Out of the Mouths of Babes


One of the glories of the alt.media is that the MSM simply can't control the narrative to the extent that they could. Nobody can look at the camera after the newscast anymore and say "and that's the way it is" as Walter Cronkite did. Case in point: the case of the young Muslim student who supposedly disassembled then reassembled a clock for a science fair project. Ahmed Mohammed, of Irving, Texas, caused a stir because he brought his clock (which was in a briefcase and looked suspiciously … [Read more...]

I’ve Got a Bad Feeling about This

Pope Francis and Kim Davis

With apologies to George Meredith Lucas, this shopworn cliché from Star Wars seems applicable today. Permit me to explain. The literary motif from Star Wars springs to my Baby-boomer mind when considering the recent confusion sown by the papal spokesmen as regards Pope Francis' covert meeting with Kim Davis. To my mind, the reason for this meeting was to encourage Mrs Davis as well as Traditionalist Catholics in general. That all was not as it seemed regarding his apparent approval for … [Read more...]

Is the Pope Catholic?

Saboteur of the moral and cultural foundations of Europe.

Ordinarily, this is a rhetorical question along the lines of "does a bear [defecate] in the woods?" The obvious answer in both cases is "yes." Or so it was. Much has been written about Pope Francis recently—on this blog as well as others. Your's Truly has been taken to task for his criticisms, some of which were sarcastic. Duly noted, snark and/or sarcasm is not becoming in any discussion regarding the Pontiff and for this I beg forgiveness from those offended.   The … [Read more...]

How Come They Get to Have a Wall and We Don’t?


And a nice looking one at that. And another thing, the Vatican has a very restrictive immigration policy. In fact, by some accounts, it's strictest one of all. Only the wives of Swiss Guards are allowed to get citizenship, for example. And everyone has to be Catholic and speak Italian. How exclusivist is that? Look, I don't want to rain on Pope Francis' parade, he's a great guy and all, but can we just call a spade a spade for once? Why is it OK for a foreign head of state to come to … [Read more...]



It says in the Bible that "unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it" (Psalm 127:1-2). We may be at this point of vain labor regarding the Chambessy protocols that were established to rectify the numerous canonical irregularities that beset the Orthodox Church in North America. Metropolitan Joseph, the Primate of the Antiochian Archdiocese recently released a letter regarding the Episcopal Assembly of the United States and its deficiencies (reprinted below). Even … [Read more...]

On Which Hill Then, Should We Die On?

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Davis announced that her office will issue marriage licenses under order of a federal judge, but they will not have her name or office listed. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Our Republic has been beset by many crises of late. No doubt more await. Perhaps the most pressing one is recent case of Kim Davis, the Registrar of Rowan County, Kentucky. Mrs Davis has run afoul of the law (so to speak) when she refused to authorize licenses for homosexuals who wished to "marry." Citing her religious convictions, she refused to do so. The judge (a Bush appointee) ordered her arrested and jailed her for contempt of court. Now, I know many have taken the side that she … [Read more...]

On the Occasion of Her Majesty’s Recent Anniversary

Her majesty, Scotland's chief of the chiefs, wears her mantle as sovereign of the most ancient and most noble order of the thistle

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Though your humble correspondent is a Republican (of the Founding Father variety, not the Gang of Eight one), he does have a soft spot in his heart for the Christian monarchy. One reason I suppose is because monarchy is in the natural order of things. A republic is more or less an interlude between monarchies --or between a monarchy and anarchy. Sometimes I don't know which. Monarchies after all have an easier time of it. Old Ben Franklin --probably the wisest of our Founding Fathers--was … [Read more...]

Media Praises Rich Autocrat Who Refuses to Let More Than Two Refugee Families Into His Country


Pope: Vatican Will Shelter 2 Families Fleeing War, Hunger VATICAN CITY — Sep 6, 2015, 2:30 PM ET By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press The Vatican will shelter two families of refugees who are “fleeing death” from war or hunger, Pope Francis announced Sunday as he called on Catholic parishes, convents and monasteries across Europe to do the same. Francis cited Mother Teresa, the European-born nun who cared for the poorest in India, in making his appeal in … [Read more...]

An Orthodox Response to George Weigel, Neo-Conservatism and Latin Hatred of Russia

St. Basil Cathedral

Like many Orthodox Christians, I took offense to a recent screed written by George Weigel, a Latin-triumphalist who excoriated the Russian Orthodox Church. Frs Alexander F C Webster, Victor Potapov and Mr James G Jartras recently wrote an open letter to Mr Weigel, calling him out on his delusional Russophobia. [Courtesy: American Orthodox Institute.] It is my fervent hope that the day of the Neo-conservative stranglehold over American foreign policy is over. Weigel is an exponent of this … [Read more...]

