Foreshadowings of Christ’s Victimhood in Plato’s Republic

-[Editor's Note: As is our annual custom, Monomakhos takes the occasion of Holy Tuesday to go dark. It is truly meet for us to contemplate on our sinful natures and I can think of no better way to ponder the enormity of man's condition than to realize that even the pagans were aware of it. This post was originally published three years ago. I have dusted it off for your perusal.] Though we have had the pleasure of Revelation and experienced the attendant liturgical theurgy, some of us … [Read more...]

Gun-totin’, Bible-believing Republican Woman to Replace Founder of Democratic Party on $20 Bill

Well, that's one way of looking at it. Ironic, isn't it? The Obama Administration, arguably the most culturally-Marxist regime in American history, is going to replace the founder of the Democratic Party with a Bible-believing, always-armed Republican woman. I kind of like them apples; I wonder if our Betters understand what they're doing. Regardless, it's rather delicious watching the entire Liberal religion collapse on itself. It bodes well for the future; it gives me hope … [Read more...]

See, I Told You

Feeling a little whimsical this morning. I found this cute graphic on Instapundit and decided to run with it. Anyways, here's the upshot: Sen Ted Cruz just joined the ranks of the "mathematically impossible to-get set" with his stunning loss in New York. As I predicted the other day, any attempt to explain this humiliating defeat any other way is going to like special pleading. It'll do nothing but make him look like a masculine Tracy Flick (from the movie Election.) Wholly unappealing … [Read more...]

Perhaps Bush Should Invade Colorado?

I ask this since the stated mission of Trotskyism er, Neoconservatism, is to install "democracy" everywhere in the world (because, you know, all people are the same), it only seems fitting that the USAF immediately start carpet-bombing that poor, benighted state. The state GOP did something incredibly stupid: they didn't hold an election and gave all that state's 34 delegates to Sen Ted Cruz of Texas. Maybe it's all that legal marijuana they're smoking. I dunno. Now, I understand … [Read more...]

Not So Fast…

If I were in the Phanar, I'd be careful about popping the champagne corks right about now. One of my most popular correspondents just tipped me off last night to the latest press release from the Denver diocese of the GOA which brings up some rather interesting criticisms of the upcoming (?) council to be held on Crete. According to this document, criticisms raised by His Holiness Kirill, the Patriarch of Moscow are highlighted. I won't go into the details as you can read them for … [Read more...]

Is Syosset Selling the OCA Down the (Bosporus) River?

Fr John Jillions, Chancellor of the OCA, for some reason wrote an essay on the nature of our Church's autocephaly. It's published on www.oca.org. It's a fascinating read in and of itself with lots of historical insights. It's well-written and takes an expansive look at the history of the OCA within the context of American and international Orthodoxy. Reading between the lines however, it's clear that the powers-that-be in Syosset are preparing the ground for the rescinding of our … [Read more...]

Merle Haggard: RIP

Today, on his 79th birthday, one of the greatest American troubadors of all time died at his home in California. Merle Haggard, born in Oilfield, was the son of migrants from Oklahoma ("Okies") who settled in a converted boxcar, where he spent the first nine years of his life. His father died when he was nine and from then on, he lived a hard life, getting involved in numerous petty crimes. He didn't have to go that route because many recognized his talent --even as a youngster. In any … [Read more...]

Well, We Have a Bishop

That's about the best way to explain yesterday's announcement about the new Bishop of Dallas and the South, given as it was announced in such a passive, off-handed tone. It literally couldn't have been more underwhelming. Please understand, I have no ill-will towards Bishop Alexander Golitzin of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese. I imagine few people in the Diocese of the South do for that matter. What we do have in the wake of his "election" is bewilderment. Huh? He wasn't even on the … [Read more...]

Patriarch Kirill Defends Orthodoxy

With the recent intervention in Syria a success, Moscow continues to feel its oats. Latest case in point is the message of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All-Russia which was delivered on the Sunday of Orthodoxy. In most cathedrals throughout the Orthodox world, this day occasions a perfunctory sermon on the Seventh Ecumenical Council and the restoration of the icons. Sometimes a more erudite exposition on the nature of matter is offered. His Holiness however decided that a bracing … [Read more...]

Je Suis Charles Martel: Part 3

If there's any doubt in anybody's mind that the President doesn't have the back of Western Civilization, his nonchalant attitude in Cuba should dispel it. Think of it, while Belgian police were shifting through the horrible carnage in Brussels, our President and his elegantly coiffed wife and daughters were doing the "wave" with Raul Castro at a baseball game. Just imagine if George W Bush were still in office and he pulled off a stunt like that. The game was bad enough. The optics of … [Read more...]

