Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

16 August 2016. Two Reflections on Religion and Science

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00 igumen tryphon parsons 160816Orthodoxy doesn’t exclude from the theological vision of God the findings of natural science. Science and faith can be in concert with one another and our desire to reinstate our communion with God can involve both natural science and the science of the soul. An Orthodox Christian doesn’t have to suspend scientific knowledge to adhere to faith.

Igumen Tryphon Parsons

Superior, Monastery of the all-Merciful Saviour

Vashon Island WA USA

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00 Professor I M Andreyev 160816Only with a superficial knowledge do there arise false contradictions between faith and knowledge, between religion and science.

I M Andreyev

Professor, Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Seminary (+1976)

Jordanville NY USA

Friday, 12 August 2016

12 August 2016. TRAITOR! What Does that Fact Tell You About Those Who Adulate His Memory?

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Sadly, there are still elements in the diaspora that adulate Vlasov, Krasnov, Kaminsky, and other collaborationist pigs, especially, in the ROCOR. I find it interesting that those who honour Nazi-loving collaborationist dogs self-identify as “conservatives”. It tells you much about neoliberal “conservatives” to know that they accept unrepentant former Nazis (and collaborationists) as allies and friends. It tells you much about their movement, and about its ideology, Weltanschauung, goals, and tactics. Shitbirds of a feather DO flock together. Both do believe in a “Master Race”… and we’re not part of it.

I do wish that the bishops would end the public approval given to the collaborationists (and their descendants) in official Church media and circles. That’d do much to expiate our sin of having coddled them for so many years…

BMD

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

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

27 July 2016. Uniate Nationalist Nutters Profane Orthodox Cross Procession for Peace

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The Orthodox Cross Procession for peace is approaching Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine. Here’s more evidence to show the vacuity of Western media reports that claim that there are no Nazis and radicals in the Ukraine… yup, they claim that they haven’t seen them. The nationalists are just diabolical; they terrorise decent people, it’s capable to see the Ukrainian reality as it is. Why, for them, no doubt, throwing eggs at Christian icons is just a form of veneration…

If you don’t find the Unia the Mark of the Beast, I’d say that you have some evidence of it here. Of course, do differentiate between Uniates and the Unia… the former are mostly innocent, born into it… the latter is a vicious concoction of the more feral elements of the Roman Curia…

There is still no news on the official OCA or ROCOR websites of this most important event. After all, Metropolitan Onufry is one of the marchers, and he blessed the whole proceedings. However, both the OCA and the ROCOR chose to spit on Metropolitan Onufry’s podvig… I find that shameful in the extreme. There was nothing on the website of the Eastern America Diocese of the ROCOR on this important news either… but it did have a mendacious little piece on the Cossack collaborators rounded up by the Brits at the end of the VOV. There was no mention of the fact that these traitors were in SS uniform nor was there any mention of the fact that these pigs took up arms against their motherland and people. I found the tale given on the website rather CREATIVE… I won’t go any further, as there are some litigious sorts amongst those who honour the XV SS Cossack Cavalry Corps (for such was the designation of this bunch of quislings). Gregory Levitsky (the site webmaster) found it important to post this… but he refused to post anything about the great peace march… not even, “Pray for Metropolitan Onufry and those with him on this most important occasion. The Eastern America Diocese of the ROCOR is not only with the marchers in spirit, we support the aims of the march as well”. There was nothing of the sort on any of the three websites I mentioned. This is to our everlasting shame…

None dare call it treason (for Mr Levitisky loves to post rubbish from the rightwing haters of Russia on his FB page)…

You can stand with Metropolitan Onufry and the peace marchers… or you can stand with Gregory Levitsky and the rightwing haters of everything good and decent. As always, choose wisely…

BMD

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