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Monday, 5 September 2011

5 September 2011. Why I FIGHT ON…

Some people have labelled me “rude”, “unpleasant”, “rumourmonger”, or worse. John Whiteford likes to dig into my personal past… why would any sane individual put up with such swinishness from such obvious ninnies and fools?

Firstly, Christ’s Church is WORTH fighting for. You just don’t walk away and let the bastards use it as a plaything and cash-cow. There’s been one too many bad-apple clergymen… such as Warnecke, Potapov, Iggy, Roman Krassovsky, Bobby, and Lebedeff (amongst others)… who’ve played at being “important and respectable”. What does one do? Do you sit passively by and let the ravening beasts tear at Christ’s Body? Do you turn a blind eye “for the sake of your soul” (as the more cowardly sort of priest advises)? If you turn and fight for what’s right, you find yourself standing alone… for, all too often, disreputable priests use the Mysteries as weapons. People give up or walk away in disgust. However, that’s not the worst of it… what most people can’t take is the trashing of their reputations in public by nasty clerics and their claques. Only rarely, as in the case of Kristi Koumentakos, does the lay party ever receive any sort of justice for what clerics do with seeming impunity.

WHY WOULD I OR ANYONE ELSE PUT UP WITH SUCH MANIFEST SHIT?

I’m a BELIEVER. That is, I believe that Christ is God and that He came to earth to found a Church. He didn’t come to be a fluffy guru, but he didn’t come to be an unforgiving jackbooted Gestapo trooper either. My Church doesn’t have “pat” answers… it does have searching questions, though. My Church doesn’t have a long laundry list of “Thou Shalt Nots”… it does recommend many things that we should do, though. My Church doesn’t see itself as a small persecuted set of the “elect”… it does see itself as the “big tent” for all the sinners, though.

We’re in perilous times, now. The powers-that-be feel threatened… they feel that their “power” is slipping away. Actually, they never had much in the way of power, influence, or money, but they were “big fish in a little pond”. Today, they don’t have confidence in the future. That means that they’re going to lash out at all those whom they believe are causing their situation. Of course, they’re going to lash out at the wrong people most of the time. That’ll only hasten the end… but I can’t rejoice in it, as people are hurt wrongfully. Of course, they’ll lash out at people like me. I’ve grown used to name-calling, ad hominem attacks, and outright lies. You can’t do anything about what other people say. Probably, they’ll redouble their efforts as the ship slips lower in the water. I can’t do anything of it, nor can you. However, we can choose to disbelieve their propaganda, but shall we? It’s so MUCH easier to just go along… Father will love you for doing it… you don’t want to listen to such malcontents do you?

In the coming days, we’ll find out what people are truly made of… there’ll be some surprises, to be sure. Some whom we thought steadfast will knife us in the back. Others whom we distrusted would turn out to be allies. It won’t be either easy or pleasant. If we wish to retain a truly Orthodox Church, we’ll have to fight for it. Shall we? I can’t answer that… only you can…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 5 September 2011

Albany NY

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5 September 2011. You Can’t Make Shit Like This Up…

“We appreciate your long-term dedication… your quality is wonderful… we’re doing well as a company”… in other words, your ass is fired, bub, but they’re too much a bunch of prissy and thieving hypocrites to say so directly. “Go to hell, go directly to hell; don’t stop at the welfare office, for we shut it down (we needed to pay our country club dues)… we’re SO sorry…”

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Here’s something that a Five Percenter executive issued as a reason for closing down a plant:

The quality of work done at the plant was not a factor in the company’s decision to close it. The quality of the workforce is wonderful. We appreciate their long-term dedication. We’re doing well as a company, but part of the reason is we have reached efficiency.

http://news.yahoo.com/window-manufacturer-closing-oklahoma-plant-180048363.html

THAT’S meaningless gobbledygook, kids… Here’s what that passage really is:

  • Double-talk Speech that uses inappropriate, invented, or nonsense words to give the appearance of erudition to confuse its intended audience.
  • BloviationEmpty and pompous speech; to speak for as long as the occasion warrants whilst saying nothing.
  • Gobbledygook… A text that uses jargon (or especially-convoluted language) to make it difficult for an average reader to understand or comprehend it.
  • Doublespeak… Deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may be euphemism making the truth less unpleasant, without denying its nature. It may also be intentional ambiguity, or reversal of meaning. Then, doublespeak disguises the nature of the truth, producing a communication bypass.

