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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

28 July 2015. Vox Pop on Idiot “Culture War” Priests

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The Last Judgement

Unknown Artist


Church of the Holy Birthgiver and Mother of God “of Kazan”

Tolyatti (Stavropolsky Raion. Samara Oblast. Volga Federal Region)



I go this from a source:

I’m fucking sick of priests who feel the need to butt into parishioners’ lives and pass judgement on lifestyle choices that are neither illegal nor immoral. I have friends whose family moved from the Orthodox Rust Belt to elsewhere in the country for a job opportunity. Their parish choices were an ethnic parish and an English-language parish. Within a year, they’d stopped attending the English-speaking parish because the priest made his disdain for their children attending public school well-known. They rarely attend church now as the priest and parishioners at the ethnic parish made it very clear that since they don’t speak the language and aren’t the ethnicity, they’re lower than low.

Why people choose the schooling options for their children that they do is a very individual decision. Passing blanket judgement on a family for not homeschooling is a bunch of bullshit. It’s not as if they’re in a dangerous inner city school. I could go on and on, with stories that’d make you puke. Priests that refuse to do house blessings and barely talk to people who are in severe financial dire straits, because the family couldn’t financially contribute to the parish. I have another friend, who works a job with shifting non-traditional hours. He has to pay his dues for some years before he gets on a schedule where he has Sundays consistently clear. Now, he’s able to attend church maybe once a month. That’s not good enough for the priest, who publicly berated the guy at coffee hour. This is all just a bunch of bullshit. Who the fuck drives people away over crap like this? If a priest has concerns, such as someone not attending church, well, take the person aside privately. No need to air it all at coffee hour, as way too many priests seem to do.

Firstly, before addressing the problem, let’s ask the question, “Have others addressed this question”. The answer is “Yes”… here’s what a reasonable voice in the Church teaches:

Protecting the Vulnerable 

The Church’s Lines of Authority Hold Clergy Accountable 

When people hurt and seek out the Church’s help, they’re often very vulnerable. This makes them particularly open to exploitation. This is why the Church holds her clergy accountable through its lines of authority. She can’t allow one of her clergy to exploit or mistreat anyone who’s vulnerable, whether it’s a child or an adult. The Church is a living healing organism, a hospital, one that can heal all of us. For those who hold positions of authority within this hospital, be we bishops, or be we priests, it’s important that we remember that we’ll one day stand before the Throne of God and give account for the souls placed in our care.

Igumen Tryphon Parsons

Superior, All-Merciful Saviour Monastery

Vashon Island WA USA

That’s to say, the asshats playing at culture warrior are chock fulla shit. That’s not what the Church does. The Church WORSHIPS… it does NOT hector, it does NOT shun, it does NOT crusade. IT WORSHIPS. Here’s what Igumen Tryphon had to say on that…

The Work of the Church

Worship is the Main Work of the Church

Orthodox Christianity is known primarily for its worship, for the core of our Orthodox Christian life is to be found in the Divine Services conducted in our churches. I read somewhere that during the height of the Soviet repression, a Roman Catholic cardinal visited Russia; he asked an Orthodox Metropolitan how they managed to survive the horrors and repression of an atheistic State. The Metropolitan responded by saying that no matter what, they always celebrated the Divine Services. Every day, each morning and evening, the Divine Services continued. Although law forbade the Church to operate schools and hospitals, teach children, or visit the sick and imprisoned, they continued to celebrate the Divine Services. Now, the Russian Church has chapels in prisons throughout Russia, it operates schools and hospitals, it has chaplains serving in the military, and its soup kitchens and charitable agencies serve the poor, yet still, to this day, she sees celebrating the Divine Services to be the primary work of the Church. The centrality of worship has always been the main work of the Church, and will remain so until the end of time.

Igumen Tryphon Parsons

Superior, All-Merciful Saviour Monastery

Vashon Island WA USA

It’s time for our Russian Orthodox bishops (ROCOR, OCA, MP) to commend the above two essays to all our priests with the reminder that they’re God’s Men, not the men of this-or-that political or secular faction. As a Russian priest-friend told me, “Our bishop forbids us to take part in any kind of political activity, as the priest is supposed to be there for everybody”. The sooner that our bishops do likewise, the better.

