Voices from Russia

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

29 May 2017. What Does the REAL Church Teach?

“Everyone needs to carry their cross”… do remember what our Lord Christ said of such sorts. Pharisaism didn’t die in the First Century, sadly enough…

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I’ve seen rightwing priests (usually konvertsy, but not always) put up new barricades around the Eucharist to “protect” it. From whom? Ordinary sinful-ginful Christians? I know of a young priest who always pridefully announces at every liturgy that communion is only for those who’ve prepared… then, he communes people who haven’t made a confession in months! Some priests deny the Mysteries to those who didn’t go to the evening services the night before. The REAL Church is more forgiving… see the following:

Священник не имеет права отлучать или лишать причастия ИСКРЕННЕ КАЮЩЕГОСЯ ЧЕЛОВЕКА без разрешения своего епископа. Он может только посоветовать не приступать к причастию в определённых ситуациях или однократно не допустить (например, если человек не подготовился должным образом).

Указы Святейшего Синода РПЦ

1722, 1734 года

A priest doesn’t have the right to excommunicate and deny communion to a SINCERELY PENITENT PERSON without the permission of his bishop. He can only advise not to proceed with communion in certain situations or tell them once to avoid it (for example, if a person didn’t prepare properly).

Decree of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

1722 & 1734 

Священник не имеет права отлучать от Причастия или называть блудниками супругов, живущих в законном, но не венчанном браке.

Определение Священного Синода РПЦ

1998 года

A priest doesn’t have the right to exclude someone from communion or call people immoral, if they have a legal, but not sacramental, marriage.

Definition of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

1998 

I gave the Russian originals as they’re normative, not the English translation. Note well that these are synodical declarations of the Church… that is, they’re binding on us as disciplinary nomocanons. Most of the arrogant rightwing clergy out there have no clue as to what the Church has actually said “as Church”. All too many are recent converts ordained before they were ready, and some only have a heterodox formation, with no real Orthodox clerical formation. The REAL Church is fond of oikonomia… the “protectors” of the Eucharist are fond of strictness. You can see the difference, can’t you?

The Church is a Welcoming Haven for Sinful-Ginful Humanity… the konvertsy want a Pure Conventicle of the Righteous Pious. You can have one or the other. Choose wisely…

BMD

Sunday, 28 May 2017

28 May 2017. “By Their Fruits, Ye Shall Know Them…”

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Evangelicalism has produced NOTHING of value in the cultural sphere… unlike Orthodox Russia, which produced F M Dostoyevsky, L I Ivanov, I Ye Repin, N N Ge, P I Tchaikovsky, and A S Pushkin… all who created great art and culture loved throughout the world. Even unbelievers know and love Russian Orthodox choral music for its power and majesty. Evangelicalism has only produced lowbrow schlock, unworthy of any thinking person. By the “fruits” test, we win, they lose, and that’s that. “By their fruits, ye shall know them”… indeed… that’s why we often advise converts to learn how to read Russian. One doesn’t need to speak it… only be able to read it. We don’t say this out of phyletism or national pride… Russian is simply the main language used by Orthodox Christians, and most Orthodox creative work and spiritual discussions are in that language. It also allows people to see the “big picture” and not get sidetracked by outré backwoods voices such as Platina and the Ephraimites in Arizona.

The Orthodox Tree in Russia has given us very sweet fruit, indeed… even unbelievers say so! The American Evangelical Tree has given us nothing but diseased fruit… it’s only fit “to be hewn down and thrown into the fire”. Taste and see for yourself…

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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