To the Catacombs, Go!

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Introduction: The Freedom that comes from Losing One of the silver linings that come from being vanquished is that it makes it easier to speak the truth. It doesn't matter how alarmist your words may be, once your side has lost there's no reason for the victors to fear your arguments, no matter how truthful they are. "Yeah, you were right that once we got gay marriage enacted we'd look to legalizing polygamy. So what? You lost." That's basically where we're at. Christians and conservatives … [Read more...]

We Ask You Not to Force Us to Choose


We Live in the Age of Dostoevsky Source: AOI By Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse The SCOTUS decision to legalize gay marriage reveals that the corruption of American cultural gatekeepers and institutions is nearly complete. This ruling legitimates the homosexual agenda which at bottom is not about civil rights but the inversion of the moral bedrock of Christian civilization. Religion is the ground of culture wrote philosopher Russell Kirk and when religion changes so does the culture. The … [Read more...]

The Stars and Bars Now, the Stars and Stripes Next


On balance, the Internet is a wonderful thing. If you overlook the fluff and other stuff, it's a veritable treasure-trove of information. It keeps things lively. And it keeps them from falling down the Memory Hole. Like the Clinton-Gore license plate displayed here on Monomakhos. Yep, that's right. That's the old Stars and Bars, Ole Suspenders, the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. It's been a huge part of Americana since the War of the Northern Aggression. Up until a few … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Jonah Finally Released!

His Eminence Metropolitan Jonah, then Primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) in St Catherine’s, the OCA podvorie in Moscow, with His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations for the Moscow Patriarchate.

In the words of that great Negro Spiritual: "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty: free at last!" While we celebrate this momentous occasion, a special shout-out must be given to certain people who helped make this possible. You know who you are and may the Lord grant you increase. One person who deserves special mention however is Fr Charles Nalls, Canon-lawyer, Anglican priest, and all-around great guy. He offered his services over these last three years pro bono and he … [Read more...]

The Memory Hole


Beginning today, readers of Monomakhos will notice a new heading where "Fr Robert Arida" used to be. We're calling it "The Memory Hole." The name comes from George Orwell's prophetic book 1984. In that book, the reader learned that the Ministry of Truth was able to shut up all discussion about inconvenient facts by shunting them down said hole. In the age of the Internet, this is rather harder to do but it's not impossible, as anybody who has ever gone to "404 Error"-Land can tell … [Read more...]

Nice Work if You Can Get It


It has been said that The New York Times is beyond parody.  I believe that.  The reality though is much broader:  our entire culture now is a miasma of absurdity.  That's why it really doesn't matter who's elected president in 2016 --the rot is too pervasive. That doesn't mean however that we can't have fun.  Mockery is one of the few arrows left in the quiver of traditionalists and conservatives.  So we might as well use it whenever we can.  Consider the case of Rachel Dolezal, … [Read more...]

Puhalo Strikes Again


Words continually fail me when it comes to His Eminence Lazar Puhalo.  Perhaps a picture (left) will do justice instead; and maybe a screenshot (below) as well.  Perhaps both. Below are his musings regarding the "courage" evinced by Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner --winner of the 1976 Decathlon, husband of three wives and sire of six children--when he decided to cut off his penis. It's times like this that I ask myself yet again:  why did the Holy Synod take in Archbishop Puhalo in the first place? … [Read more...]

Texas Orthodox Clergy Speak Out on Gay Marriage and the “Rebellion Against God’s Created Order”

Russian Orthodox Wedding

The Orthodox pastors of the greater Houston area have thrown down yet another gauntlet down in the face of the homosexual juggernaut that has gripped our nation. I admire their defiance. My only question at his point is why haven't other Orthodox clergy associations spoken so eloquently? This is the second time for Houston's Orthodox clergy to do so. Please take time to read this excellent encyclical. In the meantime, keep each of the signatories in your prayers. Gay … [Read more...]

Dizinformazia and the Homosexualist Agenda

Soviet-Gay Pride

Recently, Monomakhos has been subjected to a plethora of postings from names that we have never seen before. "Anne Margaret," "Leftwinger," "Pelagia Hoffman," "Charles P" and "american convert" being among them. Some of you have questioned the timing of this recent barrage of out-and-out homosexual propaganda. My own suspicions were raised when one of them brazenly stated that he and his "husband" were welcomed at an Ephraimite monastery and allowed to commune. Poppycock. Thanks to … [Read more...]

ЕФРЕМ АРИЗОНСКИЙ. Старцы – Ephraim of Arizona. Starets

St. Anthony Monastery in Arizona

Monomakhos has been going on now for about --what--four, five years?  We've covered a lot of topics, stirred up the occasional hornet's nest or two, raised a little ire, but also injected some jocularity into the proceedings. I imagine that this posting on the Athonite monasteries will open up a can of worms as well.  We have recently witnessed an increase in criticism about the Elder Ephraim and his monastic movement from serious commentators. In the interest of full disclosure, I have … [Read more...]

