Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

16 April 2014. A Point to Ponder this Holy Week…

00 Jesus was a radical.16

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Jesus wouldn’t have been welcome at Liberty University… Jesus wouldn’t have been welcome at the Washington Times or the Washington Examiner… Jesus wouldn’t have been welcome at the American Enterprise Institute. The New York Times, CNN, and Fox would’ve shunned him… Pat Robertson, Timothy Dolan, Paffhausen, and Franklin Graham would’ve denounced him… Serge Schmemann, Sophia Kishkovsky, and Rod Dreher would’ve ignored him. The Council on Foreign Relations would’ve laughed at him. The WCC would’ve “tolerated” him. The country club set would’ve told rude jokes about him. Certainly, he wouldn’t be on the guest list for Mary Lou Whitney’s next party and Langley would tail him “for national security reasons”.

Reflect on this when you hear unhinged righties try to tell you that Our Lord Christ would’ve approved of the anti-people ravening agenda of the Republican Party. They lie… Our Lord Himself said so when He was on earth. They didn’t tack him up to a cross for nothing…

BMD

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

21 December 2011. OCA or ROCOR… Is There ANY Difference in the Russophobia Regnant in Their First Families?

His Nibs gives his answer to the latent Russophobia and rightwing lunacy regnant in the OCA and the ROCOR… here, he’s seen with a delegation of Cuban doctors… socialism is good! His Holiness says so… THAT’S why the OCA and ROCOR apparatchiki hate him… and why we should stand behind him!

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I was reading a piece in Yahoo News (click here for the piece involved), and the name “Anya Schmemann” appeared. For them not “in the know, here’s a link proving that Ms Schmemann is DEEPLY involved with this extremist rightwing think-tank. Council on Foreign Relations… Lyonyo’s also deeply implicated with this Russophobic and warmongering organisation. It’s an incestuous little cabal isn’t it? Lyonyo’s on the CFR, he gets Serge Schmemann’s daughter a position at the CFR. Serge Schmemann’s the editor of the International Herald Trib, he got Lyonyo’s daughter Sophia a position at the Grey Lady. Serge Schmemann’s living in Paris now, I’ll bet you that Hilarion Kapral paid him a visit to kiss his ring when he was recently in Paris… it’s all coming together, isn’t it?

Of course, you’re saying, “That sure explains the OCA, but it doesn’t implicate the ROCOR at all”. Au contraire… if you think that the OCA and ROCOR apparats were EVER opposed in a real sense, do think again. I’m NOT talking about their public “lines” nor am I talking about the mood of the rank n’ file believers. I’m talking about the First Families… the “Golden 400”, as they’re often sardonically known as. To make sense of this, read this little social announcement:

Anne Schmemann, a daughter of Mary and Serge Schmemann of Jerusalem and New York, is to be married today to Eric J Lohr, the son of Joyce and Richard Lohr of Marathon WI. The Very Rev Thomas Hopko, the bride’s uncle, is to perform the Eastern Orthodox ceremony at St Sergius Chapel on Lac Labelle in Quebec.

The bride, 26, is known as Anya. She’s the assistant director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Ms Schmemann, who’s keeping her name, graduated from Harvard University, where she and the bridegroom also received master’s degrees in Russian studies. Her father, who’s the Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for international reporting for his coverage of Germany’s reunification. Her mother’s the assistant librarian at the Anglican International School in Jerusalem.

The bride’s a granddaughter of the late Rev Alexander Schmemann, a theologian and the dean of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood (sic) NY, and of Juliana Schmemann of Crestwood (sic), a former headmistress of the Spence School in New York.

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I know what you’re asking me, now… “What does that prove? The Spence School has three buildings on the Upper East Side… one of them is at 56 East 93 Street… the ROCOR HQ is at 75 East 93 Street, almost right across the street. That is, PERECTLY situated for sub rosa meetings between the OCA and ROCOR apparats. Another venue for such meetings was Potapov’s parish in the Northwest District… he’s the brother-in-law of an OCA cleric, and I saw OCA and ROCOR clergy hob-nobbing there with my own eyes. A third contemporary link is at Sea Cliff on the Island… Lyonyo and Seraphim Gan are in the same town, they have equally-miniscule parishes, and people often see them together. That being said, it proves that the Russophobia in the OCA and ROCOR is entrenched, of long-standing, is mutual and congruent… and ALWAYS HAS BEEN. It’s why the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns its personnel in DC to stay away from Potapov’s parish to this day.

Did you note the title of where Anya Schmemann works? The “Center for Preventive Action”… it’s an outfit that writes up apologias and propaganda rationalising warmongering in foreign parts. Just as Victor Potapov produced broadcasts directly intended to attack the Motherland, Anya Schmemann produces intellectual “justifications” for attacks on the Motherland in the name of “democracy”. I’d say to the Centre, “Trust NOTHING that you hear from OCA or ROCOR apparatchiki… the worst offenders are Paffhausen, Kishkovsky, Berzonsky, Potapov, Gan, and Behr. Lebedeff, although he has many quirks and is a nasty sort personally, is trustworthy when it comes to the Rodina… he may be a good source of intel on these turkeys. The OCA apparat stems from Parisian zapadniki whilst the ROCOR apparat stems from the old KONR group in München. The first stemmed from bourgeois anti-royalists of the February Revolution, whilst the second stemmed from pro-Nazi World War II collaborators. The latter group became an “open” CIA front, but the former managed to conceal its Langley ties (more or less).

