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Friday, 20 October 2017

20 October 2017. “Russian Faith” Bombs Again! Claims Putin is a “Secret Monk”

Here’s something not found on Russian Faith… Kostya Kinchyov (the frontman of Alisa) is a tight bro with HH… I thought that you’d like to know that…

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Russian Faith is a rum go all the way ‘round. It’s one of the most badly-produced and sloppily–researched websites out there. First, they refused to mention that M T Kalashnikov was a lifelong and dedicated communist (that’s no contradiction of his Christian faith). Secondly, they posted a badly-written piece on Tsar St Nikolai II Aleksandrovich (it was disgusting hagiography of the worst sort… in the worst Platina tradition). Now, they’re claiming that V V Putin is a secret monk! I shit you not! These people are cranks! They’re crazies.

Russian Faith is mostly a rehash of Shevkunov’s unofficial website. That gives you its measure. It can be correct… but much is just rightwing blather. It’s trash put up by ignoramuses such as Damick. That tells you its worth, doesn’t it? It simply doesn’t pass the smell test. It’s a website pushing Far Right fallacies. People who love the Truth, who love the Church, and who love God will ignore this website from now on. That’s what I’m going to do in any case.

BMD

 

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20 October 2017. Monastics and Clergy are Real People First, Last, and Always

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I’ve never put clergy on a pedestal. Firstly, there are too many rum sorts in riassas. “You have to respect me because I’m a priest”… yadda, yadda, yadda. These men are the greatest recruiters for atheistic secularism that I know. They make Christ’s Church look like a cheapjack personality cult (or an Anti-Christian Evangelical conventicle).

Secondly, clergy and monastics are real people. They aren’t special. They don’t have anything that the rest of us don’t have. They have the same feelings and urges that the rest of us do. They’re as capable of friendship as any of us are (and of hate, too). Unfortunately, too many people only see the riassa. They don’t see the real person in the riassa! They think that they have to be “religious” with clergy and monastics. That’s absolute bullshit and hooey. Be REAL with clergy and monastics. That’s showing them real respect. Interact with them as people. Don’t make them into something that they’re not. You’ll find that decent clergy and monastics will thank you for that. As for the rest, what need I say? Ignore them, for the most part, and oppose them if you must.

Remember… real people EARN real respect. Anyone who “demands” it is rather dubious (some men are in the clergy because they know that they couldn’t do as well in the secular world). Have a care. There be rum sorts afoot…

BMD

20 October 2017. “We’re Christians! That’s What We Do (And Don’t Do)!”

St Nicholas Prevents the Falsely-Accused from Being Executed

Ilya Repin

1889

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You see all sorts of Anglo toddler konvertsy crawling all over cyberspace, telling all and sundry about how great Orthodox Christians they are and telling the world “what the Church teaches”. This is rubbish of the highest order.

For instance, Rod Dreher boasted in a public post (on a major secular website) that he “prayed the Jesus Prayer hundreds of times a day”. NO REAL CHRISTIAN DOES THAT. That’s spiritual boasting of the most shallow and juvenile sort. Any real Christian will tell you that prayer is very difficult… very difficult, indeed. Furthermore, one NEVER boasts in public about one’s prayer life. It’s just beyond the pale and no real Christian does such a revolting thing. Real Christians keep their prayer lives private, confidential before Almighty God.

We’re Christians… that’s what we do.

In another case, a group of loud konvertsy brats attacked Bp Benjamin Peterson in public for showing mercy on a transsexual person. Firstly, a bishop can extend pastoral oikonomia to anyone that he pleases. In fact, one of the bishop’s roles is to protect individuals from ignoramus lynch mobs. In this case, the Church has no set doctrine on the matter… yes, there are many loudmouth rightwingers saying otherwise, but the Church has issued no synodical and binding ukase in a recognised Local or Ecumenical Sobor. Bp Benjamin carried out his duty as a bishop to protect an innocent from the mob.

We’re Christians… that’s what we do.

