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Monday, 12 December 2011

12 December 2011. Where, oh Where, Has My Little Dickie Gone?

Has he fallen off the face of the earth? Where IS he? HONEST organisations and people don’t act this way, do they?

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Three days ago, Love BT posted the following on Monomakhos regarding Dickie Wood:

Oh, well, Jacob. I have an idea that questions asked and discussed here and everywhere else will become moot. I think the puppet-master(s?) will successfully implement a game-plan wherein Metropolitan Jonah would agree to relinquish the leadership of the Holy Synod in return for being elected Bishop of Dallas and the South. What will Archimandrite Zacchaeus be doing in California, as he returns from his Russian episode? A tour of duty at the psychotherapeutic monastery at Manton with Frs Strikis, Rymer, Lisenko, etc.? Vicar of the Western Diocese? Won’t 2012 be a kick?

Remember, whatever else one may think of Love BT, his intel’s often very good. He WAS a roomie with Lyonyo at SVS, after all. However, I think that it’s all unravelling, and NO ONE knows what’s ahead… NO ONE. However, I don’t believe even the OCA could canonically elect and consecrate Dickie to the episcopacy. There’d certainly be no support for this move within the Centre’s present “inner circle”. In any case, JP’s not going to be “Bishop of the South” either… even though that’s what Lyonyo wants (with Dahulich or Moriak as his puppet wearing the white hat)… but he’s not going to get it. Personally, I think all concerned in the Holy Synod or the Centre would be more inclined to “retire” Fathausen before they’d install him as ruling bishop of the Southern Diocese. By the way, this whole incident shows that the FSB/SVR hasn’t “infiltrated” the OCA or the ROCOR with “operatives” or “agents of influence”; rather, it means simply that the gaybisti know who’s who and what’s what… in short, they “know the score” (Psaryov’s not an FSB/SVR man, he’s the Blunder’s man at Jordanville, a beast of a rather different sort)… I’d love to know their sources, wouldn’t you?

American official circles (both Foggy Bottom and Langley) are lucky that the Wood situation didn’t cause a “diplomatic incident”. He swam in dicey waters, full of the oddbods and poseurs that one finds on the outskirts of Spookdom. It’s a Jenga game… pull out the “right” piece… and KER-SPLAT. NO ONE’S in control… least of all, JP, BT, or Lyonyo… we’ll have to see. We’re all unwilling passengers on an airliner where a kook has taken over the controls and has locked the cockpit door. One last thing… do note that not one single OCA bishop was present at the enthronement of the new Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Pittsburgh. What does that tell you about the OCA and its standing in the Great Game between the MP and the EP? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 12 December 2011

Albany NY

Sunday, 4 December 2011

4 December 2011. No Matter If You Turn Right or Left, It’s Still a Road Out of the Church

Death to World Imperialism

Unknown Artist

1918-20

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Ignore the original caption… do you see the beast? That’s what heresy looks like. It’s why I oppose Dickie Wood… he smoothed the way for Podmoshensky’s followers to spout their nonsense at the Centre… for that, he’s the enemy of every true Orthodox Christian.

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Some parties are defending Dickie Wood vigorously, claiming that I don’t know what I’m talking about. Nothing could be further from the truth. My opposition to Mr Wood has a firm foundation. He facilitated the access of konvertsy gobbledygook to Orthodox media at the Centre. He brought in questionable people like Damascene Christiansen and Nectaria Rees, both of whom are neck-deep with the oddball (and reputed child abuser) Gleb Podmoshensky (after this, GP). He used the fact that Tikhon Shevkunov, amongst others, was ignorant of the American scene. This brings up an important topic. No matter if you’re a left-wing heretic or a right-wing heretic, you’re still on the high road out of the Church. Both roads are dangerous, but the rightwing road is the MORE dangerous one, so, I’ll spend virtually all my time on it, indeed, on one particular rightwing heretic, GP.

