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Monday, 26 December 2011

26 December 2011. A Whisper Heard in the Loggia… BEWARE the Herbst Clan and OPPOSE Them at ALL Costs

Blasphemous “icon” made by the Yushchenko-led Orangie trash in the UkraineJohn Herbst knew of and supported such shit… as does all of his clan, no doubt. Be forewarned of anyone with the surname “Herbst”.

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You hear interesting stuff in the loggia and agora… much of it’s nothing but crank smears or uninformed maundering, and one has to ruthlessly shitcan all of that. However, here’s a warning to all good Orthodox Christians everywhere. The Herbst clan’s quite involved in the Vlasovtsy schismatic outfit under Agafangel Pashkovsky. John Herbst was the US Ambassador to the Ukraine at the time of the Reconciliation. The Bushies sent him to both New York City and Moscow to try to derail the proceedings. He tirelessly laboured to ruin the reunion, but he failed. A Nadezhda Herbst of this scurvy clan’s a loudmouth on the Indiana List where she argued vociferously against the Reconciliation. Love BT (of all people) outed her political connections and raised quite a stink about the Bushies meddling in religious affairs. Do note this:

In December 2006, Archimandrite Benjamin Trepaliuk accused Agafangel of a “pathological hatred of Russia, its authorities, and its people” and of collaborating with the Central Intelligence AgencyArchimandrite Benjamin claimed that Agafangel believes the CIA to be “the most human organisation in the world”, which “cares for the good of all people”. Others point to the suspended bishop’s friendship with John Herbst, the former US ambassador to the Ukraine, as “ties with the [US] State Department”, as well as his active support of the administration of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, seen by many Russians as a “CIA puppet”.

http://orthodoxwiki.org/Agafangel_(Pashkovsky)_of_Odessa

So, add another name to the “watch list”, know that ANYONE with the surname Herbst is a part of the Hall of Shame that includes JP, Potapov, Alexander Webster, Freddie M-G, Rod Dreher, Patrick Henry Reardon, amongst others.

There be dragons out there… and they DO hate us enough to want to hurt us (I’m talking of diaspora Russian Orthodoxy in general). Caveat auditor… mistrust ANYONE who tries to peddle disunity… ANYONE.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 26 December 2011

Albany NY  

Greek Coppers Tried to Nick Vatopedi Abbot… Couldn’t Due to Illness

Yes… I know that this is Simonopetra… it’s just a generic “Holy Mountain” image…

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On Saturday, a spokesman for Vatopedi Monastery told Interfax that the abbot of the monastery, Archimandrite Ephrem, whom the Greek police suspect of economic crimes, is going to turn himself in to police. He said that a court ordered Fr Ephrem’s arrest on Friday. The spokesman went on to state to our Interfax correspondent, as an expression of his personal views, “The arrest is purely political in nature. Less than a month ago, the Belt of the Mother of God, which is kept at Vatopedi Monastery, was brought to Russia, so, I don’t rule out that this move by the Greek authorities might be associated with that fact”. Interfax doesn’t have an official reaction from the Greek authorities on this matter.

One of the most revered Orthodox relics, the Belt of the Most Holy Mother of God, was in Russia from 20 October to 28 November. During this time, almost 3 million people venerated the relic, including top leaders of the Russian state. Originally, the Belt was supposed to return to Mount Athos on 23 November, but the Athonite fathers extended its stay in Russia because of the unprecedented scale of the pilgrimage to it. The record for the length of the queue to the shrine and the waiting time in it was in Moscow, where it was 6 kilometres (3.72 miles) long and people waited up to 26 hours. In St Petersburg, the queue stretched for 3 kilometres (1.86 miles), and in other cities, it averaged about 2 kilometres (1.25 miles) in length. The Foundation of St Andrew the First-Called sponsored the tour of the Belt of the Mother of God to Russia. Typically, once a year, the Vatopedi fathers take the reliquary with the Belt to one or another Greek city in response to urgent requests of the faithful. Previously, Vatopedi Monastery, the largest monastery in Greece, refused all requests from other countries to bring the reliquary there, particularly, from the United States and Romania. They made an exception for Russia.

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Due to the advice of physicians who accompanied them, Greek police didn’t arrest Archimandrite Ephrem, the abbot of Vatopedi Monastery. On Saturday evening, a spokesman of the monastery told Interfax, “Today, police arrived at the monastery to arrest of Archimandrite Ephrem. However, after examining the abbot, the doctors who came with the police decided that it would be unwise for the archimandrite to leave the monastery due to health reasons”. Our source told us that Fr Ephraim’s “very sick and the decision of the Greek court to arrest him caused him much stress”. As reported late last week, Greek police suspect him of economic crimes, so, a court ordered the archimandrite’s arrest.

