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Friday, 22 July 2016

22 July 2016. The Anglos Tut About Russian “Doping”

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The Russian track-and-field athletes won’t be at the Rio Olympics. The Yanks and their obedient baying hounds accuse them of doping. I seem to notice that drug use is very common amongst American athletes… but the US team isn’t getting the boot! The USA is trying to hurt Russia (and China) in whatever ways it can, both major and minor. It does tell you much about “exceptional” Americans, doesn’t it? They think themselves “indispensable”… they truly do, I’m not jesting or joking in the least. They’re so “great” that the only way that they can win is to eliminate one of the world’s strongest teams.

“Make America Great Again”… to do that, it had to have been great in the past. I’d say that the Trail of Tears and Hiroshima put that assessment very much in doubt…

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22 July 2017. We Found an Ukrop Pokémon!

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Of course, Pokémon Go is all the rage, all over the world. This image is now viral on the RuNet. It’s actually from two years ago, but it’s now making the rounds as a Pokémon meme. So, they’re searching for Ukrops* in the Peoples Republics… it’s all part of the Pokémon craze… what’ll they think of next?

  • Ukrop: Russian colloquialism for Ukrainian nationalist fanatics

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22 July 2016. Clergy are NOT Immune From Criticism…

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Priests are there are for all of us… that’s why they should NEVER make partisan political posts. NEVER… we do have a right to speak out if it does occur.

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There are those who “demanded” that I take down my post on Fr John Sorochka going over the line in his public support of the fascist Donald Trump. That’s wrong. Priests are NOT immune from public criticism, as they’re OFFICIAL SPOKESMEN of the Church. When he posted his anti-leftist screed, Fr John involved the WHOLE CHURCH, as he’s a senior officer of the Church apparat. Priests must follow different rules than the rest of us do. Is that “fair?” No… but that’s what is. Priests have to watch their every public move and utterance, as what they do and say involves not only themselves, but the entire Church. The Church forbids priests from involving themselves in partisan politics, as it isn’t only against the canons, it’s against the secular law. Churches have tax exemption… an exemption that priests can put in jeopardy by involving themselves in partisan politics.

Whether one likes it or not, priests can’t have private opinions… or, better put, they must have extreme care in publicly airing their private opinions, as they’re not independent actors. If I say something, I’m only speaking for myself. If Fr John speaks, he speaks not only for himself, but for the Church as well. He’d do well to consider any future social media posts. I like the guy… I think that he has character… but he went over the line, and that’s that. Priests are there for all of us… ALL OF US. His post left that in doubt. I won’t remove my post, as it stated a fact and it did so without insulting the guy (you don’t solve things by sweeping things under the rug). He’s one of the good guys. However, our priests are Christ’s priests… not “left” or “right” priests… a fact that I’ll stand by and for.

Shame on you, Fr John. That meme wasn’t kosher…

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22 July 2016. SHAME ON YOU, FR JOHN! Take This Down, Immediately!

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The image I used is a scurrilous anti-leftist meme posted by Fr John Sorochka of Mayfield PA. His doing that was out-of-line and scandalous. Priests are there for all of us… not only rightwing swine…

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Priests aren’t allowed to take part in partisan politics. I saw the above on FB, posted by Fr John Sorochka of Mayfield PA. I think that he’s a good guy… I don’t count him as one of the more feral priests out there (he’s no Whiteford or Potapov, that’s for sure). However, in posting the above, he went over the line. The very obvious implication is that we leftists aren’t patriotic and that only violent McCarthyite rightwing sludge are patriots. No priest should post such. Priests are there for ALL the people. His son is even worse… but he’s not a priest, he’s only a deacon; the rules aren’t as stringent for deacons as they are for priests (’tis true, young Sorochka does post gnarly goofy rightwing rubbish, but he’s not a priest). Whenever a priest (especially, a parish rector with the standing of Fr John) posts anything on social media, it involves the whole Church apparat, as priests are official spokesmen for Christ’s Church.

This is disgusting. This is untrue. Fr John should remove it and apologise for taking part in partisan politics. Shall he? I hope that he would… but I’m not holding my breath. There is rather too much coddling of rightwing trumpery in Church circles. Shame on you, Fr John… I expected better of you.

This is why so many young people become anti-theists… I’ve spoken my piece…

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