I Wonder Why This Is?

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Can anybody help me out here? With the stand-off at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada, the People showed up to let Uncle Sam know that they weren't going to stand by while another Ruby Ridge or Waco happen. We can thank the New Media for that, and by that I don't mean only Talk Radio, the Internet, or even Fox News. I mean ordinary people who are armed with the latest in smartphone technology. Clearly the Feds overreached. Their abuses and bravado were caught on tape and broadcast for all … [Read more...]

Buchanan & Noonan: Putin and the Big Picture

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One of the reasons that I've long admired Pat Buchanan is because of his wont to view of world history in stark terms. I certainly don't agree with all his positions (I'm pretty much a free trader for instance) but I appreciate the way he describes the broad historical narratives. This shouldn't surprise us, after all he advised Barry Goldwater and served in both the Nixon and Reagan administrations. Love 'em or hate 'em these were Big Men who had Big Ideas: "Evil Empire," "City on a … [Read more...]

I Guess Bill Maher Didn’t Get the Memo Either

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A few years ago, Yours Truly asserted that there was a "gay cabal? in the OCA. I was derided by some for even believing such things existed. Since that time, Pope Francis revealed to the world that there was indeed such a cabal in the Vatican (he called it a "gay lobby") and now ultraliberal Bill Maher said the same thing. Only he called it a "gay mafia." What he was talking about was the recent defenestration of Brendan Eich, (former) CEO of Mozilla. Eich's crime? He gave $1,000 to … [Read more...]

As We Go Forward: A Tribute to Alexander Atty

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There has been a lot of news lately on Orthodoxy. Monomakhos has been particularly absorbed with the passing of Metropolitan Philip Saliba, Primate of the Antiochian jurisdiction in North America. At least three different perspectives on this great man have been published within short order on this website, two by Yours Truly, one by Fr Peter Preble. All have been laudatory, as they should be. Why do I say this? No man is perfect and Philip made his share of mistakes. We are here not to … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Jonah Celebrates Historic Liturgy

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Last week, His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the historic Wren Chapel at the College of William and Mary. It is believed to be the first time that the Divine Liturgy was celebrated in this chapel, the oldest college building in the United States. The nexus to Orthodoxy is auspicious in that this college was attended by Col Philip Ludwell III, the first Anglo-American convert to Orthodoxy. (Ludwell was the man who gave a young George Washington his first … [Read more...]

In Memoriam

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In memory of the late Metropolitan Philip Saliba, Primate of the Antiochian Orthdoox Archdiocese of North America, Monomakhos will not publish any comments today. Instead, I ask that you take this day to pray for his soul, his legacy, and God's Holy Church here in North America. If you want, his funeral will be live-streamed today, courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. Thus, you will be able to participate in a virtual manner. Memory Eternal! … [Read more...]

Fr Peter Preble: Memory Eternal! Metropolitan Philip

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By Fr. Peter Preble Last night I was scanning through some posts on Facebook when the falling asleep of Metropolitan Philip was announced. As with all things social media related, one has learned to wait for confirmation from official sources. As more and more people began to post about it became clear that he has in fact fallen sleep. I knew that he has been struggling with health issues after a recent heart attack but one was not ready for this news. His Eminence was larger than life … [Read more...]

Breaking: Jonah Released!

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Or so it is that Monomakhos has heard from various sources. Hopefully, this is correct. Ordinarily we don't run with "word on the street" things unless it comes from more than two sources. It has been known for some time that ROCOR has put in a formal request for His Beatitude to be released from the OCA. The Synod of the OCA waited until their recently concluded meeting to formalize the necessary arrangements. More details will follow as they become available. In the meantime, … [Read more...]

Another Enconium

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Memory eternal: Metropolitan Philip’s life was a story Source: Get Religion | Terry Mattingly Anyone who has worked on the religion beat for more than, well, a week knows that the membership statistics circulated by most mainstream religious organizations are rarely worth the paper on which they are printed. For example, while there may, in fact, be 1.2 billion Catholics in this world of ours this tells us very little about the number of believers who are in Mass every week, who … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Philip Saliba – May His Memory be Eternal

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Monomakhos just heard a little over an hour ago that His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip Saliba, Primate of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America has fallen asleep in the Lord. I will ask indulgence of you Dear Reader as I am in the process of writing something commensurate with the man. No doubt I will fail in the task but bear with me anyway as we try to sift through the meaning of his life and legacy. More will be written later on as time and events warrant. Metropolitan Philip … [Read more...]

