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Thursday, 20 December 2012

20 December 2012. Some Vox Pop from CNET on Westboro Baptist’s Plans to Picket Connecticut Kids’ Funerals… Along with a thought or Two

00 John Calvin 04.12

Don’t you get tired of fundies calling themselves “Christians?” It’s time to take back the title and time to show up these jerks as the charlatans that they are. We should have nothing to do with such non-Christian elements… we should show them what REAL Christianity consists of (and it isn’t either happy-clappy ecstasies or prunish neo-Puritanism)…


Here are some thoughts from the CNET commboxes on Westboro Baptist’s plans on protesting at the kids’ funerals in Connecticut. Westboro Baptist is why we shouldn’t have ANYTHING to do with “Evangelicals” and their doings. Westboro simply takes sectarianism to its illogical extreme. The megachurches aren’t all that much different. They’re all cut from the same mouldy piece of cloth… they’re all asshats of the first degree.


Dang! I’m a Christian and I don’t agree with this group of people, Jesus didn’t send to point the finger at others, regardless of their sexuality, religion, or whatever they believe. We were sent to deliver a message, the message of salvation.


Funny thing… Westboro Baptist Church and their description of “Christian” contradict each other. I personally go to Church and am a Christian, and our response is to at LEAST pray for people who lost their close ones. Adding pain to the wounds is the most un-Christian act when it comes to the loss of a close one, which is what WBC is doing, and it’s truly disgusting. They aren’t Christians.


To put it in a literal, disgusting nutshell… according to them, their loved ones and babies are dead because God smote them due to the fact that Connecticut now allows gay marriage.


They absolutely have the right to say it. However, as has been mentioned time and again over the course of the past year, just because you CAN say it, does not mean you SHOULD say it. In addition, they aren’t spreading Christ’s message, because His message was love and tolerance, and theirs is a message of hate and discord. There’s “legal”, and, then, there’s common human decency.


I’m an elementary teacher and I’ve known about the despicable, unfathomable actions of this group for years. If this happened at my school (God help us), and they showed up… I can only imagine what would go on in our town. They deserve all that they get. I have a theory about their “leader”…sometimes, those who protest homosexuality the loudest are the furthest in the closet. Whatever their reasons, there is NO reason…


Take note of:

Sometimes, those who protest homosexuality the loudest are the furthest in the closet.

Hmm… wasn’t Paffhausen entangled for YEARS with Podmoshensky, even after Podmoshensky’s defrocking for nasty doings? If shitbirds of a feather flock together (and they do), then, it’d follow that Paffhausen shared Podmoshensky’s tastes… QED. It puts a new light on Fathausen’s caterwauling about homosexuality, doesn’t it? In addition, it makes one wonder why so many former Episkies amongst us are so hot n’ bothered over gays. As the Wikipedia article on Tom Driberg put it (a friendly MP priest put me on to this):

Francis Wheen argues, “There’d been a recognisable male homosexual subculture in the Anglo-Catholic movement since the late nineteenth century”.[136]This theme is explored in a paper by David Hilliard of Flinders University, who maintains that “the [19th century] conflict between Protestantism and Anglo-Catholicism within the Church of England was … regularly depicted by Protestant propagandists as a struggle between masculine and feminine styles of religion”.[137] Driberg throughout his life was a devout Anglo-Catholic; Wheen suggests that Evelyn Waugh, in Brideshead Revisited, may have had Driberg in mind when the novel’s protagonist Charles Ryder is warned on arrival at Oxford to “beware of Anglo-Catholics… they’re all sodomites with unpleasant accents”.[136][138]


In short, we’ve ordained one too many “High Churchers” as Orthodox priests. The stories that I hear from scandalised real Orthodox are off the wall. The most innocuous innovation is altar girls… not to mention games with the Liturgy… all in the name of “Tradition”. If Paffhausen’s a probable epicene sort, what that tell us about these gents, considering their roots? We’re going to pay a very dear price for ordaining so many of such sorts… very dear, indeed. The ethos of Westboro Baptist isn’t that far away from us… just look at Josiah Trenham, the so-called “Manton Six”, Paffhausen, and Oliver Herbel. Scary ain’t it? We CAN do something of it… but shall we?

