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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

30 May 2017. Why Konvertsy Toddlers Get Their Way… And Why Bishops Should Stand Up to Them

St Felix martyred by his students, torturing him with stylus and inkpot

Golden Legend, Bruges, c1450; @MorganLibrary MS M.672-5 I

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I wrote a friend:

Looks like a bunch of konvertsy pestering a bishop…

Their reply was:

I thought the same thing!

I believe that the bishops give in to konvertsy toddlers because they keep pestering the poor guys, and the bishops give in to get some peace. I’d remind the bishops that one of their duties is to protect people against lynch mobs of fanatics and that our tradition is one of sensible oikonomia, not legalistic akrivia. That is, Orthodoxy favours accommodation rather than confrontation. Note well that the konvertsy don’t like the basic orientation of the Church. That tells you much about them and their noxious agenda and fancies.

The bishops should tell the loudmouth konvertsy to buzz off, grow up, and attend to their own souls and gardens. I’d applaud any bishop who’d do that…

BMD

Monday, 29 May 2017

“Beware the Virtuous”

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Few people are as dangerous to humanity as those who consider themselves righteous defenders of virtue. Far too often, they have been the authors of state terrorism. Look at Cromwell, Robespierre, Ayatollah Khomeini, Stalin and Mao (who claimed to guard the purity of Communist virtues), and Wahhabism, which spawned ISIS and most of the other virtue-spouting terrorists of our own day. By the way, does anyone question the US leadership’s assertion that Iran is behind much of the world’s Islamist terrorism, even though Sunni, and not Shi’ite, Muslims carry out that terrorism? Why aren’t Christians making a real defence of the poor and downtrodden? Because the leading and loudest voices in American “Christianity” want to see “virtue” enforced by law, and they don’t care at all for those for whom Christ cared. “Enforcing virtue” consumes them, even though they have little respect for the virtues that Christ taught. They fancy themselves “righteous defenders of virtue”, but have no use for the teachings and example of Christ. American Evangelicalism is merely a rightwing political movement that uses Christ as a cheap frontman for their extreme politics and displays little that would commend them as followers of Christ.

28 May 2017

Lazar Puhalo

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Editor:

HH offered a similar viewpoint on the Sunday of Orthodoxy in 2009:

Never did the Lord say, “My teaching or death”. None of the Apostles said, “Orthodoxy or Death”. Because Orthodoxy is life eternal, it’s joy in the Holy Spirit, it’s the joy of life, but death is decay that came because of the Fall and the devil’s action. Now, we see, from time to time, false teachers who seduce people by calling to save Christianity, to save its purity, who repeat this dangerous, sinful, and self-contradictory slogan “Orthodoxy or death”. In the eyes of these people, you won’t find love; there burns a fire of demonic pride, a desire for power, which destroys the Church’s unity. Of course, they put on a good show, they hide behind pious visages, and they enjoy adulation from a certain set of people.

If one needed to describe all-too-many konvertsy, the above says it all. Beware the “pure” and the “crusader”… all too often, they’ve allied themselves with and sold out to evil.

BMD

Sunday, 28 May 2017

28 May 2017. On Sergei Stagorodsky and “Sergianism”

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You hear rightwing elements excoriating Patriarch Sergei Stagorodsky and who blather about “Sergianism“. Arzamas (his hometown) put up a memorial to him. He was in prison for Christ’s sake three times. Bear in mind what “Sergianism” is… selling-out the Church to political elements, often, to factions more inimical to Christianity than Communism ever was. Actually, “Sergianism” was mostly a trend amongst rightwing anti-communist émigrés and you find it amongst present-day konvertsy, who hobnob with the slimiest rightwing fascists imaginable (on the grounds of being “pro-life!” What hypocrisy!). Interesting… that what the right accused Sergei of, they were guilty of themselves! They sold out Christ for a mess of pottage from anti-Church/anti-Rodina elements… they still do!

BMD

Wisdom from the Great Metropolitan Antony Khrapovitsky

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A student (who later became Metropolitan of North America) asked Metropolitan Antony Khrapovitsky about writing a book. Metropolitan Antony advised him, “Write for ordinary people. They’ll read to learn. Academics only read to criticise”.

Now, that’s the ticket… write for those who’d benefit from your words, not those who’d pick it apart, for no good reason, to inflate their egos. That sounds like the konvertsy “experts” who bloviate on the web, doesn’t it? As for me, I’ve benefitted from the good example and the good sense shown by the likes of Metropolitan Antony Khrapovitsky and Archbishop Antony Bartoshevich (arguably, the best hierarchs the ROCOR ever had). Be careful with those who follow this-or-that guru… you can’t talk reasonably with such sorts and all that it does is to rile you to no good end. Learn from the REAL lights of the Church and ignore the rest. Life is too short for anything else…

BMD

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