Voices from Russia

Friday, 4 September 2015

ROEA Diocesan Assembly this weekend

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Priest informant told me that Popp wants to consider TWO new vicar bishops. There’s buzz about Duvlea not wanting this because he’s more likely to succeed Popp as bishop if he’s the only auxiliary, so he’s saying he was sidelined before the assembly because he opposed the men put forward. The scuttlebutt has it that the only reason Popp made the charges public was to counter that argument… in general he isn’t a big fan of the sexual abuse policy. I got this intel from a ROEA informant:

Incidentally, the assertion made by the moderator of Monomakhos that Bishop Irineu doesn’t “speak a lick of English” is patently false. I had a detailed conversation with him in English once about Holy Synod matters and Syosset’s internal affairs and I have been present at liturgical services where he has served partially in the English language. One should also note that questions about sexual morality aren’t necessarily the only reasons the Romanian Patriarchate declined to consecrate him to the episcopacy. The BOR has many male monastic vocations and therefore a good-sized pool of potential candidates to choose from. There are many factors to consider when selecting and grooming individuals for the hierarchy and perhaps Bishop Irineu was deemed unsuitable by the relevant Church authorities for one or more of these. Who knows?

Do notice that VFR, roea.org, pokrov.org, monomakhos, the Uniate site byzantinetexas, and the local secular press in Dearborn Heights covered this story yet oca.org remains conspicuously silent. They haven’t even announced that one of their own bishops is on a leave of absence and is prohibited from serving anywhere. Since this matter concerns a hierarch, where is Mollard in all of this? What does he do all day?

You pays your money and you takes your choice. I can attest that Bishop Irineu speaks acceptable English, I met him once and he can communicate… not on a native-speaker level, but well enough to be understood and to understand. Monomakhos is fulla shit per usual… they need Mommy to come and change their full nappies.

We’ll know more after the pow-wow.

BMD

Bishop On Leave Pending Sexual Misconduct Investigation

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A Michigan Orthodox bishop is on leave and can’t work as a priest following allegations of sexual misconduct. On Tuesday, Dearborn Heights Archbishop Nathaniel Popp publicly disclosed that his auxiliary bishop, Right Rev Irineu Duvlea, is under investigation for sexual misconduct. In a statement, Popp said that Duvlea, 53, is presumed innocent, but is now on leave and is banned from working until the investigation is complete. The church didn’t announce any information about potential victims. Popp added that the investigation is highly confidential and urged his followers not to speak about the matter. Popp said in the announcement, “No one should discuss the investigation with anyone”. Duvlea served as the Bishop of Dearborn Heights and auxiliary bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America.

Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said they welcomed the fact that Popp made the investigation public. However, the group feels the archbishop isn’t going far enough because the investigation remains confidential. Melanie Jula Sakoda, the Orthodox Director for SNAP, said in a statement, “Investigations into sexual misconduct should always be made public, and I was very pleased to see that Archbishop Nathaniel had made this announcement. Such disclosures encourage others who experienced witnessed or suspected abuse to come forward”. Cappy Larson, also of SNAP Orthodox, added, “The Church should also supply additional information. Did the misconduct involve a parishioner? If so, was the victim a child, an adult, a male, a female? How many victims have come forward? More complete disclosure can help to jog memories and reassure other survivors, producing additional testimony and evidence”. Duvlea was a monk in Romania before he came to the United States in 2001. He founded The Ascension of The Lord Monastery in Clinton MI. He was the head of the Western States Vicariate of the OCA Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. His territory included parishes in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, Oregon, and Washington.

3 September 2015

Jodi Rempala

Dearborn (MI) Press and Guide

http://www.pressandguide.com/articles/2015/09/03/news/doc55e885e2b4583913052340.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Editor:

This legal threat appeared as a comment:

My ACLU attorneys (aclu@aclumich.org) will contact you today for clarifications regarding the allegations done against me for church political gains. + Irineu, Bishop of Detroit, ROEA, OCA.

