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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

18 October 2016. Press Release of Serbian Western American Diocese in re McKay… Clear It’s an INVOLUNTARY Suspension

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A friend was kind enough to send me the actual press release of the diocese about the priest arrested up in Oregon on kiddie sex charges:

Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church

1621 W Garvey Ave

Alhambra CA 91803

Telephone: 626 289-9061

Friday 14 October 2016


Statement from the Western American Diocese Regarding the Arrest of Fr Daniel MacKay

The Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church has been informed that Fr Daniel J MacKay, age 42, was arrested on Wednesday 12 October 2016, in Lane County, Oregon. Fr Daniel was contacted by police and arrested on charges stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor and possession of a controlled substance. While the criminal proceedings are pending and until the conclusion of ecclesiastical proceedings, Fr Daniel will be suspended from all pastoral duties to which he was assigned. While everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the Western American Diocese nonetheless takes allegations of misconduct in any form very seriously and must act accordingly to insure the safety and security of all our Orthodox parishioners and others as we conduct our worship and ministries together. Such misconduct is abhorrent and not condoned by the Holy Orthodox Faith. We are deeply concerned and pray for all involved. The Western American Diocese stands ready to cooperate with the civil authorities. Further, anyone who might be, or knows someone that has been, a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the diocesan clergy, church employee, or volunteer should first call the police and then report the matter, confidentially, to the Diocesan ombudsman at 415 930-9069.


In short, the diocese did suspend the priest and made it clear that the cleric had no choice in the matter. This should clear up some of the online speculation on this. Now, it’s in the court’s hands. If the court finds him guilty, the diocese, no doubt, will defrock him. We shouldn’t shun him if he gets slam time… but he’s definitely out of the clergy. My thanks to my interlocutor who made this available to me in its original form.


Monday, 17 October 2016

17 October 2016. It’s Time for the Pravoslavny Tribe to Gather ‘Round…

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Listen up, troops… it’s time for the tribe to come together. One of our own is in hospital and in need of our support and prayer. I don’t particularly care for the guy, but he’s one of ours and he’s in rough shape. He just had a stroke and it might affect his speech and mobility adversely. I’ll say this… Vlad is a fighter and if he has a say in it, he’ll come back from this. We have some bigtime prayer on our hands… tell your priest to mention Vladimir at Proskomidi this Sunday at liturgy… have him mention him in the litanies, too. Wouldn’t it be a gas if every OCA, ROCOR, and MP priest here in the USA and Canada did that? Now, that’s asskicking and storming Heaven on a major scale.

Get the word out, kids… we’re Christians; that’s what we do…


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…


Monday, 10 October 2016

10 October 2016. Damick of the “12 Things” Blog is a Busy Little Weasel

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All too many of the wolves are clergy… many, konvertsy ordained far too soon, without proper seasoning or vetting. Have a care…


I received this from a correspondent… there’s not an idle word in it:

Recently, on 2 October, Fr Andrew became an Archpriest. His episcopal enabler appears to AOCANA Bishop Thomas. They seem to be on very good terms. Bishop Thomas often visits the parish in Emmaus PA where Damick serves. I think that Fr Andrew is a bit full of himself, though I must say he seems sincere and devoted to his faith. In addition, Damick knows how to manipulate news and PR… including about himself… several newspapers covered his elevation, complete with photos, the day following.

The main reason I tell you all this has to do with tithing. I heard some things about Fr Andrew that I found upsetting… not the topics mentioned, but Damick’s manner and closed-minded attitude. What I heard is that Damick insisted that NOTHING was up for discussion… it was all very Stalinist. Damick ranted about how “some of the younger priests” are of the opinion it’s time to give up fundraisers, and to force everybody to tithe. Damick arrogantly cut off anyone’s desire to talk about tradition, culture, community relationships, and other things that are part of the various fundraisers. Damick told his interlocutors to stop being “so negative” and so “pessimistic”… after being told that many barely get by on their incomes; people are struggling. Damick was very hostile and didn’t project his usual buoyant image.

Alarms went off in my mind. This kind of authoritarianism regarding ideas, with nothing up for examination and discussion, is frightening. I see a lot more people leaving the Church if they force tithing (instead of fundraising events) on the parishes. I’m beginning to see a larger movement taking place. Damick is shilling his ideas to other clergy in other jurisdictions. By the way, Damick published another “12 Things” list the next day on his blog. Damick’s snotty instructions for church behaviour now appear in some parish bulletins.  Yes, these are perilous times we face, with the leadership not seemingly the sort we need.

Damick isn’t alone… there’s Freddy M-G, Rod Dreher, John Whiteford, the whole Gillquist crowd, Josiah Trenham, Jesse Dominick, Elijah Borek… just to name a few. Orthodoxy isn’t a form of Mormonism with a liturgy (for that is what the konvertsy seem to want). Remember this… if we don’t squelch them now, they’ll end by denying the chalice not only to non-tithers, but also to all those who disagree with their juvenile rightwing greedster notions. Be especially wary of “pro-lifers”… they tend to support violent rightwing candidates who favour warmongering in foreign parts, attacking labour rights, and shredding the social safety net… to favour the rich, of course… but they’re PRO-LIFE. So Christian of them, isn’t it? Remember this… such “clergy” argued for the death of Our Lord Christ. He was upsetting their little scam… after all, He did upset the tables of the merchants in the Temple… who were pals of Joseph Caiaphas and the other priests, no doubt (I wonder how much of a kickback the priests charged the merchants). Oh, yes… Joseph Caiaphas enforced the tithe… I thought that you’d like to know that.

We do live in perilous times… have a care, for many of the wolves wear riassas and bleat, “Lord, Lord”. I seem to recall that Our Lord warned us of such sorts, didn’t He?


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