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Monday, 11 February 2013

11 February 2013. Lent? … It’s Five Weeks Away!

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Usually, Orthodox Easter is only a week after Catholic Easter, or, sometimes, on the same day. Well… this year is one of those oddbod occurrences where there’s FIVE WEEKS difference. Western Lent begins on Wednesday 13 February, with Catholic Easter on 31 March. Orthodox Lent begins on Monday 18 March, with Orthodox Easter on 5 May. Whew! Our Lent begins just 13 days before Catholic Easter. This means that all the papists can sneak over to our houses and party hearty without getting caught by their Nosy Parkers. In like manner, we’ll creep over to the papists’ houses and grab a piece of meatloaf during our Lent (turnaround is fair play). In fact, some of the seminarians at Jordanville showed one of my Cabinet members where they sneak off for burgers during the Lents. Hey, that’s a slice of REAL life.

In short… Lent isn’t a straitjacket… never forget that. Remember… Lent’s supposed to be a time of spiritual growth; it’s not an exercise in looking at food tables for this-or-that week. Keep it focused, kids…

BMD

 

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Russia Warns Against Military Strike on Iran

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Russian UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin warned that a military attack on Iran would only strengthen the resolve and grass-root support of nuclear bomb proponents there, saying in an interview, “I share the opinion that a strike [against Iran] would only play into the hands of those vying for the creation of a nuclear bomb. It’d be rather an irrational and dangerous step”. Churkin said that he hoped that common sense would prevent the USA from attacking Iran. He emphasised that none of the P5+1 group members believed that Tehran had made a final decision to build a nuclear bomb, noting, “As long as the decision isn’t final, there remains a leeway for political dialogue. A military attack would torpedo talks with Iran, and it’d nullify the possibility for the renewal of political negotiations”.

Churkin also said that claims that the USA is providing Syrian insurgents only with so-called “non-lethal” weapons don’t relieve Washington of any responsibility for murders carried out by armed anti-Assad fighters. Churkin emphasised that the USA is an extremely powerful state, which enjoys enormous authority in such countries as Qatar, the chief arms supplier of the Syrian opposition. He added that if the USA wants to remain consistent in its policy, it should restrain those countries providing Syrian rebels with deadly weapons. Churkin voiced Moscow’s concern over rumours of a chemical threat in Syria, observing, “We believe there’s been too much scaremongering… which makes you feel that someone is looking for a pretext to invade Syria. We’re afraid the opposition may be tempted to use chemical weapons in their interests”.

11 February 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_02_11/Russia-warns-against-military-strike-on-Iran/

Editor’s Note:

Non-lethal weapons”… that’s oxymoronic. The Syrian rebels aren’t cops using water cannons and rubber bullets. The USA was caught with its hand in the cookie jar and it’s trying to brazen its way out. Victoria Nuland should be ashamed of herself (as should all of her staff)… but she won’t be. She makes a good living lying for the aggressors… and so do all her staff. Makes ya wonder about our country’s priorities… we can’t “afford” to have universal health insurance but there’s plenty of money to hire soulless PR flacks to spin aggression in foreign parts. There are also oodles of money to provide comprehensive health coverage for wealthy rightwing pols that attack state-provided healthcare for the rest of us (do you see the contradiction in that?). I don’t want to follow the money in this case… it leads to Shit Brook USA. God do help us…

BMD

11 February 2013. Moriak Back in Late February? More on Perich and Bobby…

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I heard this whisper in the loggia:

When Perich was on QVC on Easter, then-Archbishop Herman Swaiko went ballistic and decided to suspend him. He even drafted a letter, but, of course, “changed his mind”. Was it “money talks and bullshit walks?”

That smells like Bobby, doesn’t it? Talking about Bobby, one of the Cabinet sent me this concerning him (it’s from an old newspaper report):

Yana Huss tried everything to escape, said the Rev Robert Kondratick, the pastor at her Venice church. “Could something else have been done?” he asked. “I think Yana reached out to as many people as she could. I think she did as much as she could”.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20070513/NEWS/705130507?p=7&tc=pg

Was Bobby representing himself as a priest in good standing (much as Ray Velencia’s doing now)? His suspension was in March 2007; this story is from May 2007. That is, two months AFTER his suspension. True, it was three months prior to his defrocking, but the sources I asked were unanimous… suspended clergy aren’t supposed to serve in any way, nor are they to represent themselves as clergy. Do note that this has impartial third-party backing. Lastly, it looks like Vinnie Peterson’s attempting to sneak Moriak back into the active episcopate without any further ado (and no “counselling”, either). One of the Cabinet told me:

I keep hearing people toss around late February for when Moriak will be off “administrative leave” or whatever the hell they’re calling it. I saw the schedule of Lenten services in the Chicago area and saw that Moriak is only “tenatively scheduled” to preach at the cathedral. Actually, it’s standard practise for the bishop to preach at the last of the Chicago Lenten services, which is always the first Bridegroom Matins service, Palm Sunday evening. During the mess when Herman was metropolitan, we always greatly anticipated Vladyki Job‘s remarks.

