Voices from Russia

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Happy Easter and Happy Workers’ Day!

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Russian Orthodox Churches don’t have pews. You stand the whole time (5 hours). Someday, we’ll all stand like this before God. (original caption)

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Me with Fr Boris, my Godfather, former chaplain and soldier in the Vostok Battalion. We may look like a couple of bikers in this pic, but this was after a 5 hour Orthodox Easter service. It was beautiful. (original caption)

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Editor:

We as Orthodox Christians have a choice. We can follow rightwing charlatans like John Whiteford, Rod Dreher, Victor Potapov, and Josiah Trenham, or we can follow true Christian gentlemen like Russell  Bentley. Read the following… you know what the rightwing pukes say, I needn’t repeat it. Weigh the two positions, then, choose… choose wisely, for the fate of your immortal soul IS in the balance…

You can line up with the Trump Chumps or with decent people of goodwill such as Russell Bentley. One of these things is NOT like the other…

BMD

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Today’s an auspicious day; it’s both Easter Sunday in the Russian Orthodox Church, and 1 May, the real Labour Day, when we honour the workers of the world. Therefore, it’s a very special day for Essence of Time volunteers in the DNR and all around the world. Essence of Time believes in Communism 2.0 and in the Russian Orthodox religion. We seek to invent an improved Communism, a Socialist Union of workers, peoples and nations around the world, and we realise we can only do this with God’s help. However, we don’t expect God to do it for us. We know it’ll take a great deal of work, wisdom, and sacrifice on our part to achieve this lofty goal.

The Russian Orthodox religion isn’t like most religions in the West… the phoney “Prosperity Gospel”, a despicable lie that says that rich people are rich because God rewards their “virtues” and the poor people of the world suffer because they are somehow bad. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s the exact opposite of what Jesus taught. The basis of the Russian Orthodox religion is humility, generosity, and solidarity with our fellow-man. It’s the true interpretation of what Jesus taught. Moreover, Jesus was a Communist. He shared equally with all. The Sermon on the Mount and the Last Supper are perfect examples.

What’s the idea of Essence of Time’s Communism 2.0? It seeks to take the basic premises of Marx and Lenin, to understand what mistakes we made, to correct them, and move forward to build a more just, more sustainable, more equitable world. We can and should judge the true character of any society, of any civilisation, not by the opulence of its richest members, but by the condition of its poorest least-advantaged members. If every member of that society, including the least among them, has food, housing, education, and medical care, sufficient for every member to achieve their full human potential, it’s a just and humane society. If some have more than they can ever earn, more than they can ever spend, while others have less than enough to live, it can hardly be called civilised, much less a just human society. It is nothing more than, as Marx said, Man’s exploitation of Man. That is what we’re now fighting against. It’s a fight, a war, for the future of Humanity. A fight we plan to win.

Humanity now has only these choices… either we make a better more just world for all who are in it, or we face extinction for the majority and enslavement of the rest, by a small class of people who want to rule the world in perpetuity, who want to exploit human beings like livestock, or exterminate them like insects. Furthermore, they will, if we let them. That’s the work of the Devil. No realistic survey of the human condition in the world today can come to any conclusion but that things are getting worse, every day, for the majority of mankind. We have the resources to provide for all, a decent living, education, health care, a chance for everyone to fulfil their true human potential, but some have diverted these resources and added them to the already obscene and unjustifiable wealth of a ruthless few. The battle for the future of humanity is a battle between us and them.

So, on this day when we celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection, on the same day that we respect the contribution, and the rights, of all the workers in the world, the majority of Humanity, let us join together to make the world a better place for all of us, for every person in it, and to fight those who believe they can make us their slaves. As Jesus said, that which we do for the least of our Brothers, we do for Him. As Marx said, we have nothing to lose but our chains.

1 May 2016

Russell “Texas” Bentley

http://www.russelltexasbentley.com/2016/05/happy-easter-and-happy-workers-day.html

Editor:

Either Russell Bentley follows true Orthodoxy or the rightwingers do… there’s no middle ground. You MUST choose one or the other…

BMD

Friday, 9 December 2016

9 December 2016. A Point for Priests to Ponder from Bishop Panteleimon Shatov

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To teach people to love, they need an example. First of all, love is caring and being concerned about your spiritual children. Let them know that you’re always there for them… give them your phone number, let them know when you’re at the church building, let them know that you’re ready to talk to them. Without this, it’s impossible to teach them to love. If you’re going to love them and care for them, you must do this… for they won’t learn love if you don’t. … You can also involve the active laity… for example, teach them how to greet people on the Great Feasts, teach them how to talk to others about the church and about prayer, and have them publicise parish activities. It’s imperative that priests interact with unchurched people. Many such people have good hearts; they want to engage do good works… engage them in volunteer activities. For many people, volunteering can lead to becoming more churched.