An Example of Creativity Unleashed by the Gospel


As we head into the Pentecost season, it would be good to commiserate a little about the charisms of the Holy Spirit. As such, I'd like to start out this week on a positive note (Lord knows, it's needed). We all know what they are more or less but what we don't know, or seem to forget, is the vitality of authentic Christian creativity which in my humble opinion, is a result of divine grace. Think of it: the sublime icons written over the ages; the stunning music both East and West, and … [Read more...]

Fr Alexander F C Webster: Transfigure or Die Trying

Fr. Alexander F.C. Webster

Source: AOI American Orthodoxy in the Public Square In the next issue of Touchstone Magazine, Fr. Alexander Webster offers a stinging but thoughtful critique of the decline of American culture to describe how the "sacrificial ethos of the eucharist" can transfigure personal life in ways that can restore and strengthen it. Fr. Webster writes: The prevailing political and cultural elites in America are succeeding, steadily and surely, in plunging our society into a post- Christian … [Read more...]

Breaking News! EP Removes Metropolitans Isaiah, Iakovos and Demetrios (Chicago)


Is Pat. Bartholomew tightening his grip on the GOA? It appears so. This news is breaking and there is no official English translation yet. The situation is fluid. We will continue to report on this as events unfold. Below are the first two reports of the change in the GOA. Source: Ethnikos Kyrios - Εθνικός Κήρυξ. Ο Πατριάρχης ζήτησε παρέμβαση Δημητρίου σε Σικάγο και Ντένβερ Full copy in Greek pasted here. Source Orthodox Reformer BREAKING: “Patriarch Calls … [Read more...]

What Did You Do in the Great WWII?


This line comes from the introduction of the movie Patton. In an inspired piece of cinematic brilliance, George C Scott is shown standing before a gigantic America flag, giving one of the greatest solilliquies in film history. In order to inspire his troops, General Patton asks a rhetorical question: "When you're sitting many years from now with your grandson on your knee and he asks you 'what did you do during the great WWII?' you won't have to answer: 'well, I shoveled shit in … [Read more...]

The Fire this Time


With apologies to the late Norman Mailer, I'd like to assert that we are now at that tipping point which he pontificated about some four decades ago. Indeed, we are beyond that. The leaders of our cities believe that the police need to give rioters, thugs, and malcontents "the space to destroy." The fire is now, it is this time. All the next times will be more of the same. That probably will be the epitaph of our nation when, thanks to the kakistocracy, it all comes crashing down. For … [Read more...]

The Orthodox Face of The March for Marriage

March for Marriage 2015

Monomakhos is happy to note that one of our contributors, Fr Hans Jacobse, was the Orthodox spokesman at The March for Marriage. In our humble estimation, this may become another iconic moment in American Orthodoxy. (A special shout-out to Metropolitan Joseph, in whose jurisdiction Fr Hans belongs.) Fr Hans spoke simply but eloquently, explaining the Orthodox position regarding traditional monogamy and the threat posted by gay "marriage" to religious liberty. The good news is that many … [Read more...]

The Orthodox Church Strongly Endorses the March for Marriage, Encourages All Faithful to Participate

Met. Joseph

Tomorrow promises to be an exciting day in the history of American Orthodoxy. Thanks to the leadership of His Eminence Metopolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, several Orthodox clergymen will be leading the March. One in particular, Fr Hanse Jacobse (who runs the American Orthodox Institute blog), will be the Orthodox speaker at this event, explaining in his inimitable way what the Orthodox position is on The New Anthropology. For those interested in … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Joseph Urges Orthodox to March for Marriage

Met. Joseph

This just in: please take the time to read this thoughtful encyclical by His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Archiocese. This is important. It's very thoughtful and it's clear to me that His Eminence is laying down an important marker in the present struggle against The New Anthropology. The question is, will the other Orthodox jurisdictions step up to the plate? The letter below was received from Met. Joseph urging Orthodox Christians to join the March for … [Read more...]

What Did Christ Do on Holy Saturday?

Christ Releasing the Prisoners of Dachau (Click to enlarge)

Source: Religion News Service (RNS) Every Christian knows the story: Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. But what did he do on Saturday? That question has spurred centuries of debate, perplexed theologians as learned as St. Augustine and prodded some Protestants to advocate editing the Apostles' Creed, one of Christianity's oldest confessions of faith. Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and most mainline Protestant churches teach that Jesus … [Read more...]

Shooting the Prisoners in Indiana


In case anybody had any misconceptions, the Culture Wars are now over. The Brownshirts have won in an overwhelming manner. As Rod Dreher has recently pointed out, Gay, Inc. is now the reigning orthodoxy of the American Republic. All that is left now are a few mopping-up operations and shooting the prisoners. Orthodox believers of the various faith traditions are now left with few options. Those of the Christian variety who are not pollyannish and/or devotees of the Welfare State now see … [Read more...]