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Friday, 27 March 2015

Elder Gregory of Docheiariou: “Every Ukrainian Must Understand that if He Wants Blessings on His Country, Then, You Must Kick Out the Americans”

17-Alfons Maria Mucha. Mount Athos, The Holy Mountain. The Orthodox Vatican (from the Slavonic Epic, nr 17). 1926

Mount Athos, The Holy Mountain: The Orthodox Vatican

from the Slavonic Epic, nr 17

Alfons Maria Mucha

1926

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Every Ukrainian must understand that if he wants blessings on his country, then, you must kick out the Americans. Let Ukrainians rely on their brothers in the faith and in blood, the Russians. If you allow American interference in Ukrainian affairs, then, your country will never recover. There’s no need to kill your neighbour… how is this possible, brother killing brother? Today, we watch these developments with great pain. Docheiariou Monastery sends up many prayers to succour the Ukrainian people, to whom we, as a monastery, owe much gratitude.

21 March 2015

Igumen Gregory Zumis

Docheiariou Monastery

Agion Oros

http://www.agionoros.ru/docs/1638.html

A Prophecy of St Lavrenty Chernigovsky… and Some Thoughts on the Current Situation

Fr Mikhail Shuvar

Fr Mikhail Shuvar, Confessor and Warrior of the Faith in Galicia… if you associate with Uniates or schismatics, you spit on his grave… full stop...

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When a little freedom appears, when they’ll open and restore churches and monasteries, then, all false teaching will come out; the demons and secret atheists (Catholics, Uniates, Ukrainian self-ordained, and others) will fiercely take up arms against the Orthodox Russian Church, its unity, and its sobornost. A godless authority will support these heretics; therefore, they’d take churches away from the Orthodox and slaughter the faithful. Then, a Metropolitan of Kiev (not worthy of the name) together with like-minded hierarchs and priests will strongly shake the Russian Church. His lawlessness will frighten and amaze the whole world. He himself will go off into eternal perdition, like Judas. However, all these slanders of the evil one and false teachings will disappear in Russia, and there’d be One Orthodox Russian Church.

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Elder Iona of Odessa said:

The Smuta in a country smaller than Russia will come a year after my death. The Smuta will continue for two years, after which a Russian tsar will arrive. The first Easter will be full of blood, the second with hunger, and the third with victory.

It’s clear that both of these prophecies deal with the Ukraine. Remember, in Orthodoxy, prophecies are not “what will be”… but rather “what could be”. Both these prophecies are working themselves out in the contemporary “Ukraine”. Elder Iona died in December 2012… the Evromaidantsy Smuta started in Kiev in late 2013. Easter 2014 WAS full of blood… Easter 2015 in Kiev IS hungry… but the elder tells us that next Easter will be victorious. St Lavrenty said, “However, all these slanders of the evil one and false teachings will disappear in Russia, and there’d be One Orthodox Russian Church”. Is this what WILL be? God willing, yes… but the Church teaches that we aren’t automatons… that we MUST exercise our Free Will. Shall we? Only time will tell us that…

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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