Ukraine: Who Won, Who Lost

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Source: The National Interest | Andranik Migranyan | March 6, 2014 There is an avalanche of information demonizing both Putin and Russia and painting them as aggressors. Aside from various statements by those who apparently still live, and live happily, in the Cold War, such as Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Fox News analysts, and neoconservatives, there are those who offer objective and balanced analysis of events in Ukraine. Among these include former U.S. National Security … [Read more...]

Remembering the Alamo

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Once again, another year has passed and I missed the actual anniversary. There are many reasons for freedom-loving people to remember what happened at the Alamo almost two centuries ago. A fine performance by Dennis Quaid, who got Sam Houston just right. If you ever get a chance, please take the time to watch the 2004 version of The Alamo, also featuring Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLmNJlht5k0 … [Read more...]

The Brum Doctrine

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As you may remember, there were many complaints that animated Yours Truly about OCANews. Among them was its selective outrage; another was its desire to uphold "Accountability and Transparency" only when it suited its purveyor and his Syosset handlers. We made a reasonable case that Mr Stokoe was aligned with liberalizing forces within the OCA and that they would use any means necessary to maintain their hold on the OCA. We have seen little before, during, and after this assertion was made … [Read more...]

Breaking: The Nuns are Released

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If this is true, the Lord be praised! We will post additional stories as events dictate. In the meantime, let us pray for their recovery and well-being, and for the repentance of those who kidnapped them. May they be brought to faith in Jesus Christ. --Monomakhos Kidnapped nuns’ harrowing ordeal ends Source: Daily Star| Hussein Dakroub BEIRUT: Thirteen nuns were freed late Sunday by Syrian rebels in exchange for the release by Damascus of more than 150 Syrian women … [Read more...]

Democracy = Violent Overthrow of Elected Government?

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Take a look at the map above. Leaving all other considerations aside, it's a mess. It's worse than a mess, it's a recipe for disaster. If any country could make a case for secession, the Ukraine would be it. (And then ask yourself if we are looking into America's future given our continued Balkanization but that's a story for another day). Let's leave all that aside for now. The fact remains that the legally elected president of that benighted country was overthrown by mob rule. True, … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts on American Orthodox Historiography

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Recently, a lively exchange has been going on between two of our most respected correspondents. It is regarding the primacy of the first Orthodox jurisdiction in the United States. I'm going to allow it to continue because a wealth of information is coming out, some of which was unknown to me. I imagine this is the case for many of you. As such, the debate and the bringing forth of documents is all to the good. Yours Truly is taking notes because of his own interest in this matter. We … [Read more...]

As We Begin Our Lenten Journey…

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...I would like to announce a four day "time-out" for myself. Until the service of the Canon of St Andrew of Crete, I will withhold from personal commentary and/or the posting of news-stories, editorials, diatribes, etc. If you wish to comment you may do so but I won't release any comments until Thursday. I hope this doesn't put anybody out. In the meantime, please take the time to read Martin Paluch's comment today. It's very eloquent. (Note: there are several comments that have not … [Read more...]

Savas Strikes Again!

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A Preemptive Blunder I'm backlogged on my OCA stuff. The Beatles piece was supposed to come out two weeks ago, closer to the actual anniversary date. I've got a couple of other articles ready to go. But things like the following keep setting me back. His Eminence, Savas Zembillas, GOA Metropolitan of Pittsburgh, outdid almost everyone else. He launched a missile over the bow of the Arizona religious freedom bill that the GOP-controlled legislature before it was passed and vetoed by Gov Jan … [Read more...]

50 Years On: The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show

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Even though I was only five years old, I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a Sunday night, 7:00pm and I was sitting on the floor of our living room, about 3 feet away from the TV. The images flickering in black-and-white were captivating as always. Our end-of-week ritual was about to commence. My dad was sitting on the couch holding my little sister (who was two) and my grandpa was sitting in the easy-chair. The dishes were in the sink and Mom was getting ready to sit down next … [Read more...]

Salt Lake City: Another Nail in the Coffin of the EA?

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The title for this post as sent to me from a friend, was originally "Doing the Church While Greek." He's a Greek-American like myself so I imagine our mutual chagrin. It was his description of a recent news-story out of Salt Lake City in which a scuffle (and probably more) broke out recently in the narthex of St Elias Greek Orthodox Church between supporters of the parish priest and disgruntled parish members. The story in a nutshell is this: Salt Lake City has two Greek Orthodox parishes … [Read more...]