Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

9 January 2018. “Ask a Genuine Orthodox Priest”… What an Imposture!


I saw a rancid little page on FB today… “Ask a Genuine Orthodox Priest”.

I shit you not!


Of course, it’s a “closed” group, so none but the cognoscenti and approved pure ones can see the posts. We of the great unwashed don’t count, I guess. Need I say that the page is run by a bunch of schismo GOCs? GOCs are “Greek Old Calendarists”… they’re outside the Church and have no intention of reconciling with her. That’s to say, no decent Orthodox Christian, either Eastern or Oriental, should read or interact with these posturing scumbags.

I think it’s time to reiterate my standard warnings. Much of what’s posted on the internet as “Orthodox” isn’t official, it doesn’t reflect the teaching of the Church, nor does it have any oversight by our bishops or those delegated by them. Let me give you some examples… Fr Vazken is kosher… he appears on his diocese’s official website. Patriarchia.ru is kosher to the max… it’s the official MP website. Shevkunov’s website is dodgy… it isn’t official, and it mostly reflects the opinions of the Vorobyov Mafia (an archpriestly clique in Moscow). Russian Faith is rotten to the core, Hard Right bloviating in religious drag, and full of lies and distortions. It claims that the communists killed 300,000 priests. There were never more than 30,000 priests in Russia… so one can see that their lies aren’t only egregious, they’re sloppy in the extreme. Stay away from people like Freeman, Damick, Trenham, and Dreher… none of them have any higher studies in theology in an Orthodox institution (most only have an MDiv… some have worthless heretical formation).


Go to a real-life Orthodox parish… go to the liturgy… be amongst your fellow Christians. THAT’S where “genuine Orthodoxy” exists and nowhere else. If you think that you’re going to find it on the internet… you silly wabbit, you! Most of what floats around in cyberspace isn’t truly Orthodox at all, it doesn’t have any higher validation… it’s just the opinion of this or that self-appointed guru. Go to your local parish and put a fin in the techka… it won’t be perfect, but it’ll be the Church and Christ IS in our midst there AND NOWHERE ELSE.

See ya in church on Sunday…


Sunday, 19 June 2016

19 June 2016. It’s Time to Step Up and Open Up Our Hearts and Wallets

collection plate


Read this.

Now… I know that the GOCs aren’t in communion with us. Nevertheless, they’re part of the Orthosphere… they’re not heterodox or heretics, not at all. At times like these, you don’t ask who their bishop is… you ask how much they need. Please, be generous. I got this from a fellow Russian Orthodox Christian, who verified it as being on the up and square.

Send a fin or two (or more)… wouldn’t you want a hand at a time like this? God wills it… we’re Christians; that’s what we do…


Sunday, 12 August 2012

Orthodox Hierarchs from Several Local Churches State that Ukrainian Schismatics aren’t Part of World Orthodoxy


Orthodox hierarchs from various Local Churches condemned the Ukrainian schism and expressed support for the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church/Moscow Patriarchate (UOC/MP). Metropolitan Emmanuel Adamakis of Paris and all France (Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople) said in an interview with the website Православие в Украине (Pravoslavie v Ukraine: Orthodoxy in the Ukraine), “The only way open to the schismatics is to return to the Orthodox Church led by Metropolitan Vladimir”. Along with other Orthodox clergy from other Local Churches, he recently visited Kiev on the feastday of the Baptism of Rus, which also had festivities celebrating the 20th anniversary of the installation of Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan of Kiev and all the Ukraine as the First Hierarch of the UOC/MP. Metropolitan Emmanuel emphasised, “The Patriarchate of Constantinople has no relationship with schismatics; it doesn’t acknowledge or recognise them”.

Archbishop Petros Giakoumelos of Aksum (Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa) also unequivocally denied that any of the Local Churches could recognise schismatics; it was a sheer impossibility. In Vladyki Petro’s opinion, the Kiev anniversary celebration was testimony to the current stability of the UOC/MP, saying, “Nothing can destroy or divide the Oneness of the Church”.

Metropolitan Gavriil Dinev of Lovech (Patriarchate of Bulgaria) said that the Church at large wouldn’t recognise the schismatics until they reconciled with the UOC/MP.

Metropolitan Nikolaos Hatzinikolaou of Mesogeia and Lavreotiki (Church of Greece) stressed, “The healing of the schism is an internal matter of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which she must deal with as she sees fit, without any pressure from other Local Churches”. He spoke of the impossibility of recognising the “Mysteries” performed by schismatics, pointing up a similar case in the Greek context. The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece decided not to recognise baptisms performed by schismatic Greek Old Calendarists, as it isn’t in communion with such unfaithful elements; it receives such people by chrismation.

For his part, Archbishop Abel Popławski of Lublin and Chełm (Church of Poland) pointed up, “Schism is a sin; as with any other sin, it can only be cured with repentance”. He reminded us that Philaret Denisenko, the head of the self-proclaimed so-called “Patriarchate of Kiev”, is under an anathema, and he and his organisation has no place among the canonical Churches.

7 August 2012



Monday, 9 January 2012

Officials and Royal Family Attended Christmas Liturgy in Belgrade

Crown Prince Aleksandar Karađorđević (1945- ) and his wife Crown Princess Katarina (1943- ), with Serbian Deputy PM Ivica Dačić (1966- ) to their left, at Christmas Liturgy served by Patriarch Irinej Gavrilović (1930- ) of all Serbia in Belgrade


On Saturday morning, Patriarch Irinej Gavrilović of all Serbia served Christmas Liturgy in Belgrade. In his Christmas message, the patriarch said that our spiritual peace was disturbed very much by fears and worries about the events in the world, especially by the tragic events in Kosovo and Metohija, and he told Serbs in that province to persevere and remain in their homes, saying, “To our dear believers, Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, we send them the message to persevere in the midst of unjust suffering, and to remain in their homes with their Church and their holy places, in the land of their ancestors”. Today, Eastern Orthodox Serbs and Russians, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Copts in Egypt, the monasteries of Mt Athos, and Greek Old Calendarists mark and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ according to the Julian calendar.

In Belgrade, officials, opposition, and other public figures attended liturgy served by Patriarch Irinej in the Cathedral of St Michael the Archangel. They included Deputy PM Ivica Dačić, Minister of Religion and Diaspora Srđan Srećković, opposition SNS party leader Tomislav Nikolić, and Prince Aleksandar Karađorđević and his wife Katarina. The Roman Catholic archbishop of Belgrade, Stanislav Hočevar, was also present. On 9 January, Patriarch Irinej will travel to the Republika Srpska (RS) to take part in the entity’s patronal feast, the Holy Day of St Stefan.

7 January 2012



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