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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

21 July 2015. Classic Clusterfuck in the Works at Atlanta Sobor If the Buzz Be Correct (And I Wouldn’t Put My Money Against It, See?)

00 a whisper in the loggia. 08.12

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It looks like Maymon is calling for a special diocesan meeting Tuesday (today) at 19.00 at the Atlanta OCA Sobor. The buzz has it that Bohush and his parish are suing him and diocese. Rumour is Mark went to the SOBs for help, but they told him to deal with it alone. That sends a big-time signal that he caused the mess, so he has to handle it. The good word has it that the diocese has to hire lawyers. In short, Maymon got an Old School Pravoslavny Shuffle (Metropolitans Leonty and Afanassy were experts at that, that’s why everybody respected ‘em). “Oh, I can’t do anything about that! It’s not my responsibility under Church Tradition and accepted Church practise! You have to talk to the people involved. The Synod, of course, has no official reaction or opinion on the matter”.

Maymon is in the deep kimchi. Mistrust all those liked by California Fats… that means that the OCA shouldn’t elevate either Eliel or Brum to the episcopate. They’re simply Maymons and Moriaks in training. Damn… I was getting to LIKE the lack of news in the OCA… that meant that no gnarly shit was going on… well, it’s time to fight back, kids. Which side are you on? Are you for Fr John and the right or are you for the konvertsy and their crackbrained delusions? It’s up to you… do choose wisely…

BMD

Friday, 23 November 2012

Wyomissing Graduate Elected Leader of OCA

Wyomissing PA has about 10,000 people, an above-average income level, and it’s considered chi-chi by Money magazine… that is, Mollard didn’t have any “bumps in the road” in his early years…

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A Wyomissing High School graduate was elected leader of the OCA during a meeting Tuesday of more than 600 clergy members and delegates in Ohio. Metropolitan Tikhon (born Marc Mollard) replaces Metropolitan Jonah Paffhausen, who submitted his resignation in July. Metropolitan Tikhon, 46, formerly served as Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Metropolitan Tikhon said in a telephone interview Friday, “I pray I can fulfil my responsibilities with the help of the bishops, clergy, and the faithful”.

The Rev John Onofrey, pastor of St. Herman of Alaska Church in Shillington PA, was among the priests who cast votes Tuesday during the 17th All-American Council of the OCA at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Parma OH. Onofrey, who knows Metropolitan Tikhon through his visits to the church in Shillington and considers him an excellent person, said, “It’s a new chapter” for the Orthodox Church. However, Onofrey said he was surprised by the outcome because another candidate, Bishop Michael Dahulich of New York and New Jersey, received more votes in the second round of voting. In the second round, Bishop Michael received 355 votes and Archbishop Tikhon got 317. Onofrey said he cast one vote for Bishop Michael and one vote for Archbishop Tikhon in the two rounds of voting. However, since a two-thirds vote is required and neither candidate received that, a group of bishops who are members of the Holy Synod retired behind the altar and elected Metropolitan Tikhon. When asked why he thinks Metropolitan Tikhon was chosen, Onofrey speculated it was because he’s a very spiritual man, saying, “He’s well-liked”.

The OCA’s been in a state of transition since the July resignation of Metropolitan Jonah, who had been elected in 2008 under a banner of reform after his predecessor, Archbishop Herman Swaiko, retired amid allegations that leaders of the denomination used money from church coffers to cover personal expenses. In July, Metropolitan Jonah said he was leaving the post in response to the unanimous request of the bishops. Metropolitan Tikhon said he hopes his election helps put an end to uncertainty in the church, saying on Friday, “My prayer is that we’ll come smoothly out of this transition and come together for the work of the church”. The metropolitan will move from his home near St Tikhon’s Seminary in South Caanan PA, Wayne County, to Long Island NY, where the OCA has its headquarters.

The OCA has approximately 700 parishes, communities, and monasteries throughout the USA, Canada, and Mexico. Estimates vary, but there are about 85,000 members in the USA, according to the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas. On 27 January 2013, there’ll be a formal enthronement for the new metropolitan at St Nicholas Cathedral in Washington DC. Many ecumenical guests and dignitaries will be invited. Amongst the guests will be the Rev Elizabeth Mollard of Elizabethtown PA, Lancaster County, a retired Episcopal priest, and the mother of Metropolitan Tikhon.

Mollard wasn’t present at the meeting on Tuesday and had no idea her son would be elected, saying on Friday, “We’re very proud of our son. We know it’s a big responsibility”. She last saw her son in August, when he was in the area while visiting some OCA congregations in the Harrisburg area. She expressed concern about the major changes he’ll undergo in a position of such responsibility, but said she’s hopeful it will be a good experience for him. She said of her son, “He has wonderful pastoral skills”.

When asked if his friends from Wyomissing High School’s Class of 1984 would’ve considered him a spiritual person, Metropolitan Tikhon said they probably didn’t have that impression. He said, “I was more of a questioner, I wasn’t overtly religious, although I did go to church regularly”.

17 November 2012

Carol Balinski

Reading (PA) Eagle

http://readingeagle.com/mobile/article.aspx?id=428690

Editor’s Note:

This is why it’s going to take at least two years for the OCA to crash and burn. As one of the Cabinet put it:

With someone as weak as that, a puppet of Kishkovsky, the end of the OCA is even nearer.