Bishop Panteleimon Shatov of Orekhovo-Zuevo

Head, MP Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service (OTsBSS)

Editor:

Bishop Panteleimon is the Mother Church’s “tsar” of social service and social justice. He’s a former parish priest (he’s a widower with grown children), so he knows from hard experience what works and what doesn’t “out there”. He’s one of my fave bishops… he’s always out there doing what he should; he’s always out there serving the people. If anyone “gives an example” and is an exemplar, he does and he is. People like Vladyki Panteleimon keep me in the Church after the latest antics of Farley, Whiteford, Trenham, et al. Bishop Panteleimon is the REAL Church… those named (and those like them) aren’t. Keep it focused and you’ll keep it together.

BMD

Thursday, 8 December 2016

8 December 2016. Pravoslavie FUCKS UP ROYALLY… AGAIN! Bad Translation from the Platina Nutters, Yet Again

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Shevkunov strikes again! That is, he hands over translation of material to dumbass rightwing Amerikantsy converts, with predictable results (he likes sending stuff to the Platina nutters… the Rose crowd or to rightwing bozos like Jesse Dominick). His handling of HH’s comments on same-sex marriage and homosexual orientation were interesting… in the sense that Chinese people mean when they wish you, “May you live in interesting times”. First, we have the Russian original posted on patriarchia.ru. Next, is my translation… the Pravoslavie abortion is last. Note the howler in the name of the Parisian archbishop. That’s a proof of ignorance and laziness… two things seen in abundance amongst konvertsy… read on, kids…

BMD

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Russian original

Ваше Святейшество, мы видели, насколько болезненна для многих французов тема легализации однополых браков. Были массовые протесты. Касались ли Вы этой темы в ходе своего визита?

Да, мы коснулись этой темы во время беседы с архиепископом Парижским кардиналом Андре Вен-Труа. Всем хорошо известна роль Католической Церкви, которая категорически выступала против легализации однополых браков. И миллионная демонстрация французов, в основном, католиков, была ясным свидетельством несогласия значительной части населения с тем, что произошло.

Нужно сказать, что ничего не меняется в позиции Церкви, и измениться не может, потому что это против христианской морали. Еще раз хочу сказать, что мы никого не осуждаем – ни католики, ни православные. Мы не требуем некоего ужесточения в отношении людей, у которых есть какая-то особенность в сексуальной ориентации. Но мы категорически против уравнивания этих взаимоотношений с браком, который определен Богом и в результате которого рождаются дети, продолжается жизнь человеческого рода. То, что входит в Божий замысел, не может корректироваться никакими политическими доктринами и никакой политической практикой. На этом основывается позиция Церкви.

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/4706946.html

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My translation

Your Holiness, we’ve seen how gay marriage is a painful topic for many French people. There were mass protests. Did you touch upon this subject during your visit?

Yes, we touched on the topic during a conversation with André Cardinal Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris. The role of the Catholic Church is well-known in this; it strongly opposes legalising same-sex marriage. The demonstrations involving millions of French people, mostly Catholic believers, were a clear sign of that; they showed that [Catholics] disagreed with the majority opinion [in France]. I must say that nothing has changed in the Church’s position; it can’t change, as [any change would be] against Christian morality. Once again, I want to say that we never condemn anyone… [“we” meaning] both Catholics and Orthodox. We don’t ask that there be restrictions against people of a different sexual orientation. However, we categorically oppose any changes equating such relationships with marriage, which is Divinely Ordained, within which children are born, so that the life of the human race continues. That is part of God’s plan. We can’t modify that with political measures or political ideologies. That’s the basis of the Church’s position.

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6 December 2016 Pravoslavie.ru article

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all the Russias has noted that while the Orthodox Church has strict traditional stances on marriage and family matters, it doesn’t condemn people, who are always called in love to repentance. In Paris to consecrate the new Trinity Cathedral and spiritual centre, His Holiness also met with the Catholic archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Andrew-Ben-Tura in which the theme of sexual orientation was raised. Summarising the Church’s stance, at a press conference the Patriarch stated:

I must say that nothing changes in the Church’s position, and can’t change, because it’s against Christian morality. I want to say again that we don’t judge anyone… neither Catholics nor Orthodox. We don’t require a hard line towards people of a peculiar sexual orientation. But we categorically oppose the equating of such relationships with marriage, which was defined by God and results in children being born and the continuing of the human race. What is included in God’s design can’t be corrected by any political doctrine or practise. On this is built the position of the Church.

