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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

17 February 2015. Eliel Wins Beauty Contest in OCA DOS… Canonically Meaningless Exercise… It’s All Up to the OCA SOBs Who Gets the Omofor

01 Paffhausen with Isidore Brittain

In case you forgot… here’s the sort of people that Paffso and Peterson hang around… Izzie Brittain… a convicted kiddie porn perv. Do you really want the same sort as a bishop (that is, a perv enabler, not a perv… don’t forget how Paffso defended the convicted perv Storheim and how he defended the SVS coverup of the Iliff Affair)?

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The konvertsy toddlers are jumping up and down as though the DOS Beauty Contest actually meant something. It doesn’t. In ALL Orthodox Local Churches, the local SOBs appoint ALL bishops, no exception. There are four candidates, two ethnics, and two konvertsy. One priest told me that Bishop Irineu Duvlea has the inside track, for two reasons. Firstly, everyone’s convinced that the Romanians are going to go back to their Mother Church; since Irineu has given a very good impression, the OCA SOBs want to keep him in the fold, so to speak. Note well that the OCA SOBs would normally see him as the successor to Nathaniel Popp. Secondly, Eliel is one of the gay caballeros around Paffhausen… remember, Paffso’s given the SOBs nothing but grief, even after stepping down. Paffso was a dud… Moriak was a dud… Maymon’s a dud, too. It looks like all the konvertsy faves ended up in the shitter… I think that the SOBs have noticed that too.

As for me, I think that Irineu is the best choice. Firstly, he’s an outsider with no ties to this-or-that faction. Secondly, he has a REAL monastic formation in a REAL monastery in an Orthodox homeland. Thirdly, he has NO ties to Paffso and his scurvy crew. Fourthly, he’d make the konvertsy walk the chalk line or walk the plank. Fifthly, it’d mean that the SOBs wouldn’t need to appoint and pay a new bishop… no small thing that. Sixthly, he’s never had ties to questionable people with naughty pasts. Overall, what’s not to like?

Besides that, the bio given out by the konvertsy of Eliel was crank in the extreme. Firstly, there was no mention WHY Podmo got the heave-ho. Eliel remained loyal to him even after the news of Podmo’s naughty escapades became common knowledge. On top of that, an older friend of mine told me that Vladyki Antony Medvedev ORDERED the brotherhood to leave Platina, but that Eliel and Christiansen defied him. I don’t have a second source, but it sounds possible (and it fits the personalities of those mentioned), so, I’d give it a “maybe”… should the OCA SOBs appoint such a man as a bishop? It’d be Moriak on steroids… that was bad enough, wasn’t it? Secondly, there was no mention of the fact that the Native Corporation kicked Eliel and his bros off Spruce Island. He didn’t leave of his own accord. Several Alaska sources told me this. I needn’t go further… most of the rest is of similar calibre. That’s what upsets me and most other grounded Orthodox… how the konvertsy LIE about their favourites. Reality means NOTHING to them.

Again, the vote that took place was an exercise in futility. It means NOTHING in canonical terms. Will this mean that some of the konvertsy will go vagante if Eliel doesn’t become a bishop? We’ll have to see… you can’t judge them all by the Monomuckos gang and Dreher, after all…

BMD

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

11 February 2015. Short List of Candidates for OCA Diocese of the South… Two are Fatso’s Pals… Do We Really Need More of What JP Brought Us?

00 Monomakhos poster. Parma Sobor. OCA. 13.11.12

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I got this list from a Cabineteer:

  • Bishop Irineu Duvlea Auxiliary to Archbishop Nathaniel Popp
  • Bishop Daniel Brum Auxiliary to Archbishop Benjamin Peterson
  • Archpriest Calinic Berger Under the omofor of Archbishop Nathaniel Popp
  • Archimandrite Gerasim Eliel Under the omofor of Archbishop Nikon
  • Archimandrite Alexander Pihach Under the omofor of Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard

Three of these jabronies are questionable in the extreme. Brum and Eliel are JP’s tight bros from way back. Do we need more of what Fatso gave us? It’s been 2½ years since he got le sabot, and he’s still in limbo due to his greed. Besides that, Brum wrote the heretical “Brum Doctrine”… that stated that the Metropolitan is a tinhorn dictator. Do you really want the crumb-bum who wrote the trash that Herman and Paffso used to justify their power-grabs? Eliel has a phoney degree from SVS… he wasn’t in residence for the proper time, but they made him the head of the class… he dropped out of GTU due to laziness and incompetence… he’s suddenly a genius? I think not… I can smell shameless ass-kissing at a distance on this one. Pihach was part of the Dickie Wood mess in Moscow and was neck-deep in the Seraphim Storheim affair in Canada. In short, the First Families have learnt nothing. God willing, Brum, Eliel, and Pihach will end in the shitcan, but remember, this diocese installed Paffso before he became Metropolitan. Does the DOS deserve a shitty bishop? I hope that they evade the bullet…

BMD

Monday, 9 July 2012

9 July 2012. If You Read JP’s “Resignation” Closely He’s Not Resigning Any Real Office at All

The flag of the fictional Duchy of Grand Fenwick, and a supposed quotation from its founder… this is JP… this is the OCA apparat… any questions?

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Let’s revisit JP’s “resignation”, as one of my Kitchen Cabinet pointed up some interesting aspects of it:

I hereby tender my resignation as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, and humbly request another Episcopal assignment. I had come to the realization long ago that that I have neither the personality nor the temperament for the position of Primate, a position I never sought nor desired.

As my friend kindly showed me, JP’s resigned no real office at all. JP didn’t resign the episcopate… he remains a bishop. JP didn’t give up the white hat… he remains a Metropolitan. JP didn’t resign as Archbishop of Washington… he remains the ordinary of that diocese. Furthermore, in asking for “another Episcopal assignment”, he left open the possibility of merging the so-called Diocese of Washington with the Diocese of the South. In short, the only thing that JP gave up was the position as First Hierarch, which is mostly a prestige title. That is, he resigned nothing of real value, and, conceivably, actually feathered his own nest more than it is at present.

Now, the question is, “Is the Holy Synod aware of this state of affairs, or, is Fathausen going to skunk them, yet again?” If it’s the former, this is all a massive charade, sorry to say. If it’s the latter, there’s still time to put the lumber over JP. I fear that there’s aspects of both in this situation. Some bishops are in collusion with JP, I’m sure (Peterson, Dahulich, and Moriak)… others are dupes. That is, even as the picture becomes clearer, it becomes murkier, as the shell game becomes obvious to all but the slow learners. Again… JP did NOT resign his diocese or the episcopate… that means that all of this may be cynical smoke n’ mirrors to deflect attention from JP getting MORE power.

Crazy, ain’t it? Nevertheless… read the resignation for yourself. As you do, reflect well on the fact that the Holy Synod deigned NOT to tell you of this until today, even though the “resignation” took place on Friday. In short, it’s the same ol’ contempt of the rank n’ file believers. THAT has to end…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 9 July 2012

Albany NY

Saturday, 7 July 2012

7 July 2012. Any Which Way But Boring… The MOST Interesting “Buzz” of the Decade, Churchwise… This DOESN’T have Confirmation Yet, Kids… It’s what “Out There”

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There’s big-time scuttlebutt floating around out there. Now, I’ve got it from disparate sources in different places, from people in different factions. It does NOT mean that the buzz’s true. It does mean that everyone’s talking of it, and it’s OK to post. Mind you, this is a report of the buzz “out there”… it’s not a report of what’s happened. One of my sources whispered:

Rumour has it that the Synod asked JP to resign. It should be an interesting 24-48 hours.

Another whisper came in:

Archbishop Yustinian was supposed to be in [NEPA] today. He didn’t go because HH told him to go to DC.

If true, it means that there’s a good chance that the Centre was aware of the situation (and, maybe, set it up). I’ll say this… outward appearances give the impression that it’s an event that the Centre either wasn’t aware of, or, if it was, none of my sources knew of it (trust me, normally, Peredelkino/Chisty Pereulok is like any other locus of power… it’s got more holes than a Swiss Cheese).

Some sources mention Dickie Wood; others don’t… that’s actually a sign of authenticity. If a story identical in all its particulars was circulating, that’s usually the sign of a plant. True stories are garbled a bit in transmission (it’s why you can’t trust single sources) or people miss this-or-that detail when they tell it or hear it. That’s normal. If we have righteous buzz here, it’d explain why the OCA Diocese of the South cancelled its Assembly. We’ll have to see. If nothing else, if proves to be mere wind, it was interesting entertainment, wasn’t it? If it’s for real, getting rid of JP is only the first step. There’s no place like home.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Saturday 7 July 2012

Albany NY

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