Got this from the Cabinet:
On the Free Metropolitan Jonah Facebook page:
OK, I can’t change this so… This is Anthony Brandon Simmons, something’s messed up and I can’t post as myself. Anyway, I’m back from my trip, and first, WOW! 373 likes! That’s amazing guys. Second, People keep posting on here as if Metropolitan Jonah made this page, or checks this page. He didn’t make it, and as far as I know, he doesn’t check it. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t need our support however. Thanks for all the likes, we’re gonna try to get some real things going soon.
WOW… 373 likes… out of 115,000 estimated adherents in the OCA. The two biggest groups in the OCA are Alaska Natives and Old School po-nashemu ethnics. I doubt that many of the “likes” came from them. On top of that, the Syosset apparat headed by Lyonyo and the SVS Mafia want nothing to do with him. That’s not to mention that his “ass is grass” in NEPA and the Midwest. The loudmouthed konvertsy are less than 10 percent of the OCA, but they’re the most strident element and the largest group on the internet.
My personal belief is that Potapov and Webster blessed those who ginned up this perversity… to give Fatso deniability. Ponder this… Fatso has NO cred at the Centre, if he did have even the smallest amount of tread, he’d have his release to the ROCOR. Fathausen is pals with the Blunder… but the Blunder isn’t as influential as the konvertsy and heterodox want to believe. When Fats surfaced in Moscow, V A Chaplin and Varsоnofy Sudakov were no-shows. Chew on this… Mollard got a medal from HH on his very first visit… HH has NEVER given Fats a Church decoration. When Fats visited Moscow last, HH was handing out awards (the main honoree was Polar explorer A N Chilingarov). Fats got nothing… he didn’t even get a cardboard box. In short, this Facebook page is beginning to look like the usual konvertsy Much Ado About Nothing. Don’t give it much mind… let it die a natural death. DON’T FEED THE TROLLS! Crank world, ain’t it?
Just got this in from one of the Cabinet:
I surely can’t be the only person to find a great deal of humour in JP calling his Facebook page Free Metropolitan Jonah. Given that he’s about the size of a whale, it puts me in mind of “Free Willy”.
This requires no comment from me… it DOES take all kinds…
There’s an image posted on JP’s Facebook page posted by Jo Anne Head. A friend of mine wrote:
That’s Fr Dcn Alexander and Matushka Joanna Laymon, at Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church, OCA, which is now St Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, ROCOR. That parish is the former OCA mission that, along with their priest, Alexander Webster, Tikhon released to the ROCOR. Maybe, it’s one of the smartest things he’s done.
Another friend wrote me (independently):
If it were up to Tikhon, JP would be in the ROCOR yesterday. X and Y are adamantly opposed… JP has to drop his demand that the OCA continue to pay him even after release. That’s the holdup… besides which, JP treats the OCA Holy Synod with contempt. This internet foolery won’t help him.
Keep tuned… the situation continues to simmer away like Thursday’s turkey. Trust me, nothing will surprise me (or you)… it might sadden us or anger us, but it won’t surprise us, will it? Pass the jug…