Voices from Russia

Friday, 12 July 2013

12 July 2013. Hilarion Kapral Tightens the Leash on the “Western Rite”… Gives Jerome Shaw le Sabot



Read this. One of the Cabinet told me:

This was very interesting. Glad to see the correct decision was made on the Western Rite.

Hmm… Jerome Shaw was a favourite of the Blunder‘s… does this mean that the Blunder is in the doghouse (again)? Nevertheless, Hilarion Kapral “manned up” and “did the right thing”. One of my clerical contacts thinks that the Centre is souring on the konvertsy, especially as they support the West in the Snowden affair. Also note that Dahulich, the most papist-leaning of the OCA bishops, was in Moscow, and no mention was made of it on patriarchia.ru. He didn’t even get a consolation prize like a photo op with the Blunder or the chance to serve with one of the REAL shakers (like Yuvenaly Poyarkov or Varsonofy Sudakov).

This is GOOD news. Perhaps, this will lead to some sanity… for a change. Truly, it’s time for all three “Russian Orthodox” bodies in the USA and Canada to get their shit together and UNITE. Then, we could have some BORING normalcy. I, for one, would applaud that…


Friday, 6 April 2012

6 April 2012. Some Vox Pop to think About…


This doesn’t need much comment from me…

Might amuse you to know that yesterday someone took a snippet from your article about Anthony Bondi last year, put it into FB format, and sent it to a priest in NM claiming it was a message sent to Bishop Jerome by another priest in Australia. The priest in NM naturally got a bit confused so has written to Bishop Jerome trying to clear it up! What Bishop Jerome will think when he checks his email is anyone’s guess.

Years ago, I remember a heckler asking a Protestant lay preacher why the church was so full of sinners, and he responded, “Well, where else do you want them?” He was as nutty as a Christmas cake, but even a broken clock is right twice a day…

Every priest I know reads you. Some pretend they don’t… and some pretend they only follow links… but they all do. I wish they’d start acting on much of what you say. Reading is one thing, but when the people who can act and don’t, if they only read about it, it’s frustrating. Still, sometimes, I listen to old evangelical hymns and there seems a purity in them that we, with our gay bishops, ineffectual metropolitans, shut-up-and-put-up priests just don’t have. I don’t expect heaven on earth…. goodness knows, I know where I came from, but, even there, there was a consciousness of God in everything… I don’t know. What’s wrong with us? Why do “we” support the rightwing? Why don’t “we” see the coal miners, the factory workers, the steel workers, and the farmers are what makes nations great? When did so-called Christians… good God, the children of a carpenter… turn against the working man and woman? What haunts me to this day is how one of my family was put off Christianity by its association with capitalism and died resenting the God he didn’t believe in. I suppose it’s the wheat and tares, but I don’t believe He ceases to extend relief to the poor… ever.


Yes… how did the Church that extended its hand to the turn-of-the-20th century strikers in Black Lick PA (the gravesite of Archbishop Job Osacky of Happy Memory) morph into a body whose leadership all-too-often supports the worst warmongering wing of the Republican Party (it isn’t just Paffhausen and Potapov… although they’re certainly the most egregious)? How did the Church of Ss Aleksei Toth and Ivan Sergeyev (John of Kronshtadt) turn into a lickspittle of the CFR, New York Times, Langley, and the obscurantist faction in the popish confession (like the ridiculous “support” of four of our bishops for the papist view on contraception, which the Church doesn’t share)?

We’ve fallen… and we’ve REFUSED to get up. Either we do so, or the Good Lord will use His methods to make us do so. In Russia, He used the militant godless as his agents… harsh medicine, indeed, but it burned out all the rot and corruption. At present, one sees a brouhaha over His Holiness wearing a blingy watch… that’s the WORST that they can come up with, kids. It’s not for lack of trying… after all, there’s Ksenia Sobchak and the Dozhd Channel pumping out the godless message of “Consume, consume, consume… you deserve it. You earned it… you worked for it… the race goes to the swiftest. Those who haven’t achieved what you’ve done are lazy ingrates”.

