Voices from Russia

Monday, 27 April 2015

27 April 2015. We Won’t Let the Fascists Steal the Victory!

00 dont cry grandpa. victory day. 27.05.15

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In the Peoples Republics, there’s sharing of what’s there… recently, the DNR INCREASED the size of a subsidised loaf of bread, keeping it at the same price, which was a reduction in price. In Banderstan, under the thieving oligarchs and imposter Uniate/schismatical clergy, bread prices are climbing ever-higher, along with utilities rates and other prices.

The USA supports the fascist junta… the “Ukrainian Catholics” and “Ukrainian Orthodox” support the fascist junta… the US Republican Party WHOLEHEARTEDLY supports the fascist junta. They all support terrorism, laissez-faire crapitalism of the most feral sort, and concentration of the country’s wealth in the hands of the rich. (Orthodox people, what does that tell us about Potapov and Freddie M-G, who’re willing hirelings of the US Government media machine? What does it tell us about S A Schmemann and S L Kishkovskaya, who’re willing slaves of the Western media? What does it tell us about Rod Dreher, Terrence Mattingly, and Patrick Reardon, willing servitors of the Affluent Effluent? Nasty shit, ain’t it?)

You can support the right-believing Church and the Red Banner… or you can support the Nihilistic Black Banner of the Almighty Dollar (with all of its “religious” apologists). Woe to those that call good “evil” and evil “good”… that’s the choice. There’s no other. Choose wisely…

BMD

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

14 April 2015. It Was Just an “Ordinary” Parish Easter in PA…

00 Happy Easter 01. Happy Acolytes. 20.04.14.

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We’ve all heard the slick professional “performances” of the Easter liturgy… well, here’s a clip from a real-deal parish in PA. THIS is what most of us got for Easter… we’re right satisfied, to say the least. The older that I get, the less “fussy” I am about details (to the point where I know it’d drive one younger friend in particular to the bottle… the devil isn’t in the details, dear). I’m happy to have the liturgy, no matter how I can get it…

Christ IS risen from the dead… as the Apostle said, our faith is NOT in vain…

BMD

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Some Cabinet Vox Pop on the OCA Episcopate

Woman-writing

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People in Europe ask me about this or that OCA bishop … indeed, a common question is, “Are all the OCA bishops gay?” That was true of Feodosy Lazor and Herman Swaiko… there’s much speculation about Benjamin Peterson, Jonas Paffhausen, Seraphim Stroheim, and the late Dmitri Royster. I tell people, “I know of two that aren’t gay for certain… Bishop Mel and the new Bishop in Alaska”. Here’s some Cabinet vox pop on the subject:

Yes, I know for an utter and certain and absolute fact that Bishop David Mahaffey of Alaska is very much heterosexual. He pines for his departed wife Matushka Karen, and continues to miss her in every way, every day. He’s the only priest I know to be scrupulous about avoiding being alone with a female. Bishop David is a scrupulous and honest man, and I think he may be the best thing that has happened to Alaska in a long time.

This is an honest and straightforward account. There are good guys out there too. If I see ‘em, I’ll be as upfront about the good guys as I am about the baddies. Hat tip to my informant.

BMD

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

24 March 2015. Updates on Two Continuing Abuse Cases Involving Orthodox Clergy

00 Suffer the Little Children and Fordbid Them Not. 01.10.12

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The Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia (BOD) announced on its website on Saturday 21 March 2015 that Archpriest Paisius DeLucia would be defrocked.

http://bulgariandiocese.org/

http://www.bulgariandiocese.org/files/Spiritual-Court/21Mar-Decision.pdf

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is relieved that the BOD removed the founder and former head of St Innocent Academy (SIA) in Kodiak AK from a position of authority. However, they agree with the publishers of Academy Abuse that more remains to be done.

https://academyabuse.info/

At least 18 former students accused DeLucia of physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse. The spiritual court concluded that he publicly shamed kids, used vulgar language, engaged in unbecoming behaviour while serving the sacraments, including interrupting liturgy to discipline attendees, violated confessions, and used “improper pastoral approaches toward the faithful”.

http://www.bulgariandiocese.org/files/Spiritual-Court/21Mar-Decision.pdf

David Clohessy, the Executive Director of SNAP, said, “First, it must be said that this decision would not have been possible without the bravery and persistence of all the former students who testified at the spiritual court. We congratulate them on their victory and applaud their courage”. Cappy Larson of SNAP added, “However, the diocese also needs to step up and explain what they will do in the future to prevent further abuses. As a mother, it’s very disturbing to me that St Innocent’s was billing itself as a treatment centre for troubled youth without any oversight from the Church or from the state. Kids with problems deserve a qualified and credentialed staff”. Melanie Jula Sakoda, also of SNAP, wondered, “And are the BOD and Christ the Saviour Brotherhood (CSB) going to take responsibility for what happened to the students who attended the academy? Fr Paisius’ victims may need counselling and therapy as they try to heal”.

DeLucia founded SIA in 1998 under the auspices of CSB, and the group reportedly still owns the property where the school sits. The academy, along with other parishes from CSB, joined the BOD in 2000.

http://www.pokrov.org/groups/csb-christ-the-saviour-brotherhood/

Clohessy concluded, “There’s also still an open criminal investigation into the academy. Victims who haven’t yet done so should make a report to Trooper Robert Casey (907-486-4121robert.casey@alaska.gov) as soon as possible”.

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At their recent meeting in Syosset NY, the bishops of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) again delayed defrocking Canadian Archbishop Seraphim Storheim.

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-of-bishops-concludes-spring-session2

Members of an abuse survivors’ group are outraged that the synod still has not removed the archbishop from the ranks of clergy. He was the OCA’s highest-ranking clergyman in Canada, but was convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old altar boy in January of 2014 and is currently in jail.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Archbishop-Storheim-found-guilty-of-sexually-assaulting-altar-boy-241849391.html

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/ex-archbishop-gets-8-months-for-molesting-altar-boy-30-years-ago-1.1905622

http://www.winnipegsun.com/2015/02/05/storheims-appeal-denied-going-to-jail

The OCA’s synod instead “reviewed” the report of the Synodal Commission, as well as procedures and a date for the spiritual court. They also appointed a committee of three bishops to “develop appropriate procedures”.

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-of-bishops-concludes-spring-session2

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, say that the denomination has publicly acknowledged that their sex abuse policy requires that clergy convicted of child sexual abuse be laicised.

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/court-upholds-conviction-of-archbishop-seraphim

http://www.snapnetwork.org/canada_defrock_archbishop

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ny_clergy_sex_abuse_victims_beg_synod_to_defrock_archbishop

Cappy Larson of SNAP said, “This ‘spiritual court’ seems to me to be little more than a time-wasting formality. Both Archbishop Seraphim’s guilt and church policy are crystal clear”. Melanie Jula Sakoda, also of SNAP, added, “At least Archbishop Seraphim can’t use his religious title to hurt children from behind bars, but what happens when he completes his sentence?” Larson concluded, “The OCA can’t afford to have the archbishop’s die-hard supporters expose kids to danger to prove to him that they trust him completely”. 

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Editor:

The fact that the OCA refuses to give Storheim the drop even though he’s in the slam for nasty doings speaks volumes. I have to walk away from this one. One MP priest asked me, “Which one of the OCA bishops isn’t gay?” This gives that question tread… and I wish that it didn’t. However, facts are facts… the OCA has to shitcan Storheim and apologise to his victims for the over-the-top attacks on them by Storheim’s shyster in court. That’s what I believe, any road. I stand by it.

BMD

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