Well… it looks like Vinnie’s attempting a fast one, probably with the collaboration of Lyonyo, Jillions, and Dahulich (Mollard‘s a grinning cipher). If you’re from Chi-town, make a stink… it might derail this. If you remain supine and passive… they’ll fuck you in odd places with no Vaseline and expect you to smile, too. I can see why the Centre’s taking a “hands off” attitude. As a friend of mine said, “No matter what we’d do, it’d be ‘wrong’… the best thing to do is to let the situation fall to pieces of its own volition, then, we’ll help everybody who wants to be helped”. Truly, that’s the only thing to do in such a situation. It’s time to go home, isn’t it?

I realised, it’s been three years since Vladyki Job passed… and things haven’t gotten better… they’ve deteriorated. Those who called him “the last honest bishop in the OCA” weren’t far off the mark…

BMD

 

Pope of Rome Benedict XVI Ratzinger Makes Surprise Resignation Announcement

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On Monday, Vatican Radio reported that Benedict XVI Ratzinger, the Pope of Rome, would step down as head of the Catholic Church on 28 February due to old age and failing health. They quoted the Pope, who is 85, as saying in a declaration, “I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20.00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I’ve come to the certainty that my strengths, due to advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. In today’s world, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength, which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I’ve had to recognise my incapacity to fulfill adequately the ministry entrusted to me. A conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is”. Italian TV channel RAI News reported that the conclave, a meeting of cardinals, would gather to choose his successor in March.

Pope Benedict XVI was born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger in Bavaria, in Germany, in 1927. He became the 265th Pope in 2005 following his predecessor John Paul II’s death. The Pope is spiritual leader of an estimated 1.2 billion Catholic believers, according to the Annuario Pontificio, its annual statistical report. News of the Pope’s resignation was quite unexpected and spurred an emotional reaction on behalf of officials worldwide.

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters that the news was “moving and touching”. He said that he expected a reaction from Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel later. French President François Hollande said Benedict XVI’s decision to renounce his post was “worthy of respect”. Leonid Slutsky, the head of the RF Gosduma’s Committee for CIS Affairs and Compatriot Relations, said the pontiff’s decision might further dialogue between the MP and Roman Catholics, telling RIA-Novosti, “A meeting between the [Russian Orthodox] patriarch and the new Pope, who’s likely to be elected soon, may become an important historic landmark in relations between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church. However, this will take place only when both churches think that all prerequisites are fulfilled”. Aleksandr Avdeyev, former Culture Minister, recently became RF Ambassador to the Vatican. Slutsky said that Avdeyev is one of Russia’s most influential diplomats, whose presence in the Vatican would strengthen inter-church relations. Slutsky also said it was hard to evaluate the motives that the Pope was guided by when he decided to renounce his post, as many processes in the Catholic world are often closed to public, saying, “I know many cardinals; many Catholic hierarchs have positions that differ from the Pope’s on various issues of further development for the Catholic Church”.

MP officials cited dogmatic differences and Catholic proselytism as key obstacles on the way to overcoming the 1054 schism that divided the Christian churches. The Vatican denied accusations of proselytism. However, high-level visit exchanges between the churches have become more frequent under Benedict and Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev, who took office in 2009, with both churches pledging to improve relations. Meanwhile, Russian Protestant leader Bishop Konstantin Bendas said that the Pope’s decision positively characterises the situation in the Vatican, adding that it means that Benedict didn’t think of himself, but rather of accomplishing the Church’s mission, saying, “Benedict XVI’s decision to resign for health reasons suggests that he has a truly pastor-like position and that there’s a sound situation in the Vatican, where someone doesn’t just hold on to office, but tries to make the Church’s service most effective”. He said that he hoped relations between Protestants and Catholics would improve as a result.

11 February 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/art_living/20130211/179406816/Pope-Benedict-XVI-Makes-Surprise-Resignation.html

Editor’s Note:

Give ten points to the canny Kraut in the red shoes. He obviously smelled a whiff of rebellion in the air combined (probably) with not-so-good news from his doctor. Ergo, he “resigned”… very showily, very publicly. The conclave will meet in a month’s time… and Ratzinger will be its Éminence Grise. Quite clearly, he has a “short list” of four to five possible successors (all representing different factions)… in short, he wants a deadlocked conclave where he, the “saintly resigned pontiff”, will intervene with “the voice of the crane” (as the Japanese put it) and ensconce one of his pals on the Fisherman’s Throne (no doubt, he doesn’t care which one, as long as it’s one of his boys). Remember, Benny spent his adult life swimming in the piranha pool of the Roman Curia; he KNOWS how to tweak and manipulate things to get his own way. In short, he wishes to nail down the succession whilst he still can. Perspirin’ minds wanna know… DID he get bad news from his doctors? That we don’t know…

BMD 

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