Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

5 September 2012. “It’s Deja Vu, All Over Again”… It’s All So Friggin’ SORDID

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We all know that OCA Bishop Matthias Moriak was suspended some time ago. Finally, oca.org commented on it all:

Statement Issued by OCA Chancery

On 24 August 2012, an allegation of misconduct was received at the Chancery concerning His Grace, Bishop Matthias, Bishop of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest. The allegation centres on how certain telephone and text communications directed by His Grace to an adult woman member of the OCA were understood to have been intended. There are no allegations involving physical contact or criminal conduct. Even so, in accordance with church policies, the bishop is on administrative leave while the investigation proceeds.

5 September 2012

OCA.org

Official OCA website

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/statement-issued-by-oca-chancery

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One of the Cabinet disgustedly wrote:

You mean to tell me that they couldn’t get this miserable statement out 8 days ago? Seriously? What’s WRONG with these people! Also, note how they’re trying to bury it with an insipid, nondescript title, Statement issued by OCA Chancery. Hey, how about, Chancery Statement on Bishop Matthias, or something like that? Oh no, that would only call attention to this matter we’re desperately trying to hide! Well, newsflash, geniuses… it’s already made the mainstream press. When will they learn to beat gossip and reporting by coming clean up front? Who’s responsible for this delay?

I wrote to another Cabinet member:

That’s ridiculous. However, all that this stuff will do is piss people off about Syosset (and Lyonyo and Jillions). I’ll get to it later… it’s just another “Slowpoke Matusiak” story. Do you understand why I enjoy covering Team Russia at the Paralympics and dread all the OCA shit? Maybe, we should have that Greek powerlifter and that Russian discus thrower go to Syosset and “clean house”… they’re REAL Orthodox guys, after all!

It’s all so SORDID…

Who’s responsible for this state of affairs? It’s the same ol’ gang… Lyonyo… his sockpuppet Jillions… Tosi… John Behr… apparatchiki like Piggy Iggy Burdikoff… Benjamin Peterson… Michael Dahulich. They’re so slow because they’re fighting amongst themselves and the lawyers are really running the show. Quite frankly, the parishes gave up on this set of creepozoids a long time ago. I’ll say this… if Lyonyo, Peterson, Tosi, and Dahulich think that they can convene a packed Sobor, they’d best think again. As I wrote my friend, It’s all so SORDID. I feel like I’ve been mucking out a byre in a nonstop shit-storm. I think that I’m not alone… to paraphrase Marx…“A spectre is haunting the OCA; the spectre of the truth”.

The truth WILL set you free from the shackles of Syoset… but only if you let it…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Albany NY

This Just In Department:

A Cabinet member said:

Yes, pissing me off was precisely the effect this had on me. I’m sure that’s true of many, many others. I’m with you! Let’s all chip in to fly that powerlifter and that discus thrower to New York! The money would be better spent in that than in assessments.

Could you see Lyonyo shittin’ his skivvies if Aleksei Ashapatov were to show up with discus in hand (he is over two metres tall, by the way)? I’d PAY to see that!

BMD

Sunday, 2 September 2012

2 September 2012. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Bishop Abel of Lublin and Chełm in the USA

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The above image shows Archbishop Abel Popławski of Lublin and Chełm whilst he was on a visit to the USA. This reminds us that we’re part of a larger Church, one that won’t be affected by the fall of the OCA, that is, we’ll have help in putting things back together and back to rights. It also reminds us that our parishes will all be here after the OCA falls… and that these parishes will go on as they’ve always done. Remember, the Church survived the fall of Nemolovsky in the early ’20s… the Church survived the Church War after ’65… the Church survived the attempt by Fathausen and the clueless konvertsy to take us over… yes, Virginia, the Church will survive the fall of the OCA, too.

Never forget that the strength of the Church is in the parishes, the so-called “national Church” is nothing but a crudely-welded-on superstructure. Indeed, do our parishes need TWENTY bishops (ten active and ten “retired”)? That’s inane and is proof that the inmates are running the asylum (that is, the “national church”). This image is proof that the Church is NOT Syosset, SVS, the Metropolitan Council, or the OCA itself… it’s us… it’s our coreligionists abroad… but it’s not slobbering phonies like John Behr, John Jillions, Lyonyo, Freddie M-G, or Rod Dreher.

