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Sunday, 21 October 2018

21 October 2018. Quo Vadis OCA? To the Centre or to the Phanar?

Mollard has the white hat now… but what about the future?

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Everyone here in the American diaspora is wondering how the OCA will fall on the Ukrainian Crisis. Of course, not all bishops are created equal. Mollard, although nominally the First Hierarch, is a cypher chosen for the fact that he wouldn’t rock the boat nor utter any controversial statements. The issue will pivot on how Michael Dahulich stands. A senior archpriest told me:

Dahulich is the most ambitious cleric in the USA, not only in the OCA. Look at how he disrupted the Sobor where Mollard was elected. I’ll lay you any money that both sides are politicking him hard. Wherever he falls, he’ll carry most of his students from STS with him. My view is that he’s a “Paris is worth a mass” man. He’s going to follow whoever gives him the most. No one knows. Watch him. He’s the only bishop who can influence the whole shooting match.

I agree with the above assessment. Mollard is a marshmallow, chosen precisely for that reason. The Church had enough of Paffhausen and his libertarian antics. BTW… I think that Paffhausen is trying to position himself to take over the white hat in the OCA again. I doubt that very highly. Firstly, the Centre knows how much of a pain in the ass he was the last time, and, secondly, it’d want a figure that could unite all wings of the OCA. Paffhausen isn’t that. Dahulich could do that… he’s ethnic, but he has a following amongst convert clergy (mostly, amongst his students at STS). Nevertheless, no one knows what’s going to come out of the OCA meeting, least of all, me. It could very well be that the Synod would deadlock in the short term. Therefore, we may see a whole lot of nothing. However, both of the contending sides will get an idea about where the bishops stand. Don’t expect much… I’ll bet that they’d issue a worthless piece of fluff, GIGO from top to bottom. However… eppur si muove… events will simmer beneath the surface.

Watch Dahulich… you don’t have to like someone to realise their importance…

BMD

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

OCA Tries to Ignore EP Apostasy… Nothing About EP Actions or Moscow’s Counteractions on OCA Official Website

Is Mallard a Mazeppa or simply the Court Fool? Time alone will tell us…

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There’s still nothing up on the OCA official website about the EP apostasy in re the Ukraine. Nothing. Nada. Nichevo. It’s as though nothing is happening and it’s business as usual. This is treachery of the highest order. Moscow gave the OCA its autocephaly and defended it against EP aggrandisement. The OCA has repaid it by refusing to stand by its Mother Church in its hour of need. I’ve noticed that too many converts are either wishy-washy or support the apostasy of the EP. Shall they stay loyal to the Mother Church and Truth, or shall they sell out to the EP and Expediency? Only time will tell us, and I fear that the outcome would be that the OCA will either fly apart or go into schism with the EP. In the end, the main victim of this affair won’t be the UPTs/MP… I fear that this may mark the end of the OCA in its present form. God do help us… the schism is only in its initial stage, but what I see gives me no confidence.

BMD

Thursday, 11 October 2018

11 October 2018. Bart Goes For All or Nothing… the Centre Breaks Communion with the Phanar

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Today, Bart lifted the anathemas on two schismatic Ukrainian clergy figures. He did this unilaterally, without consulting any of his brother First Hierarchs. As all will recall, one First Hierarch after another got up and said:

This is far too important for one hierarch to act unilaterally. Let’s sit down and talk about this like brothers.

None of the First Hierarchs issued any threats. None of the First Hierarchs insulted Bart personally. None of the First Hierarchs threatened him. The consensus that arose out of this was:

Before we do anything that may harm Church Unity, let’s sit down, and let’s talk about this man-to-man as equals.

In short, the consensus wasn’t unfavourable to Bart at all. Everyone wanted him to explain his reasons for his actions and to be upfront with his intentions. In the face of this, Bart went ahead and lifted the anathemas on two schismatics, presenting his brother First Hierarchs with a fait accompli. This mystifies me. Bart is usually more circumspect and cautious. He doesn’t do things rashly. He isn’t a nutter or a fly-by-night. Yet, when he saw a united front against his plans, he either panicked or his American minders panicked. I vote for the latter.