That’s why you can’t believe the report of 9 percent unemployment… 16 percent of the population is on food stamps. That makes me think whenever I pass a McMansion or when I see a Mexican gardener doing stoop labour in a ritzy development. Such open and unbridled depravity makes one think that we live in a fin de siècle era, doesn’t it? If this is the richest country in the world (Rush Limboob and Lil’ Mizz Sarah say so; it must be true), why are there so many poor people? Something’s wrong… and it won’t wait forever for resolution…

BMD

5 September 2011. ROCOR Announces Commemoration of 9/11… They Did the RIGHT THING… OCA Announces Damage at Chancery Instead… They SCREWED UP…

The ROCOR posted the following on its main website:

Brother Archpastors, Reverend Fathers, Brothers, and Sisters:

We hereby bring to the attention of the archpastors and clergymen of our dioceses that the feast day of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, which this year falls on a Sunday, is also the tenth anniversary of the terrorist acts in the United States, which tore away from this vale of tears thousands of peaceful citizens. On this day, blessing is given to raise the following petitions during Divine Liturgy, and during a commemorative litany that should follow, to prayerfully remember all the victims of this terrible act of wickedness, preceding it with words of edification. May our fervent prayers to God warm our hearts! May it warm and console both those who died, and those who survived!

With love in the Lord and a request for your prayers,

Hilarion

Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York

First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

2 September 2011

ROOCR Official Website

http://russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/eng2011/20110902_enmhstatement.html

NB:

I removed the “cross” before Metropolitan Hilarion’s name, as this isn’t an official posting of his letter.

BMD

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The ROCOR posted its intent to honour the victims of 9/11… the OCA posted about trees being down near its Chancery buildings on the Island. Am I the only one to notice that oca.org can’t get around to posting on the funeral, the trip to Czechia, or the Dickie Wood saga? Now, they can’t seem to post anything in re the upcoming tenth anniversary of 9/11… I find that rather strange for a body that bills itself as THE territorial Local Orthodox Church in the USA… please, excuse me as I hurl!

Kudos to Vladyki Hilarion and good on him… he did the right thing! A pie in the face and a razz to all the OCA autocephalists and konvertsy… they’re navel-gazing mewling brats.

One of these things is NOT like the other… read and heed, kids.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 5 September 2011

Albany NY

Editor’s Afterthought:

The staff at oca.org posted the notice about damage at the OCA Chancery on Saturday 3 September 2011… DURING LABOUR DAY WEEKEND. Therefore, they can’t use the excuse, “The staff was away for Labour Day“… I wonder what they ARE going to say, if anything at all. DO watch for something tomorrow on oca.org on 9/11 and Royster’s funeral… I’d bet on it, the chances are more than even…

Also, pray for a good resolution of the situation surrounding the rebuilding of St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church… it’s why I chose the image that I did… don’t forget that this little church was lost in the attacks as well. I lit a candle there, once…

BMD

5 September 2011. Terrence Mattingly and Stephen Freeman are Evil Cultists… They Favour the Canonisation of the Paedophile Dmitri Royster!

Many good, salt-of-the-earth po-nashemu folks have been lied to, bilked, taken advantage of, and used for years… someone has to tell the truth… 

A Correspondent

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Editor’s Foreword:

Normally, I wouldn’t cut-and-paste anything by this Renovationist fiend… but as there’s bound to be a brouhaha over this disgusting encomium, I want there to be a copy “out there” just in case Mattingly pulls it (not inconceivable). I’m not making any money off of this, it’s for “educational” purposes, and I’m commenting on it, so, it’s covered by “fair use”. In addition, I don’t want to quote snippets out of context; otherwise, squalling konvertsy would accuse me of “cherry-picking”. Therefore, I’ve pasted it in its entirety, in all of its ignorant and stumbling glory. Hold your nose and read it… it’s what the semi-converted konvertsy believe… it’s why they’re NOT Orthodox; it’s why they’re going to leave us in the end…

BMD

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From Texas Baptist to Orthodox Saint?

Wherever bishops travel, churches plan lavish banquets and other solemn tributes to honour their hierarchs. Visitations by Archbishop Dmitri Royster of the Orthodox Church in America were different, since the faithful in the 14-state Diocese of the South knew that one memorable event would take care of itself. All they had to do was take their leader to a children’s Sunday school class and let him answer questions. During a 1999 visit to Knoxville TN, the lanky Texan folded down onto a kid-sized chair and faced a circle of pre-school and elementary children. With his long white hair and flowing white beard, he resembled an icon of St Nicholas… as in St Nicholas, the monk and 4th century bishop of Myra.