We will survive. After all, we did it before, so, we can do it again…

BMD

Sunday, 19 August 2012

19 August 2012. A Photo Essay. The Feastday of the Transfiguration at the Holy Mountain of Grabarka with HH… It’s the People!

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“It’s the people”… it’s not the bishops… it’s not the clergy… it’s not the buildings and property. That’s what Christ’s Church is all about, kids. It’s US… not excuses for bishops like Matthias Moriak and Benjamin Peterson (nepotism and drink driving are NOT part of the Apostolic Deposit)… not slippery clergy like Iggy and Eric Tosi… not arrogant snotties like Freddie M-G and Patrick Reardon… not clueless neophytes like Rod Dreher and Terrence Mattingly… not scheming apparatchiki like Lyonyo and Lebedeff… not overblown empty suits like Mark Stokoe or Vlad Berzansky Jr… not snooty academics like John Behr and Vassa Larina. It’s why I believe that things will work out in the end in the American Russian Orthodox diaspora. The people will have the final say… even if it’s only “voting with their feet”. Remember, The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath, and do remember WHO said that. Our Lord Christ would’ve been right at home in Endicott NY, Mayfield PA, or Parma OH… he’d take the cat o’ nine tails to SVS, Jordanville, or Syosset. You have made my Father’s house a den of thieves… reflect on that…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 19 August 2012

Feastday of the Transfiguration of Our Lord

Albany NY

Friday, 20 July 2012

20 July 2012. The Harpoon Sank Home… Dreher Pouts in Public

HH with Cuban doctors in Moscow

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HH with Gennady Zyuganov (1944- )

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HH with Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (1929- )

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Cuban President Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz (1931- ) at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

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HH giving Cuban President Castro a high church decoration 

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HH with Cuban President Castro in Moscow

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Our clergy standing as one with the KPU

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KPRF head Gennady Zyuganov with a communist delegation visiting an Orthodox church in Beijing

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The modern economy is built largely on fraud; it creates money out of thin air. Money’s a token of human labour and of our God-given resources, such as coal, ore, and oil, along with our intelligence, physical labour, culture, and spirituality. However, every company produces its own money in the form of shares, which is passed onto the secondary market, becoming not just simple securities; they are traded and used as items of speculation. If these mere phantasms earn billions, not even backed by labour or real capital, then, how can such an economy exist? Who is going to pay for all of this? Why, the simple worker is going to, who produces the value behind all of this bubble. We need a fair economic system where money and capital are equivalent and are the expression of real work.

His Holiness Kirill Gundyaev

Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias

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Despite all of that, I hope and believe that our great country and its hardworking people will overcome all the adversity now facing us. The Nativity “has shown to the world the light of wisdom”, it’s another reminder of the evangelical admonition that we all need to work together. If we draw upon the ancient traditions of our people, it would help us to build up the ideals of labour, social justice, and brotherhood; it would help us to achieve a decent life, peace, and happiness for each and every one of us.

Gennady Zyuganov

Head of the Communist faction in the RF Gosduma

Chairman of the KPRF Central Committee

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Keep the above quotes in mind as I speak about Rod Dreher (who’s trying to align our Holy Church with the worst segments of the American Right). Previously, I wrote:

If you wish to know more on our social teaching, click herehereherehere, and here. There’s no need to go on and on about it. Paffhausen and the konvertsy are wrong; they don’t represent the Church’s teachings accurately. In general, they don’t know the difference between a canon and a cannon. The Church SUPPORTS state healthcare… do look at the image above of HH with the Cuban doctors. You should do likewise… you’ll be in good company.

It’s why I’m so vehement about lying distorters like Dreher. One of the Cabinet sent me this:

Rod D. has referred to those he calls your “sources” as “cranks, loons, and crypto-Cossacks sitting in suburbia” in a recent post on monomakhos.com. Frankly, as one of VFR’s “Cabinet Members”, I take exception to these characterizations.  Would you be willing to respond to Rod’s invective on VFR?