Why was there supposed enmity between the two groups? Firstly, there was the Cleveland Sobor… that was a direct slap at the ROCOR, one that was felt keenly by rank n’ file believers and clergy. Secondly, there was the extravagant and “over the top” personalities of Schmemann, Grabbe, Ustinov, and von Meyendorff… but this split was more in the realm of personalities and “style”… not substance. You had two duopolies… Schmemann/von Meyendorff in the OCA; Ustinov/Grabbe in the ROCOR. Both of these groups were Russophobic… rooted in their imbecilic notions of a notional Russia that never was, is not now, and never shall be. By the way… most of the OCA and ROCOR faithful had nothing to do with such émigré posturing. Especially, the po-nashemu people mistrusted the Syosset/SVS apparat. It’s why Schmemann was so vehement over the Mayfield imbroglio. He HATED the po-nashemu people, and he did NOT conceal it. He made no secret of the fact that he considered them his inferiors in every way.

In short, the OCA and the ROCOR apparats are NOT friends of the Motherland or of the Mother Church. The sooner that the Centre understands this, the better things shall be. There’s no difference between Paffhausen, Potapov, Kishkovsky, Gan, Behr, or Psaryov… NONE. It’s time that the Centre cut them ALL loose. My advice would be, ”Good riddance to bad rubbish! Make ‘em all sign ‘loyalty oaths’, and make ‘em all resign their positions in rightwing extremist organisations like the CFR. You’ll find out who your friends are… and they’re not. Betcha that a lot of ‘em will walk away and go into schism rather than show loyalty to the Rodina and Church. That’s my plain opinion”.

The OCA and ROCOR First Families were crank from the start. It’s time for us to go home… if they don’t want to come, don’t waste your time on convincing them. If schismatics leave, it’s no impairment to Church Unity; it’s just that soreheads left, that’s all. I know where I belong… and I’ve no doubt that I’ve got PLENTY of company…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Wednesday 21 December 2011

Albany NY

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

10 August 2011. Thirteen Days and Counting… WO IST DICKIE? The Silence is Deafening…

Here’s JP, the Dallas Coneheads, Grotty Roddy, Darling Marilyn, and all of JP’s konvertsy pals… don’t you think that it’s time to stop the poo-flinging? If we don’t, Mark will only be the FIRST victim… “ask not at whom they fling the poo… they’re tossin’ it at YOU”… 

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It’s been 13 days since l’Affaire Wood broke… since then, there’s been NO word of Dickie’s whereabouts, or, what formal charges he faces. Trust me, what I’ve heard from multiple sources has confused the issue so much that the only conclusion that I can come to is that no one knows a damn thing… except maybe Vlad Berzansky, Jr, Dickie’s advocate (and I’m not totally sure that he knows anything, either). I’d say that the Centre’s become VERY frustrated… things are so discombobulated that they don’t know who to turn to… the OCA’s leadership is fragmented; there’s no definite person to give authoritative answers to their questions. There’s JP in the District, Tosi in Syosset, Behr at SVS, Mel Pleska in Pittsburgh, the OCA Truth squad in Dallas (“the Coneheads”, for those of you in the know), and the two loose-cannon ACROD newbies Dahulich and Moriak, not to mention a Holy Synod in terminal disarray. The Centre does NOT care for disunity in general, nor for any kind of disarray, be it administrative or doctrinal… yet, they’re as much in the dark as any of us are, despite their resources. I’d say, “All of His Holiness’ horses and all of His Holiness’ men couldn’t put Syosset back together again”… does this mean that the Centre has given up on the OCA? You pays your money, you takes your choice… no one’s spoken publicly…, no one’s spoken off the cuff to anyone on the Muscovite “street” either.

Now, on top of it all, JP’s loosed his attack dogs on Mark Stokoe. That’s dumber than dirt. There are now three scandals in the air at once… Wood in Moscow… Storheim in Canada… and Stokoe in Ohio. Previously, JP was unable to touch Mark as Archbishop Job covered him with his omofor. That is, Vladyki Job did the right thing… he extended pastoral oikonomia to him, just as Syosset had done earlier. EVERYONE knows that Mark is a protégé of Lyonyo… why would JP slam his you-know-what in the door? Lyonyo is the most senior apparatchik at Syosset; he’s got the longest tenure of them all, to the best of my knowledge. Lyonyo goes back to the days of Metropolitan Ireney Bekish in the ’70s and he has ties to American government circles up the yin-yang (he IS a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, after all), hence, he’s the single most powerful individual at Syosset and in the OCA. Mostly, sources tell me, he works alone, primarily from his home in Sea Cliff on the Island… he’s in his late 60s now, but he’s never attempted to groom a successor; moreover, he’s never made “power-sharing” arrangements with anyone (temporary alliances aren’t “power-sharing”). If JP doesn’t back off, it’s clear to me that Lyonyo will launch a direct and focused attack on El Gordo… you don’t have to have any “insider” knowledge to know this. If this happens, Fathausen’s toast… RSK won’t be part of it this time (not after l’Affaire Wood, which has Bobby’s fingerprints all over it). Lyonyo will act more or less alone (and swiftly), as JP’s move against Mark makes it clear that he’s next. Will Lyonyo enlist SVS in his cause? Will he call on ROCOR support through Gan? Your guess is as good as mine is. Fathausen’s a giggling maniacal child throwing matches at a spreading pool of petrol… that’s why the Holy Synod should best remove him before the upcoming Sobor. The OCA Holy Synod could use the pretext that he served with a suspended clergyman, Izzy Brittain. That would turn the trick well enough.

As for my view, these two Cold War relics… the ROCOR and the OCA… belong on the scrap heap of Church History. I’d say to His Holiness, “Sir, be mindful of your American children… act before we die!” That’s NOT hyperbole, sadly enough…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Wednesday 10 August 2011

Albany NY

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