Voices from Russia

Sunday, 4 December 2016

4 December 2016. Cabinet Vox Pop on War

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Editor:

This came in from a friend of mine; I find it a “read n’ heed” and I’d say it has nothing we need to add to it.

BMD

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It’d be well to realise that the talk of “humane methods of warfare”, of the “rules of civilised warfare”, and all such homage to the finer sentiments of the race are hypocritical and unreal, and only intended for the consumption of stay-at-homes. There are no humane methods of warfare, there’s no such thing as civilised warfare; all warfare is inhuman, all warfare is barbaric; the first blast of the bugles of war ever sounds for the time being the funeral knell of human progress… What lover of humanity can view with anything but horror the prospect of this ruthless destruction of human life? Yet, this is war… war for which all the jingoes are howling, war to which all the hopes of the world are being sacrificed, war to which a mad ruling class would plunge a mad world.

James Connelly

I’m going to this well again if only to show that nationalism and capitalism lead directly to war while at the same time claiming war can be conducted in a human or just manner. It can’t and the Orthodox Church never claimed it could, and to the best of my recollection, it rejected such notions. From the Roman Empire in Constantinople to Russia, the Church always saw war and sabre-rattling as options of last resort. Instead, it offered the word of Christ to cultures that might raise the sword, knowing that war must be the last option because Christ in the Incarnation saved all human beings regardless of race, colour etc. and as such war destroys the humanity He took and healed. Compare that to the warmongering or potential warmongering done or supported by the majority of politicians from Trump to Clinton. War must be a last resort and we can never consider it civilised or humane from an Orthodox perspective IMHO.

4 December 2016

Alfeyev Expressed Condolences for Castro’s Death at the Cuban Embassy in Moscow

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An image of the Sunday of Orthodoxy from the Island of Freedom…

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On 30 November 2016, Metropolitan Ilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, the Chairman of the MP Synodal Department for External Church Relations (OVTsS), visited the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Moscow. He met with the head of the diplomatic representation of Cuba in the Russian Federation Emilio Lozada Garcia, to express condolences for the death of the former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro Ruz. At the Embassy, Metropolitan Ilarion laid flowers before Castro’s portrait, saying to Ambassador Lozada:

I’d like, on behalf of His Holiness Kirill the Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias and myself, to express my heartfelt condolences to you personally, to the Cuban government, and to all Cuban people in regards to the death of Comandante Fidel Castro. As Patriarch Kirill stated in his condolence message sent to the brother of the deceased, Chairman of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba Raul Castro Ruz, Comandante Fidel led Cuba for many years, he became a national symbol and a legend in our country. In Russia, there is probably no one who doesn’t know his name. The friendship between our two peoples, and the respect that the Russian people feel for the Cuban people, all this is largely due to the years when every Soviet citizen knew the name of Fidel Castro.

Metropolitan Ilarion pointed up that His Holiness Patriarch Kirill had a special feeling for Cuba, he repeatedly visited the island, and he met with Fidel Castro. Metropolitan Ilarion reiterated that the construction of a Russian Orthodox church-building in the centre of the Cuban capital took place due to the personal participation of Fidel Castro:

It wasn’t a chance occurrence that the meeting between the Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias and the Pope of Rome took place in Havana. This was a deliberate decision of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill… the meeting should take place there, and not somewhere else. This visit of His Holiness gave him a last opportunity to see Comandante Fidel. I’d like to express my sympathy to all of you and I wish that the friendly feelings that the Russian people have for the Cuban people and Cuba would endure in Russia for many more years.

In turn, Ambassador Lozada thanked Metropolitan Ilarion for his kind words and gave assurances that the Cuban leadership would continue to strengthen friendly relations and to preserve the long-standing fruitful coöperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Government of Cuba. M Kh Palacio, the head of the Office of Public Relations and Protocol for the Ss Cyril and Methodius all-Church Postgraduate and Doctoral Institute, was also present at this meeting. Metropolitan Ilarion left a note in the Condolences Book for Fidel Castro at the Cuban Embassy:

On behalf of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias, I express heartfelt and sincere condolences to the Cuban government and to all Cuban people due to their heavy loss… on the death of Comandante Fidel Castro, who became a symbol of the struggle of the Cuban people for independence. For more than half-a-century, Comandante Fidel led Cuba. In Russia, everyone knows his name. The Russian Orthodox Church is grateful for his role in building a church dedicated to the Wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God of Kazan in Havana, due to which our compatriots in Cuba have a place to worship and to meet. I wish that those good feelings of friendship and mutual respect between the Cuban and Russian peoples, which the departed did much to foster and develop, should remain in our hearts.

On 25 November, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz died in the 91st year of his life. On 26 November, Cuba announced a nine-day mourning period. Fidel Castro’s funeral will be on 4 December in Santiago de Cuba.

