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Saturday, 27 September 2014

27 September 2014. “Thanks, But No Thanks”… OCA Rains on EP-Sponsored “Canonical Restructuring” Parade

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We’ve all heard the wind from the so-called “Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America”. This group is nothing but an EP-sponsored “talk-shop”. A notional “Proposal for Canonical Administrative Restructuring” surfaced from this social networking group (for such is what it is)… the EP groups are for it, everyone else is underwhelmed and less than enthusiastic about it… even the OCA! Read this for the OCA response to it… let’s boil it down to a sentence… “No way, no how, no Bart in our Town”. I think that the real reason the Centre shitcanned Fatso (for he did lose the Mandate of Heaven, no doubt on that score) is that they weren’t sure on how he’d react in re Bart and his pretensions to being the “Orthodox Pope”. Mollard is much more malleable and controllable… as the Centre showed by its showering of awards upon his party when he made his ad limina visit (for that is what it was, kids)… something that it NEVER did for Fatso and his drooling pack of konvertsy admirers. As a Cabineteer wrote me:

Sounds like the OCA is finished…. still insisting that its autocephaly is relevant…

I quite agree, but expect the OCA to linger on life-support for at least two more years, for it suits the Centre’s purposes. I believe that the Centre is using the OCA (and the pliable Mollard) to fuck up Bart’s planned Dixie Fry in 2016. You see, the Centre, Serbia, Poland, Czechia/Slovakia, and Bulgaria will insist that the OCA receive a seat at the “all-Orthodox Sobor” as a full discrete independent voting member. Bart won’t give in on that point… that’s clear. It’s also clear that HH will use this to scupper the assembly… and probably convene a Sobor of his own, maybe, at the newly refurbished Novy Ierusalime Monastery. HH wants to force Bart to come out openly as a Vatican puppet… and the OCA is one of his “cards” to make him do so. That is, the OCA has usefulness for the Centre now, and up until 2016. After the scuttling of the “all-Orthodox Sobor”, all bets are off. None of the OCA sorts have ANY cred at the Centre. By the way, Fatso and Dickie Wood had no real cred or tread at the Centre… if they had, firstly, Fatso would still be in charge and, secondly, Dickie wouldn’t be suspended. Both were pals of Tikhon Shevkunov, quite another thing entirely. For instance, Dickie’s getting no support from any real powers like Varsonofy Sudakov or V A Chaplin. The most that he’s getting is posts on questionable sites such as Portal-Credo and posts on oligarch-friendly venues (as Tikhon Shevkunov is part of M A Gelman‘s circle at the Vanil Restoran). Fatso has no real support at the Centre at all… if he did, his petition to enter the ROCOR would’ve been a done deal, and it wasn’t.

Besides, the status quo suits most normal people in the OCA quite well… as one told me:

Mollard’s our choice… no, he isn’t competent… no, he isn’t a leader… no, he isn’t inspiring. But he’s our choice… we need peace, and that’s that, as you say. Mollard won’t rock the boat and he’ll give us peace. Nothing else matters at this point. In any case, we had to stop Dahulich. As I said, Mollard’s our guy, not because we like him, but because he’s going to leave us alone.

That says it all… however, isn’t the LACK of news refreshing? Remember the old saying, “Happy is the land that has no history”… indeed…

I’m constantly learning… boy, I’ve learned much in the past seven years… what I see doesn’t speak well for the long-term survival of the OCA… however, in the near-term, it’s a done deal, and that’s that.



Monday, 4 June 2012

Mais ou Sont les Neiges d’Antan? (Oh, Where are the Snows of Yesteryear?): Did JP EVER Have the “Mandate of Heaven?”

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late 1980s

Soviet poster


This poster shows our position… shall we return to grounded Church practise? We’ll know when Syosset collapses, won’t we?


Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

The Prophecy of Isaias 5.20


The Chinese believe in a concept that they call the “Mandate of Heaven”… that is, if a ruler lacks it, they’re illegitimate and ripe for toppling. The introduction to the Wikipedia article states:

The Mandate of Heaven postulates that Heaven (天; Tian) would bless the authority of a Just Ruler, as defined by the Five Confucian Relationships, but would be displeased with a despotic ruler and would withdraw its mandate, leading to the overthrow of that ruler. The Mandate of Heaven would then transfer to those who would rule best. The mere fact of a leader having been overthrown is itself indication that he’s lost the Mandate of Heaven.