If the above comment is on the up and square, it shows that Irineu is an arrogant son of a bitch. You simply don’t make such implied threats in the USA. He can’t sue me for pointing that up. The last thing that he needs is an unsuccessful legal action. If his lawyer told him to do this, he has incompetent counsel. No, we won’t be silent! Who accused Duvlea of misconduct? When did the alleged incident take place? It smells as if the OCA is trying to sweep this under the rug. They tried doing that with Storheim and it blew up in their face.

Remember the nasty tactics used by Gindin, Storheim’s shyster? One wonders, is Duvlea’s counsel going to do the same? That is, are they going to smear the accuser in public in an attempt to discredit them? It didn’t work in Winnipeg… although that bastard Gindin did his best to bad-dog and attack Storheim’s accusers. Storheim ended up convicted, and Mr Justice Mainella, the judge involved, was rather emphatic in his condemnation of Storheim and totally trashed Storheim’s credibility in public. Duvlea had best watch his step. This isn’t Romania… it’s the USA, where the judiciary wouldn’t be inclined to help any putative coverup.

Duvlea’s lawyers can’t sue me for the above. However, his clumsy “comment”, if genuine, shows a total lack of understanding of the American legal system, and of how it works. If it’s secret, there’s no real investigation. Full stop. An MP priest once asked me, “Which of the OCA bishops isn’t reputed to be gay?” Antics like this don’t help such questions. Come clean, Nathanael. If not, it just may come to haunt you…

If Duvlea’s lawyers attempt to pressure me legally, I’ll be sure to post on it and tell you. After all, a threat of a lawsuit is a public action, it’s an “act of public record”, and I’d have every right to publicise it. Just a friendly word of advice… do be cool.

BMD

Thursday, 3 September 2015

3 September 2015. Potapov in Hospital… Ask Your Priest to Pray for Him

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Potapov is one of the wickedest men in the Church, to be sure. Yes, he’s a Far Right extremist, a CIA mole, and lickspittle of the Anglo Establishment. However, we’re Christians, not pagans. Light a candle for Fr Victor and ask your priest to mention his name at the Proskomidi. We’re Christians, that’s what we do. Don’t ever think that we pray only for those that we like or even only for those who do good to us or to Christ’s Church. If you think that way, you’re no Christian. If you’re a Christian, you will wish no ill will on anyone. Potapov is ill and in hospital (last that I heard)… therefore, he deserves your prayers. You don’t have to like him or his lunatic Radical Rightwing views or his treachery towards Christ’s Church or his long and willing service at the CIA undermining Holy Rus and the Holy Church (Potapov can’t get around the fact that he holds/held an American “red” official passport… given only to high-level operatives and officials).

One of the “rules of the house” is that we pray for one another. If you do so only for those whom you like, well, Our Lord said that makes one “just like the Pharisees and Publicans, who only love their own”. Think on that.

BMD

Monday, 31 August 2015

31 August 2015. A Young Friend Castigated Me About Nicholas Smiško…

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A young friend castigated me about Nicholas Smiško. Well, it was one of those “imperfect choices”… it was him or Michael Dahulich. I think that ACROD made the right choice (and the OCA the wrong one). Here’s something from someone far better suited than I am to speak to the matter, mostly on Bishop John Martin, Nicholas’ predecessor:

Bishop John Raymond Martin (1931-84) grew up in a very strong pro-Catholic environment, attending the Roman Catholic seminary in Lisle IL, about 1951 (maybe, the Uniates didn’t have theirs up yet?) He served as chancellor of some Catholic diocese in California and was starting to attend graduate school, claiming he was only “one thesis away from a doctorate in theology”, which of course means that he was nowhere near, since a thesis is what you do for a doctorate!

He jumped ship in 1966 to the ACROD when (to his own everlasting regret) Vicar General Peter Molchany of the ACROD, who I think may have baptised JRM in 1931 when Molchany was still Greek Catholic, talked JRM into coming over to be a bishop. There was a string of carpetbaggers starting in 1963, when Bishop Orestes Chornock (1883-1977) turned 80 and the powerbroker priests (Yurcisin, Molchany, Zeleniak) wanted to phase him out and get someone else in. Ironically, Bishop Orestes lived to 94! Maybe, he was stubborn. The attempt to do so caused much turmoil among those who were loyal to Bishop Orestes. In 1963, the first assistant bishop was an elderly retired OCA priest, Fr Peter Shymansky, who passed away 6 months later after consecration. Then, in 1964, they talked Orthodox Bishop Methodius Kancuha from Czechoslovakia into abandoning his diocese and coming here, but this caused major problems and he went back in disgrace after 6 months. The thinking in 1966 was that maybe a young educated American-born person would avoid those two sets of problems and last longer than 6 months. JRM fit the bill, or so they thought!