We’re not Crusaders… we’re not papists. We’re not preachers… we’re not Proddies. We’re not shunners… we’re not Sectarians. We’re Orthodox Christians… that’s why we embody oikonomia and pastoral accommodation… we’re Christians, and that IS what we do.


28 July 2015. Some Buzz in the Loggia on Maymon’s Letter to Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral

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I got this from a source:

I think I know why Maymon sent a nasty letter to Hilarion Kapral… I just heard that a ROCOR priest was at a meeting at St Nicholas parish about Fr John Bohush.

Unconfirmed… but plausible. Many think that Maymon is unbearable, prickly, standoffish, and jealous of turf. He’s the typical ignorant, pig-headed, arrogant, and brutal konvert… just about the poster child for the sort. Remember, he openly defied and spat on Philip Saliba. Why did the OCA SOBs allow Fatso to bring this unrepentant disobedient POS into the Church? My take is that the idiocy in the Church is bringing healthy Russian Orthodox believers together. God willing, when it all settles, we’ll have a united body of ROCOR, MP/USA, and the sane part of the OCA. This is too much of a muchness, though…


Sunday, 26 July 2015

26 July 2015. Much Smoke… NO FIRE… Loudmouth Asshats Firing Up the Web Again



I got this from a friend:

There’s a lot of chatter. I’m appalled at some OCAers who support breaking ties with the ROCOR.

The only thing that I know and can publicise is that trusted sources gave me the intel about Mark writing a vicious letter to Ilarion Kapral. That’s all that’s public right now. I have further intel that my sources told me to sit on for the moment. My deduction is that Mark Maymon is going down, and he’s pulling out all the stops in an attempt to avert it.

How did this start? It started because Mark Maymon had a vendetta against Fr John Bohush. If you remember, the only thing that Fr John did was to ask for a canonical release to go to the MP. THAT’S ALL. Most bishops would’ve granted the request, that would’ve ended it, and no one would’ve heard of it or been troubled by it. Mark Maymon is a pathologically disobedient man. Do remember how he spat on Philip Saliba! To think the OCA SOBs let Fatso bring this disreputable dilettante into the Church.

Instead, Maymon tried to institute a kangaroo court “Spiritual Court” against Fr John on 6 July. That failed… the Bohush clan has beaucoup connections, clout, and marriage alliances. That shows you how STUPID Maymon is. If he had half a brain in his skull, he’d realise that there wasn’t any good in this particular briar patch, and he’d stay out of it.

My advice to all grounded Orthodox is not to argue with the demented toddler konvertsy (especially not with ignoranuses like Dreher)… there’s more coming out on this (I have intel on some of Maymon’s further actions that I can’t post until I get the say-so from my sources). Do write your bishop (not Maymon, of course)… write Mollard… pester asshats such as Jillions, Tosi, and Lyonyo. Make their lives miserable until they act. Now, that’d do some good. However, DO NOT argue with konvertsy slime on the web. They won’t listen to reason and they’re all hyperclericalist clergy-worshipping assholes anyway… do note how they try to cover up for perv clergy. Remember Fatso and Brittain? You can’t deny that Brittain got the drop for kiddie porn. Remember how they all defended Storheim? Well, he just got out of the slam and they’re claiming that he has “no restrictions”… that’s a lie… Canada has a sex offenders registry, and people tell me that he’ll be on it as a convicted perv.

Let this develop. Such things don’t happen instantaneously. In the meantime, keep the pressure up on the bishops and on the OCA apparat. It’s the only language that they understand.


Saturday, 25 July 2015

25 July 2015. If True, Mark Maymon Should be DEPOSED Immediately

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I just received intel that Bishop Mark wrote and sent a cruel and threatening letter to Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral. The parties giving out the original dope aren’t pantywaists. I’m researching this further. If this is true, Mark Maymon merits IMMEDIATE deposition. This is way too much. If anyone has further intel… send it on to the OCA SOBs… the best bet would be Mel Pleska, I’d say. Remember who brought this piece-of-work into the OCA… Paffso Fatso (who’s swanning about like a self-indulgent poobah and receiving the adulation of the konvertsy, I’m told).


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