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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Court Orders Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers to Resume Paying Pensions to Donbass Pensioners Immediately

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The babas won!

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Today, Irina Khizhnyak, the advocate representing Donbass pensioners told us that the Ukrainian Supreme Administrative Court ordered the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers to resume payments to residents of the region, starting today, saying:

We won. Today, the Supreme Administrative Court of 25 judges decided that upheld all previous decisions, where we won in the first and second instance. Thus, the court lifted the ban on paying pensions to Donbass recipients ordered by a ukase of the Ukrainian Cabinet of dated 7 November 2014. This means that the Cabinet is now obliged to resume paying pensions, the decision shall enter into force immediately, and it removes all suspensions. Under the court’s decision, cabinet officials and the Ukrainian Ministry of Finance shall be criminally liable under articles “Deliberate failure to fulfil the court’s decision” and “On default of payment of pensions”. However, payments to pensioners, orphans, single mothers, war veterans, the liquidators of the Chernobyl accident, children with disabilities, and other socially vulnerable citizens would begin in 2016, as the budget for this has already been drawn up.

Today, the Ukrainian Supreme Administrative Court upheld the decision to cancel a Ukrainian government decree to freeze pensions, wages and social benefits to those who living in the LNR and DNR. In December 2014, Donbass pensioners sued in Ukrainian courts to overturn Cabinet Resolution 595 of 7 November 2014 “Financing of public institutions, implementing social payments to the population, and providing financial support to businesses and organisations in Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts (sic)”. This was vastly unpopular, as it obliged pensioners the elderly (including the bedridden and mobility-impaired) to leave the LNR and DNR to receive social payments. On 1 December 2014, the Pension Fund of the Ukraine stopped operations in the DNR. In fact, the most recent pension payments came in Donetsk in August 2014 and in other localities of the Republic in June and July 2014. To get out of the situation, pensioners re-registered in Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhe, and other Ukrainian cities.

16 October 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/obschestvo/sud-obyazal-kabmin-ukrainy-vozobnovit-vyplatu-pensij-v-donbasse-nemedlenno-advokat.html

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Unrepentant: Parents and Parishioners Beat Teen to Death in Upstate New York Church

church mice

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In New Hartford NY, members of the World of Life Christian Church (including their parents) beat two teenage brothers, one died as a result. Police continued their investigation amidst locals’ reports that the church, located about 250 miles (@400 kilometres) northwest of New York City, could be a cult. On Wednesday, New Hartford Police Chief Michael Inserra told reporters:

The [church] session turned physical. Both brothers were continually subjected to physical punishment over the course of several hours in hopes that each would confess their prior sins and ask for forgiveness.

The assault took place on Sunday. On Monday, family members took one of the brothers, 19-year-old Lucas Leonard, to hospital and doctors pronounced him dead later in the day. Police said that Lucas’s brother, 17-year-old Christopher, went into hospital later on Monday and remains in serious condition. The teenagers’ parents, Bruce and Deborah Leonard, face charges of first-degree manslaughter. Cops also arrested the victims’ 33-year-old sister, Sarah Ferguson, along with three other church members. All those arrested gave “not guilty” pleas. Bruce and Deborah Leonard are in the Oneida County Jail, as they were unable to pay 100,000 USD (6.14 million Roubles. 636,000 Renminbi. 6.5 million INR. 128,800 CAD. 137,100 AUD. 87,900 Euros. 64,700 UK Pounds) bail.

15 October 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/us/20151015/1028545854/new-york-church-child-assault.html

Editor:

Paffhausen and the konvertsy want to ally the Church with this sort of goofballs. Make no mistake; “Evangelicals” are anarchic sectarians with no ties to real Christianity. They’re a product of the so-called “Second Great Awakening” of the early 19th century… most have no ties with real Christian groups in the Old World. Indeed, their “theology” bears little resemblance to that of Classical Reformation Protestantism. They practise such Antichristian lunacies as public confession and obligatory tithing (if one doesn’t pony up a set amount of cash, one is cast into the “outer darkness”). Beware former “Evangelicals” (with apologies to the REAL Evangelicals, the “Lutherans”)… especially, loudmouthed half-baked Antiochian Konvertadox such as Thomas Zell and Andrew Stephen Damick. They’re not representative of our real grounded clergy. None of the ungrounded Halfodox are. There are three hallmarks of these gents:

  • Obsessed with abortion and homosexuality
  • Trying to bring ungodly “Evangelical” practises such as obligatory fixed tithing into Christ’s Church
  • Making up new “rules” such as forbidding the use of artificial contraceptives (allowed via oikonomia, a real spokesman such as Archpriest V A Chaplin said so)

Have a care… these jabronies pass themselves off as expert and authoritative Orthodox clergy (none have any advanced study in Orthodox academic faculties (that is, none have the kandidatura or its equivalent), many lack basic seminary formation under real Orthodox auspices (that is, often only a MDiv, and that often is a distorting alien formation under heterodox auspices))… the times are evil, and Satan knows how to put on a pretty face. You forget that at your peril. All clergy who are former “Evangelicals” are “off” to some degree or other. Don’t argue with them, either in-person or online. All-too-often, they’re ignorant, vicious, pig-headed, and mean-spirited (they’re “know-alls”… you can’t have a discussion with such). I wouldn’t want to see you hurt. Leave them be, let God sort it out.

