Voices from Russia

Monday, 7 November 2011

7 November 2011. Gleanings From My Mailbag…

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You don’t have to agree with someone to be friends…

As for what’s happening in Orthodoxy in America, the sad part is that the traditional “checks n’ balances” that one sees in the homeland don’t apply here. In Russia, if you don’t like a priest, or if he doesn’t like you, you go to another parish. Indeed, the average person in the average city attends three different parishes on a regular basis. Here… many clergy revel in the Church’s “hidden” status… they’re free of the usual scrutiny by press and state that the Church in the motherland undergoes. They take advantage of the fact that we’re so small that we’re under the radar of both the press and the state. If Velencia had tried to do what he did here in Russia or in Greece, his bishop would haul him in, as he’d be afraid of the press or of questions from state officials. Here… why they do as they please, including breaking the law. They terrorise the faithful into not reporting things to the authorities (do remember Eric Iliff).

The worst thing is that they’ve aired everything that they could find in my past (we’ve all got at least one or two “skeletons” in our closet), then, they made up a thing or two, thus, destroying my privacy. You can’t replace that. They did it as an object lesson to “encourage the others”. “If you don’t play our game, we’ll do this to you, too”. That’s not Christ-like in the least. It’s why people like Lebedeff who sign themselves “with love in Christ” disgust me so. Christ would chase ’em out with the cat o’ nine tails. I’ll carry on… for we’ll either disappear in these parts (God WILL prevail in general… but there’s no guarantee of this or that part surviving), or we’ll put things right. However, we’ll not put them right without a willingness to pay the cost. Shall we? That’s THE question…

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Fr Vsevolod Chaplin (1968- ), the head of the MP Department of Church and Society confabbing with Gennady Zyuganov (1944- ), the First Secretary of the KPRF, planning common strategies and actions.

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Remember who stood up for the Church in the Nasty ’90s! It sure wasn’t Potapov and the Vlasovtsy! The more that the REAL Church stands to the left… the more the konvertsy turn to the RIGHT. They’re not of us… they’re to the right of the FAR Right… and that does take some doing. Do you notice how they WON’T listen to His Holiness, and they refuse to acknowledge that people like Fr Vsevolod and Bishop Mark exist? I know… Fr Vsevolod is friends with THOSE REDS and Bishop Mark is in favour of PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD. Oh… the humanity! A showdown’s coming… and it WON’T be pretty. There’s going to be plenty of blood on the floor… but we have to do it… otherwise, Satan wins. Take heart…. Occupy Wall Street has captured the popular imagination more than the phoney Tea Party ever did. The oligarchs are scared, dear… what do they know that we don’t?

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It’s all ending as Low Farce… they think that they’re Roland at the Pass, but they’re just Benny Hill on a bad day. Just when you thought that you’d seen it all…

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In any case… the OCA’s sliding down the chute… they’re pressuring other Orthodox bloggers. Me… they know that they can’t get me, I’ve got competent legal aid, and they don’t want to mess with that. Most other people don’t have my grit, to speak frankly. You NEVER let them “speak privately”… you’re sunk. Keep it all public and “loud n’ proud”, and you’ll weather it. You’ve got to deal with braying jackasses airing all your old peccadilloes, but them’s the breaks. Be good… where’s the jug? We both need one… let me put a slug o’ something good in your tea…

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No! (To Drink)

V Govorkov

1954

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You not only joined our faith, you joined our naroda. We Russians believe that if you spill one drop of your blood for Russia… that makes you Russian. We also believe that you can be one of us if you wish it, but you can’t learn it in a book, in a classroom, or in a lecture hall. You must bake kulich at Easter, munch on apples at Transfiguration (that’s why we call it “Apple Spas”, dear), and simply pray with us. You can’t apprehend “Russity”… “Russianness”… with your mind. You can only live our life and join yourself to our “tribe” (yes… that’s what it is). Orthodoxy only comes in “embodied” forms, and there’s no such thing as “American” Orthodoxy. Take my hand, dear… it’s not scary, but it WILL challenge you… as you’ve NEVER been challenged before.

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I’m NOT an art expert… I’m an art lover who’s been around long enough to know a thing or two. Therefore, there are lacunae in my knowledge, quite a bit. That being said, my contention is that you can’t know a people until you know their “visual culture”. You must internalise Repin’s painting of Ivan Grozny holding his murdered son, Makovsky’s A Boyar Wedding Feast, Serov’s famous Impressionist portrait of St Nikolai Aleksandrovich… not to mention Toidze’s famous The Mother-Motherland Calls and NO! (To Drink).

