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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

28 August 2012. Latest Dribble from the Monomuckos Cabal… Take it with a Block of Salt

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One of the Cabinet sent me the following. This is one of those things that you have to read to be informed, but it sure ain’t enlightening or edifying:

Unconfirmed but consistent sources inside the Diocese of the Midwest are reporting that its bishop has been put on Administrative Leave by the OCA for misconduct. The nature of the alleged misconduct won’t be reported here since that would be up to the OCA and the Diocese of the Midwest to share. It is clear that the removal of Mark Stokoe from the Midwest as one of their representative to the Metropolitan Council and recent attempts by the bishop to insist on more uniform diocesan liturgical practices received lukewarm responses in some regions of the diocese; thus, one should be careful to leave room that the misconduct allegation could be an attempt to discredit the bishop’s leadership and sully his reputation, as unfounded allegations forced another Chicago prelate, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, to defend himself in the 1990’s.

However if, and I stress if, the allegation is true it will be another severe blow to the credibility of the OCA. One bishop is under indictment in Canada and facing a trial for sexual misconduct with minors, a Metropolitan recently removed from office, and, now, this. The question now becomes how long will Syosset try to keep a lid on this when they were so quick to publish every misstep of Metropolitan Jonah, the major of which has been proven false? One can only hope that the current Midwest allegation is also proven false and that OCA transparency will be forthcoming.

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I have no URL for the above.

It sounds like the usual Monomuckos drivel to me. I wouldn’t trust any report of discipline for Moriak unless it came from the Holy Synod. Moriak’s as dumb as a box of rocks, he’s a clueless incompetent, and he’s a neopotistic schemer, but that doesn’t mean that he’s in any hot water. I did say that things were going to become very confused and jumbled at the end. Don’t jump at rumours, especially, those posted on sites with slim-to-none cred such as Monomuckos. If Moriak were suspended or under discipline, trust me, the Holy Synod would make an announcement. Therefore, give this a “that’s interesting buzz”, and don’t give it any cred until there’s official word.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 28 August 2012

Albany NY

Friday, 24 February 2012

24 February 2012. Things are Getting “Curiouser and Curiouser” in the OCA

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Let’s see, Dickie Wood, Gregory Wendt, and Ray Velencia all disappeared from the clergy listings of the OCA and Protection Monastery in North Carolina is no longer in the online directory on oca.org. NOTHING is posted as to the WHY of it all. NOTHING. The secrecy is denser than it ever was under Herman… the OCA only issues explanations tardily and laggardly, if at all, and only if they feel that they have a “legal obligation” to do so. The only thing that I have on the Protection Monastery is here. If this intel is righteous, and my info usually is, it means that Wendt is either out of the country or preparing to leave, for unknown reasons. The Protection Monastery website has no indication of being under the OCA and their “Monastery Store” is closed. There is no reason given on oca.org for the deletion of the entry for this establishment. Your guess is as good as mine is.

Of course, there’s nothing posted on oca.org concerning the possible discipline of the three clerics named above, not a peep. This means that rumour’s floating fast n’ furious, which is not only injurious to the cred of the OCA, its destroying people’s trust in a battered organisation. What I’ve been able to ferret out is that Dickie flew back from Moscow and appeared before a spiritual court yesterday. My sources all say that there’s no official decision yet. The most interesting titbit that I heard was that he had the brass balls to demand that the OCA Holy Synod pay to fly him to Chicago to make a visit! I’m told that they refused the demand and turned him down. Did this happen? It’s probable, the arrogance and hubris are typical of First Family clergy. They can’t sue me for reporting what’s out there. You pays your money and you takes your choice.

Not only is nothing posted on Velencia and Wendt, the usual sources are quiet. I can’t report on what’s not there. I repeat, there’s nothing, not even rumour, on the whereabouts of Gregory Wendt, and rumour says that JP shitcanned Velencia for suing Michael Regan. Simply deleting a man’s name from the clergy directory isn’t sufficient. WHY did the OCA delete them from its official clergy list? In fact, it’s grossly unfair to the men concerned, as it keeps “public interest” legitimately alive. If Ray Velencia wants people to cease writing about him, then, he’d best press the OCA for a public dénouement of his affair. THAT would close it… at least, the question of WHY he got le sabot. Matters of public record are always “newsy”, especially where “public figures” are concerned, so, he can’t complain if people bring up his past court case… it happened and the court records say so. Iggy, likewise, can’t complain about people speculating about the “whys” in his case (there was supposedly over 100 Gs missing from the Diocese of New York and New Jersey). If you crawl out from under an accusation by having a First Family apparatchik say, “The records simply don’t exist” (Tosi did say that… and it speaks volumes on the character of the so-called Metropolitan Council that they accepted such cockamamie bullshit), don’t complain if people bring it up. It happened, and it happened in a public venue where records were taken.

Supposedly, JP gave Velencia the drop for suing a priest. It didn’t matter to him (or to the other bishops) that Velencia sued four laypeople. It gave one the impression that their attitude was, “Those unwashed peasants deserved it”. I was told that one prominent bishop was extraordinarily blasé about it all, “Didn’t they know that he intended to sue them?” Yet, when Velencia sued a PRIEST, that same bishop said that it was “unconscionable”. There appears to be a double standard. I once respected the bishop who made the remarks concerning Ray Velencia… I no longer do so.

