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Monday, 9 July 2012

9 July 2012. What a Day! I’m Glad It’s Over…


Well, this crazy day is over, thank the good God. I think that we can put things to bed (including me)… I only napped a couple of times last night to keep up with the news, and it’s catching up with me. However, it’s no time to relax… the day’s events actually raised more questions than they answered. Be sure of this… JP didn’t resign anything of importance. It was classic First Family Kabuki, and if you take it at face value… don’t say that I didn’t warn you. I fear that things will actually get WORSE for a bit…

As for you and me, besides exercising due care and vigilance to make sure that no First Family schauspieler makes off with any parish movables, it’s summer… as the above image indicates. It’s on the banks of the Yenisei River near Krasnoyarsk… a 30 degree (86 degrees Fahrenheit) day at the beach. Things aren’t really going to kick into gear until the autumn. Enjoy the summer. That’s why God made it…



9 July 2012. A Blast from the Metropolia Past… Fr Dmitri Ressetar Gives Bishop Kip a Cheque


In the above image, Fr Dmitri Ressetar is handing Archbishop Kyprian Borisevich a cheque for the Building Fund of St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Mayfield PA. In those days, there was no question about where the money was going, and what it was going to be used for. It was used for the very purpose that it was raised for… what a concept! If you’re in an OCA parish, do be careful of anyone slinking around looking for money, especially if its Perich or anybody from Bobby’s fishpond. Syosset wasn’t straight with you in its reportage of the JP brouhaha, so… keep your money in your wallet, and do watch the parish funds and deeds. The next couple of months are going to be too “interesting”, by half.

Remember, we used to know how to act honourably… what will it take for us to return to that?


9 July 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. New British Police Guidelines

New British Police Guidelines

Sergei Yolkin



According to Theresa May, British Secretary of State for the Home Department, British police should be able to use stricter methods in suppressing rioters, and the authorities fully support any new standards, if the use of force is reasonable and within existing legal limits. Speaking in London before the press and police officers, May appealed to the governing bodies of the various police services with a request to develop new guidelines for operations, after the recent riots and looting in the streets of London and other British cities. Critics faulted the government for not allowing the police to contain the rioters in these altercations, as the police are “reluctant” to apply more stringent tactics without orders. May said, “According to past experience, we know that the police face charges of abuse if they use overly-harsh tactics, but they also face criticism if they’re perceived as too lenient”.

16 August 2011

Sergei Yolkin



9 July 2012. Here’s the Latest on the JP Saga

Don’t Start a New Job without Reading the Instructions

Unknown Artist

Soviet poster



Don’t celebrate… the Holy Synod said nothing. It’s not even clear what JP’s future is. This press release is classic First Family obfuscation and smoke n’ mirrors. Read this post carefully, and twice… there’s much verbiage and VERY LITTLE content. There’s still a long slog ahead of us…


Here’s the OCA blurb:

On Monday, July 9, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops met via conference call to further discuss His Beatitude’s resignation, as reported earlier on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America. The hierarchs issued the following statement at the conclusion of their meeting.

To the Venerable Clergy, Devout Monastics, and Pious Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America:

Beloved in Christ, Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

On Friday, July 6, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, tendered his resignation as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America. The Holy Synod of Bishops, chaired by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, met via conference call on Saturday, July 7, 2012. During that meeting, the Holy Synod accepted Metropolitan Jonah’s resignation and deliberated on courses of action.

On Monday, July 9, 2012, the Holy Synod of Bishops, including Metropolitan Jonah, met again via a conference call to continue those deliberations. Metropolitan Jonah will retain the title ‘His Eminence, Metropolitan Jonah, former Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All-America and Canada’.

The Holy Synod appointed the senior hierarch of the Holy Synod, His Eminence, the Most Reverend Nathaniel, Archbishop of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, as the Locum Tenens of the Orthodox Church in America. His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel will be commemorated in the Liturgy as ‘His Eminence the Most Reverend Nathaniel, Archbishop of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, Locum Tenens of the Orthodox Church in America’. The Holy Synod appointed His Grace, the Right Reverend Michael, Bishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, as the Administrator of the Orthodox Church in America. The Holy Synod has appointed His Grace, the Right Reverend Alexander, Bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian Archdiocese, as the Locum Tenens of the Archdiocese of Washington. His Grace will be commemorated in the Liturgy as ‘His Grace, the Right Reverend Alexander, Bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian Archdiocese, Locum Tenens of the Archdiocese of Washington’.

The Holy Synod of Bishops is currently discussing arrangements with Metropolitan Jonah and, with all due pastoral consideration, will take into account his requests as outlined in his letter of resignation. The Holy Synod of Bishops will also meet in due time to discuss future plans for the leadership of the Church. The Holy Synod thanks Metropolitan Jonah for his considerate decision and requests that the Clergy and Faithful keep Metropolitan Jonah and the Orthodox Church in America in their prayers.

Assuring you of Our Archpastoral Blessing, we are,

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America

9 July 2012




Note well that the OCA release is an exercise in saying nothing with a maximum of verbiage. There’s no hint whatsoever on what the Synod is going to do about JP, if anything. Also, there’s no word about the Diocese of the South… after all, JP’s lusting after it. The buzz out there is that there’s going to be a Sobor this fall. I’ll simply say this… it may become moot. Things are afoot…


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