The Americans wanted to drive a wedge into the Orthosphere, leaving their minion Bart with a larger voice in world Orthodoxy. That didn’t happen. The American plan flew to pieces because they don’t understand the dynamics of Orthodoxy as opposed to Papism or Protestantism. In the former, the Pope of Rome can shut down all discussion with an ex-cathedra statement. In the latter, a leading personality can either quell debate or cause another schism in the Protestant ranks. Orthodoxy isn’t like either one of those. Orthodoxy is a feuding family. We often don’t get on with one another, but we recognise one another as a family, and we keep the channels open to the others. There’s no “Orthodox Pope”… no one man sits at the controls. The Ecumenical Patriarch is the First Amongst Equals. No Local Church can interfere in the affairs of another unilaterally.

The American project in the Ukraine is a bad replay of its actions in Vietnam. If you remember, the Republic of Vietnam was a sorry enterprise from the git-go. On the other hand, the leaders of the DRV were the leaders of the resistance to the Japanese and to the French. The RVN leaders were collaborators and the sons of collaborators. Hard-core patriotic Vietnamese were followers of Uncle Ho, and that was that. The USA tried to prop up its golem-state from 1954 to 1975, failing in the end. In fact, the American defeat in Vietnam was a catastrophic blow to the Anglo ruling class… it hasn’t truly recovered to this day, for the spectre of the Vietnam defeat haunts their every move (it’s why the USA won’t reintroduce conscription… the rulers remember how their conscripts almost mutinied).

The Americans are trying to prop up another fictive and illusory pseudo-state. They’re doing everything to try and obtain victory for their protégés. The coup was an attempt to seize the naval base at Sevastopol. That failed. Then, the USA sicced its Uniate attack dogs on the new Peoples Republics in the Donbass. That failed, too.  Then, the Anglos tried to insert its own forces into the fray… they used US special ops forces disguised as mercs (a common Langley ruse… it isn’t secret… Philip Agee let that out aeons ago) at the Donetsk Airport. The plan was to seize the airport and fly in junta troops stiffened with Polish units. Well, when the locals found out that Poles were with the Americans, it ignited a patriotic firestorm. It was 1612 all over again. The homeboys and the Cossacks got motivated. To make it short, the locals and the Cossacks kicked the shit out of the Americans and their Polish and Uniate stooges. In 2015, the Anglos tried again. They “trained” their Uniate thugs and threw them at Debaltsevo. That failed too… everything that the Anglos gave their Uniate minions fell into the hands of the patriot Donbass forces.

This means that the Americans are desperately looking for a way to hurt Russia. This goofy plan in the Ukraine appears to a desperate gambit to weaken Russia by splitting the Orthodox world. However, because they don’t understand the dynamics of Orthodox life, they badly miscalculated. Some sources say that the Americans have dirt on Bart… other sources say that there was chicanery with the money raised to rebuild St Nicholas Church at the WTC site. In normal Orthodox practise, Bart would’ve had a sitdown with his fellow First Hierarchs. Everyone would have a say. Even if Bart stormed off afterwards, he would’ve shown adherence to the rules. After all, that’s how he handled the Estonian affair and got away with it. By mooning his fellow hierarchs by acting unilaterally without any consideration of the accepted rules of Orthodox communication, Bart declared war.

I truly don’t know what’s going to happen. This is the evening of the first day. However, I’ll say this. Things are now in motion that were best left untouched. God alone knows what the end result will be. As I stated earlier, I fear that no good will come of it and that the main victim won’t be the Church in the Ukraine (it’ll stand tall and weather the crisis), it’ll be the Orthodox Church in America. Shall it last the storm to come? You’d need a Houdini Hat to know…

BMD

Sunday, 7 October 2018

EP Exarch Served Fully-Vested With Uniates

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Let’s keep this simple and short. One of Bart’s exarchs in the Ukraine served fully-vested with Uniates. This disgusting action means that Bart is winking at concelebration with papist schismatics. This is against all canons, usages, customs, and traditions of the Church. This by itself is grounds for breaking communion with the EP. However, Moscow is waiting for Bart to announce his false autocephaly. It’s giving him every chance to reconsider, repent, and desist from this action. However, the signs aren’t good. This may portend a schism as profound as the Schism of 1054. The USA is pushing this. How will this play out in the end? No one knows, least of all, me. I’ll say this though… it’ll be a replay of the obnovlentsy (Renovationists). Bart can proclaim a fictive autocephaly, and his minions can even seize the church buildings. That happened in the time of the obnovlentsy, too. The people and clergy simply worshipped outside the church buildings and had nothing to do with Renovationist nonsense. I confide that much the same will happen here. May God protect the real Orthodox Christians of the Ukraine and protect their real shepherd, Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky of Kiev. The lights are going out, and the Anglo toddlers are mucking with things that they don’t understand in the least. I fear that no good will come of this at all.

BMD

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