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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

12 March 2013. Herman Allowed Back at St T’s… How Come This Wasn’t on oca.org?

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I got this from a Cabinet member:

Metropolitan Herman told close friends that his ban from St Tikhon’s Monastery was lifted.  He was informed of this decision at a meeting at his home attended by Metropolitan Tikhon, Bishop Michael Dahulich, and Abbot Sergius Boyer last Thursday, 7 March.  Apparently, it’s entirely up to him whether to attend services at the monastery church.  This Sunday, 10 March, however, Herman attended liturgy at Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre PA, which has been his custom in the recent past.

Of course, the decision was taken secretly and not announced publicly, it’s the OCA, after all. Such secrecy is one of the reasons why the OCA has no cred. Another is its cowardice in dealing with clerical miscreants such as Bobby K and Ray Velencia. For instance, would the RCs allow a suspended priest to wear clericals or make a deposed priest a “parish administrator” (with a larger salary than most priests)? I think NOT… and until such shit stops, the OCA will lack any sort of “oomph” whatsoever.



Thursday, 19 July 2012

19 July 2012. A Sobering Cri de Cœur from an “Insider”


One of the Cabinet sent me this, which came from someone “in the belly of the beast”:

What can I say? There are some weird ideas out there. Who’s going to “win” this one? I have no idea. X was right… these guys are cannibals. I don’t support JP and I never did. It was shameful the way he criticised Theodosius and Herman publicly at the Pittsburgh Sobor. Somehow, everyone cheered him as a champion then, but he’s gotten the same public treatment now. It’s shameful that the OCA continues to knock its leaders publicly. There are many complicated questions here, and I’m sure that JP’s done a lot of bad things. However, the Synod of Bishops has done a great deal of bad things as well… both corporately and individually.

That’s how deep the rot has set in. It’s discouraging those who are “at the centre of things”. This is NOT something to gloat about, not in the least. I can see the disappointment in the above post, that’s why I deleted what could give a hint as to the poster’s identity. This person is hurt; this person feels trampled upon and betrayed. Here’s what fries my ice to a T… the self-centred bastards in the Synod, SVS, the MC, and the First Families don’t give a damn for the lowly sloggers who’ve supported them over the years (often, getting brickbats for doing so). These people got it coming and going… and they didn’t get any benes or attaboys from it, either. To be frank, the whole rotten edifice is uninhabitable and disease-ridden; we must raze it utterly, not just down to the foundations, and we must return to “our father’s house”… where there’s a warm room and meal waiting, and Mother Kirk is looking for us. There’s no place like home…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 19 July 2012

Albany NY

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

11 July 2012. A Little Footnote to the JP Saga…


One of the Kitchen Cabinet reported in:

JP called Herman Sunday night, crying and complaining about being forced out. Herman told him, “Now, you know how it feels”.

The worm does turn, doesn’t it? O Fortuna, velut luna


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

10 July 2012. No News of JP “Resignation” on Patriarchia.ru or Interfax.ru Yet


It’s interesting… there’s no mention of JP’s resignation on  either patriarchia.ru (the official MP website) or Interfax-religion.ru (it’s not on the English-language side either). This is unusual, as patriarchia.ru has carried news of the OCA before, usually very soon after the event (Interfax usually follows patriarchia.ru in posting). When one considers that Archbishop Yustinian Ovchinnikov was observed by onlookers berating Herman Swaiko very loudly on Sunday in Wilkes-Barre PA, the only conclusion that one can come to is that the Centre doesn’t believe the self-serving retarded treacle released by Kish & Co. That is, the Centre doesn’t believe that the “resignation” is a resignation. The Syosset gang had best step carefully… after all, the Centre CAN pull the Tomos. This is turning into a farcical replay of the August Events, isn’t it?


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