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Friday, 20 February 2015

St Sergius in Paris in LIMBO… Money Missing and Students Apparently Gone



It’s a oddbod situation at St Sergius in Paris, A D Schmemann’s alma mater. Part of the facility appears open, for public lectures still occur there periodically, but it appears closed as a school. Several sources told me that the French state pulled its accreditation and no longer recognises its diplomas, so, the students left to study at the new MP seminary in Paris. Besides that, there appears to be missing money… some talk of 400,000 Euro (28.08 million Roubles. 2.83 million Renminbi. 28.15 million INR. 452,000 USD. 564,000 CAD. 576,000 AUD. 294,000 UK Pounds) missing from the kitty. When you add in the fact that the Paris Gang is no longer getting any money from Nice (it charged a pretty penny for tourist coaches to visit the cathedral there), it looks very bleak for them, indeed. Bishop Job… a Ukrainian from Canada… has a job of work ahead of him. Some say that he’s pro-Centre… others, pro-Phanar… time WILL tell us. That’s the long and short of it all… the story is so confusing that I refuse to make any solid statements, yet. However, I think that it’s a sign that the EP Russians aren’t long for this world.

Schadenfreude is never in good taste or decent… let alone Christian. It does make one wonder about the future of the Obnovlentsy/Renovationists left… that would be SVS and Syosset. Their roots were set solidly in St Sergius’ ideology ever since Schmemann’s putsch against Florovsky. Again… patience… we’ll have to see…



Thursday, 20 October 2011

20 October 2011. SVSniki Start New Renovationist Gasbag Website

Bozhe Moi! I’ve seen it all! Now, there’s a new Renovationist website run by four of the most gaseous and ungrounded pseudo-intellectuals around. One is Alexis Vinogradov, who creamed his jeans over Rowan Williams coming to SVS. He actually said that it’d “excite” all the former Anglicans in the OCA (I shit you not). Another is Eric Wheeler, who’s part of the Ol’ Boys Network at the Chancery… along with Hunchak, Hopko fils, and Stokoe (one wonders why Stokoe didn’t pump this up on his website… Lyonyo probably didn’t let him). All four of ’em are condescending snots and insufferable know-alls. There’s Robert Arida, who never uses one word where ten will do… and an unknown putz, a M Stankovich. They’re all Struve clones… all poured out of the same ratty ol’ ADS crucible. Click here to see it. Do look at it! GOWAN! DO IT! They expect to be taken seriously. THEY DO. They truly think that they’re the latest thing, and that all of the rest of us are clueless boobs and REQUIRE to be taken by the hand and spoon-fed their superior guidance. BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM.

By their “fruits”… what a choice of words! One of their profs was Pierre l’Huillier… who had “interesting” tastes. There was Dmitri Royster, who was part of an investigation into abusive “sexual tourism” in Mexico. Let’s not forget Bobby K… none of these paladins opened their mouths at the time. Wheeler got the boot from Bobby, probably to make way for a Friend of Bobby… that’s the only reason for his umbrage. I’ll bet that they’ll have “guest spots” from Anglicans pretending to be Orthodox like Reardon (who teaches at an Episkie seminary) and Haffield (who accepted a degree from his old Anglican alma mater). Now is a good time to bring something up. I’ve noticed that EVERY former Anglican amongst the Orthodox clergy still retains the heresy of the Branch Theory. What does that tell you about Fathausen? Not only are the former Anglicans “not of us”, these academic blowhards aren’t either. Note the title they give their website… WE ARE THEIR LEGACY. THIS is why these people and the former Episkies (who are their sworn and dyed-in-the-wool allies) are the enemies of all grounded and REAL Orthodox. We don’t need them… we don’t need ADS’ “legacy”… and we don’t need tired ol’ Silly Sixties solutions to contemporary problems. Pass me the jug… take a hit yourself… it’s NEVER boring, no siree.

Get your tickets for the A D Schmemann, now! It’s to the same design as the Hindenburg, dontcha know…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 20 October 2011

Albany NY

Editor’s Postscript:

A friend just sent me this:

I just looked at that site and I’ll throw up in short order. Thanks a lot. Oh look! They know Greek, don’t you know? They use the Greek-English dictionary on Strong’s Concordance! What scholarship! Using Strong’s to “define” Greek words is the equivalent of doing paint-by-number iconography. Come to think of it, they probably do that too. Shameless posers…

I quite agree… don’t be fooled by imitations. Insist on WATL… after all, it’s Old Doctor Schmemann’s Snake Medicine… good for every ailment of man or beast (secret ingredient… grandpa’s old moonshine).


Tuesday, 25 May 2010

25 May 2010… The Commboxes are Closed for the Time Being

As of today, I’m not allowing “comments”, at least for the foreseeable future. I’m in the process of disabling “comments” as we speak. The OCA disintegration has reached a point where “discussion” is no longer feasible. In any case, accusations that one is “not being nice” don’t cut it. The SVSniki and the Renovationists have used innuendo, character assassination, name-calling, and gossip for years. When they get a smidgen of it back… oh, dear! “They’re such GOOD people!” Reflect on this… none of the powers-that-be protested the payoff to Bobby. NONE. None of them protested the inaction towards Ray Velencia. NONE. None of them protested Iggy’s “mislaying” of church records. NONE. I’m supposed to be silent… I’m supposed to be “nice”… I’m supposed to be polite and grovel before JP…

No… that’s not the Orthodox way. It’s not what happened when Terlecky signed the iniquitous Unia… it’s not what happened when the Iconoclasts burned the icons… it’s not what happened when there was a bad bishop in Yekaterinburg in ’99… it’s NOT what we should do now. The death of the OCA shall not be painless or without rancour. It shall not be neat. It shall scandalise many (as it’s doing at present…). God willing, after the death of the OCA, I’ll be able to open up the comboxes again. We all have work to do, I fear.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 25 May 2010

Albany NY

A Comment from a True Friend:

I received this as a private e-mail from a friend:

Thanks… and thank you for your courage. They consider me persona non grata too, and the only thing that I can do is to watch and wait until people decide to wake up and see what’s going on… until then, I keep the Faith. Cappy warned me a long time ago about what I should expect from these people, she told me about the attacks both she and Melanie endured (and still endure) from the likes of Tikhon Fitzgerald and others, and how it can be emotionally and spiritually exhausting.

This is humbling. There be dragons… do take a care.


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