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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

4 October 2011. Love BT Makes Unfounded Accusations Against New OCA Bishop

 

Love BT posted this on the internet:

In the OCA, and before that, the Russian Metropolia, candidates for ordination must, just prior (usually on the eve) to the actual laying on of hands, have made a full life confession to their (or a) spiritual father. They must also take an oath before the precious Cross and the book of Gospels. They must certify to this on a certificate. Below the place for a candidate to sign, there’s a block labelled “Certificate of Spiritual Father”, in which is space for about five lines of typing and then a line onto which the Priest who heard the life confession puts his signature. For an ordination to proceed, the Spiritual Father must state in that block that he has heard the life’s confession of the candidate. It is expected (and found on 99 per cent of the certificates on file at the Chancery and in the Archives) that the Priest will add the words, “and there are no impediments to ordination”. After that block, there’s a block for the ordaining Bishop, of the same size, into which the Bishop enters, “I, N, Bishop of N ordained X to the Holy Priesthood/Diaconate at X date and at X parish”. Then, he signs it.

I was astonished one day, when reading through my diocesan personnel files, which I was reorganising, to find the following remark by an Archpriest, now retired and living in Minnesota, which went like this, “I’ve heard the confession of X. He has (my caps) REPENTED OF ALL CANONICAL IMPEDIMENTS”. I think that merits several exclamation points, because the man was ordained anyhow, and is now a learned archimandrite and candidate for a vacant see in the OCA. The ordaining Bishop fell asleep years ago, so there’s no way to confront him and ask him, “Did you actually READ this before you ordained X?”

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Today, the OCA Holy Synod, acting quite canonically, elected Archimandrite Alexander Golitsyn to be the bishop of the OCA Bulgarian Diocese. Love BT then posted the following on the ‘net in response:

The man who repented of all canonical impediments was just elected to be a Bishop today.

That’s to say, Love BT accused the OCA Holy Synod of acting uncanonically and irregularly. If they let his accusation slide, they’ll have NO cred left whatsoever.

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If Love BT shows up in Seattle, Bozhe moi, its going to be FIREWORKS. I’d say this, “Let Tikhon Fitzgerald prove his accusation via verifiable documentation. If he can’t do so, the Holy Synod should bust him down to being an ordinary priest. Love BT’s rumblings impugned the Holy Synod… he accused them of acting uncanonically. Let him prove his accusations by producing the requisite documentation… or depose him from the episcopate for having spit on the good name of the Church”. This guy is allowed to run rampant, hurting whomever he pleases. He’s a cruel and heartless man… he’s not barmy… he’s just a nasty piece of work. Why is it so hard to admit that there’s sin amongst us? Let him shut up or let him be gone. After all, he’s a senior cleric; the bar’s higher for them.

Oh, one last thing… Bobby K was vehemently opposed to the possibility of consecrating Archimandrite Alexander Golitsyn to the episcopacy. Bobby was loud about it in MANY venues. WALLS HAVE EARS, BOBBY… Bobby’s using Love BT the same way that Lyonyo uses Mark Stokoe. I think that BT and Mark are nothing but Stepin Fetchit sock-puppets for the two main protagonists.

THIS is why the OCA has to be put down as expeditiously as possible. No other REAL Local Church acts like this… we need an end to this charade… there’s no place like HOME…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Albany NY

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4 October 2011. NO Reportage of Orthodox Education Day on oca.org… NO Mention of Jillions on oca.org… NO Mention of Archbishop Dmitri in oca.org “In Memoriam” section… Jillions Writes Self-Promoting Comment in Stokoe’s Comboxes

Orthodox Education Day at SVS on 1 October 2011. The crowd was sparse, as this image indicates.

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A friend wrote me:

So, people are getting paid to run the OCA website? I was surprised they no longer use the big tent any longer for liturgies… well, maybe not… it looks like the end.

I remember well… all the priests got a letter to attend one of the many birthday parties for Bishop Herman. This letter explained how and when to hand your gift to “Hs Majesty” and what line to stand in. One of the older priests was livid! He asked, “Why is this happening? Why is [Herman] getting away with acting like a pope?”

There’s NO MORE BIG TENT at Orthodox Education Day… well, well, well… that’s NEWS! The crowd is meagre… they only want “approved” and “safe” people there, no doubt. Why is there NO reportage of Orthodox Education Day on oca.org? Why is oca.org silent on Fathausen’s absence? I’m no supporter of Bush’s wars of aggression, but I’d NEVER say an unkind or nasty word to a soldier home from the war zone (especially one wounded or maimed)… I’d buy ‘em a drink, show nothing but kindness, and give ‘em a kiss, that’s what I’d do. For Fathausen to stay away deliberately from an event supposedly focusing on those who serve in the forces was nasty and rude in the extreme. He pals around with rightwing extremists who avoided and shirked their service… that should tell you something.