The MP DECR felt that the decision to arrest Fr Ephrem was unduly harsh. Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, Secretary of the DECR, told Interfax-Religion, “This is an unprecedented event, so, naturally, we’re concerned. Even if we allow that Fr Ephrem may be guilty of something, the arrest of a monk who’s the superior of a monastery is an extraordinary action”. For its part, a statement from the Foundation of St Andrew the First-Called said that such decisions are the result of “the political agenda of certain circles of the Greek establishment, who wish to demonstrate to the West that they’re prepared to deny the principles of spiritual life, as they’re embodied in the Greek Constitution. We have special indignation that the court actions are directed against a spiritual master, one of the most respected on Mount Athos, an elderly and ailing man who suffers from many illnesses”. The Foundation urged the Holy Community (Ιερά Κοινότητα (Iera Kinotita)) (the governing body of Mount Athos), Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias, the First Hierarchs of the other Local Orthodox Churches, and ordinary believers to defend Fr Ephrem, “who’s subject to persecution not commensurate with the ostensible reason for the affair”.

24/26 December 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=43551

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=43556

Editor’s Note:

Lest we forget, Langley fomented a coup against an Ecumenical Patriarch in 1948… his only sin was being leftist in politics and being friendly to the Centre. This smells of the same fishy brew, doesn’t it? Don’t forget… one of the main spokesmen in the anti-reconciliation bloc in the ROCOR in 2007 was George Stephanopoulos’ sister, who was a ROCOR nun in the Holy Land at the time. The CIA will do anything to drive a wedge between the Centre and “Greek” Orthodox… and to aid “anti-communist” elements amongst Russian Orthodox (thus, creating disunity in our ranks). This smells like another American interference in Greek Orthodox and Greek affairs. Keep focused… my information tells me that the rank n’ file priests in the Rodina told their parishioners to vote “Red” in the last election. My contacts also tell me that the Greek Church is hard–pressed due to the need to support people left without a prayer due to cuts by the Greek government (which like their American counterparts, targeted the weak and asked NOTHING of the moneyed… I wonder why).

This is why both the Republican and Democratic Parties are equally crank. Both wink at the use of the American special services to interfere in the internal affairs of the Local Orthodox Churches and in the countries of the Orthodox civilisational sphere. That’s why the CFR’s an extremist organisation… no matter where they stand on domestic politics, all those affiliated with this evil coterie have the crackbrained notion that they have a mission to spread American “democracy” and “freedom” using whatever means it takes… including the most foul and violent, if it comes to that. Don’t forget… prior to the 2007 reconciliation, the ROCOR was reliably in Langley’s corner. I’ll be blunt… anti-communism was more important than Christianity was to all too many ROCOR apparatchiki! I’m NOT over-exaggerating. The lies that issued out of Jordanville boggled the mind (especially concerning the Cossack incident in Austria and the Vlasovtsy)… political zaniness and historical crankiness complemented its doctrinal straightness. People stayed faithful because of their spirituality… not because of their rightwing secular notions and fantasies.

Let’s stand up and show that REAL Orthodox are against such depravity, baseness, and evil (and oppose its willing mouthpieces like JP, Lyonyo, Potapov, Serge Schmemann, Anya Schmemann, and Sophia Kishkovsky)… our eternal destiny DOES depend on it.

BMD

Scotland May Opt for Secession

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Scottish Prime Minister Alex Salmond promised to hold a referendum on whether Scotland should secede from the UK, to “win the fight for independence”. Sir Gus O’Donnell, the UK Cabinet Secretary, acknowledged that there’s a very real threat of a division of the kingdom. He said that there was a risk that the UK would cease to be a unified state within several years. In May 2011, the National Party won the elections for Stormont (Scottish Parliament), having received an absolute majority. This influenced the rise of separatist sentiment in Scotland. As shown by the latest opinion poll among Scots, they’d vote for independence if their standard of living rose by £ 500 (24,400 Roubles. 785 USD. 600 Euros) a year. The survey also indicated that only 25 percent of respondents prefer to remain in the UK. However, if the economic situation worsens, then, only 21 percent of Scots would support secession from the UK and 66 percent would vote against independence in a possible referendum.

However, the Scottish standard of living is unlikely to rise by £ 500 a year. According to latest official figures, the British economy is in recession. Recently, UK Prime Minister David Cameron recognised this; he told his colleagues in the Conservative Party that the upcoming 2012 “will be the most difficult time in the last thirty years, i.e. since the early 1980s, when Margaret Thatcher was in power”. In addition, the ties between London and Edinburgh are strong. Tens of thousands of Britons work for Scottish companies, and many more study in universities in Scotland. There’s a similar number of Scots living and working in British cities. More and more Scots seek work in London and other major British cities because of unemployment in their home region. Therefore, for the foreseeable future, until the British economy starts to recover, Scottish nationalists are unlikely to persuade their countrymen to secede from the United Kingdom.

24 December 2011

Sergei Sayenko

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2011/12/24/62817214.html

Greek Police Arrest Abbot of Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos

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Greek police arrested Archimandrite Ephrem, the Abbot of Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos. This monastery is the repository of the Holy Belt of the Most Holy Mother of God that recently visited Russia. The Greek procurator’s office accused Fr Ephrem of striking a number of deals in exchanging several cheap plots of land belonging to Vatopedi monastery for expensive property in Athens. Investigators believe that these deals caused the loss of at least 100 million Euros (4.078 billion Roubles. 130.7 million USD. 83.6 million UK Pounds) to the government. Fr Ephrem himself declared his innocence and rejected the charges against him. He’ll stay under arrest until the end of the court proceedings.

25 December 2011

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/12/25/62858133.html

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