Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

22 July 2015. Happy Birthday, Oleg Mikhailovich! O M Gazmanov is 64!

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His latest…

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His most famous… I Grew Up in the USSR… performed in Kharkov in happier days on Victory Day… the city is now under the cruel and vicious occupation of the Anglo Americans and their Galician Uniate nationalist running dogs… spare a prayer for them…

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O M Gazmanov is one of the most beloved performers in Russia… trust me, he can still full up Luzhniki Stadium for a concert. He’s a patriot; he’s aways opposed the American support of fascists in the Near Abroad and their support of pro-Western quislings in Russia. He’s always been popular, even in the Nasty 90s… so, Anglo Americans, why don’t you just go home to where you belong (America is going to rack and ruin as the Anglo Establishment wastes the country’s wealth in warmongering in foreign parts and in rampant political corruption, the worst in the world).

Oleg Mikhailovich embodies what is best in our people… blunt honesty, open hospitality, generosity to strangers, hard work, and implacable resistance to foes.

Многая лета, Олег Михаиловтч!

BMD 

22 July 2015. No Public News Out of Big OCA Pow-Wow at Sobor Last Night

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Nothing public has come out of last night’s big meeting in the backroom at the OCA Sobor about Maymon and Fr John Bohush… however, it doesn’t mean that nothing happened. All that we do know is that the OCA SOBs refused to back Maymon earlier. Let this one develop. I think that Maymon will shoot his own foot off without help from anyone else. He did mess with the Bohush clan, who are related to EVERYBODY (Matushka Nina Stroyen is a Bohush, my late friend Denise was a Bohush, and Nicky’s related to the Bohush lot, too). This shows terminal stupidity and the lack of the good-sense to come in out of the rain.

A colloquy between me and a friend (I’m in italics):

I’m so sick of the Convertadox…

Well… it looks like the bishops didn’t buy their spiel either…

Great! Maybe things are getting better… bring back the Babas and the po-nashemu!

Vladyki Onufry from the Other Side was there, no doubt putting some vim in their vigour!

As I said, let this one “ripen”… the SOBs wouldn’t back Maymon, so, Fr John’s out of the woods for now. Is this the beginning of the end of the Silly Time that began with Schmemann and Rose (they were more alike than not… don’t let externals or even ideology fool you)? God willing, it is…

BMD

22 July 2105. A Thought from Archpriest Vladimir Astakhov

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Predator Bishop is Back On the Job; Victims Object

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Statement from Cappy Larson, Orthodox Christian Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

For more information:

“Predator” bishop still on the job

  • Deemed guilty by colleagues, he’s now in a parish
  • His superiors claim “we haven’t put him to work there”
  • But controversial cleric is listed on PA church’s website
  • SNAP sends harsh message to hierarchs now meeting in Atlanta
  • “Block this dangerous, deceptive and callous move,” group pleads

A Chicago bishop found guilty of sexual misconduct and forced him to retire by his colleagues is now in charge of a western Pennsylvania parish and a support group for victims wants him ousted.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-ousted-orthodox-bishop-parish-priest-met-20150716-story.html

http://www.midwestdiocese.org/files/ARCHPASTORAL%20LETTERS/2013.04.14-Pastoral-Letter-to-Diocese-of-Midwest.pdf

http://www.midwestdiocese.org/files/ARCHPASTORAL%20LETTERS/2012.11.03-Letter-of-Holy-Synod-to-Diocese-of-the-Midwest.pdf

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are writing to bishops of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) about Bishop Matthias Moriak who once headed the Chicago diocese. Moriak was retired by the synod of bishops in April 2013, after he was found to have engaged in sexual misconduct. SNAP wants church officials to oust the bishop from active ministry. Moriak recently began working in a parish in Hermitage PA. The OCA’s chancellor says that another bishop asked Moriak to take the position, but that this assignment had not been approved. He went on to say that the OCA synod would be meeting to consider the terms of Moriak’s retirement.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-ousted-orthodox-bishop-parish-priest-met-20150716-story.html

Members of SNAP have written to the synod pleading with them to put the kibosh on this assignment. All of the bishops are in Atlanta from 20-24 July, at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel, for their national council. The complete text of the letter, sent earlier today by email, can be found below. The parish in western Pennsylvania belongs to the Romanian Episcopate of the OCA. That diocese is led by Archbishop Nathaniel Popp of Michigan (nathaniel@roea.org). Popp is the longest serving hierarch on the OCA synod.