BMD

Friday, 9 October 2015

9 October 2015. Moriak Suing OCA… Does Fatso Have a Finger in This Imbroglio? It Has His Fingerprints All Over It…

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Bishop Matthias Moriak, the former Chicago bishop of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), who had to retire amid allegations of sexual misconduct two years ago, sued church leaders for breaching his retirement contract. He filed the lawsuit against Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard, First Hierarch of the OCA, and Detroit Archbishop Nathaniel Popp, leader of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate, in Cook County Circuit Court last month. Both defendants received papers served during the national Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in Chicago. Bishop Matthias alleges that church leaders violated the terms of his retirement and a recent employment agreement when they terminated a parish assignment in response to complaints from the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests. The suit alleges, “This is a case about broken promises and the repeated failure to honour one’s legal obligations. The legal questions involved aren’t complex. Indeed, they require only a straightforward application of civil law”. OCA officials didn’t return requests for comment. Bishop Matthias’ assignment to a parish in Pennsylvania angered victims’ advocates, who said allowing the ousted bishop to return to any form of active ministry violated the church’s zero-tolerance policy.

Bishop Matthias, born David Lawrence Moriak, stepped down from his post as head of the Midwest diocese in April 2013 after the church determined that remarks to a female parishioner in Ohio qualified as sexual misconduct. Matthias said at the time of his ouster, “I do repent of using poor judgment, of using inappropriate words that I thought were being received as humorous. It was never my intention to cause a complaint of any harm or discomfort. In fact, I was quite concerned for her health and well-being. I’m sorry that my kindness and generosity to this person was viewed with suspicion and ulterior motives”. Terms of the retirement package included permission to serve in any parish, as long as he has the blessing of the local bishop. That agreement included the parish in Columbus OH, where his son serves as a priest. Although the Orthodox Church allows its priests to marry and have children, married priests cannot become part of the hierarchy. As a widower who didn’t remarry, Bishop Matthias could become a bishop. After his retirement, Bishop Matthias moved to West Virginia where he purchased a home and secured a retail job to make ends meet. According to the suit, Archbishop Nathaniel, the most senior OCA bishop and leader of the Romanian Episcopate, contacted him in November 2014 to fill temporarily a parish post in Hermitage PA. Because of the temporary nature of the job and the move required, Bishop Matthias initially declined the request. Archbishop Nathaniel returned six months later to offer a guaranteed one-year appointment approved by Metropolitan Tikhon and other bishops. Bishop Matthias quit his retail job, leased his house, and moved to Hermitage.

According to the suit, after victims’ advocates aired their concerns in the media in July, Metropolitan Tikhon told Bishop Matthias he could continue to serve with his blessing, but the parish had to remove any references to his position from its website. Bishop Matthias declined. In August, according to the suit, Metropolitan Tikhon proposed removing Bishop Matthias from the Pennsylvania parish and moving him to a monastery for three months with a 7,000 USD (430,000 Roubles. 44,500 Renminbi. 454,000 INR. 9,080 CAD. 9,620 AUD. 6,200 Euros. 4,560 UK Pounds) stipend. He also acknowledged in that email that Bishop Matthias had “acted in good faith in all of this”, and admitted that he and the bishops “failed in fulfilling” their “responsibility”. In the suit, Bishop Matthias seeks damages, including lost wages and expenses incurred from the move to Pennsylvania. The suit also claims Bishop Matthias suffered emotional distress. The suit said, “After losing his beloved wife, the church was his entire life. Now that, too, was being taken away from him”. The OCA, one of several branches of Orthodox Christianity in the USA claims about 100,000 adult members nationwide, with about 5,000 in the Midwest.

8 October 2015

Manya Brachear Pashman

Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-bishop-sues-american-orthodox-church-met-20151008-story.html

Monday, 5 October 2015

16,000 Junta Militants Deserted with Arms from Units in Novorossiya

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Anatoly Matios, the junta Chief Military Procurator, told TV 112:

The Ukrainian Military Prokuratura toted up how many deserters left units in the area of operations in [Novorossiya]. We opened cases on 16,000 deserters who left the area of operations; a significant portion skipped with their weapons. We declared them “wanted”, but the MVDU found no more than a thousand of them. Where did they go? They didn’t find them; they just went home. If lowly local cops won’t do their jobs, well, the whole system doesn’t work. The absence of inevitability of punishment undermines governmental authority.

In June, the Military Prokuratura said that only 400 soldiers received a fine or suspended sentence for leaving their units, only three soldiers received seven-year prison sentences.

5 October 2015

Teleradio Zvezda

http://tvzvezda.ru/news/vstrane_i_mire/content/201510051152-tr5u.htm

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