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The Mother-Motherland Calls!

Irakli Toidze

1941

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Look at our cartoons… look at what we do for our kids. That’ll teach you more than any dry dusty tome would! Listen to the Song of the Goldfish and see how the Mikhail Ivanych the Blacksmith Bear saves The Seven Little Goats. That’s more important than Canon This and Father That (anyone at your parish will tell you that, too… and so will your Batiushka, if he’s any good). Orthodoxy’s highly experiential… it’s why the “thinkers” get it all wrong. It’s why we drive the papists CRAZY… the Church IS the “Big Tent”, and there’s room for all sorts in it (even the SVS blowhards… although, I think that most goodhearted people don’t listen to them, so, don’t get too hot n’ bothered about ’em). The Church is like the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz… “Some people go this way… some go that way…” We’re NOT lock-step conformists, despite what Reardon and Freeman say. Orthodoxy doesn’t so much give you answers as it gives you the right questions to find the right path that leads to the correct answers.

Beware of books and beware false jumped-up frauds pretending to be elders (none of the convert priests or monastics posing as elders are such, dear). Elders DON’T have “special knowledge” or talk using “Elder Speech”. “Why don’t you talk that one over with one of your friends… they’re closer to the situation than I am”… that’s how REAL elders write. No REAL elder writes book-length tomes… they’re too busy with their prayer, life, and obediences. Normally, it’s only a sentence or two… but that’s quite good enough (it’s not because they’re so “wise”… it’s because they’re bloody busy, and you’re not the most important thing in their life). In short, it’s not like the books at all. BEWARE ALL JUMPED-UP CONVERT CHARLATANS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO CALL THEMSELVES “READER” AND “SUBDEACON”. DON’T argue with them… it’s a pointless waste of breath… avoid them, if you can; oppose them, if you must. Be good… you’re in my prayers and I’ll certainly light a candle for you the next time that I’m at liturgy.

“The good stuff is hidden in the cupboard… get it out… put away the rotgut… the phonies are gone, dear…”

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 I’m only human, after all. What they do is meant to be painful… and it is. However, they’ve ripped away my privacy and my good name… and that can never be regained. That’s why they do it. ADS brought this cancer amongst us. Oddly enough, the Centre’s original plan was to simply go after the Metropolia’s property in court (as they did with St Nick’s in the ’60s)… but Nikodim found willing patsies in ADS and Meyendorff, so he used them. Vladyki Leonty was dead… Vladyki Irinei was under ADS’ thumb… so, Rotov “saw his opportunities and he took ’em”… a true son of George Washington Plunkitt. I’ll tell you what’s most maddening… many of those who attack me the most viciously in public say in private, “I really respect her…” Trust me, a little more “respect” like that, and I’ll be in the grave.

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This time, it’s all me. It’s not that my correspondents didn’t say interesting things… I couldn’t present anything without offering clues to their identities… and I view privacy as the most precious thing that my correspondents possess. I’ve had mine taken away… I’ll fight anyone who tries to do that to anyone else…

BMD 

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7 November 2011. Why didn’t oca.org publicise What Happened on Friday 4 November at the Sobor?

Who’s the hydrant? Who’s the dog? I’ll give you a hint… JP’s laughing at you (just like after the contretemps in March, kids). As for JP’s loud talk about homosexuality… do notice how quiet he is about his INTIMATE relationship with his sodomite guru Podmoshensky (GP)…

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It’s 13.30 EST Monday 7 November 2011, and oca.org has NOTHING posted on the last day of the Sobor (it did post some inconsequential fluff on the bootless “Strategic Plan”, though). Wo ist kleine Fraulein Ginny? Is she still JP’s shill? If so, why didn’t she report ANYTHING on the last day of the Sobor? There’s NOTHING on oca.org. A journalist has the responsibility, duty, and obligation to get the news out in a timely and concise manner… so that YOU can be informed. For instance, if I received news from my usual sources that Metropolitan Vladimir died, I’d check it in the usual places, then, if there were an English-language report, I’d cut and paste it as a “placeholder” (I don’t like “cut n’ pasting”)… so that you have it. Lil’ Mizz Ginny isn’t a journalist… she doesn’t care to keep you informed. She’s JP’s drooling lackey… she only gives you what he wants you to know. There IS an account out there on Friday’s events. I’ll cut n’ paste it for you. It’s from Rebecca Matovic, one of the more vocal autocephalist sorts. That doesn’t matter… it rings true. By the way, friends often tell me that opponents of mine lift material off my site all the time. My attitude is simple… once it’s “out there”, it’s “out there”, for the free use of anyone, including my opponents. You can’t have any other attitude. I simply don’t have the time to chase down such things… nor do you. Let’s see what happened on Friday, as per an eyewitness…