A Far Right political activist, James Jatras, stated on the website Russian Faith that the West is promoting degeneracy and implied that Russia is promoting morality. One of the obligations of a Christian is to tell the truth. Is Mr Jatras telling the truth? The truth is far more nuanced than this Far Right windbag puts it. For instance, in Russia, a person can change the designation of gender on their internal passport if they present the proper medical documentation to the OVIR (the office responsible for vital statistics and civil registry). In fact, the Russian rules are almost identical to the rules in New York State (and many other states in the USA). Therefore, the USA and Russia follow similar policies.

In Russia, homosexuality is no longer criminal. As the leading journo D K Kiselyov stated:

Everybody knows where the gay clubs are and everybody knows who’s gay. It’s no secret.

That’s the same as it is in the USA. Both countries have similar laws on child protection and child abuse. Mr Jatras is a liar by omission. He creates a straw-man in order to push his Far Right scheme. Christians should tell the truth. Mr Jatras doesn’t. That’s evil. Christians shouldn’t be silent in the face of such chicanery.

We’re Christians… that’s what we do.

One could go on. However, it’s truly simple. Christians don’t gang on up on others. Christians don’t boast about their prayer life. Christians don’t tell blatant lies to push a political agenda. Christians DO focus on their own sinfulness and work to root it out. I don’t harass the bishops to “punish” those that I deem “immoral”. I have plenty of sin on my own plate. Reflect on the fact that those making public accusations and pestering the bishops have just as much sin on their plates. I call that corruption and pretence. However, pray for these people and for their conversion to the real Faith.

We’re Christians… that’s what we do.

BMD

20 October 2017. “Internet Orthodoxy”… A Contradiction in Terms

I believe in the Orthodoxy of the Ages… not the made-up cult of Toll Houses, “Pro-Life” fanaticism, the “Elder” Serafim Rose, “uncompromising morality”, and the Platina mythos…

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There many websites and FB pages calling themselves “Orthodox”. I’d observe that most of them have no official approval nor do most have grounded authors. However, they give the impression that they’re purveying the Teaching of the Church. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mostly, these sites are the creations of clueless Anglo KKKs (Krazy Konvert Kooks) with no real Churchly formation; furthermore, they brought in all their bad habits from Anti-Christian Evangelicalism or from crackbrained “Continuing Anglicanism”. They throw in a patristic quotation or two, stir it all together, and call it “Orthodoxy”. This vile brew creates more secularists than believers. It’s Satan’s own religion, I’d say. You can distinguish them easily. They all say, “Orthodoxy is uncompromising”.

Real Orthodoxy is rather different from all that. Orthodoxy is the Church of a Thousand Chances. Orthodoxy is the Church willing to bend the Letter of the Law to save a soul. Orthodoxy is a Church that contained both Bishop Kip and A D Schmemann… everyone knows of their loud and monumental disagreements! As a very wise man, Steve Shirokey, said many years ago to me:

Orthodoxy is the freest Church out there.

Let that sink in…

Orthodoxy is the freest Church out there.

Orthodoxy is NOT an uncompromising rightwing religion. Orthodoxy DOES believe in oikonomia… it’ll meet anyone halfway for the sake of saving them. Orthodoxy does NOT march in convict lockstep, as some konvertsy claim. Orthodoxy leaves everything not essential to salvation open to enquiry… you can agree with the papists on the Assumption if you will… you may disagree with them if you don’t. The Church gives you that freedom. As Fr Alexander Lebedeff said many years ago about the hardliners at Brookline (who went off into schism):

They don’t know an ecclesiastical court from a tennis court.

Sadly, my conclusion is that many of the Anglo converts aren’t of us or with us, but are merely amongst us at present. They have their own toxic agendas… all that they’ve done is to add a liturgical superstructure to them, without imbibing the essence of what the Church teaches. Shall they stay with us? That’s not clear… they haven’t received a clear challenge from real Orthodoxy yet. We won’t know until that happens. However, the existence of such badly-written and poorly-researched websites such as Russian Faith doesn’t give one hope.

They WILL go one way or the other… God willing, many will see the Truth and the Light. If not, they won’t be the first to go off into the outer darkness… nor will they be the last.

BMD

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