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Monday, 17 February 2014

17 February 2014. Whatever Happened to Deacon Andrei Kuraev? What Meaning Can We Pull from His “Fall?”



In the early 2000s, Deacon Andrei Kuraev was one of the leading lights in the Orthodox cyberworld. Lately, he’s become more and more strident, making all kinds of oddbod statements. I asked around and one source told me:

For years now, Kuraev has gone off. His problem is his self-obsession. Pro-Western media outlets, eager for any scandal, pay him much attention. Moreover, producing scandal so that people quote him consumes him; besides which, he’s obsessed with how many hits he gets. Charlie‘s right… Kuraev’s going Protestant; he’s gone Renovationist. He’s become an enemy of the Church in his egoistic quest for celebrity.

I agree. Deacon Andrei has gone off the rails. Once, he was a “go-to” source… today, he’s an embittered “dissident”. I think that he’s well on the way to being another Gleb Yakunin (who was one of the few people personally anathematised by the Church). I don’t think that he’ll be another Rusantsov, but he does have the potential for being defrocked.

Remember, the Church always does the least-invasive thing to solve a problem. For instance, in this case, the Centre used the least-invasive method of shitcanning him. “He didn’t attend to his duties as an MDA faculty member”. This was like the ROCOR Holy Synod stopping the Toll House Wars about thirty years ago by saying, “There’s not much revealed on this topic. All discussion of it should cease” (they should revisit that decision and muzzle the loud konvertsy who perpetually call the Toll Houses “an important Church Doctrine” (which it isn’t)). In the case of Podmoshensky, the ROCOR gave him the drop for serving under suspension (Lebedeff said that was a great relief; nobody wanted to go near the issue of sexual perversion unless that they absolutely had to).

This first disciplinary action… removing Kuraev from the MDA faculty… was a salutary warning. If he continues to fuck up… well, the Church hopes that he doesn’t. I noted that they said nothing of his connection with PSTGU… I wonder, does such need approval from the Vorobyov Mafia (perspirin’ minds wanna know)? Bear in mind how the Church dealt with the rank heresies of Bulgakov and Florensky… it condemned the heresies, but it showed mercy to the people involved.

For instance, to give a good example of such, the Church should send Seraphim Storheim off to live in a monastery, far from children, without any pastoral role. This would be fair to all parties. It’s fair to the victims… for it’d show that the Church implicitly believes their story by denying Storheim a public role. It’s fair to the believers… for they’d be spared worrying that there’d be a relapse. It’s fair to Storheim… for it’d spare him some shame and pain (look, a court found him guilty… that’s harsh enough for me… it DOES put the “Scarlet Letter” upon him, after all). It shows respect to the Court… it shows that the Church intends doing something to neutralise Storheim, removing the need for further legal action or imprisonment. Last of all, it’s fair to the Church… it means that the issue will die a natural death (that is, it’ll persist for as long as Storheim’s alive…  but after he’s dead, people would say, “Y’know, they did the right thing…”. Shall this happen? I’d truly like to see it happen, but given the nasty-ass attitude of Syosset and the First Families, I expect more legal manoeuvring, obfuscation, and denials… I’m not hoping for such, but that’s what I see.

It’s not just Deacon Andrei… it’s our whole attitude to dealing with dissidence and malfeasance. Frankly, we’d do well to stick to our traditional ways… they work. Take it one step at a time, and don’t dump on someone all the way all at once. Shall Deacon Andrei turn back? I don’t have a working crystal ball, do you? Things are never boring following the Church, are they?



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Monday, 13 January 2014

Archbishop Rastislav Gont of Prešov Elected First Hierarch of the Orthodox Church of Czechia and Slovakia

00 Metropolitan Rastislav Gont of Prešov PCČKS. 13.01.14


On 11 January 2014 in Prešov (Slovakia), the 13th (extraordinary) Sobor of the Orthodox Church of Czechia and Slovakia (PCČZS/PCČKS) took place. The Sobor endorsed the PCČZS Holy Synod decision to elevate Bishop Jáchym Hrdý as Archbishop of Prague and all Czechia. Then, under the PCČZS Charter, the Sobor elected Archbishop Rаstislav Gont of Prešov as Metropolitan of all Czechia and Slovakia by an absolute majority. The PCČZS Sobor is the highest doctrinal, constituent, administrative, and ecclesiastical authority of this canonical Local Church. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias sent congratulations to Archbishop Rаstislav of Prešov, to mark the latter’s election as First Hierarch of the PCČZS.