He was extremely arrogant and vain, thinking he was the smartest thing on two legs. He treated people badly if he didn’t like them, for no good reason, and was very controlling. One thing people heard him say was that he couldn’t stand “DPs” (“displaced persons” immigrants) and wanted nothing to do with them. He never could stand people who were proud of their national origin, especially Russians, and I always thought it odd that he disdained the very ones who had lost their homes and lived in the camps after World War II, but were proud of their Russian heritage. Amazingly, he let this overt prejudice poison his attitude to anyone who had ANY connection to Eastern Europe of any sort. He refused to accept into the ACROD several priests from Czechoslovakia who were able to get permission to leave, and who would have been nice additions to the Diocese. They went to the OCA instead. For an even more bizarre example, he disdained diocesan priests educated in pre-war Czechoslovakia, which had absolutely nothing to do with post-war camps. One priest he disdained was a long-time priest in Pittsburgh who was American-born, but went there for seminary in the 1930s. Another one was born in America, but grew up in Czechoslovakia , but returned to the USA. Again, before the post-war camps. Many priests left the Diocese and not deal with him (1966-84).

Years later, Fr Molchany repented of his unwise manoeuvring to get John Martin in as bishop, and even tried in the early 1980s to get a council of priests together to do something, but (rumour goes) by then most priests feared the idea of taking on Bishop John, who was known to call up and verbally abuse those whom he wished. No one would dare face him one on one or risk being seen as disloyal. It’s the strong belief among some (but this is all secret) that his premature death from a heart attack at a parish dinner in 1984 saved the Diocese (he had a history of heart attacks, including a massive one back in 1973, which was actually kept secret). I heard that it was a certainty that in 1985, when Fr Michael Dahulich would have turned 35, the traditional earliest age for consecration, Bishop John would’ve consecrated him as assistant for the ACROD, to be a younger version of himself. Had that happened, who knows what would’ve happened. The poor faithful Carpatho-Russians deserved better, and wouldn’t you know it? All worked out by the mysterious workings of Providence.

Of course, that’s why we have a Greek bishop, even though the ACROD contacted multiple qualified people, both in America and in Europe, and no one seemed interested due to its smallness (although in some cases there other reasons as well, but I have minimal information since the process was kept secret, going so far as to forbid priests to talk with laymen about it). In that same regard, this new one also believes he is smarter than everyone else is, having been a research scientist before his new path. Like I always say, if I didn’t believe Orthodoxy is the absolute ultimate truth, one might despair!

My reply was:

It does explain why Dahulich was so insistent on trying for the white hat at the last OCA Sobor. If he’s 65 now, the chances of his having another shot are next to nil. Yet… it explains much about him. Dahulich didn’t want to be a bishop in the ACROD… it was too small a compass for him (he was like Hopko from Endicott… jumping to the OCA for ambition’s sake). Dahulich is lying low on the marriage issue… I hear that he’s marshalling his troops, though. They’ll be trouble, no doubt, before it’s over. However, he’s no Reardon… he’s NOT going to do anything stupid. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Somebody was insistent that I post a gushing encomium of Martin. I always ask around… once burnt, twice cautious, ya know…

So, Nicholas Smiško wasn’t the “best choice”… but he was “better than the available alternative”… that’s often why so many seeming drones get in. Drones are better than over-ambitious power-hungry people with agendas. Do note this… two groups turned down Dahulich for the white hat… both the OCA and the ACROD. I find that significant. He’s someone whom you should never your back upon. I’ve met him… his personal aura is that of a “cold fish” with no real interest in anyone not of his faction. Remember, he was an EP man and has a papist PhD… I doubt that he has any real Russian Orthodox creds whatsoever (note how he counsels his young smitten and besotted disciples to wear Greek, not Russian, vestments).

BMD

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