Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

24 May 2016. A Point to Ponder…

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The simple straightforward moral imperatives of Christ are the only real answer to our moral quandaries. Civil law has to deal with those that we can’t otherwise resolve. Social justice is an imperative of true morality, but rightwing religious people oppose it, sometimes vehemently. It’s disconcerting to see that what people consider to be “personal immorality” or a neurotic focus on often-petty sexual impropriety dominate the discourse, whilst the concentration of wealth in the hands of people who do and can afford to do the most abominable things, whilst impoverishing the majority of humanity, isn’t considered immoral, no matter how much damage they do to humanity or to their nation.

Bishop Lazar Puhalo

Saturday, 23 April 2016

23 April 2016. Today is Lazaritsa… Lazarus Day

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Girls doing a traditional dance for Lazaritsa in Bulgaria

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Today is Lazarus Day (Лазаровден); also known as Lazaritsa (Лазарица). Lazarus Day occurs eight days before Easter. Due to the fact that Easter is determined by a lunar calendar, not the solar calendar, Lazarus Day falls on a different date every year, but always on Saturday. On this day, there are set customs. Young women pick flowers for bouquets that they’ll bring to the church for blessing on Palm Sunday (the day after Lazarus Day). The girls dress in traditional folklore costumes and go about the houses of the village singing special songs (Lazarki) asking for health, prosperity, happiness, a good harvest, and blessings upon all concerned. However, in houses where unmarried young people live, the girls sing special songs about love. The householders give them money, eggs, fruit, and small gifts. In past times, suitors proposed to their girlfriends on Lazarus Day.

BMD

Saturday, 9 April 2016

9 April 2016. A Tale of Two Corpses on Life Support… When Shall They Breathe Their Last?

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Things are quiet now … the Ukraine is simply decaying and rotting from within. The army is unfit for anything … the power plants are shutting down … the shops are empty … everyone blames the Uniates and Anglos. The Americans fucked up in a major way… we should lay back on this one and let it develop. It’s like the OCA story… the Syosset apparat is flying apart before our eyes. Yes… something’s happening… shall we have victory this Easter? Shall Syosset and SVS jump for the Phanar (the parishes are another story altogether… a fact that the apparatchiks forgot)? One can only speculate.. but it hasn’t resulted in a real breakdown yet. We have to let these stories develop. It’s why I’m not writing about it or the OCA meltdown… they’re works-in-progress, and highly volatile. That is, both the OCA and the “Ukraine” are heading for the dustbin, but the details are unknown; they’re still hanging on, although the subject is clinically brain-dead in both cases.

Let’s not embarrass ourselves like “Hank Leaf” did on the Orthodox Forum. He wrote that Paffso was pro-Centre! He did! Paffso is a drooling neocon extremist allied with the Blunder, Potapov, and Shevkunov, not the actual power apparat at the Centre. If you remember, when Fatso went to the MDA, the rector refused to meet with him, but did meet with Mollard when Mollard came. The coverage of Paffso on patriarchia.ru was always restrained, unlike Shevkunov’s pravoslavie.ru, but the latter isn’t official, never forget that (it purveys the idiosyncratic views of Shevkunov and his allies in the Vorobyov Mafia). We don’t know yet what’s happening in the OCA, save that the Syosset apparat is trying to pull a fast one, but the power lies in the parishes, not the apparat (as Mollard’s election proved to all comers… Dahulich was the fave of the apparat and SVS). It’s much too confused and in flux for anyone to issue a coherent opinion. “Hank Leaf’s” piece was an utterly preposterous piece of folly that the author should never have posted.

The same is true of any posting on the Ukraine. Everything that I get is contradictory and confusing, save that all sources agree that the junta is floundering and can’t deliver basic goods and services to the people. Simply reflect on the fact that the Americans arrogantly installed foreigners into the junta apparat. It had the usual response… the people don’t have faith in a “government” that sets foreigners to rule over them. “The Ukraine isn’t dead yet”… but it soon shall be, but no one knows the time nor the circumstances of its fall. I only pray that it comes quickly, to spare all the innocents in the notional “Ukraine”.

Let these two stories “ripen”… I fear that the dénouement won’t be long in arriving…

BMD

Update 10 April 2016:

I got this from a Cabinet member:

One small item. Hank didn’t write the piece. He posted it on the Forum, but George Michalopulos wrote it; it originally appeared on Michalopulos’ Monomakhos blog.

There… that sets the record straight… however, it still remains a drivelling piece of rubbish, and the fact that Michalopulos wrote it only reinforces its marginal status.

BMD

Monday, 4 April 2016

4 April 2016. Excuse My Silence on the Larger Church Situation…

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Quite a few Cabinet members have written me in the past week about the general Church situation here in the diaspora. I’m not ignoring you… I’m taking my time and thinking things over, as it appears to be a very big story developing. I’m going to post this week on it. I’ll say this, it looks to be the biggest thing since the autocephaly of the OCA in 1970, ergo, I’m taking my time in reacting. I’m not a superficial simpleton like Whiteford or Dreher…

I’ll say this… things may come to a head before the all-Orthodox Sobor planned for Crete. If so, it may derail the whole shebang. I need to find the right words…

BMD

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