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/99221.htm

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The rubber hits the road with какая-то особенность в сексуальной ориентации. Literally, it’d be some feature of sexual orientation. That jangles in English, doesn’t it? OK, how do we “English” this in a way both correct and pleasing (not so easy, as my experience tells me)? What’s the primary word here? I’d say that it’s особенность. It depends on the context, but it mostly gets “Englished” as feature or particularity. Other possible choices are quality, factor, or trait. It’s clear to me that some konvertsy brat chose peculiar as it fit their ignorant Yahoo rightwing opinions. HH was being very careful not to be judgemental, so it’s clear that’s not what he meant. Indeed, the choice of such an unusual idiom (usually, Russian uses non-traditional sexual orientation to indicate homosexuality) proves that he bent over backwards in his effort not to offend anyone. To carry over this into English, I chose people of a different sexual orientation. It has the same flavour of vagueness and nonspecificity found in the original. The “translation” on Pravoslavie destroyed that… peculiar turned HH’s carefulness and wish not to offend anyone into a mindless Yahoo rant. That’s unforgivable. I believe that we’ve ordained far too many ex-Evangelicals… things such as this prove that they’re not “of us”. I’d say that the bishops would do well to defrock most former-Evangelicals. They’re not of us, never can be, and they distort what the Church truly says. Shall we have the courage to do it, though?

BMD

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Alfeyev Expressed Condolences for Castro’s Death at the Cuban Embassy in Moscow

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An image of the Sunday of Orthodoxy from the Island of Freedom…

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On 30 November 2016, Metropolitan Ilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, the Chairman of the MP Synodal Department for External Church Relations (OVTsS), visited the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Moscow. He met with the head of the diplomatic representation of Cuba in the Russian Federation Emilio Lozada Garcia, to express condolences for the death of the former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro Ruz. At the Embassy, Metropolitan Ilarion laid flowers before Castro’s portrait, saying to Ambassador Lozada:

I’d like, on behalf of His Holiness Kirill the Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias and myself, to express my heartfelt condolences to you personally, to the Cuban government, and to all Cuban people in regards to the death of Comandante Fidel Castro. As Patriarch Kirill stated in his condolence message sent to the brother of the deceased, Chairman of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba Raul Castro Ruz, Comandante Fidel led Cuba for many years, he became a national symbol and a legend in our country. In Russia, there is probably no one who doesn’t know his name. The friendship between our two peoples, and the respect that the Russian people feel for the Cuban people, all this is largely due to the years when every Soviet citizen knew the name of Fidel Castro.

Metropolitan Ilarion pointed up that His Holiness Patriarch Kirill had a special feeling for Cuba, he repeatedly visited the island, and he met with Fidel Castro. Metropolitan Ilarion reiterated that the construction of a Russian Orthodox church-building in the centre of the Cuban capital took place due to the personal participation of Fidel Castro:

It wasn’t a chance occurrence that the meeting between the Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias and the Pope of Rome took place in Havana. This was a deliberate decision of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill… the meeting should take place there, and not somewhere else. This visit of His Holiness gave him a last opportunity to see Comandante Fidel. I’d like to express my sympathy to all of you and I wish that the friendly feelings that the Russian people have for the Cuban people and Cuba would endure in Russia for many more years.

In turn, Ambassador Lozada thanked Metropolitan Ilarion for his kind words and gave assurances that the Cuban leadership would continue to strengthen friendly relations and to preserve the long-standing fruitful coöperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Government of Cuba. M Kh Palacio, the head of the Office of Public Relations and Protocol for the Ss Cyril and Methodius all-Church Postgraduate and Doctoral Institute, was also present at this meeting. Metropolitan Ilarion left a note in the Condolences Book for Fidel Castro at the Cuban Embassy:

On behalf of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias, I express heartfelt and sincere condolences to the Cuban government and to all Cuban people due to their heavy loss… on the death of Comandante Fidel Castro, who became a symbol of the struggle of the Cuban people for independence. For more than half-a-century, Comandante Fidel led Cuba. In Russia, everyone knows his name. The Russian Orthodox Church is grateful for his role in building a church dedicated to the Wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God of Kazan in Havana, due to which our compatriots in Cuba have a place to worship and to meet. I wish that those good feelings of friendship and mutual respect between the Cuban and Russian peoples, which the departed did much to foster and develop, should remain in our hearts.

On 25 November, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz died in the 91st year of his life. On 26 November, Cuba announced a nine-day mourning period. Fidel Castro’s funeral will be on 4 December in Santiago de Cuba.

30 November 2016

Patriarchia.ru

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/4701157.html

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