BMD barbara-drezhloBarbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 20 December 2012

Albany NY 


Sunday, 21 August 2011

21 August 2011. Dickie Wood was NOT Ill Per the Original oca.org Post… I Advise All Comers to Beware the Lawyers Involved in This Affair…

The Sinking of HMS Victory on 4 October 1744

Peter Monamy

after 1745

The OCA is going down… confusion reigns… who shall bell the cat, though? 


As of 20.15 EDT Sunday 21 August 2011, there was no word on either oca.org or ocanews.org confirming or denying the story on pravmir.ru concerning Dickie Wood’s restoration to active ministry. It’s instructive to revisit the original 28 July oca.org post on the matter. This is what was up on 20.15 EDT today on oca.org:

Dean of St Catherine’s on Leave of Absence

Archimandrite Zacchaeus Wood, Dean of St. Catherine the Great Martyr-in-the-Fields Church in Moscow and representative of the Orthodox Church in America to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia has been placed on a leave of absence and recalled to the United States by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah. He is prohibited from exercising any liturgical or sacramental ministry. Priest John Kechkin, who is attached to St. Catherine Church, will provide pastoral services for the time being.  Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, Director of External Affairs of the Orthodox Church in America, will assume duties as the representative of the OCA to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

28 July 2011



There it is… there was NO mention of illness. I’ll be utterly frank with all of you. A while ago, Nina Dimas attempted to pass some of Dickie’s propaganda off to me (I did NOT give her my e-mail; she got it through either a complaisant or unwitting third party). I’ve retained the original e-mail, of course. SOMEONE wants to whitewash this; ergo, I’ve saved a copy of the above oca.org post. Nina Dimas is part of the Syosset/SVS coterie… so, I’m warning all of you. Please, be careful! Keep all copies of all e-mails! I’d warn the Winnipeg magistrate in the Storheim case, in particular, that some of the people involved in this affair are rather nasty and unscrupulous. I’d caution the Canadian authorities to be especially wary of the OCA’s lawyers… they’re not particularly nice people (they can’t prosecute me for saying that… I would refer the Winnipeg magistrate to the Koumentakos and Iliff cases (“We admit no wrongdoing”)). I’ll add that, as of 20.15 EDT Sunday 21 August 2011, Dickie wasn’t on the clergy listing on oca.org, not under “W”, not under “stavropegial institutions, not under “Archdiocese of Washington” (but Ray Velencia is still listed under “Archdiocese of Washington”… what gives?).

We must stand against the lies. We must stand against them NOW. There must be NO MORE Kristi Koumentakos-style muggings of ordinary Orthodox laity. There must be NO MORE cover-ups à la Eric Iliff. Ray Velencia suffered no disciplinary action for his contumacious actions against Kristi Koumentakos (the OCA allowed him to skedaddle off to the GOAA under murky circumstances). John Erickson suffered no ill-effects for his cover-up of l’Affaire Iliff (note well that one of the konvertsy smarkaczy, Oliver Herbel, just slobbers over Erickson… birds of a feather…).

A friend of mine wrote me:

This gets stranger and crazier… what a bunch of ignorant pigs. The OCA converts just prattle on and on about how brave JP is, and how he’s being persecuted.

That’s how cult members behave. I’ll be blunt… we made a colossal error bringing in the HOOMies and receiving loopy “High Church” Anglicans. I don’t know who’s worse. An informant (some of my best sources aren’t “Russian”; hell, some aren’t even Orthodox) wrote me:

By the same token, [Paffhausen] shouldn’t have accepted an honorary degree from an Anglo-Catholic seminary. After all, everyone knows that the number of homosexuals in the orbit of Anglo-Catholic clergy has historically been exorbitant! That’s why the Church of Ireland was the first to rise up against the gay movement in the Anglican Communion. All Ireland’s solidly Low Church; my family was always Low Church. What people say is, “The High Church is hidden popery”, and “We need no bells and smells”.