As snacks were served, a child asked if Dmitri liked his doughnuts plain or with sprinkles. With a straight face, the scholarly archbishop explained that he had theological reasons… based on centuries of church tradition… for preferring doughnuts with icing and sprinkles. A parent in the back of the room whispered, “Here we go”. Some of the children giggled, amused at the sight of the bemused bishop holding up a colourful pastry as if he was performing a ritual. He said, “In Orthodoxy, there are seasons in which we fast from many of the foods we love. When we fast, we should fast. But when we feast, we should truly feast and be thankful”. Thus, he reasoned, with a smile, that doughnuts with sprinkles and icing were “more Orthodox” than plain doughnuts. Archbishop Dmitri made that Knoxville trip to ordain yet another priest in his diocese, which grew from a dozen parishes to 70 during his three decades. The 87-year-old missionary died last Sunday (28 August) in his simple bungalow… complete with leaky kitchen roof… next to St Seraphim Cathedral, the parish he founded in 1954. Parishioners were worried the upstairs floor might buckle under the weight of those praying around his deathbed.

The future archbishop was raised Southern Baptist in the town of Teague TX, before moving to Dallas. As teens, Royster and his sister became intrigued with the history of the major Christian holidays and began visiting a variety of churches, including an Orthodox parish. The services were completely in Greek, but they joined anyway… decades before evangelical-to-Orthodox conversions became common. During World War II, the young Texan learned Japanese in order to interrogate prisoners of war, while serving on General Douglas MacArthur’s staff. A gifted linguist, he later taught Greek and Spanish classes on the campus of Southern Methodist University. While training to serve in the OCA, which has Russian roots, he learned Old Russian and some modern Russian. Early in his priesthood, the Dallas parish was so small that Dmitri helped his sister operate a restaurant to support the ministry, thus becoming a skilled chef who was famous for his hospitality and love of cooking for his flocks. During his years as a missionary bishop, driving back and forth from Dallas to Miami, monks in New Orleans saved him packages of his favourite chicory coffee and Hispanic parishioners offered bottles of homemade hot sauce, which he stashed in special slots in his Byzantine mitre’s travelling case.

A pivotal moment in his career came just before the creation of the Diocese of the South. In 1970, then Bishop Dmitri was elected… in a landslide… as the OCA metropolitan, to lead the national hierarchy in Syosset NY. However, the ethnic Slavic core in the synod of bishops ignored the clergy vote and appointed one of its own. Decades later, the Orthodox theologian Father Thomas Hopko described the impact of that election this way, “One could have gone to Syosset and become a metropolitan, or go to Dallas and become a saint”.

The priest ordained in Tennessee on that Sunday back in 1999 shared this judgment, when reacting to the death of “Vladika” (in English, “master”) Dmitri. Fr J. Stephen Freeman of Oak Ridge TN noted, “There are a number of saints within Orthodox history who are given the title, ‘Equal to the Apostles’ .I can’t rush beyond the church and declare a saint where the church hasn’t done so, but I can think of no better description of the life and ministry of Vladika Dmitri here in the South than ‘Equal to the Apostles’ “.

5 September 2011

Terrence Mattingly

On Religion

http://www.tmatt.net/2011/09/05/from-texas-baptist-to-orthodox-saint/

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Editor’s Afterword:

Firstly, there’s been a great hue-and-cry about this dodgy article in grounded sources ever since it first surfaced. Obviously, as Mattingly posted it on his site today WITH NO EDITS it’s clear that he and the other konvertsy are obdurate, pig-headed, and adamant in their rebellion against Christ and His Church.

All sources agree… Dmitri Royster was an equivocal figure at best. Why, he even built his cathedral in Dallas in the gay neighbourhood… a fact that was obviously known to him (it tends to lend credence to the reports that he was openly gay during his time at SMU). Furthermore, Mattingly makes many egregious and glaring errors in his reportage of the facts. Let’s take, “While training to serve in the OCA, which has Russian roots, he learned Old Russian and some modern Russian”. Firstly, Royster didn’t go to SVS until 1966-67 (Lyonyo and BT were there at the same time, I believe)… Bogdan Spylka ordained him without any Orthodox seminary formation back in the fifties. What compounds Mattingly’s stubborn and intransigent blindness is that there was NO OCA IN 1966-67… it was still the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Metropolia of North America. Mattingly gets into deeper kimchi (believe it or not), as Spylka was the bishop of the EP Ukrainians, he wasn’t a Metropolia hierarch, and Royster was under his omofor until ’54 or ’58, I’m told (my sources differ on it). That’s not all… the cherry on this foul and noisome little sundae is “he learned Old Russian and some modern Russian”. There’s no such thing as “Old Russian”… there’s “Old Slavonic”, which is often a colloquialism for the more proper “Church Slavonic”. That shows that Mattingly doesn’t give a hoot in hell for the history of the Church and for what it actually stands for.