As of 14.00 EDT Tuesday 4 October 2011, there’s no mention of Jillions as OCA Chancellor-designee on oca.org. The website had the obligation to confirm or deny the reports that were “out there”. Instead, it took a sphinx-like silence. This is further proof that Ginny Nieuwsma is NOT a journalist; she’s nothing but a paid mouthpiece for JP and Lyonyo (as the Apostle said, “a brazen sounding gong”). A real journalist is like the late Mike Royko… you go out there, you flush out the stories, and you publish them so that the ordinary sweats can get the TRUTH. If some jackass official (political or ecclesial) tries to pressure you into silence, you tell them, “Sod off. Get rooted in the most expeditious way possible”, you shout out the real story, and deal with whatever flak they send you. Again, this silence shows that Ginny Nieuwsma’s nothing but an obsequious toady to the “powers-that-be”… that’s a sign that EVERYTHING that she writes is suspect.

A friend sent me this in re Archbishop Dmitri Royster:

What do you make if this? There’s an In Memoriam section on the OCA website, but no mention at all of Dmitri. In my opinion, you don’t have to be a fan of the Archbishop to recognise that as wrong.   

Hear; hear! I agree wholeheartedly. You NEVER sugar-coat the past, nor do you try to suppress it. The truth ALWAYS finds its way out! Future historians of the Church in the diaspora in the USA and Canada will study Aleksandr Schmemann, Ivan von Meyendorff, Dmitri Royster, Seraphim Sigrist, Vitaly Ustinov, Georgi and Antony Grabbe, and Gleb Podmoshensky… not because they’re exemplars… they’re not, emphatically… but because they were a part of our history (and let’s face it, history would be BORING without the “bastards” and “enthusiasts”). I stand “for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”. That means “warts and all”. You NEVER omit someone because you dislike them, or even if you find them evil. Russians (and Leftists, in general) should never try to make Lenin, Yagoda, or Yezhov “unpersons”; Christians should never try to erase the record of evil men such as Judas Iscariot, Arius, the Iconoclasts, Aleksandr Vvedensky, Aleksandr Men, Kirill Terlecky, or Iosif Slipy. Note well that OrthoWiki (which has NO connection with the main Wikipedia, a geeky friend of mine assured me) refuses to relate the history surrounding Gleb Podmoshensky. That shows them to be Orwellian “retouchers” of history (an MP priest called it “mostly convert rubbish”… in many ways, it is). If we’re Christians, we follow Our Lord Christ, Who’s Incarnate Truth… therefore, if we try to “whitewash” or “retouch” the past, we’re servants of Satan, full stop. Christians do NOT believe in damnatio memoriae. Dmitri Royster died as a legit bishop of the OCA… it’s shameful that he’s NOT in the In Memoriam section of oca.org.

It’s unbelievable, but John Jillions wrote a self-serving comment in Stokoe’s comboxes in re his own nomination as OCA Chancellor. READ IT. The hubristic bastard expects you to swallow it whole, without demur. He and Stokoe are a pair, aren’t they? Here it is (you CAN keep down your lunch):

Well, I guess I’ll have to get used to a slightly higher public profile in the OCA if this goes through. But, as Mark notes this still must have the approval of the Holy Synod (I’ll meet with them on Wednesday). And no formal offer has been made or accepted. Otherwise, his report is correct except for a few details. I was in charge of the Doctor of Ministry (not MDiv) program at Saint Paul University until this year, and while I speak Russian fairly well, I am not at all fluent in Greek. Prayers will be much appreciated.

(Editor’s note (Mark Stokoe): Fr John is far too modest. We apologise for the error… and join in prayers for every future success. )

3 October 2011

Fr John A Jillions

Orthodox Christians for Accountability

http://ocanews.org/serendipity/index.php?/archives/652-New-Chancellor.html#comments

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Here’s a shot of something good… wasn’t Mark’s toadying to his pal Jillions treacly and cloying? AARGH! The above proves that Jillions is a cloistered academic with no idea of how things are done in the “real world”. Firstly, if there are corrections, you have a trusted underling or accomplice send it… you don’t do it yourself! That’s NEVER done. Note how he preens himself. Let’s see… he’s a dual citizen with no real allegiance to one polity or another… he’s an employee at a papist/Uniate institution (thereby, hobnobbing with those who directly attack the Church in the Western Ukraine)… he’s a brother-in-law to one of Lyonyo’s Old Gang in Syosset (don’t forget, Stokoe was Lyonyo’s loyal dog at the Chancery)… now, he shows himself a shameless self-promoter. Mark should have removed the name and made it an “anonymous” post… but he didn’t. That shows that not only Jillions is a puffed-up posturing fool, Mark’s a negligent and unthinking boob. These people wish to run the OCA… and they have nothing but contempt and condescension for you.