Podmoshensky’s a present-day Arius or Avvakum Petrov. Both Arius and Avvakum appealed to the gullible and naïve, they attracted a fanatical and devoted coterie, and the ignorant and credulous thought them “holy men”. True, both of them were “holier” in life and appearance than many of their analogues in the institutional Church. In like manner, GP used his smarmy pietistic exterior to fool ignorant convert patsies. GP’s squiffy ideas contaminate many, if not most, of the konvertsy. The names of those infected with his heresy reads like a veritable “Who’s Who” of converts… Patrick Henry Reardon, Rod Dreher, Freddie M-G, Jonas Paffhausen, Gerasim Eliel, Damascene Christiansen (let’s not forget Lazar Puhalo, who aided and abetted GP, and the Gillquistites, who had influences from this heretic as well)… that’s not to mention the HOOMie cultists, whom GP coddled and protected.

If I were to name the worst challenge facing the Church in America today, I’d say it was the ideas of this self-centred and very unmonastic “monk”. In fact, I’d say that the choice is stark… you can have the Orthodoxy of the Ages or you can have GP’s twisted and deluded simulation of it. It should make your blood run cold to realise that JP was GP’s fawning and obsequious disciple… and that Dickie Wood did his best to give GP’s corrupted protégés access to the Centre. One of the things that’s a drop-dead giveaway of a Platina-ite is the usage, “St Pavel Florensky”. Florensky was not, is not, and shall never be a saint of the Church. The Holy Church of Moscow and all the Russias doesn’t even have his name on the list of those considered for canonisation. There’s an obvious reason… Florensky was one of the leading heretics of the 20th century (he influenced ADS’ mentor, Bulgakov, which led to ADS’ heretic ideas, but that’s a different post). The Church condemned Florensky’s teachings, but it didn’t anathematise him. In short, Florensky’s a VERY equivocal and questionable figure (as is GP). As an aside, Florensky was a figure in the 1981 icon of the New Martyrs of Russia painted by Jordanville. The iconographer, in his ignorance, listened to GP (who was still in the ROCOR at that time). In short, it was an innocent mistake. In like manner, Dickie Wood allowed HOOMie cultists and GP’s protégés to have access to Orthodox media, in the process, fooling Tikhon Shevkunov (and others).

This is no small beer. The ROCOR Holy Synod suspended, and, later, deposed GP for good reason. Not only was he a reputed sodomite, he was a rebel who refused to follow the Church’s teaching and discipline, substituting his airy-fairy notions in the place of the Church’s solid teaching (much like Lazar Puhalo in the Toll-House Dispute of the late ‘70s). It should scare you to know that JP was GP’s willing and devoted disciple. JP stayed loyal to GP, even after GP’s rightful deposition by the ROCOR. JP has always defended GP, JP defended all of GP’s protégés (such as Christiansen and Eliel), and JP defended the godless HOOMie cultists (whom GP championed and cosseted).

What’s most dangerous about GP’s coterie is that they, at base, deny the Church. That’s not surprising, considering that their guru was a disgraced and deposed cleric. If you look carefully at all those who support the konvertsy line, all of them are from “suspect” origins. The Gillquisitites are an oddball cultist group that were not Catholic, Proddie, or Orthodox… they were a bunch of ex-Proddie cranks who took this-and-that from Orthodoxy, and who “ordained” themselves (for the cognoscenti, shades of the samosvyatsy, no?). The Angliochians are indifferentist “Anglicans” who seem to float between Orthodoxy and the woollier forms of “Continuing Anglicanism” (to be fair, Anglican friends inform me that these sorts weren’t good Anglicans, and I believe them). The HOOMies are cultists, pure and simple, and people tell me that they didn’t change their spots just because they formally converted (in fact, their “Christ the Saviour Brotherhood” still exists… a fact that I’d warn all at the Centre about). One of the most distressing things about all of these groups is how they aggressively and violently deal with “dissent”. For instance, outside sources say that Reardon publicly humiliates anyone who disagrees with his stance on the Republican Party. Ask the people at Pokrov.org (Google or Bing it) about the HOOMies. As for the Gillquistites… ask the people in Ben Lomond CA (you’ll hear an earful, I’m sure… do look up Fr Luke Dingman).

Dickie Wood supports, cossets, and brings forward such erroneous rubbish as the Orthodox voice in America. If you want to know why I stand foursquare against Mr Wood and all his works… here’s your answer! There can be NO compromise with such a ravening beast. Dickie Wood wants to spread GP’s drivel at the Centre, and I, for one, oppose it! You can have the straight-up teaching of the Church or you can have the pietistic hogwash served up by Platina and the HOOMies. I’d say that we should give such diabolic twaddle short shrift… its anti-Church, and that’s that. GP’s outside the Church for GOOD reason. His sodomy and reputed child abuse was the smaller part of the equation, as serious as that was (and that alone DID merit deposition, let me be clear). He put his private judgement above that of the Church. He enshrined his idiosyncratic claptrap as Gospel, and uninformed konvertsy fools lapped it up and asked for more (as did JP, by the way).

