a repulsive and known sadist! THIS is what the rest of the Orthodox world is reading. You have a responsibility, sir. Silence this loose cannon. He’s raised the Jolly Roger, so, what is there to wait for?”
Note well that there’s NO proof of Gregory Burke’s reinstatement offered in the above post. Love BT avoids the issue, in fact. In fact, I found it difficult to “read the tealeaves” of the above ramble, so I asked people who’ve been around longer than I’ve been! The replies were interesting, to say the least.
The “personnel action” request of JP was a proposal to lift Bobby K’s canonical deposition in response to a letter from former Metropolitan Herman requesting that the Holy Synod reconsider it actions in re Bobby. The two “senior members” referred to by Love BT are Nathaniel Popp and Benjamin Peterson. To remind readers who may not know, Archbishop Nathaniel presided at the Spiritual Court that tried Bobby and BP presided over the SIC that produced the SIC Report. If that wasn’t enough, the “word” on the “OCA street” is that BT and BP are fighting big-time. I must emphasise that I DON’T believe that there’s an “alliance” between Nathaniel and BP; there’s just agreement on this sole issue.
BT might be using the Burke issue to smear Bishop Mark Forsberg as a homosexual. Mark and Nathaniel were both friends and priests in the ROEA back when Archbishop Valerian Trifa (deported by the US government to Portugal in 1982 for supposed Iron Guard ties (yet, VT was imprisoned by the Nazis in concentration camps for a while)) was ruling bishop. Who knows, maybe, albeit very coyly, BT might be trying to imply that Nathaniel might be a homosexual, as well. This appears to set a pattern. The Stokoe outing and the Burke thing could just the beginning of what might become a public and nasty battle of homosexual clerics (and their lay allies) in cyberspace. Don’t forget, eyewitnesses saw Feodosy Lazor attired in a pink cowboy suit in a Las Vegas gambling casino (keep in mind that Love BT praised FL and Nikolai Soraich fulsomely in a recent post).
I think that BT is playing a dangerous game if he, a retired hierarch, is attempting, in a very public way, via the Internet, to pit bishops against each other. In a REAL Local Church, he’d be suspended, silenced, and/or sent to a remote monastery (à la Nikon Mironov of Yekaterinburg)… and it would’ve happened a long time ago. Look at how the MP Archpastoral Council dealt with Diomid Dzyuban.
There’s a multi-alliance war shaping up in the OCA… JP, BT, BP, Kondratick, and the OCA First Families apparatchiki (such as Karlgut, Tosi, and Piggy Iggy Burdikoff) make up one faction (yes, BP and BT hate one another with a Number One Purple Passion… but both are supporting JP (that’s one of the main weaknesses dogging this group, by the way… it’s really two factions loosely allied for the moment)). Kishkovsky and Stokoe lead another faction. These two groups have squabbled for years, there’s no chance of reconciliation between the two. That’s not all, though! The OCA Romanians under Nathaniel Popp are in a unified and discrete body separate from the rest of the OCA… they could decide to bail out… if they do so, the OCA as we know today is kaput. SVS is an institution full of opportunistic swine… they’ll stand on the sidelines until they think that they see a “winner”… if they choose wrongly (a definite possibility given the practical stupidity of Behr, Hatfield, and Erickson), SVS will go down the tubes. It’s like betting the paycheque on a long shot. If you win… ooh la la. If you lose… Barrel Fashions City. There are two other “groups”… one is a group of pusillanimous weak reeds who’ll fall behind whoever is the victor of this vicious catfight. Bishop Tikhon Mollard is one of these… he should’ve thrown JP out on his ear and publicised El Gordo’s attempt at intimidation. Lastly, there’s a reputed group around Melchizadek Pleska. They’re keeping quiet; they’re lying low whilst everyone else is whacking at the Tar Baby with full abandon. They’re so mum that neither I nor anyone else can discern what they’re up to (which means that they’re the cleverest of the lot… but that doesn’t mean that they have it in the bag… there’s such things as treachery and duplicity in this fallen world).
We need to torpedo the Love BT Boat (it’s more B. Traven’s Death Ship rather than Captain Stubbing’s TV vessel) lurking in the waters of Orthodox cyberspace and sink it to the bottom of the Marianas Trench… are you listening, Bishop Melchizadek? The longer that you wait, the more damage that this cabal will inflict. DO think on that.
A parting thought… Fathausen’s “leave” appears to have disappeared. What does this tell you about the Mad Monk and about the Holy Synod? The latter had best act, or, they’ll find themselves abandoned by ordinary Orthodox.
Friday 11 March 2011