Voices from Russia

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Priest Accused of Patronising Prostitute Under 18 and Possessing Cocaine



A Eugene man who works as an English instructor and serves as a priest at a local church faces prostitution and drug charges after police conducted a sting operation posing as a juvenile. Eugene Police said that the investigation started with the arrest of the juvenile for prostitution. Investigators determined that Daniel James Mackay, 42, had contact with the juvenile on more than one occasion, saying:

Police conducted a sting operation and exchanged information with Mackay, posing as the minor and arranged to meet him on 12 October.

Police met with Mackay and arrested him on charges of Purchasing Sex with a Minor, Sexual Misconduct, Patronizing a Prostitute, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Unlawful Possession of Cocaine, and Using a Minor in a Controlled Substance Offense. A police spokesperson declined to release the age or gender of the minor involved in the case. Lane Community College confirmed that Mackay is a part-time instructor in the English department and declined further comment. The website of St John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church lists Mackay as a member of the clergy. A person who answered the phone at the church asked a reporter to call back Friday. The church’s website says Mackay became a deacon in 2009 and a priest in 2011.

13 October 2016

KVAL 13 Eugene OR



Andrew Damick runs around ranting how “normal” tithers are and how nasty we non-tithers are. Well… the HOOMies are tithers and a more screwball and goofy bunch doesn’t exist in Orthodoxy. For years, stories circulated about the nasty doings amongst the HOOMies… mostly told by those who escaped the stifling and lockstep atmosphere of this oddbod group. I’d encourage the bishops to dig deeper… I’d say that these people are a mortal cancer. They believe themselves better than the rest of us are, yet no one speaks of the sordid underside of this group… its hyperclericalism, their Stepford Wives mentality, its rigourism and akrivia of the most rancid sort… they withhold the chalice for no substantive reason. That’s not to mention their adherence to Far Right political ideologies at odds with the Church or idiosyncratic teachings not in sync with the Church’s official statements (such as the lie that artificial contraception is sinful… the Church said the exact opposite).

Frankly, I believe that these people aren’t Orthodox in the least and that we’d be better off without them. Good riddance to bad rubbish…


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