We can become an integral constituent part of the spiritual powerhouse in the Motherland by forming a United Russian Orthodox Metropolia here in the American diaspora directly under the MP or we can continue the corrupt and decomposing present bodies we have now… which would lead to the inevitable death of Russian Orthodoxy in these parts. It’s up to us…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Friday 6 April 2012

Albany NY


Yes… I know that it’s still Lent… but the image’s à propos to my point. You can stand with a Saint of the Church… or, you can stand with grasping apparatchiki, clueless hierarchs, and delusionary konvertsy. God DOES will it…


Saturday, 24 December 2011

24 December 2011. The Intel Flows In on Jerome’s Folly…


A kindly interlocutor sent me this (it stands on its own… it doesn’t need my two cents):

Yuck, Barbara, did you have to post snaps of Bishop Jerome on your blog without a kindly warning for the sensitive? 😦  According to a ROCOR clergyman, Shaw received the delightful Brother Nathaniel. I wonder if anyone has a photo of them together? I think the best thing about the MP subsuming the ROCOR would be the end of those Western Rite people. Anthony Bondi, the person in charge of it, is “interesting”. He’s only Subdeacon Anthony Bondi. They promised him the priesthood when he and his vagante sect entered, and then (only then?) discovered that he’d been married twice, and his second wife had been the wife of an OCA priest who’d left him to shack up with … get this… “Archbishop” Bondi. Can you believe that they really didn’t know that until after they’d received him? Has any vagante “bishop” not been dodgy in the relationship/marriage department? I suppose it’s a cause for rejoicing when the dodginess is only canoodling with adult women, but come on. Anyway, his “Fraternity of St Gregory” runs the Western Rite in the ROCOR now and they’ve frozen out the original people that Metropolitan Hilarion originally encouraged. They claim on their web page (click here) that they were originally encouraged by Fr Daniil Sysoev to come to Moscow and be received with their Western Rite crapola there. The mind boggles at it, doesn’t it? {What tips off all comers that Bondi’s lying is that he juxtaposes Sysoev and the Blunder, when the two couldn’t stand one another’s presence: editor}

I don’t know how true it is, but I hear Bondi’s liturgy’s more modern Roman than Sarum or anything else they pretend to (from what I’ve personally heard of their version of “Sarum”, its warmed-over BCP) and there was a priceless exchange on the Occidentalis list a while back… Bondi’s people discussed in nauseating detail how much Roman tat they could wear. You should know that those cream/gold vestments Shaw wore in the image are pure silk and were made by a young struggling vestment maker whose original customer, a ROCOR priest sucking up to Shaw, refused to pay up. The boy sent them to Shaw anyway, but no one anywhere gave him a penny, yet he spent his tax refund on food and gas to get them finished as well as buying the fabric. It makes me sick every time I see a snap of him in them.


There one has it. The perspirin’ minds are talking… and the story that they tell is disturbing. Let’s not lose sight of the prize. What we see in both the OCA and ROCOR apparats is a wholehearted willingness to step on the believers… a haughty contempt that you can feel. Whether it’s Jerome Shaw or JP Fathausen… or Victor Potapov or Alexander Webster, they’re a prize lot, with absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. They’re not like Lebedeff, who’s a competent historian and canonist, besides being personally nasty, or like Mel Pleska, who has the right instincts, but who’s outvoted by his bovine colleagues on the OCA Holy Synod (Mel should pull out the Jenga block to topple the whole edifice and embarrass ‘em all in public… it’d cut short the present charade that we’re all suffering through). However… Nathaniel and Jerome Shaw… if like calls unto like… WOW! As for Daniil Sysoev of happy memory having ANYTHING to do with this dodgy nutbag lot, I asked Russian friends, and they said NADA, NO WAY. This is what’s out there… have a care, kids, there be dragons, and some of ‘em are dressed as “sheep” (that is, “pastors” of the flock being devourers of the flock, instead)…


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