11 January 2014


MP official website


Editor’s Note:

Archbishop Jáchym studied at the MDA and was a member of the brotherhood at the Trinity-St Sergei Lavra. Metropolitan Rаstislav studied at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Both are young men… Rastislav is 35, Jáchym is 40 (the other two PCČZS hierarchs are Archbishop Juraj Stránský of Michalovsko-Košická (aged 34) and Archbishop Simeon Jakovljević of Olomouck-Brno (aged 88)). By all accounts, the internal tussle is over. Two-thirds of the PCČZS parishes are in Slovakia, mainly in the eastern part of the country, in the Carpathian uplands.


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Friday, 3 January 2014

Kuraev Gets the Boot for Thumbing His Nose at Church Authorities in Blog Posts

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Editor’s Note:

Andrei Kuraev was at his zenith in 2008 (along with the Blunder). However, he lost out when HH became patriarch. Bit by bit, he became increasingly cranky. The Church doesn’t allow that in its clergy (under normal circumstances… the American Russian Orthodox diaspora isn’t “normal” yet, and it won’t be until we wise up and unite)… at least, not in public. As a priest told me once, “I have to be diplomatic, as I represent the Church. You, as a laywoman, can be more direct”. You see, Kuraev wanted the post that Vladimir Legoida ended with. Finally, the Church shitcanned him… he’s been spouting off for some years now. Will he spin off into heresy? I don’t know… I do know that he’s spun off into irrelevancy. It’s a sad end for him… we all had great hopes for him in the early 2000s…



The MDA sacked Archdeacon Andrei Kuraev, a prominent Orthodox academic and well-known blogger, from his post as a professor for writing blog posts and giving interviews at variance with the MP’s official position on current affairs. On Tuesday, according to sources at the MDA, the Church fired him from the faculty for “scandalous and provocative activities…in the mass media and in the blogosphere”. Frequently, Kuraev aired his views on current events on his personal LiveJournal account, including the anti-Kremlin protest group Pussy Riot and a recent church sexual harassment scandal. Although the MDA didn’t specify which of Kuraev’s comments attracted the Church’s ire, it said that he’d ignored how his public statements reflected on the academy and the church.

Kuraev complained that the decision about his sacking was on the MDA’s Monday meeting agenda without a vote and in his absence. He wrote in a post on LiveJournal, “[The decision] happened not by reason, but by fervour. I couldn’t recall a similar case in the 300-year history of the Academy”. Kuraev criticised the Church’s handling of a scandal in Kazan in mid-December, when a clergyman dismissed for allegedly sexually harassing male students went immediately into another diocese in Tver. Kuraev said on his blog that the incident was “proof of the existence of an influential gay lobby in our Church”. Kuraev has a kandidatura in philosophical sciences, being on the MDA faculty since 2004.

Besides that, he questioned the motivation behind Pussy Riot’s “punk prayer” protest in a Moscow cathedral last year. Three of the group’s members received two-year prison sentences for the stunt; one got out on probation, while the other two got early release due to a presidential prison amnesty earlier this month. Kuraev called a Pussy Riot documentary made by a pro-Kremlin TV journalist untruthful, and told liberal newspaper Novaya Gazeta that a top city official might’ve staged the protest to boost support for President Vladimir Putin before the election.

31 December 2014



Thursday, 29 August 2013

29 August 2013. The Entire Staff of oca.org Deserves the Sack… They Told You NOTHING of Metropolitan Tikhon’s Trip to Russia

00 same ol' shit. 29.05.12


The entire staff of oca.org deserves nothing more than instant dismissal and utter derision at the hands of the believers. They had a responsibility to keep us informed… and they REFUSED to do so. They DID report all of Fatso’s junkets in excruciating detail… why not this legit trip? Mollard met the leaders of Russia, the Ukraine, and Belarus… Fatso never got that. The rector squired Mollard around the MDA … who refused to meet Fatso when he was there. Mollard did more and was received by more VIPs in this one trip than Fatso did in all of his trips. Yet, oca.org refused to cover it. There’s more to do, but I decided to get the “pure OCA” posts up first, for that’s my responsibility to you. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW. It may not win me kudos from the powers-that-be, but you guys deserve the “whole truth and nothing but the truth”. God willing, I try…

As for the staff of oca.org… it’s too much of a muchness, isn’t it? If you noted, they posted nothing until I did. That’s beneath contempt. The First Family layabouts and the jumped-up konvertsy frauds have to go… but will they? That’s up to you…


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