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Friday, 12 July 2013

12 July 2013. Hilarion Kapral Tightens the Leash on the “Western Rite”… Gives Jerome Shaw le Sabot



Read this. One of the Cabinet told me:

This was very interesting. Glad to see the correct decision was made on the Western Rite.

Hmm… Jerome Shaw was a favourite of the Blunder‘s… does this mean that the Blunder is in the doghouse (again)? Nevertheless, Hilarion Kapral “manned up” and “did the right thing”. One of my clerical contacts thinks that the Centre is souring on the konvertsy, especially as they support the West in the Snowden affair. Also note that Dahulich, the most papist-leaning of the OCA bishops, was in Moscow, and no mention was made of it on patriarchia.ru. He didn’t even get a consolation prize like a photo op with the Blunder or the chance to serve with one of the REAL shakers (like Yuvenaly Poyarkov or Varsonofy Sudakov).

This is GOOD news. Perhaps, this will lead to some sanity… for a change. Truly, it’s time for all three “Russian Orthodox” bodies in the USA and Canada to get their shit together and UNITE. Then, we could have some BORING normalcy. I, for one, would applaud that…



Snowden Officially Asked Russia for Political Asylum

00 Anti-American Grafitti. Venezuela. 09.07.13


RF Gosduma Deputy Vyacheslav Nikonov, a participant in the meeting of human rights activists with the ex-CIA contractor earlier on Friday, reported that Edward Snowden officially asked the Russian government for political asylum, saying, “Mr Snowden said he’d officially applied for political asylum in Russia”. Anatoly Kucherena, an RF Public Chamber member and a lawyer, confirmed that Snowden sent an official request for political asylum in Russia, saying, “He said he’d written and handed in an application form by himself”, adding that he didn’t specify the way that he’d done it.

On Friday evening, Snowden met representatives of Russian human rights organisations, of the UN office in Moscow, and prominent Russian lawyers in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo airport. Snowden said that he’d submit a request on Friday for asylum to Russia, where he intends to stay until he can travel to Latin America. He told human rights activists whom he’d invited to a Moscow airport for a closed-door meeting, “I’ll be submitting my request to Russia today, and hope it’ll be accepted favourably”. According to a transcript of his remarks, Snowden asked the activists for assistance in securing his asylum in Russia until he is able to travel, the anti-secrecy organisation said on its web site. Snowden has been in the transit zone at Sheremetyevo airport for three weeks, so far, not being able to fly onward as the US government invalidated his passport.

Civic Chamber member Olga Kostina reported that the US Embassy called participants of a meeting with Snowden before its start and asked them to pass on to Snowden the message that he wasn’t a whistleblower, but a criminal, saying to journalists after the meeting, “The US Embassy called some of us and asked to pass on to Snowden the message that he wasn’t a whistleblower, but a criminal”. She passed on that Snowden was very grateful to the Latin American countries [that offered him asylum], but the incident with the Bolivian president’s plane made him realise that he couldn’t fly there, so, “at the moment Russia is the best option for him”.

Snowden, who’d revealed details of US secret service spying on its citizens and other countries’ officials, fled the USA and arrived in Moscow on 23 June. Reportedly, he’s been in the transit zone at Sheremetyevo airport since that time, seeking a country that would grant him asylum. Venezuela, Bolivia, and Nicaragua gave their consent to grant him asylum. Yesterday, Snowden sent an e-mail to Russian human rights organisations, to the UN office in Moscow, and to prominent Russian lawyers, inviting them to meet him in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow. During the meeting, Mr Snowden is reported to have asked Russia for political asylum.

12 July 2013

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

This makes Dahulich’s trip to the Centre all that more mystifying. He didn’t meet publicly with HH or any Russian government leaders… but it was made clear that he sucked up to Michael McFaul, a notorious provocateur and Russophobe. Don’t forget… Potapov works (or worked) for Radio Liberty, one of the most notorious Langley front organisations. Lebedeff admitted that ROCOR (at least) took Langley’s shilling… “We were grateful for it”. Dahulich sucked up to Paffausen, who sucks up to Potapov (follow the line of bumsuckers… you’ll get to the paymaster, soon enough). The oca.org post didn’t mention that Dahulich met ANY Russian spiritual or political figures… at a time when Russian-American relations are at a sensitive juncture. In short, Dahulich isn’t as bright as he makes himself out to be. He allowed himself to be portrayed as a grovelling suppliant before his Western bosses… he kowtowed and genuflected to McFaul, per the oca.org post.

If his visit were legit, patriarchia.ru would’ve mentioned it, with a supporting news release on Interfax. It smells as if the American special services used him. Remember, if it was on the up-and-square, there’d be a “Photo Album” on patriarchia.ru, and there wasn’t such. However, watch the ignorant Amerikantsy eat it all up.

There’s a lot going on here… keep your wits about you…


Archpriest Michael Kovach Dies at 95… Вечная ему память!