Normally, I wouldn’t reply to such drivel… but as Fearless Roddie’s attacking my friends, I stand up for them, no matter what. Most of my personal sources are outside the USA… so, how could they be suburban? Indeed, Sir Roddie just described his sources to a Tee… Freddie M-G, Terrence Mattingly, John Behr, Breck, Ray Velencia, Jillions, Lyonyo, and the whole First Family crowd. Much of my material comes straight off reputable Russian websites such as patriarchia.ru (the official MP website), VOR, RIA, Interfax, and Pravoslavie (the Russian side, edited by Fr Tikhon Shevkunov, VVP‘s confessor)… plus, I read many sources I don’t use because they’re too long for a journalistic endeavour. In fact, one can see from the internal evidence of Roddie’s posts that he not only doesn’t know the Russian sources, he has no interest in knowing them.

Where was Sir Roddie when Mike Regan had to beg in public? Sir Roddie was MISSING. Where was Sir Roddie was Nikon Liolin spat on the Church by kissing up to the Kosovo organ-sellers? Sir Roddie was MISSING. Where was Sir Roddie when Moriak exercised nepotism in his son’s favour? Sir Roddie was MISSING. However, Sir Roddie was there to kiss JP’s bum… he did it more than once, in public, and willingly. Yes, Sir Roddie has the gall to schmooze up to Uniates and laugh at the Mountain because it pleases his SVS pals.

Sir Roddie doesn’t know the first thing about the Church… if he did, he’d know that the Church SUPPORTS state single-payer healthcare! He’d know that HH is friends with LEFTISTS, not rightwing droolers like him. Look at the images posted above. You can believe me, who posts evidence, or you can believe Sir Roddie, who posts none. He thinks that JP and Potapov represent the Church… they do not. Hey, if Rod Dreher (and JP and Potapov) wants to kiss up to Moonies and Mormons, that’s his affair, but don’t drag in Christ’s Church, Roddie… the Church is RED (as in SOCIALIST)… it doesn’t favour godless money-worshipping “libertarians”… as you do.

I wouldn’t reply to this at all, but I’ll say this… he attacked my sources, and he was wrong. Roddie’s attachment to the Republican Party, indeed, proves how far he is from the “Mind of the Church”. If you read HH’s Pro-Life programme, at its heart is an extensive and comprehensive state social welfare scheme. In fact, Roddie, HH called the capitalist economy a fraud, and I got that from patriarchia.ru, VOR, and Interfax. It’s all there in Russian, Roddie. It’s no secret.

In short, YOU are out of step with Christ’s Church… and you have NO right to attack good Orthodox Christians. Why don’t you leave with all the rest of the Monomoron crew? How many of those phoney usernames are yours, Roddie? In any case, the OCA is in its last days, and the Church will be better off when it’s gone. You did something unpardonable, Roddie… you attacked a Russian’s friends, and that isn’t done. We’re not backstabbing zapadniki sludge, sir… put Prokofiev’s Aleksandr Nevsky on and give it a listen… that’s what we are.

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Arise, O Russian People and The Entry of the Russian Host after the Victory in the Battle on the Ice from Prokofiev’s Aleksandr Nevsky

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Bulat Okudzhava‘s famous song Vashe Blagorodie

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Natalia Bessmertnova … the premier danseuse of the Bolshoi

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Mordvin song

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Georgian genocide against Ossetians

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Beautiful Zlatibor in Serbia… Dreher’s rightwing pals want to drag Serbia through the mud

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7 Preludes, Op 6, by Sergei Lyapunov (Marco Repetti, pianist)

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Nu Pogodi! The wolf is modelled on the famous actor Vladimir Vysotsky

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Masha i Medved (Masha and the Bear)… a sweet story adapted from Pushkin‘s famous The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish

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As I say, I wouldn’t have replied to Roddie, where it not for the fact that he attacked friends of mine (and got it utterly wrong). Roddie knows nothing of the culture, art, literature, history, or weltanschauung of the Orthosphere. He hasn’t listened to Lyapunov, watched Bessmertnova dance, read Valentin Rasputin, tapped his foot along with Okudzhava (Vash Blagorodie, anyone?), looked at the art of Levitan, smiled at Nu Pogodi or Masha i Medved, or know the difference between a Mordvin and an Ossetian. He’s wrenched our religion away from its roots, so, why it surprise you that his expression of the faith is juvenile and without substance? Compare his mockery of the faith with Gennady Zyuganov’s genuine Christianity. There’s no comparison, is there?

I agree with my correspondents (both here and abroad)… the sooner the konvertsy leave us, the better off Christ’s Church will be. They’re Avvakum Petrovs, and you know what he did. God do help us all.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Friday 20 July 2012

Albany NY

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