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Monday, 17 February 2014

17 February 2014. Whatever Happened to Deacon Andrei Kuraev? What Meaning Can We Pull from His “Fall?”



In the early 2000s, Deacon Andrei Kuraev was one of the leading lights in the Orthodox cyberworld. Lately, he’s become more and more strident, making all kinds of oddbod statements. I asked around and one source told me:

For years now, Kuraev has gone off. His problem is his self-obsession. Pro-Western media outlets, eager for any scandal, pay him much attention. Moreover, producing scandal so that people quote him consumes him; besides which, he’s obsessed with how many hits he gets. Charlie‘s right… Kuraev’s going Protestant; he’s gone Renovationist. He’s become an enemy of the Church in his egoistic quest for celebrity.

I agree. Deacon Andrei has gone off the rails. Once, he was a “go-to” source… today, he’s an embittered “dissident”. I think that he’s well on the way to being another Gleb Yakunin (who was one of the few people personally anathematised by the Church). I don’t think that he’ll be another Rusantsov, but he does have the potential for being defrocked.

Remember, the Church always does the least-invasive thing to solve a problem. For instance, in this case, the Centre used the least-invasive method of shitcanning him. “He didn’t attend to his duties as an MDA faculty member”. This was like the ROCOR Holy Synod stopping the Toll House Wars about thirty years ago by saying, “There’s not much revealed on this topic. All discussion of it should cease” (they should revisit that decision and muzzle the loud konvertsy who perpetually call the Toll Houses “an important Church Doctrine” (which it isn’t)). In the case of Podmoshensky, the ROCOR gave him the drop for serving under suspension (Lebedeff said that was a great relief; nobody wanted to go near the issue of sexual perversion unless that they absolutely had to).

This first disciplinary action… removing Kuraev from the MDA faculty… was a salutary warning. If he continues to fuck up… well, the Church hopes that he doesn’t. I noted that they said nothing of his connection with PSTGU… I wonder, does such need approval from the Vorobyov Mafia (perspirin’ minds wanna know)? Bear in mind how the Church dealt with the rank heresies of Bulgakov and Florensky… it condemned the heresies, but it showed mercy to the people involved.

For instance, to give a good example of such, the Church should send Seraphim Storheim off to live in a monastery, far from children, without any pastoral role. This would be fair to all parties. It’s fair to the victims… for it’d show that the Church implicitly believes their story by denying Storheim a public role. It’s fair to the believers… for they’d be spared worrying that there’d be a relapse. It’s fair to Storheim… for it’d spare him some shame and pain (look, a court found him guilty… that’s harsh enough for me… it DOES put the “Scarlet Letter” upon him, after all). It shows respect to the Court… it shows that the Church intends doing something to neutralise Storheim, removing the need for further legal action or imprisonment. Last of all, it’s fair to the Church… it means that the issue will die a natural death (that is, it’ll persist for as long as Storheim’s alive…  but after he’s dead, people would say, “Y’know, they did the right thing…”. Shall this happen? I’d truly like to see it happen, but given the nasty-ass attitude of Syosset and the First Families, I expect more legal manoeuvring, obfuscation, and denials… I’m not hoping for such, but that’s what I see.

It’s not just Deacon Andrei… it’s our whole attitude to dealing with dissidence and malfeasance. Frankly, we’d do well to stick to our traditional ways… they work. Take it one step at a time, and don’t dump on someone all the way all at once. Shall Deacon Andrei turn back? I don’t have a working crystal ball, do you? Things are never boring following the Church, are they?



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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

St Sergius Orthodox Institute in Paris Might Close Due To Serious Financial Troubles

00 St Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral. Paris FRANCE. 03.07.13 – Resized

St Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral in Paris (Region Île-de-France) FRANCE


St Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute (Institut de théologie orthodoxe Saint-Serge) in Paris is on the verge of bankruptcy. An appeal for assistance appeared in early July on the Institute’s official website. The appeal, signed by the dean of the school, Archpriest Nikolai Ozolin, noted that the institute, which soon shall celebrate the 90th anniversary of its founding, earned recognition not only amongst Orthodox, but also throughout the Christian world {that’s an over-exaggeration, but it’s Portal-Credo, after all: editor}. A galaxy of famous Russian theologians expelled from their homeland in the early twenties of the last century founded the school {no mention of the Renovationism rampant amongst them, is there?: editor}. The appeal stated that the Institute, whilst remaining true to his Russian roots (sic), quickly won well-deserved recognition (?!?) as a centre of inter-Orthodox theological studies.

