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Monday, 22 August 2011

22 August 2011. Here’s Some “Raw” Intel for You to Mull Over…

I got this from one of my correspondents. It isn’t **FACT**, it isn’t **NEWS**… it’s what “out there”… it’s what’s circulating at the Centre. I do NOT vouch for its verity… it’s just a FYI, kids. Here it is:

News from Moscow: leave of absence expired? This is truly amazing, allegedly, Dickie was carrying on a “relationship” with an American woman living in Russia. Supposedly the woman filed some sort of complaint with the MP who then informed the OCA via a letter. How could the OCA Holy Synod allow this to happen? So much for transparency!

This is what people are saying… as per usual, “You pays your money, and you takes your choice”. As for me, I don’t have enough evidence to say yea or nay. It’s the latest whisper in the loggia.



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

21 August 2011. WOOD BACK! NO Explanation on OCA Official Site or on Stokoe


Archimandrite Zacchaeus Wood Served Liturgy at St Catherine in the Fields Church in Moscow

On Sunday, 21 August, Archimandrite Zacchaeus Wood served Divine Liturgy at St Catherine in the Fields parish (OCA Representation Church in Moscow). Fr Zacchaeus claimed in remarks after liturgy that Metropolitan Jonas Paffhausen blessed his serving the sacraments. Currently, Archimandrite Zacchaeus, after prolonged treatment in hospital, is recovering in a sanatorium near Moscow.

21 August 2011

Православие и мир (Pravoslavie i mir:Orthodoxy and the World)



Editor’s Note:

There’s no official announcement of Wood’s rehabilitation on the OCA official website, nor is there anything on Stokoe’s site. Did this actually occur? I can’t say… but it’s on a website that Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov heavily influences. I’ve never noticed crank reporting on the Russian side before… there’s been such on the English-language side, but that’s because Dickie had his finger in that. Again… there’s NO official announcement on oca.org… Stokoe has said nothing on his site, either (as of 13.30 EDT Sunday 21 August 2011). If this is true, hoo boy, are those schmidiots going to have something up post-haste. Well, guys, you’re supposed to have the official explanation up BEFORE the fact, not AFTER it. It proves without a doubt that the upper reaches of the OCA don’t know what they’re doing and that JP’s lost his grip on things. There was no reason given for Dickie’s dismissal… there’s going to be no reason given for his reinstatement, if that’s what this news means. Trust me; they have that much disrespect for you. JP tangled with Vlad Berzansky… never a good idea. The world is going on its crank merry way, isn’t it… pass me the jug… the fireworks are just beginning, kids…


Monday, 8 August 2011

8 August 2011. Mark Bleats… Refuses to Defend Himself in Public

Mark’s a scaredy-cat afraid of his own shadow… he won’t come out and defend himself against the bullying swine Webster. If someone did that to me, I’d raise a rumpus! Maybe, I’d be beaten, but I wouldn’t go quietly. I’m not a coward… what does that tell you about Mark?


Read this:


Of all the Russian sources quoted, all appeared on my site first. Mark’s home area in Ohio has an inordinate number of hits recorded… Quantcast is good at that sort of thing. Also, note that Mark NEVER gives you URLs for trackback purposes. All of my posts based on outside sources have trackbacks… you can check my citations. Mark doesn’t do this, which is unprofessional and cheesy. Oh, one final dig before we go into the meat of this wayward post… Mark stupidly puts a “cross” in front of bishops’ names. What a maroon! Legit Russian sources NEVER do that, and no one in the OCA did it prior to the reception of the godless HOOMie filth. No grounded individual EVER does such except in the rare instance of an official post that uses it to symbolise a signature… that’s the only permissible usage… that’s all folks! To use it in other places is a hypercorrect (and dumb-as-dirt) error on the part of hubristic toddlers with soiled nappies stinkin’ to high heaven.

Mark gets a great deal of his information from zapadniki websites in Russia… to say the least, they’re not very good at all. For instance, Portal-Credo.ru gives a forum to such schismatics/heretics as Valentin Rusantsov, Georgi Kochetkov, and Filaret Denisenko. No grounded Russian source linked Dickie to the SVR… but quite a few link him to the American special services. Considering that Potapov and Lyonyo have attested links to American special services circles, Mark’s trying to divert your attention (primarily, from his sponsor, Lyonyo, who’s a known member of the CFR). My guess is that the FSB caught Dickie in some squiffy doings… probably, after Fr Tikhon Shevkunov went to them with misgivings about this little weasel. As for Dickie posting anti-OCA material on Pravmir.com, that’s a laugh! He’s posted nothing but vacuous pro-OCA drivel (mostly by konvertsy poseurs) on that site, so much so that the site’s bloody near useless in my estimation (I mean the English-language Pramir.com, not the Russian-language Pravmir.ru, which is still solid). By the way, Mark claimed that “He had his gallbladder removed before and now the decease [sic] exacerbated”, was a quote from Interfax-Religion… I can attest that it was NOT in the Russian original that I consulted and translated. Either this means that Mark didn’t actually consult the original Interfax post and relied on hearsay, or that he failed to check the original after viewing a typically-bad Interfax “Englishing” of an article. Either one is culpable laziness on his part (on Interfax, or any other Russian site, the Russian original is normative, full stop).

Dickie’s lawyer is Vlad Berzansky Jr, the son of Fr Vladimir Berzonsky, who’s an old pal of Lyonyo’s and an old foe of Herman the Vermin (VB opposed Hermie’s ordination to the episcopate in ’73, that’s how far back the feud goes). That’s to say, it’s part of a longstanding general war, with Bobby and his pals on one side, and Lyonyo and his bunch on the other. Apparently, JP’s jumped on Bobby’s side… for now. Do note El Gordo’s failure to incardinate Fester and Velencia at St Nick’s in the District. If it runs true to the latest experience, JP’s gonna lose big time in his fight with Lyonyo. JP’s attacks on Dickie and Mark are actually attacks on Lyonyo… but Lyonyo has too much support amongst the Syosset apparat and the SVS cabal. In short, JP’s trying to divert questions about his alleged homosexuality (and of his pals Brum and Eliel) by tossing accusations of sexual immorality at Dickie and Mark. I’ll tell ya what’s so sick in all this… five of the principals are, most probably, part of the rolling OCA fagorama… JP, Mark, Dickie, Eliel, and Brum. Lyonyo, Berzonsky père et fils, Erickson, and Bobby have known of this moral rot for years (not to mention Feodosy Lazor, Pierre l’Huillier, Peterson, Soraich, and Brittain, amongst others)… and done nothing (save to make god-knows-how-many “confidential settlements”).

Once you know this, you can see through Mark’s posts. He still believes that he can regain his old sinecure in the Syosset Chancery, and that he, Wheeler, Hunchak, and the younger Hopko will run things to Lyonyo’s satisfaction. It’s not going to happen. Oh, one last thing… Mark did NOT mention the backstabbing attempt by Alexander Webster against him. Mark’s a gutless coward who refuses to stand up and fight his foes. If someone attacks me… I cosh ‘em back… HARD! IN PUBLIC! That’s how you handle that. His supine passivity militates against you trusting anything that he writes. You can take the measure of someone by how they handle opposition. I’ve always been straightforward and stand-up about it… you can trust me, as a result. Mark’s a craven and scared punk… you can’t trust him, his actions convict him.

It’s never boring in American Orthodoxy, is it? Do pass me the jug, the world’s being especially “fallen” today…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 8 August 2011

Albany NY

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