Mollard has a “nice” exterior. I say, look at what a person does… Mollard’s not getting rid of Tosi or Lyonyo or Jillions… he’s not abolishing the Diocese of Washington (a rotten borough if there ever was such). Also, look at history… Herman Swaiko pushed Mollard forward, far too quickly for Mollard’s good. Like all too many konvertsy, Mollard went to seminary too early, and Herman made him a “professor” far too quickly… long before he was truly ready for such responsibility. In many ways, he’s like Tikhon Shevkunov… he’s never had any “bumps in the road”, which means that he’s immature and unready as a leader. Tikhon Mollard lacks grit, good-sense, and fortitude… that’s why the OCA’s going to crash and burn.

One reason that Mollard fools many is that he’s from Berks County, which is near Schuykill County and Lehigh County, which means that he’s “fluent” in the Valley‘s folkways. That is, he’s not as “threatening” as JP was… who was an unrepentant godless California New Age nutter. He’s a “local boy”… maybe not po-nashemu, but from the nabe. This unarmed many people, I’m sure. Like the Blunder, he has “gee shucks” mannerisms, but since he’s from the sticks, it doesn’t seem so phony in his case. I’d say this… “Mollard would’ve been disqualified from standing as a candidate for First Hierarch in any legit Local Church due to his immaturity (he’s below 50)”… we should note that Paffhausen was equally unqualified… the OCA has chosen a crank candidate two times in a row.

There’s much more to leadership than having a pleasant and unctuous exterior… we’ll find that out in the coming months to our detriment. However, he’s going to have a honeymoon until he serves with his sugar-daddy Herman at the next Pilgrimage… after that, it’s anyone’s guess…

BMD

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

13 November 2012. Tikhon Mollard Gets the White Hat… SOBs Take Out Gun and Shoot Themselves in the Head

The Suicide 

Édouard Manet

1877

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It’s sad… Tikhon Mollard is a craven coward and too immature to wear the white hat. However, Lyonyo got his way. Do note that Mollard didn’t win a two-thirds majority in either ballot. In any real Local Church, he wouldn’t have been eligible for First Hierarch (the same was true of Fathausen). He’s too young (most real Local Churches demand that a First Hierarch be at least fifty). This means a slo-mo disintegration of the OCA. No, it won’t happen overnight… but it’ll happen. Every time that Mollard should have stood up to Fathausen in the past, he folded. That means that he’ll do the same for Lyonyo and Vinnie. This means that Mike Regan will continue to suffer on the cross. This means that Mollard won’t stand up for clergy targeted by Vinnie, Lyonyo, Bobby, and Jillions. He’ll be a “nice guy” throughout, and that’ll gull many into insensitivity. My experience teaches me that the worst evil is often committed by “nice” people and that weak people like Mollard are far more dangerous than bad people like Lyonyo, Jillions, Vinnie, and Bobby. They’re worse because so many are fooled by their smarmy exterior. That’s why the slo-mo end of the OCA is going to be so nasty.

God help us. This is the worst possible outcome. He’s a member of the Blunder‘s claque and he’s Lyonyo’s plaything… God do have mercy on us.

BMD

 

Saturday, 15 September 2012

15 September 2012. Is OCA Dragging Its Feet on Moriak Investigation and Why?

Are Lyonyo and Behr tryin’ to stack the deck? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…

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I wuz listenin’ by the grapevine:

Word is that the OCA sexual misconduct committee will drag its feet so Moriak can’t participate in the Parma Sobor or the OCA Midwest Diocesan Assembly (day before at St Michael parish). Everyone thinks it’s coming from Capo di tutti capi Vincenzo Peterson aka Archbishop Benny.

That’s what out there. It looks like Peterson is the favoured SVS/Syosset candidate for the white hat… they don’t give a damn about his arrest, nor do they care that he’s a HOOMie lover (he’s so far up their arse a major surgical operation’s necessary to get him out… after all, he lives in a HOOMie establishment). Remember, the last candidate for the white hat favoured by SVS was Storheim… and we all know how that ended. Moriak’s a clumsy incompetent, he’s a nepotistic creep who favours his own son for advancement, he’s a sycophant to all in power (and a bully to all he considers weaker than himself… that’s the usual definition of “strict”), but he DOES deserve “his day in court”.

It’s also the 100th anniversary of Hopko fils parish in Connecticut (click here for the newspaper article). As a friend of mine said of him:

Ugh! Who cares about the Hopkos? My family knew [Thomas Hopko] well. He’s untrustworthy in his Orthodoxy.

I tossed back:

I don’t either… but it’s news. Hopko fils is a loudmouth apparatchik who thinks himself more important than he is. However, its “news” and I’m a journalist. You cover the news that’s there… not the news that you like. I think that you’d agree with me on that. Pass the jug… l’condition humaine hasn’t changed in the last 24.

In short, Lyonyo and Behr are trying to load the dice and stack the deck; they’re getting ready to run a “dirty” Sobor like a bunch of hoods at the track switching the spitbox after the race. I’d warn all concerned that these braying jackasses are going to run credentials challenges on all those they deem “disloyal” and not “pliant”. The word’s gelling… it appears that Lyonyo and Behr are trying to finesse Petrerson’s election. Remember… Storheim, the last SVS favourite, is now facing a court in Winnipeg. There’s “interesting” stories out there about Peterson (over and above his DUI arrest)… do you want to chance a repeat of Storheim, only this time with the Metropolitan involved?

It’s your choice…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Saturday 15 September 2012

Albany NY

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