However, at present, St Sergius, for reasons beyond its control, is experiencing an unprecedented financial crisis that threatens the very existence of this unique spiritual school {gad, one needs stout wellies to wade through such arrant and unashamed shit: editor}. Newsru.com quoted the appeal, “Over the last few months, we weren’t able to pay our teachers and staff. We invite all those who cherish Christian theological thought and theological studies, to help us save the institute. We’ll receive anything with sincere gratitude, even the most modest contribution. Please help us!” The appeal gave details on where contributors could send funds. St Sergius Orthodox Institute opened in Paris in 1925 by leading Russian émigré theologians, after the Second Congress of the Russian Student Christian Movement. Archimandrite Cyprian Kern, Archpriest Georgi Florovsky, Sergei Bulgakov, and Nikolai Afanasyev, Vladimir Lossky, and many others, taught at this school over the years.

3 July 2013



Editor’s Note:

There’s a twofold reason for this development. Firstly, when the French courts transferred St Nick’s in Nice to the MP, it killed the Paris Gang’s cash cow. The Paris Renovationists subsidised their school and their general operations with funds raised by admission charges at St Nick’s. Now, as the church is in the hands of its rightful owner (the MP has made it clear that it’s cancelling admission charges), the Paris Gang is left bereft. Secondly, the MP founded its own seminary in Paris, so, it doesn’t need the heretics at St Sergius or its facilities. Look for a similar appeal for the Rue Daru property soon. The MP doesn’t need that either, as it has a new spiritual centre and church under construction in Central Paris, right near the Eiffel Tower.

The Paris Bunch is in the deep kimchi. Firstly, de Vylder has cancer, and there’s no replacement available. Secondly, St Sergius is running out of funds. Thirdly, it’s clear that the loss of the St Nick’s funds shall make it impossible to operate the Rue Daru Cathedral. Overall, it’s a gigantic shit sandwich. Nina Dimas is an SVS fanatic… one wonder what she’ll do when Crestwood joins St Sergius in the dustbin of history? All of the Blunder’s horses, and all of the Blunder’s men couldn’t put Rue Daru back together again. That’ll be true of Crestwood and Syosset, as well… mark my words…


Tuesday, 20 September 2011

20 September 2011. There’s a Hole in the Bucket, Dear Liza… or… The Interesting “Holes” in the Swiss Cheese Known as OrthoWiki

There IS a REAL Church out there, konvertsy…


A priest friend of mine in the MP calls OrthoWiki “convert rubbish”. Let’s start with a (not exhaustive) list of major figures of the past 100 years that DON’T have an OrthoWiki article:

  • Archbishop Antony Bartoshevich of Geneva
  • Archbishop Antony Sinkevich of Los Angeles
  • Archbishop Tikhon Fitzgerald of San Francisco
  • Archbishop Leonty Bartoshevich of Geneva
  • Archbishop James Toombs of Manhattan
  • Archbishop Leonty Filippovich of Buenos Aires
  • Archbishop Serafim Dulgov of Brussels
  • Archbishop Afanassy Martos of Buenos Aires (only a stub)
  • Bishop Nikolai Soraich of Sitka and all Alaska (only a stub)
  • Bishop Andrei Rimarenko of Novo-Diveyevo
  • Bishop Nektary Kontsevich of Seattle
  • Bishop Sava Sarachevich of Edmonton
  • Archimandrite Kyprian Pizhov of Jordanville
  • Elder Philemon of Jordanville and Valaam
  • Ivan M Kontzevich
  • Gleb Podmoshensky
  • Panteleimon Metropoulos
  • Benedict (Sam) Greene
  • Ivan M Andreyev
  • Hilary Madison

None of the people named were minor figures. I find the omission of Kyprian Pizhov, when combined with the inclusion of some of his students (who are of lesser talent) and the listing of lesser-lights (to put it charitably) such as Aidan Hart and Matthew Garrett (neither are in Fr Kyprian’s league at all) particularly egregious… it’s a sign of the ignorance and party-line obsequiousness of the editors (it certainly puts Love BT’s recent comments on their sagacity DEEPLY in question). Besides this, it’s obvious that the ideas of the schismatic nutter Gleb Podmoshensky (the guru to Dreher, Freddie M-G, El Gordo, and the HOOMie cultists) contaminate this website. For instance, everyone knows that I M Kontzevich was the editor of the original Russian edition of the Northern Thebaid, yet an OrthoWiki article lists Rose and Podmoshensky as the compilers. Besides this, they list 5 April as the Feast of Elder Philemon of Jordanville and Valaam… however, he’s NOT a saint on anyone’s list! The 5 April date is a phantasmal concoction ginned up by Mr Podmoshensky. It also coyly refuses to mention that the OCA removed Vasili Rodzianko as Bishop of San Francisco in ’84 because Rodzianko objected to the rather flagrant actions of the homosexual cabal. In Fr Tikhon Shevkunov’s new book Несвятые святые (Nesvyatye Svyatye: Unholy Holiness) (60,000 copies printed, 15,000 sold on the first day), it says that Vladyki Vasili got the sack by the OCA because of his “opposition to a lobby which had unacceptable practices for Orthodox”. Ah, yes, a priest in LA benefited greatly from that dismissal… Love BT (he could’ve coshed Vasili to advance his ambition… hmm… don’t forget, BT refused to do further study when it was requested of him).