Do you want Christ and His Church, or, do you want Prelest Supreme served with Heresy Sauce on the side? If you follow GP… you’ll get the latter. Reflect on this… if you support his protégés or enablers, you enable GP’s heretical notions. Dickie Wood enabled GP’s protégés and eased their way. All good Orthodox Christians MUST oppose him for that.

That’s why I oppose Dickie Wood and why I always shall oppose him. Think well before replying…

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Neither Wikipedia nor Orthowiki have an objective article on either Gleb Podmoshensky or the St Herman of Alaska Brotherhood (the Orthowiki article on the Brotherhood (the only post on the subject) is subjective and worthless propaganda that doesn’t mention GP’s sodomy or child abuse accusations… I just thought that you’d like to know that…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 4 December 2011

Albany NY   

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Thursday, 1 December 2011

1 December 2011. A Whisper Heard in the Loggia about Garklav’s Jaunt to the Centre…

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I heard some interesting scuttlebutt that I’d like to pass on to you. A source told me that Garklavs arrived in Russia today, they told me that he’s there for a couple days to find out the definitive hidey-hole of Archimandrite Zacchaeus Wood AKA “Dickie Wood”. My source went on to say:

[Dickie Wood] has had a longstanding affair with a woman whilst being in charge of the OCA Representation Church of St Catherine in Moscow. It’s good that it was a woman, not a man. However, the situation’s very critical and embarrassing. Nobody knows how this story will unfold, or will end. No one knows when and how Z. W. will come back to America.

This is an unconfirmed leakage, but it was passed on by a reputable source. Believe it or not, as you will. I’ll say that the source is one that hasn’t lied to me in the past. Need I say that oca.org has nothing to say on the matter? They DID post a fluff-piece about some recording made in the ‘70s, but no real news… it tells you volumes about Ginny Nieuwsma and her professional bona fides and her attitude towards informing you, doesn’t it?

By the way, I should mention that someone representing themselves as “Zacchaeus Wood” tried to e-mail me recently. I received the e-mail at 17.02 EST, which is 02.02 the next morning MSK. In short, obviously, it was a pro-Syosset prankster or troll, so, I spammed it immediately. Always, remember that trolls like to piggyback malware to e-mails. If in doubt, spam it unopened! I learned that blunt truth the hard way, kids.

Oh, yes… as of 12.25 EST, there’s NOTHING up on oca.org about El Gordo’s three-ring circus down in Texas. NOTHING. Note that fact down… they’re still peeing  on you and laughing at you. You know what to do… send them no money… none at all.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 1 December 2011

Albany NY 

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

22 November 2011. JP Going Home to His Mom And Pop for Thanksgiving

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  • If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…
  • Oft we mar what’s good enough by striving to do “better”…

Old Good-Sense Observations

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No amount of evidence, no matter how good it is or how much there is of it, is ever going to convince the true believer to the contrary.

James Randi

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The true-believer syndrome merits study by science. What is it that compels a person, past all reason, to believe the unbelievable? How can an otherwise sane individual become so enamored of a fantasy, an imposture, that even after it’s exposed in the bright light of day he still clings to it… indeed, clings to it all the harder? No amount of logic can shatter a faith consciously based on a lie.

Morris Lamar Keene

former psychic and “spiritual medium

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The fanatical believer isn’t conscious of his envy, malice, pettiness, and dishonesty. There’s a wall of words between his consciousness and his real self.

Eric Hoffer

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A friend sent me the following colloquy (I wasn‘t involved this time):

Jonah flew to California to spend Thanksgiving with his family. That’s modern monasticism. You don’t leave your family, but return to them… whenever. Don’t know whether turkey or vegetarian turkey is on the menu.

To which I responded:

Turkey or “veggie turkey” isn’t as important as what the “sides” are, stuffing, pumpkin pie, glazed sweet potatoes, all that “good stuff”.

