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Saturday, 3 February 2018

3 February 2018. Damick Still Allied With Anti-Semitic Alt-Right Website… The Bishops Should Act to Right That Wrong

The above is an editorial cartoon of a GOP politician who hobnobs with Alt-Right scumbags. Damick et al are in cahoots with the same sort of slumticket. Our bishops have to slap Damick and his pals down hard.

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Stephen Damick launched a website called Russian Faith. It’s linked to a site called Russian Insider. That site published anti-Semitic and Alt-Right articles… it’s posted material by the crankish “Brother Nathanael”. Therefore, our bishops have the duty to discipline Damick et al for their association with an anti-Semitic hate site and demand that he repudiate the Alt-Right scummers publicly. As for politics, the bishops have no warrant… however, anti-Semitism is an affront to all real Christians and against everything that we believe in. The bishops have the duty to rein in these scumbag konvertsy and their ignorant rightwing rants… now that they’ve allied themselves openly with active anti-Semites. If the bishops don’t act, it means that they endorse anti-Semitism. That’s the long and the short of it all. A Greek country pappas said it all during the Holocaust… “Our Lord Christ lived and died a believing Jew”. We may stand with the country pappas or we may stand with the Alt-Right anti-Semites. One is Christian… the other is demonic. Need I really tell you which one is which?

BMD

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Saturday, 27 January 2018

27 January 2018. Spare a Prayer for Schema-Archimandrite Ilya Nozdrin

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A friend of mine at the Centre emailed me and asked me to pass the word that Schema-Archimandrite Ilya Nozdrin, Patriarch Kirill’s confessor, is in a very bad way. His health has taken a turn for the worse and his doctors don’t have much hope. Pray for him and ask your priest to mention him at the Proskomidi tomorrow. We’re Christians… that’s what we do…

BMD

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Russian Priest Sentenced to 14 years in Prison on Child Molestation Charges

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Editor:

Russia is SERIOUS about putting crank priests in the slam. Another priest got hard time for sticking his hand in the till. This is what bozo priests in the USA and Canada deserve (but rarely get).

BMD

A TASS correspondent reported that Priozersky City Court in Leningrad Oblast sentenced Priest Gleb Grozovsky to 14 years in a high-security penal colony for molesting children in camps organised by the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia and Greece. Announcing the court’s decision, Judge Lyudmila Yashgina said:

We find Gleb Grozovsky guilty and sentence him to 14 years in prison.

Grozovsky said:

I understand the sentence and I’ll file an appeal. This isn’t the end; you’ll see the situation change.

The prosecutor’s office asked the court to sentence the priest to 15 years in a high-security penal colony and deprive him of the right to engage in activities related to the upbringing of children. Grozovsky plead “not guilty” and rejected all charges as absurd.

According to investigators, in 2011, Grozovsky, who was a priest at the Ascension Cathedral in Tsarskoye Selo near St Petersburg, sexually abused an underage girl. In the summer of 2013, he conducted similar actions towards two girls at an Orthodox youth camp in Greece. After an investigation began, the priest fled abroad and authorities put him on the international wanted list. In 2016, Grozovsky was brought to St Petersburg from Israel. Earlier, sources in the Russian Orthodox Church said that the Church would decide on whether to defrock Grozovsky after the court announced its verdict.

17 January 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/society/985407

Friday, 12 January 2018

12 January 2018. Is the ROCOR in Europe a Dead Letter?

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Rumour says that the ROCOR is collapsing in Europe. Since the 2007 reconciliation, some wonder why it still exists. In Europe, the MP now is far bigger than the ROCOR is, as the ROCOR shows ineptitude in managing its parishes. Sources say that the main problem is Archbishop Mark Arndt, who moved against the very popular Archbishop Michael of Geneva. The same sources say that Mark had help from the main ROCOR apparat in New York in sending Michael into exile in France. Interestingly, the buzz has it that if Mark were to show his face in the UK again, they’d throw eggs at him. I’d say that it’s difficult to understand what’s truly going on, but it seems the MP has to clear up yet another ROCOR mess. Is the ROCOR simply dying out in Europe? It lacks an effective episcopate there, so some say that the only solution is a takeover by the New York apparat. However, is that what the Centre wants? Watch this… time will tell us…

My gut feeling is that the people will resolve this. If the ROCOR doesn’t act responsibly, they may very well opt to go directly under the Centre. In the present climate of Russian-baiting and Russophobic hysteria (some of it even coming from senior ROCOR figures based in the USA), the Centre might consent to that in order to counteract what it sees as infiltration by the American special services in the Church (do recall Pashkovsky in Odessa… those suspicions aren’t groundless). We shall see…

BMD

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