Cappy Larson, the Orthodox Christian Director of SNAP, said, “Even when a clergyman engages in sexual misconduct with an adult, the resulting damage can be serious. In the 16 years I’ve been working with victims, two who were abused as adults were in such pain that they chose to end their own lives”. David Clohessy, the Executive Director of SNAP, added, “While it’s true that the young woman who complained about Bishop Matthias rebuffed him and then reported him, another victim might not be so clearheaded”. Larson concluded, “The OCA synod should have zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, Bishop Matthias doesn’t belong in active ministry”. The OCA had at one time considered returning Moriak to his former position, and SNAP had objected at the time. The victims’ group had assumed the synod had seriously considered the ramifications of such a move when several months later they instead asked for the Chicago bishop’s retirement.

http://www.midwestdiocese.org/files/ARCHPASTORAL%20LETTERS/2012.11.03-Letter-of-Holy-Synod-to-Diocese-of-the-Midwest.pdf

http://www.snapnetwork.org/il_offending_bishop_may_be_returned_to_ministry

http://www.midwestdiocese.org/files/ARCHPASTORAL%20LETTERS/2013.04.14-Pastoral-Letter-to-Diocese-of-Midwest.pdf

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Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard

Orthodox Church in America

PO Box 675

Syosset NY 11791

Email: metropolitan@oca.org

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Archbishop Nathaniel Popp

PO Box 309

Grass Lake MI 49240-0309

Email: nathaniel@roea.org

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Archbishop Nikon Liolin

PO Box 149

Southbridge MA 01550

Email: bpnikon@aol.com

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Archbishop Benjamin Peterson

1520 Green St

San Francisco CA 94123

Email: vikenty@msn.com

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Archbishop Alejo Pacheco-Vera

Av Rio Consulado E Iruapato #53

Col Penon De Los Banos

Mexico DF 15520

Email: obispoalejo@yahoo.com.mx

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Archbishop Melchisedek Pleska

PO Box 1769

Cranberry Township PA 16066-1769

Email: melchisedek999@yahoo.com

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Bishop Mark Maymon

144 St Tikhon’s Road

Waymart PA 18472

Email: vladyka.mark@gmail.com

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Bishop Irénée Rochon

15 LeBreton St. N.

Ottawa ON K1R 7H1

CANADA

Email: bishopirenee@archdiocese.ca

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Bishop Michael Dahulich

33 Hewitt Ave

Bronxville, NY 10708

Email: bishopmichael@nynjoca.org

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Bishop Alexander Golitzin

519 Brynhaven Dr.

Oregon OH 43616

Email: alexander@bdoca.org

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Bishop David Mahaffey

7031 Howard Ave

Anchorage AK 99504-1899

Email: otyetz@hotmail.com

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Bishop Paul Gassios

933 N. La Salle Dr.

Chicago IL 60610-3204

Email: bishoppaul@domoca.org

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Re: Reassigning Bishop Matthias Moriak to Active Ministry

Dear Sirs:

We are members of a victims’ group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are writing to you today because we are concerned over the assignment of Bishop Matthias Moriak to the Romanian parish in Hermitage PA. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, Bishop Nathaniel Popp made this assignment unilaterally, and it has not been approved by the synod as a whole.  The piece goes on to say that you are meeting to consider the terms of Bishop Matthias’ retirement

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-ousted-orthodox-bishop-parish-priest-met-20150716-story.html

The OCA has made great strides in addressing the issue of clergy sexual misconduct, and we beg you, don’t approve this dangerous, deceptive, and callous move. While it’s true that the young woman who complained about Bishop Matthias rebuffed him and then reported him, another victim might not be so clearheaded. The consequences of the sexual abuse of an adult by a trusted clergyman can be absolutely devastating, even deadly. Please, continue your denomination’s progress. Let the OCA have zero tolerance for clergy sexual misconduct. Bishop Matthias does not belong in active ministry.

Sincerely,

Cappy Larson

Orthodox Christian Director of SNAP (cappy@rlarson.com, 415-637-2006)

David Clohessy

Executive Director of SNAP (davidgclohessy@gmail.com, 314-566-9790)

21 July 2015

http://www.snapnetwork.org/pa_predator_bishop_is_back_on_the_job_victims_object

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