Voices from Russia

Monday, 30 December 2013

30 December 2013. The Cabinet Weighs In On Fr Igor Soroka

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One of the Cabinet sent me this. It’s read n’ heed calibre and needs nothing from me:

Fr Igor Soroka has been at the same parish for 54 years. Can you imagine? So many of these guys who go to SVS and even STS don’t want to go to old established parishes because they’re not interested in learning to navigate the complex social and relational webs that come with parishes like that. They want to mould parishes into their image and likeness, according to their messianic reform plan, and old parishes don’t lend themselves to that. Therefore, they prefer to go off to mission parishes and live off a mission grant and/or welfare! These sorry types can’t hold a candle to the likes of Fr Igor. Not only did he walk into an established parish as a rookie priest, he managed to succeed, and he stuck with it for more than half a century. Now, THAT’S a model to emulate, not the aimless roving of a JP.

Hear, hear… truly, there’s nothing for me to add. God is good… I don’t have any money, but I have true friends. I’m a VERY rich woman, indeed (richer than a Rush Limbaugh or Wet Willy Romney, that’s for certain)…




30 December 2013. The Mighty Konvertsy Strike Out… There’s No Joy in Mudville!

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One of the Cabinet sent this:

Some convert idiot is now saying that lay people and women shouldn’t teach in Orthodox seminaries. I hope that you and Nicky are well.

I replied:

We are! Getting ready to celebrate the New Year and Xmas! Dede has a list and he’s checking it twice. All the konvertsy get COAL from Dede! NO PIEROGIES FOR YOU! YES, WE HAVE NO RUSSOPHOBIA; WE HAVE NO RUSSOPHOBIA TODAY!  You gave me a top idea for a post! THANX!


It seems that the all-knowing and never-failing konvertsy experts stumbled onto something unknown at the Centre. You see, HH is under the preposterous and baroque notion that only the best people should teach the future clergy of the Church, so, of course, experts like Professor Osipov and Professor Narochnitskaya (and here) teach at the MDA (their classes are packed, let me tell you). In short, he doesn’t recognise such arrant shit, he’s going to do the right thing, thank you very much… he’d give it SHORT shrift (he wouldn’t give the boot to the idiots himself… its light work… someone like Vsevolod Anatolyevich or Vladimir Romanovich would sandbag ’em).

Get your shit together… and don’t presume to lecture adults until you’ve actually learnt a thing or two…


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