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Friday, 20 October 2017

20 October 2017. Monastics and Clergy are Real People First, Last, and Always


I’ve never put clergy on a pedestal. Firstly, there are too many rum sorts in riassas. “You have to respect me because I’m a priest”… yadda, yadda, yadda. These men are the greatest recruiters for atheistic secularism that I know. They make Christ’s Church look like a cheapjack personality cult (or an Anti-Christian Evangelical conventicle).

Secondly, clergy and monastics are real people. They aren’t special. They don’t have anything that the rest of us don’t have. They have the same feelings and urges that the rest of us do. They’re as capable of friendship as any of us are (and of hate, too). Unfortunately, too many people only see the riassa. They don’t see the real person in the riassa! They think that they have to be “religious” with clergy and monastics. That’s absolute bullshit and hooey. Be REAL with clergy and monastics. That’s showing them real respect. Interact with them as people. Don’t make them into something that they’re not. You’ll find that decent clergy and monastics will thank you for that. As for the rest, what need I say? Ignore them, for the most part, and oppose them if you must.

Remember… real people EARN real respect. Anyone who “demands” it is rather dubious (some men are in the clergy because they know that they couldn’t do as well in the secular world). Have a care. There be rum sorts afoot…



Thursday, 13 June 2013

13 June 2013. Fr Michael Kovach’s Health is Failing… Say a Prayer Today

00 Fr Michael Kovach. 13.06.13


Fr Michael Kovach, who’s in his nineties, is in worsening health. Say a prayer for him, and have your priest mention his name at the Proskomidi at Liturgy this Sunday. Light a candle for him, too… it’s what Christians do. The Mystery of Death… the End of Life… it’s comin’ for all of us, sooner or later. It’s one of the reasons why we’re Christians… what is, IS… there’s nothing more to say, is there?


Friday, 5 October 2012

Fthiotida Priests Say “No” to Double Ceremonies


Greek Orthodox clergy in the regional unit of Fthiotida (Region of Central Greece) won’t conduct double ceremonies for couples wishing to get married and baptise their children on the same day. The decision of the local clergy synod takes effect next year. Metropolitan Nikolaos Protopappas of Fthiotida hailed the synod’s decision and noted that couples shouldn’t use the financial crisis as a pretext for such ceremonies.

5 October 2012



Monday, 18 June 2012

18 June 2012. Some Good Ol’ Time Wisdom From the Metropolia Days…


What with all the posturing and strutting one sees amongst the clergy nowadays (often, jumped-up konvertsy, but, sadly enough, some of the newer “ethnic” priests, too), some of our people don’t realise that our clergy weren’t always so arrogant and nit-picking. Here’s a blast from the past:

Fr Vladimir Borichevsky asked a fellow priest at St T‘s, “Which one of us is Judas?”  Fr Alexander Fedoronko replied, “We all are!”

That spirit is missing from all too many of our priests these days. We need to “go back to the future”. If we’re on the wrong road… and we are… the only cure is to go back to the point where we diverged and take the right one. “There’s no place like home”… they ARE waiting for us, y’know…


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