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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Christian is as Christian Does… Words Mean NOTHING

I’d observe that Vladyki Lazar’s opponents are mostly Pharisees… they do love to tell us how “holy” and “religious” they are…

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“Conservatives” hate Vladyki Lazar… he shows them up to be the hypocrites, liars, and deceivers that they are. They think themselves “Christians” because they hate “queers” and they hate Planned Parenthood. Christianity’s foundations are Love and Thanksgiving… not Hate and Fear. One of these things is not like the other.

BMD

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There’s no Christ in a Christianity that allows children in the wealthiest nation on earth to go to bed hungry, and go to school the next day hungry. Surely, Satan triumphs when someone commits this sin (in large measure) to give more to the wealthiest citizens in that nation. How is it that a national programme [of feeding the hungry] began in Hindu and Sikh temples and the Federal Government in primarily Hindu India took it up, but no such nationwide movement has arisen in America, with Christian Churches pressuring the Federal Government to fulfil this most basic Christian obligation, this most fundamental commandment of Christ? Individual congregations here and there certainly do undertake this task in local areas, but if a Third World essentially Hindu nation can fulfil what should be a basic obligation of humanity, how is it that a very wealthy nation, one that boasts of its “Christianity”, is unable to do so?

Bishop Lazar Puhalo

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

20 November 2016. Today is HH’s Birthday… He’s 70… На многая лета!

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HH chatting with his good friend Comrade Zyuganov… just think, Potapov and Whiteford have to commemorate Red Kirill at EVERY LITURGY! What a laugh! God does exist… and He has a wicked sense of humour…

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Today is HH’s birthday… he’s 70. One of the people invited to the shindig was Tikhon Mollard. Mollard got tons more (and better) attention from HH than Fatso ever got. Of course, Mollard isn’t really the head of an autocephalous Local Church… everybody knows that the OCA is a Stepin Fetchit dependency of the Centre. HH still looks hale and hearty… he’s got another good ten years in him, if anything. I’ll say this… if you want to cross Kirill Mikhailovich, you’d best get up early and you’d best succeed on the first try… just sayin’…

BMD

Saturday, 20 August 2016

20 August 2016. A Point to Ponder…

00 Glory to the Young Heroes of Novorossiya. 13.03.15

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I want to express my faith in today’s young people. I have said before, and repeat again, that I believe that this generation, the Millennials, is better than my generation. Moreover, I don’t think that they are less spiritual, if anything, they are more spiritually inclined than my generation. It’s true that some previous generations were more externally religious, but they lacked many of the better qualities of humanity such as openness and acceptance of others. The millennials are less prejudiced, more compassionate, and more desirous to know the truth of matters before judging and condemning. When they do seek something spiritual, they aren’t looking for religious tribalism, but spiritual meaning… a more genuine faith, and not a religious tribe that regards other religious tribes with suspicion. I take comfort in the under-30s and teens of this era, they do give me hope for better things to come. The Orthodox Church has much to offer them, and ultimate answers; many of our clergy, however, have little indeed to offer to them except more tribalism, more prejudice, and (sometimes) more hate. One might hope that over the next decade that we might correct this, as we see young men entering the priesthood, that they’d be better educated about humanity itself, and less given to mediaeval superstitions. We should be far more involved in speaking to the aspirations of our present generation and not being critical of their better qualities, rather than striving to inculcate them with our own fears, angst, prejudices, and cynicism.

Archbishop Lazar Puhalo

Friday, 5 August 2016

5 August 2016. Shame on the ROCOR, OCA, and the Eastern America Diocese of the ROCOR… Their Silence on the all-Ukrainian Peace March was Evil and Without Cause

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If you were to ask most conscious Russian Orthodox people, the most momentous event of the last six months was the great all-Ukrainian March for Peace and National Reconciliation. Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky of Kiev and all the Ukraine, the First Hierarch of the UPTs/MP, not only blessed the march, he took part in it. A friend who took part in the march estimated that anywhere from 80,000 to 100,000 believers marched for peace… as a former army officer, he’s not the sort to over-exaggerate, plus he has the professional training to be able to estimate the size of a crowd. Besides that, he was one of the volunteers who helped feed the crowd, so, he had a pragmatic grasp of the size of the turnout. Easily, this was one of the largest, most significant, and telling events not only of this year, but perhaps of this generation.

I know of OCA and ROCOR people who took part in this march. There were more than just a handful. However, the main websites of the OCA and ROCOR were as mute as fish on this event. THEY POSTED NOTHING. Not even, “X and Y, of X parish of our Church, took part in the March for Peace and National Reconciliation in the Ukraine blessed by Metropolitan Onufry. Here are their reflections on it and their images of this great event”. That wouldn’t have “committed” the ROCOR or the OCA to any “political” stance. I also note that the Eastern America Diocese of the ROCOR refused to post on the march as well, even though believers of that diocese took part in the march (no doubt, the webmaster knew precisely who went, too).

There are three main culprits in this… Victor Potapov, in the ROCOR, Lyonyo Kishkovsky, in the OCA, and Gregory Walker Levitsky, in the Eastern America Diocese of the ROCOR. Potapov is a literal Chekist in a riassa (he was/is a full-time paid propagandist for a CIA front organisation) and a Sergianist (one who sells out the Church to the Powers-that-Be, often, for personal gain). He’s a known rightwing operative, with ties to such disreputable people as the Washington Times (and its Moonie owners); he schmoozes with the most rabid extremist right elements. He’s a fanatical anti-communist, with family ties to those who collaborated with the Nazis during the VOV. Kishkovsky is a long-time Establishment figure. He’s more of a Democrat operative than Potapov is, but he’s just as Sergianist. Lyonyo is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a long-established neocon think-tank; he gets jobs in the Establishment for the younger generation of the Golden 400 (the families who believe themselves the “leading elements” of the OCA and ROCOR… they’re all intermarried… an incestuous little lot, if there ever was such). Levitsky is simply a young immature rightwing putz who posts the most mendacious “conservative” rubbish on his FB page. He’s more of a follower, not a leading light like Potapov and Lyonyo.

There was nothing on the march in the official central online media of our Church. NOTHING. Note well that Potapov and Lyonyo adopted a “line” on the march identical to that of the Uniates (Levitsky isn’t mature or grounded enough to take any share of the blame in this… as I said, he’s a follower). Both Potapov and Lyonyo are “soft” on the Unia. Can we afford to have such people at the centre of our Church life when our coreligionists in the Ukraine suffer persecution (if not worse) from the hands of Uniate extremists? I’m aghast at the brazenness of this. The greatest event in our Church Life in this generation, with participation by believers from our parishes, simply went down the Memory Hole. It didn’t even go bump in the night… it didn’t get a lick of publicity. Of course, the attitude is, “If we don’t publicise it, it didn’t happen”. I’d beg to differ… not only did it happen, it’s an event that resonated with most believers here. I’d say that Potapov and Lyonyo (along with their young running-dog Levitsky) should remember that events pushed under the rug never really disappear. It’s like the present American election… if the media ignores Bernie and Jill, well, their followers are just going to “go away”… such is the attitude of the Establishment, any road.

That isn’t going to work in the American election… I also confide that it won’t work in the Church either. This was just too much of a muchness… but chickens are indeed heavy when they come home to roost, and they eventually do. I don’t know what precisely is going to happen, but the situation in both American society as a whole and in the Russian Orthodox diaspora in particular cries out for resolution. It shall receive such… God have mercy on us all…

BMD

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