THAT is the cost of cosseting clerical plug-uglies. Not only do they drag the Church through the muck, they lessen the respect that the people have for the Church’s leadership. Its wrong to act in Star Chamber secrecy. For instance, oca.org needed to post, “Wood to face Spiritual Court today”. It didn’t. Likewise, it needed to have a post from a bishop stating PUBLICLY, “The OCA apologises for the egregious actions of one of its clergymen. It was wrong”. That didn’t happen either. The OCA leadership is a bunch of craven punks led around by the nose by a bunch of pettifogging lawyers. If this isn’t proof that lawyers and their “legalese” are “lower than whale shit”, nothing is.

You can tell the truth, like the old Metropolia did, or, you can lie and obfuscate (claiming that you’re afraid of being sued) like the OCA leadership does. I think that a good part of the difference is the noisome ideology inserted into Church Life by Schmemann and von Meyendorff and their acolytes such as Lyonyo and Love BT. That’s another post… I’ve used up my “800 words”. Pass the jug… it’s going to get MORE interesting in the short term.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Friday 24 February 2012

Albany NY 

Monday, 24 October 2011

24 October 2011. “Monk James” Pops Up Again… Defends the Indefensible… First, Madison; Then, Bobby; Now, Bobby’s Kid… It’s a Pattern, Ain’t It?

The Desecration of the Church at Easter

Ilya Glazunov

1999

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Here’s a proper image of what Silver and those like him are doing to the Church. If you believe them, you spit on the Lord Christ and His Truth. Bobby’s wrongdoings are not conjecture. Read about them here. Madison, Bobby, and Bobby Jr… Silver seems to like the company of no-good-niks. What does that tell us about him? “Believers” like Silver, Bobby, Love BT, Lyonyo, Stokoe, and Jillions are one of the major causes of atheism and Sectarianism… ponder THAT.

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Look at the latest howler from James Silver:

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Just to take one example (Exodus 34.6-7), there are others), when the Lord condescended to give Moses the Law a second time, He proclaimed:

And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

Here, the only problem is that Fr Robert Kondratick wasn’t/isn’t guilty of the allegations falsely brought against him by his own fellow Christians, laity and clergy, Judases all. May the Lord forgive them. So, if Fr RK is innocent, then maybe his son is innocent as well. Maybe Bobby was caught up in a web spun by others and couldn’t escape before the law came down on them all. I don’t know. This will all come out in the legal wash eventually, so let’s reserve judgement until the court can make its rulings.

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This is blasphemy of the most noxious and irreverent sort. Comparing Bobby and Bobby Jr to Christ Himself! No doubt, Mr Silver feels the same way towards his mentor Hilary Madison. The SIC DID find evidence of crime on the part of the Kondratick family. No prosecution ensued because the Holy Synod punked out and didn’t press charges, as they ought to have done. Silver, Rock, and Bobby all laughed at the OCA faithful… and still do. Note well that the so-called Metropolitan Council did little better… it hides behind secrecy and it defended every payout and legal settlement “for the good of the Church”. That’s why I have scant (if any) respect for such as Faith Skordinski and Gregory Nescott. They said nothing when Bobby extorted 250 Gs from the OCA. They (and the rest of the MC) were Pilates who washed their hands and let the evil simmer away.

Yet… Silver compares the Kondratick family to Our Lord Christ… that’s breathtaking in its vacuity and fatuousness, let alone its formal blasphemy, sacrilege, and impiety. That’s like saying that Don Vito Corleone was an undiscovered Thirteenth Apostle. None of the crimes uncovered by the SIC were airy accusations… they were corroborated by solid evidence. Remember… Bobby K’s free today because of the gutless and pusillanimous cravenness of the Holy Synod and the MC in refusing to press charges. There was enough evidence to send him “upstate”… maybe not to the Supermax, but certainly to the Fed slam in Canaan PA (where Bobby would have access to spiritual care from St Tikhon’s… it’s just down the road a piece). Let’s see… each air-conditioned cell accommodates two prisoners each… Bobby and Bobby Jr could share a “house”… the family that steals together stays together. In Silver’s eyes, all the OCA members who asked questions about the missing money are like unto Judas Iscariot and, by implication, Bobby’s an innocent victim like unto Christ! Hmm… what’s next? Is Silver going to liken Bette, the “long-suffering wife and mother” of the two “falsely accused”, to the Mother of God at the foot of the Cross on Golgotha?

I’m not averse to a dust-up. Sometimes, a real cosh-wielding and baton-swinging Donnybrook’s what’s necessary to clear the air. Hell, the old Metropolia was like that… they’d fight like hell, then, after they’d hammered out a decision (literally), they’d pull out the jug, and they’d all get sloshed together. This isn’t THAT. This smarmy hypocrite compares his pal Bobby to Our Lord Christ… and that’s NOT Kosher… no way, no how. I’m no Judas, Silver… give solid proof that what the SIC uncovered was false, and bring it to a court of law… but you won’t, you snaky SOB. SHUT UP. Bobby’s in Florida because of its lax extradition laws (the same reason that Brum’s in Arizona). This is too much of a muchness. If this isn’t proof that the OCA’s a sick dog in painful death throes in need of the humane killer, nothing is.