That’s not the only screamer. Do note, “In 1970, then Bishop Dmitri was elected… in a landslide… as the OCA metropolitan, to lead the national hierarchy in Syosset NY. However, the ethnic Slavic core in the synod of bishops ignored the clergy vote and appointed one of its own”. There’s been a great outcry against Mattingly’s stupidity in the above quote, yet he posted it today with no corrections. That shows that Mattingly (and all the other konvertsy) have nothing but disregard for the actual record found in Church History, and they’re going to make up their own version… just like a bunch of wild n’ woolly cultists. Firstly, the Sobor in Montréal occurred in 1977… NOT 1970. Everyone knows this. Hell, even oca.org has it posted on their site… that proves that Mattingly did no checking of facts before posting this repellent little piece of hagiography. Royster didn’t get “elected… in a landslide”… and in any case, the decision is in the hands of the Holy Synod (their cravenness is the reason that we’re stuck with Fathausen), not the delegates. Again, Mattingly shows his utter lack of knowledge concerning the Church and its history.

Lastly, there’s “Archbishop Dmitri made that Knoxville trip to ordain yet another priest in his diocese, which grew from a dozen parishes to 70 during his three decades”. I checked the parish listings in oca.org… there are 76 establishments in the OCA Diocese of the South… 3 “monasteries” (all of which are more properly tiny “sketes”), 36 parishes, and 37 missions. The average mission has less than fifty attendees, and the most of the parishes aren’t much larger. Even if we were to allot 150 people per parish and 100 people per mission (an over-estimate, according to my information), one comes up with 9,100 people… and the actual total is probably a third less, lending credence to the reports that the OCA DOS only has about 6,000 parishioners all told. It’s top-heavy with clergy, its swimming in “deacons”, “subdeacons”, and “readers”, most of whom have had no Orthodox seminary formation whatsoever (that’s also true of some of the priests, especially the Anglican retreads).

This isn’t minor… a man with an Anglican formation is NOT going to have an Orthodox weltanschauung… I don’t care how often they quote the Fathers or the canons. Their main ontological premises aren’t the Church’s, and there’s no two ways about that. Their intellectual world is that of the heterodox West… their spirit is that of Augustine (who wasn’t a bad guy… just not as important as the Westerns conceive), Innocent III (whose Fourth Lateran Council was the definitive break between the Church and the RCs), Luther (Reformation), Bellermine (Counter-Reformation), and John XXIII Roncalli (Vatican II). They don’t understand the ethos and mental universe of St Photios (and WHY he stood against papal pretensions), Patriarch Nikon Minin (who St John Maksimovich praised highly), St Ivan Sergeyev (St John of Kronshtadt… with his courageous stand against the Black Hundreds, the Tea Party of his day), Patriarch Sergei Stragorodsky (Archbishop Vitaly Maksimenko of Jordanville lauded him for his podvig), St Serafim Vyritsky (who prayed daily for Soviet victory in the VOV), or Metropolitan Nikodim Rotov (who did whatever he could to preserve the Church… including questionable ecumania (for which we must forgive him)). Most of all, these untrained “Orthodox” clergy are apologists for Uniatism, and they have indifferentist attitudes towards it… the witness of St Maksim Sandovich, St Aleksei Kabalyuk, Blessed Gavriil Kostelnik, and the Modern Confessor Fr Mikhail Shuvar convicts this attitude as godless, disrespectful, and unchurchly (нецерковность: nyetserkovnost, “having a mindset diametrically opposed to that of the Church”).

In short, Mattingly’s article is mad rubbish… do note that it’s been four days since the funeral with NO reportage on it from oca.org. That’s a clear sign that there’s one hell of a fight over Royster’s legacy going on at present. I’ll make no secret of my stand… I believe that he was an equivocal figure at best, and that the sooner that we put the OCA DOS back on a proper footing, the better. I’m not holding my breath, though… Mattingly, Freeman, Dreher, and the Coneheads have set their face against Christ’s Church. We’ll have to fight to regain it…

BMD 

Editor’s Update:

I received this from a correpsondent:

Mattingly belongs to Freddie M-G’s parish in Maryland… makes sense, doesn’t it? He’s such a jackass!

Birds of a feather flock together…

BMD

 

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