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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Rebellious Grandstander Reardon Deserves Deposition for Dragging Metropolitan Joseph in the Mud

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“ONLY SAYEDNA JOSEPH HAS THE RIGHT TO MAKE POLICY”… one of my Toledo contacts told me that. That’s what is and Reardon just pissed on that in public. This Anglo shit deserves deposition… IMMEDIATELY. Such insubordination is breathtaking. ONLY HIERARCHS HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE SUCH POLICY DECISIONS.


Here’s the epitome of konvertsy hubris. Reardon shouts that he won’t sign marriage licences. I’ll have more to say later. Look at this from the Chicago Tribune:

The Rev Patrick Henry Reardon is getting out of the civil marriage business. The Orthodox Christian priest on Chicago’s North Side says the US Supreme Court ruling that legalises same-sex matrimony reinforces his recent decision to no longer sign licenses that make marriages valid in the eyes of the state and now the nation. That doesn’t mean Reardon won’t do weddings. On the contrary, he gladly will bless the union of a Christian man and woman and perform the sacrament of marriage. However, those couples must go to a courthouse if they want to be legally bound. He says he can no longer in good conscience serve as an agent of the state. Reardon, the pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago’s Irving Park community, said, “The strange situation in the United States is clergymen not only act in the name of the church, they also act in the name of the state. The clergymen wear two hats. I’m making a political statement in this sense: I’m accusing the state of usurping the role of God. What I’m saying is, ‘I don’t agree with you and I’m going to change the way I do things. I will not act in your name. … I will not render unto Caesar that which belongs to God'”.

The unusual protest inspired other Christian clergy… Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant… to consider following his lead, a shift Reardon hopes will lead the nation to a different model of marriage, one that no longer deputises clergy to sign marriage licenses and, in his opinion, effectively uphold the state’s definition of marriage. In Illinois, couples typically go to the county clerk to apply for a marriage license no more than 60 days before they wed. Whoever officiates at the ceremony signs the license as a witness. The county then records the marriage. The couple also has the option of exchanging vows in front of a judge. That’s the only option now for Reardon’s parishioners if they want to be married in the eyes of the law.

Archbishop Blase Cupich, Chicago’s Roman Catholic leader, said in a recent interview that the idea hasn’t come up among America’s Catholic bishops or Chicago priests, but he pointed out that a “two-tiered type of marriage” already exists in some places, including Europe. Regardless of who signs the license, he added, there’s already a clear distinction between the two in the USA, “Civil marriage doesn’t make people promise and keep the promise of permanence because of the ease of divorce. We ask people to be married until death do you part and we really mean that. … It’s important to recognize we already have a difference between civil marriage and church marriage because of the promises”. Indeed, the government’s view of marriage as a legally binding contract already contradicts the Orthodox Christian understanding of marriage as a sacrament…blessing a union that already existed because God created it. Therein lies the problem, Reardon said, “Government has no authority whatsoever to alter that. Whence a judge, magistrate or a justice of the peace does the ceremony, that’s just a legal act. As a priest I will no longer step in and serve in that function”.

Reardon was born Roman Catholic and converted to the Episcopal faith, embracing Orthodox Christianity in the 1980s when Episcopalians began to change their prayer-book and ordain gay clergy. He chose the Antiochian Orthodox Church because it was particularly open to converts {no, he did not… Reardon lies… he entered via the OCA, and left for Antioch because the OCA (rightfully) wouldn’t ordain him: editor}. In fact, three-fourths of the members of his multiethnic congregation in Irving Park are American-born. That’s not necessarily the case in the roughly two-dozen ethnic Orthodox churches where many parishioners have immigrated to the USA from countries with a particular Orthodox patriarch. However, the theology of marriage is the same in all branches. It’s considered to be much more than a partnership. Rev Johannes Jacobse, president of the American Orthodox Institute {an empty konvertsy Potemkin Village: editor}, said, “We see the sacramental as the completion of the natural,” said Jacobse, also an Antiochian Orthodox priest. “We see marriage as a means of salvation, as a way one achieves salvation. It’s not just a contract or agreement. It certainly is that. But it’s more”.

Clergy on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate support Reardon’s boycott, although based on a slightly different rationale. The Rev Tony Jones, an evangelical author and proponent of same-sex marriage, advocated a separation of religious and civil marriage since 2010. Jones, who teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena CA, said, “This social change happened a lot faster than anybody predicted. When I declared that I’d no longer sign marriage licences and encouraged other clergy to do the same, it was an attempt to actually buy the church some freedom to say we can sacralise a same-sex union and we don’t need the state to legalise it. The other reason I did it was on behalf of people like Fr Reardon. I thought it’d buy conservatives some time and some latitude and they could say the government can do whatever the government wants to do regarding marriage and weddings. But in our church we’re going to have a different standard”. He said most clergy members he surveyed agree in principle that they shouldn’t serve as arms of the government, but signing that certificate has become so much a part of the American marriage ritual that it’s difficult for them to see an alternative.