The article on Pavel Florensky fails to point up that mainstream elements in the Church consider his teaching heretical, especially his vapourings in The Pillar and Ground of Truth and his notional crackpot maundering on Sophiology. Florensky is NOT a martyr… he’s simply someone who died in the GULag. I should mention that Patrick Reardon and John Matusiak consider this heretical figure a saint… there be dragons out there, kids. The konvertsy treat another related figure, Sergei Bulgakov, with kid gloves. Both the ROCOR and the MP condemned his teachings as heretical (but didn’t anathematise him personally). In addition, OrthoWiki doesn’t mention that the Paris gang’s whitewash of Bulgakov was in defiance of world Orthodoxy, and that this gibbering heretic was one of the main influences on Aleksandr Schmemann and Ivan von Meyendorff.

Am I being catty in mentioning that this source does NOT mention the DUI arrest of Benjamin Peterson? If a hierarch’s arrested by the coppers, that’s an item of note. This is a matter of public record in the State of Nevada… this is NOT hearsay. OrthoWiki also withholds the information that Pierre l’Huillier fled both New York and Paris due to substantive charges of paedophilia. In like manner, it refuses to specify that a sexual scandal brought down Antony Grabbe, not a financial one. To whitewash the facts, to falsify history, is to spit in the face of Almighty God. Reflect on this… these toddlers do so in the name of “religion!” They believe that it’s not only acceptable, but it’s laudable. That, my friends, is cult behaviour. We need to cut out this cancer; the sooner that we do it, the better off that we’ll be.

Note well that these mewling brats expect PRAISE for their work in concealing the true history of the Church. Perhaps, Mr Fitzgerald could withdraw his earlier remarks about my lack of expertise. The Solon of Michelorena Street could use his time profitably by writing a post for OrthoWiki on his own life… he certainly has access to materials that many of us don’t (don’t forget to mention that you didn’t go to Orthodox services with Fr Basil Stroyen at the air force base, Mr Fitzgerald)… by the way, what WAS your connection with Messrs Peterson, Soraich, and Brittain? Is this a case of “birds of a feather”, or, was it that Love BT was a “fag hag?”

This isn’t exhaustive… it’s journalistic, which means that I’m only covering the main points to not go over my usual word-limitation. The main Wikipedia is useful for dates, general information, and pop items… it’s less useful for controversial political, academic, or religious topics. OrthoWiki has NO links to the main Wikipedia operation. It’s nothing but a propaganda machine for the konvertsy… it’s about time that someone said that.

They cover Benjamin Peterson in more depth than they do Antony Bartoshevich or Georgi Grabbe… that shows consummate chutzpah and arrogance. We need to tell the TRUTH about the Church… both the good things and the bad things. In pre-Revolutionary Russia, there were BOTH Black Hundreds and St Ivan Sergeyev. In like manner, we’ve had the same. If we don’t tell the truth, we’ll suffer the same fate as the pre-Revolutionary Church did… God burned out the cancer… using the bezbozhniki as his instruments.

There IS a God… we should start to act in cognisance of that fact… but shall we?

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 20 September 2011

Albany NY

Friday, 26 August 2011

26 August 2011. I Just Had to Step Away from all the Shit for a While… You Don’t “Excommunicate Yourself”… There’s a Process Involved in It

“Be careful, dear! It’s the latest hooey from oca.org! You KNOW how radioactive it is!”


Of course, people who know both Russian and English know what I did with that caption… “hooey” is a euphemism in English, but in Russian, it’s a phonetic transliteration of one of the most powerful “mat” words. Needless to say, I meant it in both senses… doesn’t it all make you want to hurl to clear out your system? Often, goodthinkers accuse me of being “unloving”, “unforgiving”, “disrespectful”, and “confrontational”. I beg their assorted pardons! Only a person who loves Christ and His Church, who loves the Truth, would put up with the garbage that I’ve put up with from the terminally “nice”, the cynically opportunistic, and the incorrigibly ignorant (especially Canon- and Fathers-spouting konvertsy who haven’t the slightest notion about what they’re bugling).