The Five Constants are:

  1. Ren (仁, Humaneness)
  2. Yi (義, Righteousness or Justice)
  3. Li (禮, Propriety or Etiquette)
  4. Zhi (智, Knowledge)
  5. Xin (信, Integrity)

Of course, we’ve all seen Paffhausen’s inconstancy and duplicity… saying one thing to one group and another thing to another group. We’ve all seen him make promises that he’s casually broken and trampled into the dust. It’s been three-and-a-half years of unfulfilled assurances and outright lies. Now, let’s ask ourselves if he’s lost the Mandate of Heaven.

  1. He has no humanity… as one could see in his Star Chamber proceedings against Dickie Wood and his vicious personal attacks on Mark Stokoe. I don’t have to agree with either in order to see that JP screwed them royally.
  2. He has no justice… his three-year suspension of Dickie Wood was done without following the canonical procedures laid down by the Church. He didn’t suspend Benjamin Peterson for shaming the Church through his DUI arrest, nor did he discipline Ray Velencia for suing a priest in good standing of the Church. He intends to restore Bobby K, even though there is proven financial malfeasance against him (that is what the investigation dug up, kids).
  3. He has no propriety… He refused to discipline Matthias Moriak for giving a plum position to his kin (son, to be precise). He refused the plea bargain offered by the Crown in the Storheim case (there’s no doubt that JP was behind that… he believes that the OCA will dodge this, just as its dodged all the other sexual abuse charges in the past). He allowed Eric Tosi to say, “The records simply don’t exist”, and, then, didn’t hold Mr Tosi responsible for that loss.
  4. He has no knowledge… he dropped out of higher theological education at GTU, and pressured SVS to give his pal Eliel “triple honours” (if that wasn’t sycophancy, I don’t know what it was).
  5. He has no integrity… he’s kept none of the promises that he’s made to the Holy Synod or to the OCA Sobor. He lies egregiously on every possible occasion. He claims that he has the backing of the Centre when he does not.

Now, we have to look FORWARD, and not back. In historical terms, we’re at the same position that the Anti-Hitler Coalition had in January 1945. The end is near… all the signs point to it… all the events possible can only hasten the day of victory. I can’t be more precise, but intel has reached me that makes it 95 percent probable that the OCA will be a dead letter within the year. This will NOT be a catastrophe for the parishes. Our Church here is organised on a parochial basis… that’s to say that the parishes are the legal “persons” involved. If the OCA were to collapse, there’d be no need to reincorporate the parishes. They already exist as discrete entities under the laws of the various states. The dioceses and the “national church” are fictive vis-à-vis the law. There’s a body called the Orthodox Church in America incorporated under the law, but it isn’t the legal body of first instance. That means that the parish can exist without the OCA; it has no need of being tied to that particular legal body.

Remember, the parishes hire and pay the priests, they own the property and hold the deeds, and they collect and hold the money. What this means is that if the parishes chose not to pay the dioceses or national church, there’s really no means of discipline. In short, Moriak’s latest tirade was that of a powerless figurehead with no ownership of the property or the monies of the parishes (a veritable Gummi Löwe (Rubber Lion), as they say in German). Our Church is NOT organised as the RCs are… in that case, the bishop is the legal owner of the property and the owner of all funds. If he wants to shut down a parish for whatever reason, he can, and the parishioners have NO say in the matter whatsoever. However, in our case, we’re organised in a more diffuse manner. That’s a legacy of the confused period after the Russian Revolution and the incompetent leadership of Aleksandr Nemolovsky. The Church survived by breaking down into its smallest possible basic component, the parish. We survived a terminal crisis then… ergo, we’ll survive the crisis that’s upon us. Fathausen will NOT be able to dodge the bullet, as the stresses are going to come from outside the OCA itself. He won’t be able to stop it. It’ll be a crisis of clerical legitimacy… and that’s the most that I can say at the moment.

If anyone comes begging for Syosset or SVS… refuse them. The coming period is going to make the period of the last days of Swaiko look mild by comparison. Sit on your money and property. Sign nothing over. If you need a warning, ponder this… Fathausen claims that’s he’s repulsed by homosexuality… yet, his guru was Gleb Podmoshensky, and he served openly with Herman Swaiko and Feodosy Lazor. I seem to see a contradiction here.

If anything, please, be careful in the coming days… your future as a parish may depend upon it. I wish to see no one hurt… sign over no property, and give them no money… that’ll hasten it. May God watch over us all.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 4 June 2012

Albany NY 

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