There’s a lot of good information from non-Orthodox sources out there! Note well that JP and Chad Hatfield schmooze with the most homosexual-ridden faction in Anglicanism. In addition, there’s been noise from konvertsy ignoranuses in Stokoe’s comboxes about the OCA dropping relations with the TEC… it hasn’t… to wit:


Nashotah House is an institution of the TEC… Fathausen received a degree from this heretic conventicle… Hatfield spoke at its convocation…. that means that relations with the TEC weren’t broken. All too many konvertsy show a cult-like disregard of the truth… I’d advise the Winnipeg magistrate to distrust all testimony given by OCA converts.

For all that’s holy… be careful of the lawyers involved in this case… especially, those who’re representing Mr Wood. There’s a vested interest in making this “disappear” on the part of some parties. I’m going to continue to speak out with prudence… my very visibility protects me (if I stay within certain limits). However, I warn all others to be careful of anyone with a link to Paffhausen, Wood, Tate, Moriak, Stokoe, Lyonyo, or any First Family clergy (both OCA and ROCOR). I’m not jesting or joking. Stokoe is on the list for a reason… both he and JP are autocephalist fanatics, and I’ve seen odder alliances when the shit hit the fan. Above all… keep strong. Remember John and Monica Iliff. If you give in to Paffhausen’s minions, you spit on them. Remember Kristi Koumentakos. If you buy JP’s tired lies, you piss on her, yet again. It’s time for us to take our Church back. It won’t be easy. However, to quote Winston Churchill:

For my own part, I have always felt that a politician’s to be judged by the animosities that he excites amongst his opponents. I’ve always set myself not merely to relish, but to deserve thoroughly, their censure. …

What’s the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we’re gone? How else can we put ourselves in harmonious relation with the great verities and consolations of the infinite and the eternal? I avow my faith that we are marching towards better days. Humanity will not be cast down. …

The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.

I’m game! Are you? If so, take my hand, and let’s get on with it! Let’s end this with a paraphrase from Winnie:

I’ve nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. We must struggle with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us to struggle against a monstrous tyranny. What’s our aim? I can answer in one word… victory… victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be… for without victory, there’s no survival.


Memory Eternal to Eric… I bow before John and Monica… KEEP THE FAITH… IN THE NAME OF LIFE!

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 21 August 2011

Albany NY

Sunday, 14 August 2011

14 August 2011. I’m Tired of the Homosexual Food Fight in the OCA… Apparently, so are You

People deserve the government they get, and they deserve to get it good and hard.

H L Mencken


If there’s no struggle, there’s no progress. Those who profess to favour freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without ploughing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what a people will submit to, and you’ve found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must pay for all they get. If we ever get free from all the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal. We must do this by labour, by suffering, by sacrifice, and, if needs be, by our lives, and the lives of others.

Frederick Douglass


A friend of mine wrote me a few days ago:

We all need a break from the homosexual food fight in the Diocese of the Midwest (OCA).

There it is, in plain language. None dare speak this truth plainly… we hear screams of “disrespect”… “You’re not being ‘churchly’”, “The clergy have special rights”, etc, etc, etc, ad infinitum, from all the same interested parties (and their ignorant konvertsy cheering section). We’re supposed to “pay, pray, and obey”… and be silent in the face of clerical malfeasance. As for myself, I had to walk away from it all for a while and immerse myself in something else. The following are just my thoughts on the general situation facing us.