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I thought that JP was under “evaluation”… there’s certainly been NO news of it on oca.org. What happened? What did they find? As per usual, the OCA’s being as secretive as ever… it does sound all too much like the worst aspects of the old Sov times, doesn’t it? The secrecy and censorship are pervasive, leading to all kinds of creative rumour circulating in the place of solid news. At best, responsible journalists, such as myself, have to deal with varying degrees of probability in the stories out there… hardly ever is there an admission of anything “negative” from SVS or Syosset. That’s why such impossible stories such as Bobby K seeking a whitewash from the Centre gain credence and spread. Syosset’s secrecy spawns such scuttlebutt, but that’s inevitable since they refuse to go back to the “clean hands” policy of people like Vladyki Leonty, Vladyki Kyprian, and Frs Joe Pishtey, Basil Stroyen, and Dmitri Ressetar.

Yes… the Metropolia WAS different… reflect well that the tag team of Meyendorff and Schmemann hated the ethos of the Metropolia and they did their best to destroy it. We’re living with the consequences of that now. The Metropolia was modest, lived within its means, and left the parishes alone to lead their local lives (within reason). Under the objective conditions of Russian Orthodoxy in the USA, it worked. It led to the apogee of our Russian Orthodox life here, which was in 1964. No, it’s not a case of “the cow that died gave the most milk” (and old Russian/po-nashemu proverb)… it’s a fact.

Thomas Wolfe was right… “You Can’t Go Home Again”… but we can get off the wrong road. It’ll take the rest of our generation and most of the next to repair the damage… the work ahead isn’t short or easy. We won’t be able to say, “It’s all over”, but we WILL be able to say, “We’ve made a good start”. Let’s go back to the Good Old Institutional Verities of the Metropolia… Modesty, Frugality, Probity, and Honesty. Ask yourself a question… would Vladyki Leonty have gone to the lawyers as often as the present crew has done? Of course not! Remember how “legal settlements” normally begin, “We admit no crime or wrongdoing”… I know what such words say to me… I’ll confide to you that you probably agree with me wholeheartedly (no matter how much we might disagree on other things). Here’s what a correspondent wrote to me:

The OCA isn’t welcome in Moscow according to well-placed sources. Moscow’s waiting for its “mistake” to fall apart. Metropolitan Jonah and Fr Zacchaeus were the last straws.

The OCA’s toast. It’s not going to collapse tomorrow or next week… of course, it could, but there are no indications of such. An “August Event” is possible, but you can’t predict such things in advance. Only a few deluded konvertsy believe in the “OCA Dream” of “Pan-Orthodox Unity” (whatever that meant… the definition changes weekly, it seems) anymore, not even Lyonyo, Jillions, and Behr. You can’t sue me for stating that the edifice’s creaky and ready to collapse at the slightest tremor. It’s the usual go-‘round, I’m afraid. Do you trust a Metropolitan who “goes home to momma?” At the least, he should’ve publicised his visit beforehand, as responsible hierarchs do… when His Holiness visited relatives in Mordovia, patriarchia.ru had a report with high-res images up. If he lies or “forgets to tell you” about little things… I need go no further. I’ll be glad when this episode in our Church History’s over… but it’s not over, yet. What do you want? Do you want the present secrecy or do you want the openness of the Metropolia? Whom do you honour… do you honour Vladyki Leonty or do you honour Schmemann? Your answer will tell the world what kind of person you are.

My view? In the end, we’re going to find Schmemann’s books littering the rubbish tips… just as KPSS membership books littered the pavements after August ’91 (except that the Schmemannite True Believers won’t learn like the Commies did (Reality IS a harsh mistress and tutor)). It can’t happen soon enough to suit me… “However”… as Chukcha the Wise would say… remember these words of Eric Hoffer:

A war isn’t won if the defeated enemy hasn’t been turned into a friend.

Most of the SVS/Syosset crowd are merely deluded enthusiasts, not cynical opportunists like Bobby, Piggy Iggy, or Lyonyo. Take their hands… it’s a terrible thing to see one’s dream shattered (I could see that in Rebecca Matovic’s writing from the Sobor). In any case, once the war’s over, it’ll be time not only to rebuild a collapsed institution, but to rebuild our mutual trust and confidence. THAT is what’s going to take decades, kids… it’s like a tree… you plant it for the future.  Reflect on that…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Albany NY    

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