You can have James Silver or you can have Truth… it’s up to you… as always.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 17 October 2011

Albany NY

Friday, 21 October 2011

21 October 2011. What Is To Be Done? Bobby Jr is in Bracelets… Shall We Have the Guts to Do the Same to His Old Man?

Mother Church is calling us home. Why won’t we listen? We’re missed and we’re wanted…

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C’est pire qu’un crime, c’est une faute.

This was worse than a crime; it was a botch.

Saying attributed to various sources on the death of the Duc d’Enghien

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By now, you’re all aware that the Feds have nicked Bobby K’s son for a dodgy Ponzi scheme. If  one reads the SIC report, one quickly becomes convinced that the Holy Synod, Metropolitan Council, SVS, and the Chancery crowd all colluded to hide crime. Credit card fraud and income tax evasion are serious federal offences. All legit religious bodies hand over criminal clergy and staff to the secular arm for punishment… the Centre does it, there are crook priests in the Butyrki to prove it… the TEC does it, they ensured that an embezzling treasurer did hard time in NY State for dipping into funds on a lesser scale than Bobby did. The OCA refused and refuses to do what all other legit religious bodies do.

Not only did the Metropolitan Council cravenly pull back in the case of Bobby K and Iggy in the case of missing financial records in the Diocese of NY & NJ, they refused to see that Ray Velencia received proper punishment for his illegal actions (the violation of pastoral confidentiality is a LEGAL concept, not a canonical one). This isn’t to mention the fact the Metropolitan Council punked out and refused to turn over Bobby to the Feds for his criminal actions outlined in the SIC report. How many of you recall the Eve of the Millennium party that Bobby threw? I wonder how much the hotel suite overlooking Times Square cost him? It wasn’t a secret… Bobby invited all too many of the “higher” clergy to his party… all too many of those now screaming for “openness” and “transparency” were at the festivities.

If we’re to retain ANY cred, we have to lance the boil and let all the pus flow out. It’ll be nasty and messy; it’ll smell horribly and spatter all of us. Yes… if Bishop Mel swears out a complaint against Bobby (for as Acting Chancellor, legally, he’s the “offended party”), all the suppressed truth about the fagorama in the upper reaches of the OCA’s going to come out. It’s going to cause one hell of a smell, and the OCA’s cred will be shot, irrevocably, and for good and all. It won’t be pretty… but that’s the TRUTH. If the Church is the Pillar and Ground of Truth, as the Apostle wrote, then, we’ve got to face facts or God will MAKE US face reality. That’s what happened in 1917… the Church became corrupt… it became fat n’ sassy… God burned out the cancer using the Godless as His Instrument.

There’s much desperate talk of how the Centre supports Fathausen and the Syosset/SVS apparat. If that were so, you’d see the likes of Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov and/or other leading MP hierarchs of Metropolitan rank (not the Blunder… he’s just a “pretty face” and channel to the zapadniki) coming to the USA and liturgically concelebrating with JP. Obviously, that’s not occurring, and that, in itself, is a “red flag” to all observers who’re “in the know”. In short, the OCA’s no longer viable, and hasn’t been such for some time. For many years, the OCA operated on the “capital” of the Metropolia, not only its material resources, but also its “spiritual” and “intellectual” deposits, as well. There’s no way that we can trace the collapse of the OCA as we can the decline of the TEC. The TEC was honest in its accounting… so, one could see its decrease. The OCA was dishonest, so, the only conclusion that one can come to is that the catastrophe is even more marked. There’s no way of knowing the precise depth of the fall, but a good guess would be that the OCA’s only some 40 percent the size of the Metropolia in 1965. That’s the price for Schmemann’s Folly.

There’s no way that even a UNIFIED Russian Orthodox Church in the USA could afford SVS or the Syosset Chancery. They’re beyond our means, and to continue them in their present form would only be a waste of the believers’ money. A united Church could use Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville and Saint Tikhon’s in South Canaan, as both are attached to monasteries (they’d also be MUCH cheaper to operate). There’d be NO need for a stand-alone seminary (in an inordinately expensive MSA, to boot), which isn’t usual Orthodox practise in the Motherland… His Holiness has called for all future seminaries to be attached to monasteries. Don’t cry for Bouteneff, Meyendorff, or Hatfield… their heterodox pals would find them employment… and laud them for being “victims” of a “retrograde” hierarchy and Church.

The present mess should tell us all of us that the OCA’s fruits are bitter and acrid. Any group that won’t turn over criminals to the courts isn’t Christian… and that’s the way it is. It’s time to go home… this experiment has failed, utterly and completely. Its time to rip up the Tomos, and to be what we always were and what we always shall be… Russian Orthodox Christians. Look at the image heading this post… need I say more? We know where the path home is… why aren’t we on it?

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Friday 21 October 2011

Albany NY

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