30 November 2016

Patriarchia.ru

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4 December 2016. Our Church Is NOT “Conservative”

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Metropolitan Mark Golovkov mopping hospital floors as his “offering” to society… note well that rightwing loudmouths such as Paffhausen did NOT do likewise…

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HH showing where his political windsock points… he’s welcoming Comrade Tsipras… HH does NOT associate with rightwing “conservative” filth

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Too many (lay and clergy) have sold out to Mammon (the Republican Party). The MP just issued a paper on neoliberalism (“conservatism” in the USA), globalism, and the “Free Market”… it condemned them as evil ideologies. Our clergy have to abjure all ties with anti-Christian political movements and with sects (such as Evangelicals)… otherwise, they’re the world’s men, not Christ’s men. Only then can they act as true leaders and healers (like His Holiness, who throws parties for the homeless on his birthday… or like Metropolitan Mark Golokov, who mops hospital floors as his contribution to society). There’s much more to it than just not endorsing this or that candidate. A priest has to uphold a righteous social order… which neoliberalism isn’t.

We have to disavow liars and perverters of Church doctrine such as Josiah Trenham. He teaches that artificial contraception is sinful. NO LOCAL CHURCH TEACHES THIS. NONE. ALL Local Churches teach that artificial contraception is licit via oikonomia, and is preferable to abortion. However, Mr Trenham not only holds to his rebellious stance, he uses “Ancient Faith Radio” to broadcast his filthy perversions to the believers. Note well that ALL of the “pro-life” poseurs in the USA support the death penalty. All recent papers on the subject from the Mother Church are unanimous… the death penalty is immoral and the state should use it only in the most pressing circumstances (unlike Texas, where godless “Evangelicals” rule). In history, Russia used the death penalty much less than Western Europe did… Tsar Aleksandr Aleksandrovich routinely commuted all death sentences to 12 years at hard labour, except for crimes against the state. Why did the early commies use it so much? Firstly, they were in a hard situation… the Whites proved just as trigger-happy. Secondly, they used a Western ideology, where the death penalty was more acceptable. The Church has always stood against the death penalty… the Westerns burned heretics at the stake… the ONLY time that happened amongst us was the case of Fr Avvakum Petrov, the Old Ritualist fanatic. In his situation, the local secular officials were copying what they saw in Western Europe… it wasn’t what the Church wanted (the Church wanted him sent to a monastery in Solovki).

Yet, does the existence of these Far Right nutters mean that we must leave the Church? As the late Archbishop Antony Bartoshevich said when a younger priest recounted the latest nuttery afoot in the Church, “Yes… what you say is true. However, where do we go, if not here?” I agree with Vladyki Antony… all the horror stories ARE true… but where does one go, if not here? Christ’s Church isn’t a child’s playground or fairy-tale. It’s for real… and real things aren’t consistent or rational at times. Don’t let the “conservative” loudmouths get you down. HH is on OUR side. Look at the humorous side of it all… Whiteford and Potapov have to commemorate Kirill the Red at every liturgy, and Dreher has to accept that the Church doesn’t bless his “conservative” bloviations and fantasies. As a friend at the MDA wrote me:

We have loud rightwingers, too. Ignore them… they’re marginal. The Church is what She was ever was… they’ll either grow up or leave us. Leave them be.

I think that great advice. I wish that I’d have thought of it… but I didn’t. Keep faith in Christ and His Church. The loudmouths will either reform or leave. I agree with my friend, “Leave them be”… by the way, don’t post links to their shit, for all that does is give the idiots “click bait”, and you’ll end up helping them (I kid you not). Let them rot in their self-centred perversion. It DOES take all kinds, but one doesn’t have to agree with them or tolerate them in the name of “Christianity”. Keep on keepin’ on and keep your eyes on the REAL prize.

The Church incarnates Christ… not Ayn Rand and Ronald Reagan… never forget that…

BMD

Monday, 28 November 2016

28 November 2016. How Should Christians Respond to the Likes of Rod Dreher?

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I and a friend had a colloquy about Dreher. Basically, my attitude is, “If they don’t like our Church, why are they in it?” All of my friends in Russia are lefties… mostly, working-class commies who go to Church. The Party and Church made up way back in the 90s… Dreher won’t admit that, but only God can change Dreher’s mind… we can’t. He’s not alone, sadly enough. I’m surprised he hasn’t joined forces with that turd Matthew Heimbach. However, let him be. He’s lost in irrelevance, as far as Church matters go. As long as he posts no heresy, we should ignore him and his rants from now on. He shot his credibility during the brouhaha over Paffhausen’s “resignation”. If you want to talk about Paffso’s removal, if the Centre were behind him, he’d still be Metropolitan, and he isn’t. Note how they give Mollard things that they never gave Paffso.

There comes a time when you simply have to leave ranters be and let them maunder on. We all do have better things to do with our God-given time… if it comes down to our Holy Patriarch or Rod Dreher, there’s no contest. Leave him be… no good will come of any intervention or reply. It’s time to let this one go… it’s in God’s hands now.

BMD

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