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, said he doesn’t foresee such a boycott in Chicago. He even questioned whether it’s legal, “I can’t imagine any of our priests doing that. It hasn’t happened yet and I don’t anticipate it happening to make a political statement”. Jacobse said Reardon is the first Orthodox priest to take such a strong a political stand. However, the recent Supreme Court ruling sparked a discussion among other brethren, he said, “It was a bold move on Fr Patrick’s part. A lot of priests are wondering and asking the same thing. To remove all conflict between the church and the state is to go the path that Fr Reardon has chosen to go on. I anticipate more priests are going to go that way”. Reardon emphasises that he doesn’t discourage couples from seeking licenses and legitimacy in the eyes of the law. However, having that certificate will no longer be a condition of getting married at All Saints. He said, “If you want the tax advantages of marriage recognised by the state, you’re going to have to do something else about it, like go down to a justice of the peace. If you don’t want that, that’s perfectly OK. I’m not going to require that at this parish”.

2 July 2015

Manya Brachear Pashman

Chicago Tribune



This is breathtaking in its arrogance, ignorance, and outright contempt of Church Order. If Reardon was to do this, he had the OBLIGATION to produce a signed and sealed ukase from Vladyki Joseph authorising him to do this. HE DID NOT. This shitty OINO (Orthodox In Name Only) just went off on his own nickel, without a blessing or authorisation from his bishop. He merits immediate and irrevocable deposition for this. NO PRIEST DOES SUCH DISOBEDIENT SHIT. Jacobses merits immediate deposition for supporting Reardon. The Orthodox Church is a hierarchical Church. Our bishops, for good or for ill, set the general policy, not semi-converted, prideful, and hubristical priests. As a parish rector, Reardon had an obligation to have set his misgivings down in writing and have sent them to his ruling bishop. He would do or say nothing until he heard from his bishop. If his bishop said, “I think that you should continue to sign marriage licences”, if Reardon didn’t like that, he could take it up to the AOCANA SOBs. The Synod would have the FINAL say on the matter. If Reardon didn’t like the ruling, well, he could resign as rector of the parish.

Reardon did NOT do this in the accepted and normal Orthodox way. It’s time for Metropolitan Joseph to slap down the konvertsy brats. This disobedient bastard deserves IMMEDIATE deposition from the priesthood. No priest goes off on their own in such matters. THIS IS BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY CHURCH (Reardon set up his own narcissistic idiosyncratic opinion against the wisdom of the Church, and did so publicly). God willing, Metropolitan Joseph will discipline this worthless excuse for a priest soon. Otherwise, the Church is in for “interesting times”…


2 July 2015. Asshat Claims that Homophobe E-Mail Wasn’t For Real… I’m No Proctologist, But I Know an Asshole When I See One!

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To keep matters straight, Maria McDowell isn’t the asshat in the title. The asshat is the goofball who sent the original hate e-mail. To refresh your memories, click here. I got this from a correspondent:

It now appears that the person who perpetrated the foul deed (with emails and threats) claims to have only been conducting a sort of “experiment” to see how the recipients would react. It all sounds mighty fishy, thoroughly bogus and cowardly, to boot. The party in question has continued to be anonymous, of course.

I also got:

There is something very strange about this. I saw something else on this that there was some kind of “apology” and that it was actually written to see what the reaction would be? I’m very confused I know, and haven’t dug into it… but it seems like this might have been friendly fire. There’s a lot of talk about “Side A” and “Side B”, which I admit to not understanding completely.

I replied:

If so, the person doing it was goofy. Nevertheless, my points stand. We gotta chase out the asshats before they chase us out.

I got an enthusiastic “amen” to that…

Let’s keep it short n’ sweet. There’s no call to be playing games like this. It could provoke someone to take their life (literally). If I caught the asshat who sent this, I’d give ’em a good Cossack horse-whipping. This is just juvenile bullshit… serious matters aren’t to be trifled with. This is too much of a muchness.


2 July 2015. A Plea for Sanity in re Homosexuals in the Church

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I saw this on Facebook… it’s a Read n’ Heed.