Let’s not be coy… Fathausen isn’t going to give up easily. Mel Pleska’s illness deprived us of the last credible hierarch in the OCA at a critical juncture. What’s amazing is how obtuse JP and his supporters are. There are three scandals in the air at present… involving Storheim in Canada, Dickie Wood in Moscow, and Mark Stokoe in the Midwest. There’s soon to be a fourth… Matt Moriak is going against the established institutional culture of the OCA DOM by appointing his son to a parish over the “expected” candidate and by suspending a deacon without any prior “by your leave” or hearing. If the rumours are true, if Moriak’s tastes are “interesting”… that’ll touch off an explosion that’ll dwarf anything else that’s happened so far. The Diocese of the Midwest isn’t only the largest diocese in the OCA; it’s also full of old-line po-nashemu sorts, who not only aren’t used to putting up with arrogant and high-handed smarkacz clergy, they’re used to having an honest stand-up guy like Vladyki Job as their bishop.

The most interesting thing in all of this is the konvertsy. They scream about purity, about morality, and about how they hate homosexuality, and how they’re going to run all the “queers” out of the Church… yet, they support the most blatant faygelers of them all. Did any konvertsy attack JP for serving openly with Hermie and Feodosy? NOPE. Did any konvertsy attack JP for serving openly with Izzy Brittain? NOPE. Did any konvertsy attack JP for schmoozing up to the arrested and questionable Benjamin Peterson? NOPE. I see a pattern here. The konvertsy don’t care about homosexuality in clerical circles… they never did, despite their rhetoric on the matter. Many came out of the so-called Anglo-Catholic movement, which had more closeted poofters per square inch than any other organisation that you could name. Friends of mine in the TEC assure me that some of the loudest “defenders of morality” were closeted gays. “Be gay, or, be straight… but be open about it”, as one of my friends put it. That’s my view, too… which leads one to question what Moriak’s doing to Mark, and to question his motivation.

Make no mistake on this… they have the internet in Moscow. The Centre KNOWS what’s going down in the OCA. What I’ve heard (from unofficial sources) is that the MP is setting up Territorial Metropolias outside the territory of the RF… they exist already in the Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, and Central Asia. Reportedly, Western Europe is next… afterwards, what about the Americas? Then, shall the ROCOR go into the dustbin of history? If such is so, then, it stands to reason that the Centre’s going to do nothing until it’s ripe for action. That is, we must get up and do something ourselves, even if it’s as simple as not paying Syosset assessments. That could do the trick and trigger intervention. It won’t be easy in the short term; indeed, it may appear as if JP’s winning.

The problem is that you just don’t wave a magic wand and say, “It’s all over”… that’s demented childish thinking. Any “solution” that the Centre can bring shall only be partial, and it won’t encompass “everything”… that is, there’s going to be a rump OCA, a group that’ll be run by a clique of closeted poofters who’ll scream about moral purity and Biblical morality. I’ll say this… at least Feodosy, Pierre, and Hermie spared us sanctimonious lectures on morality and purity. As Frederick Douglass said:

Find out just what a people will submit to, and you’ve found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must pay for all they get.

Are we willing to bear the cost and pain that we’ll suffer if we remove Fathausen & Co? If not, then, Mencken will be right:

People deserve the government they get, and they deserve to get it good and hard.

It’s our choice… choose well.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 14 August 2011

Albany NY

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

SO Glad to See You, Again… You Won’t Mind It If I Stab You in the Back?

The Rejection of the Sermon of the Uniate Kuntsevich in Byelorussia

Ilya Repin



I’d advise Anglicans to attend to the history of Uniatism… they wouldn’t accept the offer of the Pope of Rome if they knew it!


Today, the papists stepped up their poaching campaign against Anglicans. Indeed, it appears that they’re well on the way to creating a new Uniate rite… shall they call it the Anglican Rite, or, shall they be cutesy and call it the Westminster Rite or Rite of Lambeth, as they do in some of their rites that ape us? Look at their so-called “Byzantine Rite”… what a ridiculous usage! The word has a 16th-century German provenance and isn’t ours at all… they didn’t want to call it the “New Roman Rite”, for that’s what Romaios means! Let’s take a look at a small article and a comment on it. Then, we can throw the crapola on the table and sift through it to find what’s useful to us! Of course, there’s much more to it than meets the eye initially, so, the usual windbags such as Orr and “John” are going to miss the point utterly.


