Voices from Russia

Friday, 1 August 2014

Kirill and Hilarion Meet in Moscow…

00 Hilarion and Kirill. 01.08.14




The ROCOR official website had this bare-bones post here (and didn’t even give the full report as found on patriarchia.ru, nor did they give you the video link). Will they report this news item? God alone knows…



Bishop {actually, Archimandrite… he’s not a bishop, yet: editor} Ioann Roshchin of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, told us that His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev, First Hierarch of the Patriarchate of Moscow and all the Russias, and Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral of New York and Eastern America, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), discussed the problems faced by Russian Orthodox clergy abroad in a meeting in Moscow. He said, “We talked about mission, both to our compatriots abroad, and to already-existing parishioners, that is, the people who live abroad, who belong to the Russian Orthodox Church. We covered a range of issues, as our parishes are around the globe on virtually every continent, accordingly, we looked at what we see now and what we need to do to strengthen our witness to the world”.

Bishop Ioann said that the meeting of the First Hierarchs was a working session, but that they made no specific decisions. However, it was important, for “Metropolitan Hilarion and Patriarch Kirill could compare notes on many issues facing Orthodoxy in the world. Different countries of the world have their own particular manifestation of Christianity in general and Russian Orthodoxy in particular. Not all the countries where there are Russian Orthodox parishes are Orthodox or even Christian. Of course, every place has its own complexities, difficulties, and problems in terms of their interaction with the leadership of those countries where they are”.

Of particular concern was the fate of Christianity and Orthodoxy in the Middle East. However, Bishop Ioann noted, “This is always present in conversations between the bishops, as persecution of Christians in the Middle East is a continuing problem. Moreover, both the MP and the ROCOR have ideas on how to influence this situation”. Metropolitan Hilarion arrived in Russia with a pilgrimage group. Vladyki Ioann stated, “A group of parishioners and priests of the ROCOR came to Russia, along with clergy and believers from MP parishes abroad, to visit various dioceses, monasteries, and places of holy relics. Naturally, when Metropolitan Hilarion is in Russia, he always arranges a meeting with Patriarch Kirill, and the Patriarch is always glad to welcome the head of the ROCOR”.

31 July 2014

Rossiya Segodnya



On 30 July 2014, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias met Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral of New York and Eastern America, the First Hierarch of the ROCOR, at the Patriarchal residence in the Danilov Monastery in Moscow. Also in attendance were Metropolitan Ilarion Alfeyev, the Chairman of the MP Synodal Department for External Church Relations (OVTsS), Archbishop Mark Golovkov of Yegoryevsk, head of the MP Directorate for Foreign Institutions and head of the MP Department for Finance and Economic Management, Archimandrite Ioann Roshchin, Bishop-elect of Naro-Fominsk, and Archpriest Peter Kholodny. During the meeting, Patriarch Kirill and Metropolitan Hilarion discussed Orthodoxy around the world and developed plans for further coördination of missionary work. Patriarch Kirill said, “The most important thing is that our joint efforts help Russian Orthodoxy to develop in all countries where it’s present, given the fact that every year more and more Russian people live in foreign countries”.

30 July 2014


Official MP website


Friday, 12 July 2013

12 July 2013. Hilarion Kapral Tightens the Leash on the “Western Rite”… Gives Jerome Shaw le Sabot



Read this. One of the Cabinet told me:

This was very interesting. Glad to see the correct decision was made on the Western Rite.

Hmm… Jerome Shaw was a favourite of the Blunder‘s… does this mean that the Blunder is in the doghouse (again)? Nevertheless, Hilarion Kapral “manned up” and “did the right thing”. One of my clerical contacts thinks that the Centre is souring on the konvertsy, especially as they support the West in the Snowden affair. Also note that Dahulich, the most papist-leaning of the OCA bishops, was in Moscow, and no mention was made of it on patriarchia.ru. He didn’t even get a consolation prize like a photo op with the Blunder or the chance to serve with one of the REAL shakers (like Yuvenaly Poyarkov or Varsonofy Sudakov).

