Voices from Russia

Friday, 20 February 2015

St Sergius in Paris in LIMBO… Money Missing and Students Apparently Gone

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It’s a oddbod situation at St Sergius in Paris, A D Schmemann’s alma mater. Part of the facility appears open, for public lectures still occur there periodically, but it appears closed as a school. Several sources told me that the French state pulled its accreditation and no longer recognises its diplomas, so, the students left to study at the new MP seminary in Paris. Besides that, there appears to be missing money… some talk of 400,000 Euro (28.08 million Roubles. 2.83 million Renminbi. 28.15 million INR. 452,000 USD. 564,000 CAD. 576,000 AUD. 294,000 UK Pounds) missing from the kitty. When you add in the fact that the Paris Gang is no longer getting any money from Nice (it charged a pretty penny for tourist coaches to visit the cathedral there), it looks very bleak for them, indeed. Bishop Job… a Ukrainian from Canada… has a job of work ahead of him. Some say that he’s pro-Centre… others, pro-Phanar… time WILL tell us. That’s the long and short of it all… the story is so confusing that I refuse to make any solid statements, yet. However, I think that it’s a sign that the EP Russians aren’t long for this world.

Schadenfreude is never in good taste or decent… let alone Christian. It does make one wonder about the future of the Obnovlentsy/Renovationists left… that would be SVS and Syosset. Their roots were set solidly in St Sergius’ ideology ever since Schmemann’s putsch against Florovsky. Again… patience… we’ll have to see…

BMD

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