Someone sent an e-mail to at least three Orthodox persons. The author threatens to out “Orthodox-in-name-only homos”, and given the recipients, doesn’t actually care if the persons they identify are sexually active or not. The author declares “There will be no homosexuals allowed in Christ’s Church” and “The time has come for the homosexuals to be removed from the Church”. If you’ve received this e-mail, or know of someone who has received it, please inform your priest AND your bishop. If you’re afraid of being outed, please, contact me. I’d be happy to inform priests and bishops anonymously. More importantly, please, be sure you have a safe and loving place to worship, whether your own Orthodox parish or another ecclesial home. I don’t casually recommend leaving one’s ecclesial home, but God is, after all, “everywhere and in all things”. For those clergy and people in positions of authority within Orthodoxy reading this, please, publicly disavow such rhetoric in every space you can: Facebook, homilies, parish newsletters, e-mails to your congregants. Please, do so regardless of how you feel about same-sex unions/marriage/relationships. You’re caregivers not only to those who object to homosexuality, but to gays and lesbians, their families and their friends. All your people need your comfort and protection.

29 June 2015

Maria McDowell



We’re paying dearly now for having coddled people such as Reardon, Jacobses, Whiteford, Paffhausen, Dreher, Eliel, Brum, Moriak, Maymon, Trenham, and all the rest of that sorry crew. They came to us not because they loved Orthodoxy for what it was… they came to us because of what they perceived us as being opponents of (not what we actually oppose, mind you, but what they thought that we opposed). They brought all kinds of rubbishy baggage with them, and some bishops unwisely ordained some of them.

This isn’t behaviour that builds up Christ’s Church… if you think so, you’re my enemy, and I’ll fight with all that I’ve got. That’s the long n’ the short of it. You don’t reason with a rabid dog, you shoot it. Ponder that…


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Vox Pop from Facebook on “Conservative” Outing of Gays in the Church

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I saw this on Facebook… good stuff…



Within my faith community there are some who’ve decided that “outing” other individuals is a Christian way of dealing with differences in sexual orientation. These messages are a response to that disturbing development, however, these quotes show Orthodox Christianity at its best and most authentic:

Enemies have driven me into Thine embrace more than friends have.

Friends have bound me to earth; enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world.

Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly realms and an extraneous inhabitant of the world. Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an unhunted animal does, so have I, persecuted by enemies, found the safest sanctuary, having ensconced myself beneath Thy tabernacle, where neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

They, rather than I, have confessed my sins before the world.

They’ve punished me, whenever I’ve hesitated to punish myself.

They’ve tormented me, whenever I’ve tried to flee torments.

They’ve scolded me, whenever I’ve flattered myself.

They’ve spat upon me, whenever I’ve filled myself with arrogance.

Bless my enemies, O Lord, Even I bless them and don’t curse them.

Whenever I’ve made myself wise, they’ve called me foolish.

Whenever I’ve made myself mighty, they have mocked me as though I were a dwarf.

Whenever I’ve wanted to lead people, they’ve shoved me into the background.

Whenever I’ve rushed to enrich myself, they’ve prevented me with an iron hand.

Whenever I thought that I’d sleep peacefully, they’ve wakened me from sleep.

Whenever I’ve tried to build a home for a long and tranquil life, they’ve demolished it and driven me out.

Truly, enemies have cut me loose from the world and have stretched out my hands to the hem of Thine garment.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and don’t curse them.

Bless them and multiply them; multiply them and make them even more bitterly against me:

so that my fleeing to Thee may have no return;

so that all hope in men may be scattered like cobwebs;

so that absolute serenity may begin to reign in my soul;

so that my heart may become the grave of my two evil twins, arrogance and anger;

so that I might amass all my treasure in heaven;

ah, so that I may for once be freed from self-deception, which has entangled me in the dreadful web of illusory life.

Enemies have taught me to know what hardly anyone knows, that a person has no enemies in the world except himself.

One hates his enemies only when he fails to realise that they aren’t enemies, but cruel friends.

It’s truly difficult for me to say who has done me more good and who has done me more evil in the world… friends or enemies.

Therefore, bless, O Lord, both my friends and enemies.

A slave curses enemies, for he doesn’t understand, but a son blesses them, for he understands.

For a son knows that his enemies can’t touch his life.

Therefore, he freely steps amongst them and prays to God for them.

St Nikolaj Velimirović of Ohrid and Žiča

Prayers By the Lake (A Treasury of Serbian Orthodox Spirituality, Volume 5)


I posted this as a comment to the above:

Alex… are you ready to rumble? They want to take over the Church. Paffso, Whiteford, and Reardon… the Unholy Trinity… there’s more, but they’re the “Godfathers”. Shall we swallow a kopeck’s worth? I fear that we’ll down a rouble’s worth before it’s over.

There be dragons abroad… they mean what they say. I know this from personal experience. No one who doesn’t fit their idiosyncratic and Pretendodox criteria is fit for communion or even attendance at the Liturgy. Beware ALL who say, “I speak the truth in love”. Such people NEVER speak the truth nor do they EVER show any love (beyond their family circles and friends, that is, as our Lord Christ said, “Even the Pharisees do as much”). We live in perilous times. Have a care… I’m handing out the AKs, RPGs, axe handles, and dynamite at the back door…


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