Before I deal with my (needed) absence from posting on this site yesterday, let’s examine the topic of automatic excommunication. That’s complete and utter BS, it was one of ADS’ favourite hobby-horses (Mark Stokoe is a fan of this horrid lie… but, then again, Mark was a wild-eyed fanatical devotee of Schmemann (ADS) whilst he was at SVS). I asked several people better versed in this than I am, and they said:

A cleric can’t/doesn’t depose himself, regardless of what he’s “done”; his bishop has to suspend him in a formal manner, try him in a proper and canonically constituted Spiritual Court, and, if the Court finds him in violation of the Sacred Canons, a Synod of Bishops can canonically depose him. Until then, he’s a cleric in good standing, even if the allegations are true. Then, it’s the sin of his bishop for not acting; the cleric isn’t sinning by serving. It’s the same for an excommunication (“anathematisation” more formally, strictly speaking) of a layman. A layman does NOT excommunicate himself as falsely taught by Westernised “scholars” at SVS.

It’s interesting, virtually all of my contacts agreed, damn-near word-for-word… if that doesn’t tell you that the Holy Spirit is ALIVE and still guides our Church, nothing will. The Church has a “system”… it isn’t broken; it’s still functional. That is, NO ONE can “excommunicate themselves”. There’s a procedure involved, purposefully convoluted and difficult, to protect people from the accusations of the bloody-minded, self-serving, and self-righteous.

In fact, sometimes, the Church will anathematise an idea, but not the person who propagated it. That happened in the cases of Pavel Florensky and Sergei Bulgakov. Parenthetically, both of these heretical thinkers were faves of ADS (and ADS passed on his predilection for their noisome “thought” to his drooling acolytes… such as Stokoe, Benjamin Peterson, and Eric Wheeler). I stand under correction, but the only known anathemas in modern days (that is, after the time of Tsar Pyotr Veliki) are for setting up opposition “candy stores”… let’s see… there’s Valentin Rusantsov, Philaret Denisenko, and Aleksandr Vvedensky (ADS was fond of the last-named… he held Vvedensky up to his students as “a great homileticist”… that shows you the depth of ADS’ contempt for the Church). Hell, the Church didn’t excommunicate even Solovyov for his hallucinatory “ideas”. For that matter, in future, the Church will hold that most of what ADS wrote was pure bunkum, but it won’t posthumously condemn him… he’ll simply be noted as just another heretic who managed to stay in good odour in his lifetime (and ADS’ books will be of antiquarian interest only, known only to specialised scholars inured in dusty libraries).

There’s been much too much talk lately amongst half-baked semi-converted konvertsy circles of this one or that one “automatically excommunicating” themselves. Go soak your heads in a bucket of ice water until some good sense arrives (obviously, they have none at present). If you have a complaint against someone, do start a formal “process” against them… if you can. Most of these jabonies (in the inimitable words of Alexander Lebedeff) “don’t know an ecclesiastical court from a tennis court”.

As for stepping away from it all… I was like a shell-shocked footslogger stumbling in the mud of the trenches. It all just adds up… each incident isn’t much in and of itself, but the cumulative effect is mind-numbing and corrosive. It’s why I fight on… these people are inflicting the “death of a thousand cuts” on the believers; ergo, someone has to stand up and say “loudly and proudly” what everyone else is just whispering (they’re afraid of being treated like pariahs by the clergy… that’s one of the costs of doing business, so, one accepts it). I had to involve myself in something “positive”… therefore, I spent a very pleasurable day working on my art sites, doing some research into and posting on New Roman-style mosaics in Italy. There’s nothing like working with “good stuff” to regenerate one’s “tired blood” (and you won’t need a slug o’ Geritol, either).

Look at these… after you do… look in the “tags” in each post, and click on “Christian art”. That’ll show you what I’ve been working on the last two days. Some is new; some is old (updated, or with new “better” images). To say the least, inspiring stuff… here are the links:

http://03varvara.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/unknown-artist-christ-the-warrior-sacellum-archiepiscopale-archiepiscopal-chapel-ravenna-italy-6th-century/ (get a load of “Christ the Warrior”… now, that’s cookin’ with gas!)


Now, I think that I can go back to the Church news “salt mine”… see ya there!

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

26 August 2011

Albany NY

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