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Friday, 4 September 2015

ROEA Diocesan Assembly this weekend

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Priest informant told me that Popp wants to consider TWO new vicar bishops. There’s buzz about Duvlea not wanting this because he’s more likely to succeed Popp as bishop if he’s the only auxiliary, so he’s saying he was sidelined before the assembly because he opposed the men put forward. The scuttlebutt has it that the only reason Popp made the charges public was to counter that argument… in general he isn’t a big fan of the sexual abuse policy. I got this intel from a ROEA informant:

Incidentally, the assertion made by the moderator of Monomakhos that Bishop Irineu doesn’t “speak a lick of English” is patently false. I had a detailed conversation with him in English once about Holy Synod matters and Syosset’s internal affairs and I have been present at liturgical services where he has served partially in the English language. One should also note that questions about sexual morality aren’t necessarily the only reasons the Romanian Patriarchate declined to consecrate him to the episcopacy. The BOR has many male monastic vocations and therefore a good-sized pool of potential candidates to choose from. There are many factors to consider when selecting and grooming individuals for the hierarchy and perhaps Bishop Irineu was deemed unsuitable by the relevant Church authorities for one or more of these. Who knows?

Do notice that VFR, roea.org, pokrov.org, monomakhos, the Uniate site byzantinetexas, and the local secular press in Dearborn Heights covered this story yet oca.org remains conspicuously silent. They haven’t even announced that one of their own bishops is on a leave of absence and is prohibited from serving anywhere. Since this matter concerns a hierarch, where is Mollard in all of this? What does he do all day?

You pays your money and you takes your choice. I can attest that Bishop Irineu speaks acceptable English, I met him once and he can communicate… not on a native-speaker level, but well enough to be understood and to understand. Monomakhos is fulla shit per usual… they need Mommy to come and change their full nappies.

We’ll know more after the pow-wow.


4 September 2015. Great Minds DO Think Alike

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Vladimir Vladimirovich’s elder brother died in the Siege of Leningrad. I need say no more… his American critics are ignorant, clueless, and without a shred of human feeling… he wants war LESS than any American does… for he DOES know the cost thereof…

There never was and never will be a “Good War”… all those who say so are demented…


4 September 2015. Bernie on Election Day

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Bishop On Leave Pending Sexual Misconduct Investigation

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A Michigan Orthodox bishop is on leave and can’t work as a priest following allegations of sexual misconduct. On Tuesday, Dearborn Heights Archbishop Nathaniel Popp publicly disclosed that his auxiliary bishop, Right Rev Irineu Duvlea, is under investigation for sexual misconduct. In a statement, Popp said that Duvlea, 53, is presumed innocent, but is now on leave and is banned from working until the investigation is complete. The church didn’t announce any information about potential victims. Popp added that the investigation is highly confidential and urged his followers not to speak about the matter. Popp said in the announcement, “No one should discuss the investigation with anyone”. Duvlea served as the Bishop of Dearborn Heights and auxiliary bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America.

Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said they welcomed the fact that Popp made the investigation public. However, the group feels the archbishop isn’t going far enough because the investigation remains confidential. Melanie Jula Sakoda, the Orthodox Director for SNAP, said in a statement, “Investigations into sexual misconduct should always be made public, and I was very pleased to see that Archbishop Nathaniel had made this announcement. Such disclosures encourage others who experienced witnessed or suspected abuse to come forward”. Cappy Larson, also of SNAP Orthodox, added, “The Church should also supply additional information. Did the misconduct involve a parishioner? If so, was the victim a child, an adult, a male, a female? How many victims have come forward? More complete disclosure can help to jog memories and reassure other survivors, producing additional testimony and evidence”. Duvlea was a monk in Romania before he came to the United States in 2001. He founded The Ascension of The Lord Monastery in Clinton MI. He was the head of the Western States Vicariate of the OCA Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. His territory included parishes in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, Oregon, and Washington.

3 September 2015

Jodi Rempala

Dearborn (MI) Press and Guide



This legal threat appeared as a comment:

My ACLU attorneys (aclu@aclumich.org) will contact you today for clarifications regarding the allegations done against me for church political gains. + Irineu, Bishop of Detroit, ROEA, OCA.

If the above comment is on the up and square, it shows that Irineu is an arrogant son of a bitch. You simply don’t make such implied threats in the USA. He can’t sue me for pointing that up. The last thing that he needs is an unsuccessful legal action. If his lawyer told him to do this, he has incompetent counsel. No, we won’t be silent! Who accused Duvlea of misconduct? When did the alleged incident take place? It smells as if the OCA is trying to sweep this under the rug. They tried doing that with Storheim and it blew up in their face.

Remember the nasty tactics used by Gindin, Storheim’s shyster? One wonders, is Duvlea’s counsel going to do the same? That is, are they going to smear the accuser in public in an attempt to discredit them? It didn’t work in Winnipeg… although that bastard Gindin did his best to bad-dog and attack Storheim’s accusers. Storheim ended up convicted, and Mr Justice Mainella, the judge involved, was rather emphatic in his condemnation of Storheim and totally trashed Storheim’s credibility in public. Duvlea had best watch his step. This isn’t Romania… it’s the USA, where the judiciary wouldn’t be inclined to help any putative coverup.

Duvlea’s lawyers can’t sue me for the above. However, his clumsy “comment”, if genuine, shows a total lack of understanding of the American legal system, and of how it works. If it’s secret, there’s no real investigation. Full stop. An MP priest once asked me, “Which of the OCA bishops isn’t reputed to be gay?” Antics like this don’t help such questions. Come clean, Nathanael. If not, it just may come to haunt you…

If Duvlea’s lawyers attempt to pressure me legally, I’ll be sure to post on it and tell you. After all, a threat of a lawsuit is a public action, it’s an “act of public record”, and I’d have every right to publicise it. Just a friendly word of advice… do be cool.


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