I Wonder What This is All About?

According to oca.org, Metropolitan Tikhon will "concelebrate" the Divine Liturgy with Patriarch Bartholomew at the patriarchal cathedral of St George in the Phanar District on the tomorrow, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy If so, this is significant. The word "concelebrate" is not one that is used lightly. According to my sources, it means that in doing so, the Ecumenical Patriarch fully recognizes the canonicity of the OCA. By extension, it also means that he recognizes the autocephaly of the … [Read more...]

Freedom of Speech and All That

It looks like NATO ally and Defender of Western ValuesTM Turkey is not all the on board with all of our so-called Western values after all. Recently, President Teggip Erdogan arrested a journalist who compared him to Gollum, the horribly deformed Hobbit from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I bring this up because our Neoliberal Establishment continues to club President Vladimir Putin of Russia over the head because of his alleged persecution of journalists. For what it's worth, Erdogan … [Read more...]

Kalmoukos – “Spiritual” Courts: An Unholy Joke

Source: The National Herald 03/10/2016 By Theodore Kalmoukos Analysis I had written about the so-called “Spiritual” Courts some years ago. The reason that I decided to write about the issue once again is the recent case of Rev. James Dokos, who pled guilty to embezzling funds. And entered into a differed agreement with the authorities in order to avoid imprisonment. There are two types of “Spiritual” Courts. The First Degree, which is convened on the local … [Read more...]

George Martin the “Fifth Beatle” Dies

Source: Los Angeles Times By Richard Cromelin George Martin was a music producer in London, on the prowl for rock ’n’ roll acts in the early 1960s, when he came across a band that had been turned down by every record company in town. He wasn’t bowled over by the demo tapes, but, as he later recalled, “there was an unusual quality of sound, a certain roughness that I hadn’t encountered before....something tangible that made me want to hear more, meet them and see what they could … [Read more...]

Rod Dreher: Dallas Has A Saint

Source: The American Conservative By Rod Dreher Above is an image taken today of the incorrupt body of Archbishop Dmitri of Dallas. He died in the summer of 2011, and was buried unembalmed, according to Orthodox tradition. On Friday his body was disinterred for transferral to his new tomb in St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral in Dallas, which was his own. When the cemetery personnel opened his coffin, they found Vladyka Dmitri incorrupt. That is to say, his body had not decayed. He has … [Read more...]

The Long Cold Civil War –Part I

INTRODUCTION Recent comments on this blog ventured into describing the American character, versus the Russian character. Though not an expert on the Russian character, I feel emboldened to comment on the American one. What follows is an overly-long—but hopefully not boring—essay on the ingrained nature of the American polity. I will attempt to show why the centralized nationalism of the past seventy years is doomed to failure, no matter who is president. The reasons are … [Read more...]

Whither Ukraine?

Your's Truly does not present himself as an expert on matters Ukrainian or Eastern European. Therefore much of what follows will be controversial but hopefully, written about in a dispassionate manner. Being an American of the Southron disposition and Greek by blood (I've done the Ancestry DNA thing), I am somewhat at a remove from the rhetorical bloodletting and the incessant finger-pointing. After the euphoria of the Maidan Spring, there was some hope that the Ukraine would turn into a … [Read more...]

NATO to Turkey: You’re on Your Own, Pal

There's an old Chinese saying: "revenge is a dish best served cold." It's becoming increasing apparent that President Vladimir V Putin of Russia exemplifies it in spades. Last November, when Turkey shot down a Russian jet that intercepted its territory (for about 17 seconds), the world was caught with baited breath. It was clear that President Erdogan of Turkey was sending a message to his Russian counterpart at the very least. And possibly goading him into a wider war which would … [Read more...]

Dokos Pleads Guilty

L'affair Dokos is now at an end as far as the secular courts are concerned. Evidently, the priest in question has plead guilty and will avoid prison time. Having been through the court system myself, I am not without sympathy. The entire process is the punishment. (In due time I'll tell my own story.) It will have been all for naught if nothing is learned from this imbroglio. Perhaps the biggest lesson is that the Orthodox Church should rely on the tithes of its members for its … [Read more...]

Boy, I’m Really Having too Much Fun with this Whole Wall Meme

I'm also feeling my oats after last night's demolition of the GOP establishment. I pray it continues. I'm saddened however that Bernie Sanders' momentum got derailed. I guess you can't have it all. So here goes another "in your face" thingamajig against Pope "Who-am-I-to-judge?" Francis and those who think like him. It's really quite hilarious. It's funny on so many levels, which makes its especially delicious, not the least of which is the whole concept of a barrier itself. (Say, did … [Read more...]