Pope Announces Plans for Anglicans to Convert En Masse

The Vatican’s announced that Pope Benedict’s setting up special provision for Anglicans, including married clergy, who want to convert to Rome together, preserving aspects of Anglican liturgy. They’ll be given their own pastoral supervision, according to this press release from the Vatican:

In this Apostolic Constitution, the Holy Father has introduced a canonical structure that provides for such corporate reunion by establishing Personal Ordinariates which will allow former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of the distinctive Anglican spiritual and liturgical patrimony.

Jackie Bruchi

20 October 2009

Matt, we’ll only see how big it is over time, but as someone said above, this changes everything. I’ve read the statement from Forward in Faith, now, [I’m] waiting to hear what ACNA has to say. How will this affect the Anglican-Orthodox ecumenical relationship? What are the views of the evangelicals here on SFiF concerning this? What about the Anglo-Catholics?

Bob+ (a pseudonym, obviously)

20 October 2009

Stand Firm: Traditional Anglicanism in America



This affects not only relations between Papists and Anglicans, it impinges upon those between Orthodox and Anglicans (as Bob+ pointed up) and influences those between Orthodox and Papists as well. The Papists haven’t changed their spots… not one jot or tittle’s been altered. The central thesis of their heresy remains inviolate:

If you wish to consider yourself truly Christian, you must be in communion with the Pope of Rome, who is the Visible Head of the Church on earth. He has immediate jurisdiction over all other bishops, and is infallible in all statements concerning faith and morals.

This present announcement merely brings the above into clearer focus. Indeed, it’s obvious why the papists engage in “ecumenical” dialogue. They think that if they speak slowly enough and loudly enough, all of us poor and benighted schismatics and heretics (in their terms, obviously) shall come to our senses and become nice little Uniates… all waiting for the next pearl of wisdom to drop from the Pope of Rome’s mouth.


This sinks a harpoon into “dialogue” with the papists, to be sure. Certainly, there are always going to be those who champion such, but they’re either quasi-papists (whom we should send off to their true home in short order) or bilious academics, who wish to waste the money of the faithful on “conferences”, “seminars”, and “workshops”… we should end all such blowsy (and costly) wind-fests immediately… there are more pressing items and emergencies that we must spend our money upon. In our case, in Orthodoxy, it also points up those who truly don’t believe that the Church is One… do mark down that JP and Hatfield signed a pact with Anglicans, so, this news from Rome shan’t affect them… they don’t hold what the Church does, in any case.


Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556)… a hero to “traditionalist Anglicans”. Don’t forget… he rammed through radical Proddie notions on the Eucharist, clerical celibacy, and the veneration of saints. Furthermore, he was a furious iconoclast. JP and Hatfield signed an accord with those who have such as an idol. FOR SHAME!


This news shows even the slow learners that the Pope of Rome is bent upon aggrandisement… they hope that they can poach a few thousand more souls this way. “You can keep your externals! You can still call yourself Anglicans!” Of course, it doesn’t mean a thing… much like the Uniates running about saying, “We’re Orthodox in Union with Rome!” In the end, it all comes out to the same thing… recognise the Pope of Rome as Christ’s Substitute on Earth (for that’s what Vicarius Christi means, folks), and we’ll “allow” you to keep your traditions… for the time being, at least. The history of Uniatism doesn’t augur well for the long-term… I’d advise any Anglican considering such to look at this history and make up their own mind. I doubt that many would “convert” to papism with such knowledge in hand! This is nothing but the tired and old verbiage tied up in a fancy new package with a different bow. Papistry is papistry, and Christianity is Christianity. The former’s homolatry; the latter’s true worship.