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Well, I’ve been waiting for the podcast of the Friday morning session to appear, but nothing so far. Instead, here’s an account from someone who was there:

This morning was disaster, but of a different sort. They did a resolution about the sanctity of marriage, and Jonah practically said, “This will pass regardless of how you vote”. One guy did speak against it (brave soul). Jonah did say that people “suffering from” same-sex attraction should be welcomed in the Church… strong implication being that only if they were willing and attempting to give up or struggle with the attraction. That one passed. The resolution on internet behaviour failed (interestingly). We then heard several reports (Orthodox Health Plans, Orthodox Institutional Chaplains, Department of Music, Department of Christian Education, etc.). We then proceeded to pass a resolution thanking our hosts and were promptly told we were out of time and had to end. Remaining resolutions about implementing the “cut” in funding were not able to even be considered. Middle East Christians and the revitalisation of FOS will also have to wait. Then, true to the word, the workers came in while we were still exiting the hall and began tearing down the room. It was, to me, the most bizarre ending to anything I have ever seen, and served to highlight the waste of time we spent on the “Strategic Plan” and the reports (which were in the handouts anyway and should’ve been received as a full group, with opportunities for questions). Some of the elder priests and laity got vocal in their disappointment at the abrupt end. Wonder if that session podcast will be edited or even posted? Oh, well. Like the Cubs, there’s always 2014.

Rebecca Matovic

http://rebeccaam.livejournal.com/

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Ms Matovic posted this on Saturday… I’m not the only person with the link to this. I waited until today to give Lil’ Mizz Ginny plenty of time to post on the affair. I’m not unfair. She’s had THREE DAYS to report on this… and she REFUSED to, yet again. She only posts if she’s goaded, which means that Fathausen has every intention of keeping you in the dark… he doesn’t intend to tell you squat doodly unless he’s pinned to the mat (and, then, he’ll backtrack as soon as he gets out of the hold).

I’d say that it’s time for the Holy Synod to shitcan JP. He’s refused to do anything substantive, and “evaluation” is nothing but an expensive legal dodge dreamt up by the RCs to convince willing suckers that abusive priests were being “treated”. On top of that, he screams loudly about “homosexuality”… yet, he had a long and intimate relationship with his guru GP, he went to Russia under GP’s auspices, and he protects the cultish HOOMies who were GP’s protégés. Birds of a feather DO flock together. Note well how JP protects Ray Velencia, who likes to use lawyers to harass people (let’s see… Ray had his mouthpiece send out at least three threatening letters, and maybe six… I’ll testify to that in any court anywhere). Note well how JP tries to promote his Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley pals Eliel and Brum. JP acts as though the so-called “Brum Doctrine” (i.e., the Metropolitan is the absolute monarch of the Church) is Orthodox theology… when it’s actually rank heresy of the worst sort.

Reading oca.org is like listening to Rush Limbaugh or watching Fox News… it rots away your brain and makes it incapable of ascertaining reality. Like Rush Limbaugh, it’s nothing but lies and Tall Tales unfit for any decent adult human being. Lil’ Mizz Ginny is like Rush… pushing the Big Lie repeatedly… if you buy into it, you’re a boob and certifiable moron. In fact, Paffhausen (and his Éminence grise, Potapov) is an extremist rightwinger politically, he wants the Church to sign onto Christian Right fantasy like the Manhattan Declaration, which is a POS gemisch run up by a bunch of godless “Evangelicals”, so my comparison of oca.org to Rush Limbaugh and Fox News isn’t farfetched, is it?

Paffhausen delenda est. There’s no other way…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 7 November 2011

Albany NY

7 November 2011. Video. Yiayia Speaks Her Mind!

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This one’s for ADULTS ONLY… NC-17! Greek condom commercial spoof… it’s drop-dead funny!

BMD

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