Voices from Russia

Sunday, 31 July 2011

31 July 2011. Тебе пою, о, огурец! We Praise Thee, O Cucumber!

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Here’s an old Russian trick with cukes… find the biggest pickle you can find, hollow it out carefully, and fill it with… VODKA! What else, you boob, but the REAL THING? Drink it down and eat it up… now, that’s the ticket!

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Cukes rule! 140 million Russkies CAN’T be wrong! The cuke… the King of Vegetables… just as Kielbasa is the King of Meats. Hey, even the Polacks, Hunkies, and Krauts agree with us. Ukes for cukes! How’s that for a slogan?

Let’s SMILE at the GOODNESS of the world…

BMD

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31 July 2011. A Point to Ponder: The Gosei (The Five Reflections)… and What They Tell Us About Our Church

Anyone who’s had contact with serving JMSDF officers knows of the Gosei. They’re very simple:

  1. Were you straightforward?
  2. Did you do anything dishonourable?
  3. Did you act with character?
  4. Did you do your utmost?
  5. Were you lazy?

Japanese officers learn these simple precepts at Etajima; they’re the basis of their code of honour. If we were to judge Jonas Paffhausen, Bobby K, Dreher, Lyonyo, Potapov, Reardon, Gan, Mattingly, Lebedeff, Stokoe, Love BT, Silver, and Freddie M-G (amongst others) by this standard, it’s obvious that they’re dishonourable, disreputable, liars, layabouts, and slackers. It’s says a great deal about us as an institution doesn’t it?

You don’t attack homosexuality, and, then, wink at it in your colleagues. You don’t refuse to give details on why you sacked someone. You don’t attack those who tell the truth. You don’t report unimportant fluffy news in place of giving important information. You don’t transfer malefactors to another archdiocese so that they can avoid the consequences of their actions. You don’t savagely castigate laypeople who (rightfully) took a priest to the secular courts for a civil wrong (a breach of pastoral confidentiality is a violation of ordinary professional ethics that binds all professions, not merely the clergy… it’s a legal, not a moral, transgression).

In short, El Gordo’s fulminations about homosexuality this weekend are a hypocritical sham and a crook attempt to divert attention from his own crank actions and the doings of his nasty cronies. He’s taken the believers’ trust and smashed it on the floor, with no regard for what it means in future. If you think that’s unimportant, or that it’s easy to put right, do think again. Now, people’s confidence in the clergy of the Church is shattered, and it’ll take at least a generation to restore it. It’s like planting a crop or carrying a baby to term… you can’t rush it, and if you do try to hasten it, it not only won’t come out well, it’ll come out distorted and deformed.

Paffhausen and the First Families left THAT as a legacy for the future of the Church.

THANK YOU… FOR NOTHING.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 31 July 2011

Albany NY  

Saturday, 30 July 2011

30 July 2011. Dickie’s Photo and Bio Still Up on Patriarchia.ru… What Gives?

Image still up on patriarchia.ru… 

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As of 21.35 EDT Saturday 30 July 2011, Dickie’s photo and bio are still up on patriarchia.ru:

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/81370.html

What gives? This is getting goofier by the minute, kids. If I made this up, no publisher would buy it… truth is MUCH stranger than fiction is. That is, Dickie’s been kicked off the oca.org clergy list, but he’s still listed on patriarchia.ru site as OCA representative to Moscow… and the MP site IS far better run than oca.org… if they’d received the official word, they would’ve removed that info tout suite. I’m not even going to speculate… there’s NOTHING to go on. Dickie’s in “parts unknown”, and that’s all that one can say, now. Even by hutsky-klutsky OCA/ROCOR standards, this is a Solid Gold Oscar Academy Award Chinese fire drill (remember, the Chinese fire drill only LOOKS confused… this IS confused). Your guess is as good as mine… you pays your money and you takes your choice… literally. Let’s face it, Dickie’s been known to be an equivocal sort for years; he was found dead drunk, barfing in the corridors, at more than one sobor… truly, he was asking for it, for years.

Here’s my opinion on what’s in the works. Stokoe’s the next target… whenever Bobby gets whatever it is he wants, he’ll have no qualms whatsoever about throwing Stokoe off the train à la Dickie. BP’s also a target because of the SIC Report…  I suspect Bobby’s cabal will try to assert that he’s drinking again, or, frame him with something sexual, or, try to somehow connect him with Greg Solak’s death in Alaska. Then, and only then, will he try to push JP off the cliff, too. IF he were to succeed in that, the only question is which disgraced bishop would he try to bring back as figurehead “metropolitan”… would it be Hermie? Nikolai? How ‘bout another time ‘round for Feodosy? I’m not saying this IS going to happen… it’s what Bobby, Silver, and Love BT want… God willing, they won’t get it.

Did you see Stokoe’s site? He’s not even addressing JP’s lunatic “encyclical” on homosexuality, nor is he commenting on the recent reports of JP egging on witch hunters on OCA Truth. Instead, he posted some dreck about three new auxiliary bishops in AOCANA. Don’t take my word for it:

http://www.ocanews.org/news/AntiochiansElect7.30.11.html

He puts this rubbishy twaddle up in lieu of the real news. Who woulda thunk it? Well, stay tuned, same bat time, same bat station… this is far from the last episode.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Saturday 30 July 2011

Albany NY

30 July 2011. Fathausen Goes Barmy… Looks Like the Orthodox Version of the “Scarlet Letter” to Me… Methinks that JP’s a Hypocritical Dimmesdale…

What’s next? Scarlet letters for all of us who don’t merit the Elect Pietistic Konvertsy Seal of Approval? God do spare me! We’re Orthodox! We’re not Wild-eyed Sectarian nutters…

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A friend sent me the following:

The folks at OCA Truth published excerpts from an alleged letter JP wrote to his diocesan clergy. He wants to exclude parishioners from the Sacraments who refuse to acknowledge, etc sins against authentic Christian marriage, including… homosexual activity. Well… what about bishops, priests, deacons, and monastics? Besides, how will he verify whether parishioners are in “compliance?” Is he going to have his clergy do house calls to inspect everyone’s sleeping arrangements? Fathausen is really going off the deep end, now… I think it’s time for the Centre to send someone in to do the heavy lifting to clean up this mess!

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Well, kids, the only thing that I can say is, “Gad, sir, this ain’t Orthodox!” There’s none of the Love of Christ in this… it’s redolent of Puritan New England and the Salem Witch Hunt. The konvertsy are going to go out and search for all the Hester Prynnes in the Church. They’re PERFECT, dontcha know! Of course, I’m a hardened old sinner who only says, “More weight!”

It ain’t over until it’s over, but this IS too much of a muchness…

BMD 

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