00 Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Fr M Kovach. Memory Eternal! 2012


00 Fr Michael Kovach. Vechnaya Pamyat


Funeral Arrangements for Archpriest Michael Kovach

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church

5501 Old Locust Lane

Harrisburg PA 17109 

Viewing from 16.00-18.00 EDT

Priest Funeral Service at 18.00 EDT

Monday, 15 July 2013

Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church

5501 Old Locust Lane

Harrisburg PA 17109

Viewing from 08.00-09.00 EDT

Divine Liturgy with Litya at 09.00 EDT

Interment at St Tikhon Monastery (South Canaan PA) to follow at approximately 13.30-14.00 EDT


The Very Rev Dr Michael G Kovach, of Millersville PA, died Friday, 12 July 2013, at Mount Joy Hospice and Community Care. He was 94. A native of St Clair PA, he enjoyed a dual career during his lifetime. Ordained in 1943, he was a priest of the Orthodox Church of America for 69 years {sic… he was a priest of the Metropolia for 27 years, and of the OCA for 43 years}. He also spent 26 years on the faculty at Millersville University.

Following his graduation from Columbia University in 1942 and from St Vladimir’s Seminary and his ordination, he was a priest of the Orthodox Church of America ever since {SVS was only a small set of rooms at Union Theological… the present campus wasn’t bought until the 60s. Also, note no mention of the Metropolia here, either: editor}.  He was granted the prestigious St Innocent Award for his work in the church. This work included serving for 14 years as spiritual advisor of a national church related fraternal society… the Orthodox Society of America… for which he regularly wrote religious articles.

In early 1944, he served as a chaplain in the US Army for two and one-half years. Ten years after the war, while assigned to the parish in Ambridge PA, he earned his PhD in American History from the University of Pittsburgh. He came to Millersville College in 1959, and as the local co-chairman, he engineered the conversion of Millersville from a state teacher’s college to a liberal arts college in 1962. In this conversion, he personally established two degree programs, one in Philosophy and the other in Russian Studies. When Dr Kovach retired from Millersville University, he was serving as Dean of the Graduate School. Other community involvement included 20 years of service on Channel 12’s board of trustees, two terms on Governor Thornburgh’s Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and two years as president of the now defunct Cliosophic Society of Lancaster PA.

Son of the late George and Mary Fatula Kovach, he was happily married for 67 years to Olga A Hubiak who died 8 March 2011. Survivors include his daughter, Helene Dmochowski; his grandson, Ivan and his wife Jane and their two children, Oliver and Penelope; his granddaughter Sasha Dmochowski; a sister, Verna Papinchak; sisters-in-law, Marge Kovach and Jean Kovach; brother-in-law, the Very Rev Daniel Hubiak and his wife Dunia; sisters-in-law, Ann Hubiak and Eva Hubiak; and several nieces, nephews, and godchildren.

Zimmerman-Auer is handling funeral arrangements. There will be a special service for priests, with the public invited, Sunday, 14 July, at 18.00 EDT, with a viewing from 16.00-18.00 EDT at Christ The Saviour Orthodox Church, 5501 Locust Lane, Harrisburg PA 17109.  A church service will be held Monday, 15 July at 09.00 EDT, with a viewing from 08.00-09.00 EDT, at the church.  Following the service, interment will be at St Tikhon Monastery in South Canaan PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to establish a religious education fund to the Rev Stephen Vernak, pastor of Christ The Saviour Orthodox Church, 5501 Locust Lane, Harrisburg PA 17109.

Editor’s Note:

Have your priest mention Fr Michael’s name at Proskomidi and have Pannikhida served in his memory. That’s what Christian people do… light a candle at liturgy this Sunday. I bow before Fr Michael’s people… there’s nothing to say, is there?


12 July 2013. Mission to Moscow? Dahulich Goes to Centre… HH Didn’t Meet with Him Publicly… NO News of It on Interfax or Patriarchia.ru… Dahulich DID Kiss McFaul’s Arse in Public… Fancy That

00 Epiphany Cathedral Yelokhovo. NO SOUP FOR YOU! 12.07.13


On 10 July, SIX DAYS AFTER the occurrence, this appeared on oca.org. Of course, I checked Interfax and patriarchia.ru… NADA, kids. No mention; no way, no how. There were no images on patriarchia.ru… not even a little blurb in the Последние новости (Poslednie novosti: Latest News) section. NOTHING. To be sure that I didn’t miss anything, I even checked the Последние публикации (Poslednie publikatsii: Latest documents) section. Nothing there, either. In short, there was a whole lot of NOTHING on Dahulich’s “pilgrimage” in the Russian press.

A bishop of the OCA goes to the Centre, and there’s NO MENTION of it on the patriarchal website. They made a fuss about Dahulich meeting with McFaul, the loudmouth Russophobic US Ambassador, and with him meeting with Pihach, who’s a “person of interest” in the Storheim case. It’s obvious that Dahulich isn’t going to the Rodina with Mollard… he was back by 7 July for a priestly anniversary in the Outer Boroughs. Note well that Dahulich got SQUAT in the way of coverage from the Centre about his little junket. Is he too quasi-papist, Uniate-friendly, and pro-US Rightwing for HH’s taste? It’s a possibility…


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