This is GOOD news. Perhaps, this will lead to some sanity… for a change. Truly, it’s time for all three “Russian Orthodox” bodies in the USA and Canada to get their shit together and UNITE. Then, we could have some BORING normalcy. I, for one, would applaud that…


Sunday, 25 November 2012

25 November 2012. Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral’s words to Pastoral Conference Point Up Why the ROCOR Shouldn’t Receive Paffhausen


One of the Cabinet sent me this (no URL available), from Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral, the First Hierarch of the ROCOR:

We denounce modernism and secularism in the Church and call upon our faithful to heed the words of the ever-memorable Metropolitan Philaret Voznesensky… “Hold fast what you have”. Many Orthodox in America are looking to the Russian Church for an example of steadfastness and loyalty to the traditions of Orthodoxy. We’re committed to preserving that which has been handed down to us by our pious ancestors, and we call upon the faithful to increase their support of the Church, so that our mission won’t be hindered.


Therefore, if we heed Vladyki Hilarion’s words, the ROCOR will have to reject Jonas Paffhausen’s attempt to join it. Paffhausen’s a drooling disciple of Gleb Podmoshensky, a disgraced ROCOR cleric shitcanned by the ROCOR Holy Synod for due good cause. Paffhausen’s an advocate of the imiaslavie heresy and propagated it at his “monastery”. Paffhausen’s an indifferentist who sucks up to the Uniate enemies of Christ’s Church (as do Andrei Psaryov and Vassa Larina). Paffhausen has a taste for witch-hunts… the grounded Church has never traditionally engaged in such (the Real Church didn’t burn people at the stake (Avvakum was burned by the state)). Paffhausen sought to ally the Church with anti-Christian “evangelical” and radical political elements. Paffhausen lied about his monastic formation and he was made an “abbot” one year after his tonsure (would Vladyki Philaret have done such an inanity? Most assuredly not!). In short, he’s TROUBLE in all caps. Paffhausen’s a Valentin Rusantsov or Varnava Prokofiev… MUCH more trouble than he’s worth.

The late Metropolitan Philaret didn’t suck up to Uniates… he didn’t teach heresy… he didn’t run witch-hunts (indeed, he allowed much more “freedom” than his successors did)… he didn’t try to ally the Church with godless sectarian and political elements… so, we need to show “an example of steadfastness and loyalty to the traditions of Orthodoxy”, to use Vladyki Hilarion’s words. The ROCOR must repel the efforts of Jonas Paffhausen to join it.

One of the Cabinet said this of JP:

I think that the ROCOR may take him in, but NEVER as a diocesan bishop. He’s yesterday’s convert. In the ROCOR, I doubt if they’d even make someone so immature a reader. They might take him and hide him away in a monastery because they feel sorry for him.

That’d be the only possible way to bring this troubled and deluded soul into the ROCOR. As for my opinion, I’d let him go vagante. He’s a very persuasive, conniving, and duplicitous sort… he’s an Arius, an Avvakum Petrov. We get enough trouble in the normal course of events… we shouldn’t tempt fate. This man is a known liar and troublemaker. Let him stew, I say. Again, ask yourself, “Would Vladyki Philaret have done some of the things that this man has done?” The answer’s clear.

Kauft nicht bei James Paffhausen. Either that or its trouble on steroids…



Saturday, 17 November 2012

17 November 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Score One for Darwin

Score One for Darwin

Sergei Yolkin



A rightwing nutter in the RF Gosduma introduced a bill to outlaw Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. It’s going nowhere fast; Putin’s not behind it, neither is HH. It’s like a crackbrained proposal to label Lenin’s works “extremist”… some rightwing ROCOR loons got Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral to sign on to it. He should just quietly back out of it… that’d fix the Vlasovtsy good for such BS, wouldn’t it?

Of course, if socially-close individuals “yawn together”, and the chimp “yawns together” with Darwin, that means that the chimp is related to Darwin, thus, proving the Theory of the Evolution of Species… QED. Another multilayered Yolkin jest…


According to research published in the journal PLoS ONE, “infectious” yawning in chimpanzees and bonobos, like in humans, can depend on how socially close two individuals are to each other.

16 November 2012

Sergei Yolkin



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