If you needed proof that “them whom the gods would destroy, first, they make them mad”, just look at what’s happening in the OCA. I rest my case…

Is Bishop Mel going to go along with the charade of naming Jillions Chancellor? We’ll soon have the measure of Mel Pleska… quo vadis, Bishop Mel?

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Albany NY

Nationalist Nutter Brings Suit Against Metropolitan Vladimir in Ukrainian Court

Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan of Kiev and all the Ukraine (1935- ), the First Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church/Moscow Patriarchate… a real hero (and mentor of KMG, too). The Cossack bodyguards are there to protect him from violence from unhinged Uniate fruitcake nationalists (don’t forget Blessed Gavriil Kostelnik and how he was murdered).

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On Wednesday, 5 October, the Supreme Administrative Court of the Ukraine will hear a complaint brought by Anatoly Ilchenko to invalidate and void a presidential decree conferring the rank of “Hero of the Ukraine” on Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan of Kiev. The official website of the Court published this information in a list of cases assigned for review on 5 October. As reported, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich awarded Metropolitan Vladimir the title of “Hero of the Ukraine” on 8 July 2011.

4 October 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=42488

Editor’s Note:

Jillions, the new OCA Chancellor-designee, works at a Uniate institution (he boasts about it on his webpage, giving a link to the scurvy establishment). I wonder what he’d say about this. He’d give a mealy-mouthed response, so as not to offend his Uniate paymasters. Reflect well that Mark Stokoe is a friend of this Judas and he’s just lusting to see him confirmed by the OCA Holy Synod (Jillions is part of Lyonyo’s Old Gang… does Stokoe see himself being reinstated at the Chancery next?).

Metropolitan Vladimir is a HERO. He’s fought the Uniate snakes for over twenty years. He DESERVES the official title of “Hero”, for without his grit and fortitude, we might not have a REAL canonical Church in the Ukraine. All honour and glory to the true hero Vladyki Vladimir… scorn and obloquy to the worthless and slinking traitor Jillions (Jillions doesn’t give undivided and wholehearted allegiance to an earthly state, so his spiritual duplicity and treason shouldn’t surprise you). There’s no other way for REAL Orthodox…

BMD

4 October 2011. This Just In… Apparently, Yustinian Was at Orthodox Ed Day, But Didn’t Serve

I just received the following:

The SVS site had no photos of the Liturgy showing the crowd… why? There WASN’T a crowd. I don’t think that Vladyki Yustinian served, although he was present. However, like his predecessors as Metropolia/OCA First Hierarch, JP’s the Chief Ecclesiastical Endorser for all Eastern Orthodox Chaplains commissioned by the US Armed Forces ex officio. This means he accredits all Eastern Orthodox chaplains and attests to their canonicity, whether they’re in the OCA or not. For him to be absent from an Orthodox Ed Day focused upon service in the military chaplaincy is scandalous to say the least… you can tell the end is nigh.

In addition, I received other corroborating word that Yustinian was there, but he wasn’t fully vested. Where were the OCA bishops? Michael Dahulich claimed that he had to be at the 2nd Street cathedral… but it’s an open secret that there’s no love lost between him and SVS. The world is being its usual fallen self. There are clergy who scream for “respect”… “in a pig’s arse”, I say. If you earn it, that’s one thing. If you demand it without doing what’s right, I’ll not give it to you, and I’ll tell you “what-for” to your face (I’m not a cowardly former Episkie hiding behind a “username”). Where was JP? He’s hiding out… and that’s not good. One last thing… oca.org didn’t report Yustinian’s presence at SVS. Patriarchia.ru would have a report up that same day. Ginny Nieuwsma proves, yet again, that’s she’s unfit to edit a horse sheet, let alone an official website. You’re supposed to REPORT the news, dear, not suppress it.

I feel sorry for the troops sent to foreign parts to fight useless wars for the oligarchs’ profit. I’ll pray for ‘em any day of the week. I’ll not pray for their victory (I’ll pray for their safety, though)… it’s just like crook clergy. You don’t support crank wars, but you NEVER EVER take it out on the poor bloody infantry… they’re just taking orders. You pray that they return home safely, and you give respect to those who return in a coffin. You NEVER EVER pay any disrespect to the fallen… at the least, they stood up (quite unlike strutting popinjays such as Paul Ryan and Rush Limbaugh, who’re cowards who shirked service).

Shame on Fathausen… he had an OBLIGATION to be at Orthodox Education Day, given its focus this year. This should tell you what to do…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Albany NY

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