Breaking: The Romanians Play Hardball

Abp. Nathaniel Popp

- Several days ago, I suspended commentary on the upcoming Romanian Convocare, pending any further developments. Last night, I received word that ORSMA (i.e. the Sex Czar) has been tasked with investigating allegations against Bishop Irineu Devlea, the Bishop of Dearborn Heights and currently the only auxiliary bishop in the Romanian Episcopate of the OCA. As such, I am reopening the issue of the upcoming Convocare and its various irregularities. Like all ORSMA investigations this was … [Read more...]

Who Says We Can’t Deport Anchor Babies?


Her Exaltedness stepped into it the other day when she said that we can't deport Anchor Babies and/or break up families of "immigrants." Why, it's just not done. Unless you're a Democrat and then --load up the boxcars! To paraphrase Mel Brooks: "it's good to be the Queen." … [Read more...]

Time Out


It's time now for one of Monomakos' infrequent "Time Outs." The issue this time is regarding discussion of the upcoming Romanian Convocare and the irregular nomination of two auxiliary bishops. (Irregular at least in the sense that no biographies for the candidates are forthcoming.) To be honest, the intramural debate is a little too "inside baseball" for Yours' Truly. Not speaking Romanian and being almost completely unaware of the intricacies of Romania and its diaspora, I'm at a … [Read more...]

The Purpose of the State

Byzantine Double Headed Eagle

In the previous blog posting on the Fourteenth Amendment, we informed our readers that we would further develop the concept of the State. I can think of no better introductory to this lesson than this recent essay by Dn Patrick Mitchell. Dn Mitchell as you may know, is a frequent contributor to Monomakhos. Please take the time to read it, it's quite good and very enlightening. Byzantine Empire—or Republic? The Byzantine Republic: People and Power in New Rome, Anthony Kaldellis, … [Read more...]

The 14th Amendment: Napolitano Embarrasses Himself

Judge Andrew Napolitano

When it comes to news, those of us who are in the Conservative camp are caught between a rock and a hard place. One the one hand we have the Mainstream Media which is --and has been--hostile to tradition, Christianity, and of course the Republican Party for about as long as I have been alive. On the other hand, FOX News, which has been right-of-center since its inception is no bed of roses either. Sure, the graphics, the sets, the intro music, the anchors and the anchorettes are easy on the … [Read more...]

Stacking the Deck?


Many have hoped that with the relatively quiescent tenure of Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard that the OCA had started to turn the corner. In the colorful parlance of Chancellor Jillions, we are constantly being told that "the OCA's Time of Troubles" is over. This comparison though is absurd. Any person who believes this has no sense of proportion. To compare the supposed maladministration of Metropolitan Jonah with the strife and trauma of the original Time of Troubles that obtained in Russia … [Read more...]

Transfigure or Die Trying

Fr. Alexander F.C. Webster

Orthodoxy in the American Public Square Source: AOI by Fr. Alexander F. C. Webster The prevailing political and cultural elites in America are succeeding, steadily and surely, in plunging our society into a post-Christian vortex that bears a striking resemblance in many ways to the formative centuries of the ancient Church. Faithful early Christians had to endure an inhospitable culture and a decadent ethos, as well as a hostile state. America is arguably at the mercy of militant … [Read more...]

No More Politics as Usual?

I am growing stronger...

I gotta admit, the GOP debate the other night was entertaining. Like most modern debates, it was more of a gang-press conference. Such have our standards fallen that no one could accuse it of being Lincoln-Douglass redux. Given that it was the most watched event on cable television ever, one could say that FOX news was the only clear winner. There was another winner however. The Donald. He delivered a one-two punch. He not only sucked up all the oxygen in the room but he exposed FOX … [Read more...]

Gays of Rage and Other Deep Thoughts

George Takei -- Hollywood Intellectual

In my earlier post on the recent Obergefel ruling, I went out on a limb and made a dire prediction. Namely that rather than being gratified by the hallucinatory redefinition of marriage by the Supreme Court, the Brownshirted vanguard of Gay, Inc. would not be mollified. I said this because my gut instinct is that the consciences of people in general cannot be salved after a sexual sin has occurred --irregardless of what that sin is. My specific charge was that sins involving homoerotic … [Read more...]

More Mengele: Human Capital Episode 1


Well, the hits just keep on coming. At this point, someone who's pro-abortion will have to actively turn away from these grim realities which keep on popping up, anywhere and everywhere, thanks to Breitbart and the guerilla media. (I can see Breitbart's shade doing his best Obi-Wan Kenobi imitation: "if you strike me down, I will only become stronger!") A piece of advice for the pro-abortion crowd: come clean, admit it. Go the full eugenicist and openly state that "of course we're … [Read more...]

Blessing a Business with Aplomb


In the past, we've talked here about "street evangelism" and the "ecumenism of the trenches." This video, courtesy of Byzantine, Texas, shows us just such an example. In it, we see Fr Hans Jacobse of St Peter's Antiochian Orthodox Church (Bonita Springs, Florida), blessing a restaurant and all of its patrons at the behest of its owner. I've heard through the grapevine that this is becoming more and more frequent throughout the US; that priests of whatever jurisdiction are going unafraid and … [Read more...]