The Most Holy Mother of God “Stand for Christ with the Martyr’s Cross”
A friend of mine sent me a link to a video that I only watched half-way through, then, I closed it down. It was so ungrounded in reality that it was breathtaking. Puhalo posted it on 16 October, nine days ago; it’s attracted 505 hits in all. Let me repeat that… it’s only attracted 505 hits out of a million Orthodox Christians in the USA over nine days… I got 31,658 hits on VFR last week (over seven days). I seem to think that there’s a slight difference. He actually posted, “A response to the vulger (sic), vindictive internet assualts (sic) on our Metropolitan and the Holy Synod, and other subjects, by anti-Christian bloggers within the Orthodox Church”. He sure told all of us! Now, let’s ask a question… “Who IS Bishop Lazar Puhalo?” Bishops are PUBLIC figures… they aren’t ordinary rank n’ filers such as you and me. Indeed, they claim “moral authority” (which I do NOT, emphatically). Click here for a bio of Lazar Puhalo.
Mirabile dictu! He’s supposedly a “retired bishop”… yet, he NEVER served as a ruling bishop in any legit Local Church. That’s right; he never served as a properly-ordained ruling bishop in any Local Church, nor was he ever a Vicar Bishop in one of the recognised canonical Local Churches. He was a wild n’ woolly GOC, in the so-called Milan Synod, and. later, in the schismatical “Patriarchate of Kiev”. Puhalo’s hot to trot about Fathausen and the OCA because Seraphim Storheim “regularised” him in 2003, making him a “retired bishop” of the OCA… what utter fatuity! Nevertheless, that’s why Puhalo’s screaming about “vulger (sic), vindictive internet assualts (sic) on our Metropolitan and the Holy Synod”. If it wasn’t for Storheim, he’d be out in the cold… he’d still be an oddball schismatic. The article in the link mentions that Puhalo’s the Civil Liaison for the Archdiocese of Canada with the Government of Canada… that means that he’s supposed to keep the Canadian authorities abreast of where Storheim’s located. Is he? Is he flouting that responsibility because he believes his known benefactor to be innocent? These are serious questions; the Church NEVER receives vagante “bishops” as bishops… it accepts them as priests (if it accepts them as clergy at all). That meant that Storheim exceeded his mandate, and that Puhalo’s an illicitly-ordained bishop.
Mind you, I don’t believe that Lazar Puhalo’s a personally evil man. I’ve met him… I know otherwise. This is why konvertsy especially make errors in judgement. They think that if someone’s “nice” and “kind”, that they’re holy… that’s not so. I don’t believe that Lazar Puhalo’s a perv… but he did defend Gleb Podmoshensky. He’s not a man of bad habits, rather, he’s an illustration of prelest embodied. He’s always ploughed his own furrow, and he’s going to end by leaving us, I’m sure. Don’t forget… Avvakum Petrov and Arius seemed personally upright men externally… and they were opponents of Christ and His Church. I don’t find opposing Lazar Puhalo pleasant… I don’t find it easy… yet, if we’re to “Stand for Christ with the Martyr’s Cross”… that’s what you and I must do.
Not all the autocephalist fanatics are morally-compromised… Lazar Puhalo isn’t. Never confuse “morally-compromised” with “prelest”. Many people with looney notions about Our Lord Christ have no obvious personal faults. That’s a fact. You can trust most of them in secular affairs… but you must oppose them in matters of faith. I’m NOT going to give you the link to the vid. If you wish to search for it on You Tube… so be it. It’s not worth your time. As I say, after ten days of posting on this popular site, it’s only attracted a little over 500 hits. This is more sad and pathetic than anything else… and one feels bad in having to oppose such a personally-unobjectionable sort. However… the Church is WHAT IT IS… that’s a sharp lesson that I had to learn the hard way. It isn’t WHAT WE WISH IT TO BE. No, it’s not just the bishops… no, it’s not just the clergy… no, it isn’t even just the visible Church. Yet, the Church has a shape, a form, and a history that we go against at our peril.
In any case, if Lazar Puhalo doesn’t like me, he should see some of the Russian secular reporters (that’s who I model myself on). They got some justice in the Vladimir sex abuse scandal… the Bishop of Vladimir took active steps (or he faced sharp action by the authorities if he didn’t, to be sure). Reportage on the Church isn’t “religious”, nor is it “hagiography”… its journalism… in fact, it’s secular journalism, following all of its rules. That’s why I’m ending this. A good journalist gives themselves “800 words” (more or less) to make a point… if you go on and on, it proves that you don’t know what you’re talking about. Not all our opponents are ogres… don’t be disarmed by “niceness” or “kindness”… don’t be repelled by “vulgarity”. Our Lord Christ wasn’t… he chose fishermen over scholars… ponder that.
Tuesday 25 October 2011