It’ll be interesting to watch the Anglican response. Based on my experience with Anglicans, it’ll NOT be Anglo-Catholics who shall be most tempted by this offer. Rather, it’ll be Evangelical Anglicans… the same set that formally-converts to Orthodoxy. It won’t affect those in the so-called Broad Church faction… they accept the status quo in the TEC and the C of E, there ARE those who believe in modernism and all of its pomps… just as there are those who bow before papistry and all of its observances. The Anglo-Catholics are really a set of Proddie Uniates (do SVS and JP share their presuppositions… an interesting question, wot?), that is, they’re papists who wish to retain papist ceremonial without papal theology or obedience (the sedevacantists are similar… you find the same inner spirit within them). Therefore, they’d be the least-likely to convert, being more concerned with points of ritual rather than arguments concerning theology or practise.

That’s to say, you would find few from either St Bart’s or Smokey Mary’s tempted by this… the ones there who were inclined to Rome have converted already, in any case. One of the places that WOULD be tempted, I believe, is Nashotah House (NH)… wasn’t that the establishment that JP and Hatfield just inked a “covenant” with? What would happen to that scrap of paper if NH fell for this latest con-job (not bloody likely… but, human-beings are never predictable in the end… stranger things HAVE happened)? What happens if they reject this sales-patter from the Pope (MUCH more probable)? If the latter occurs, it is likely that some of the faculty might bolt for Rome, strengthening the Proddie party at the school. In short, it appears that this present proposition has a very good chance of turning NH further to the “left” in theological and practical terms. What does this do to the SVS/NH accord? As it stands, NH is a classically-Anglican school… branch theory, female ordination, and Calvinistic theology, amongst other things. The present offer from the papists bids fair to turn it even more deeply Proddie than it is now… and NH is emphatically Proddie at present, make no mistake upon it.

Should we be “yoked unequally” with such? I expect that the usual blather shall issue from the usual sources… if you hear anything from Ad Orientem, bear in mind that “John” is basically ignorant of Orthodox history in general and Orthodox history in the USA in particular. This isn’t unimportant. If you don’t know your past… you don’t know the present, it’s quite that simple. If I speak of Averky Taushev or Nicholas Alexander or Basil Stroyen or Leonty Turkevich to someone of Russian-American background of my generation (I am 55), everyone knows who they were, what office they held, and what they stood for… they don’t need to be told. People like “John” don’t know… and it’s obvious in all his commentary. I don’t say this in anger… I say this in reproof, an entirely different thing.

The present offer from Rome may very well cause the departure of a few… most of them shall be theologians and the sort of laity that dabbles in theology as a hobby (I prefer to cook, go on motors to new places, read anything and everything, listen to all sorts of music, love both low and high art, and keep cats, myself… it’s much nicer, isn’t it?). The chance of NH being affected adversely by this is high… it’s another good reason for ripping up the shameless and false concordat signed with them on 10 October. However, I believe that the chances of the deal being negated are slim to nil. The portion of the path that we are on is getting somewhat darker and the footing is more treacherous. Yes… Rivendell waits for us at the end of the trail. But… the Fellowship must get through this unpleasantness first.

img_0001Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 20 October 2009

Albany NY

Editor’s Postscript:

I should mention that there is much talk today amongst “Traditionalist Anglicans” about the NH/SVS concordat… they are enthusing about it (I looked at some of their sites). Expect MAJOR spin from JP and Hatfield… they’re going to try to say to you that they didn’t make an agreement… but they obviously did such a thing! The Anglicans say so, and they are not liars… like some people I could (but, won’t) mention. I wonder if these good people know of the Iliff affair or the Koumentakos case or the fact that SVS is the furthest to the “left” of Orthodox seminaries? Makes you think, no? “Conservative Anglicans” aren’t very conservative at all, are they? Note well that JP and Hatfield bed down with such. SAD!


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