What I Saw at the Reburial: Part II

WAITING FOR THE HEARSE Once Fr Gerasim was off the phone, I asked him point-blank: "Is the body incorrupt?" "It appears so. They should be here in a little over an hour. Let's get ready." In the Cathedral, a whirl of activity was now taking place. A few more people started showing up. I told one or two that Vladyka would be arriving any minute. Looking at my smartphone, I saw the time --1:00. I figured he should arrive by 2:00 or so. Fr Gerasim told me to grab an acolyte's … [Read more...]

The Globalists Lose Another One!

The news keeps on getting better and better. First the SCOTUS ruling, then Brexit, now good news from Crete. Some of the commentators on this blog broke the news from a website called OrthodoxEthos. It seems that the Church of Greece forced changes in the watered-down document regarding the relationship between Orthodoxy and the rest of the Christian world. In particular, the self-understanding of the Orthodox was reinforced in compliance with the Nicene Creed and other Christian bodies … [Read more...]

BREXIT! The Brits Get Their Own Independence Day!

Thank God for the common sense of the British people! After years of being screwed over by the Oligarchy, they still had the right demographic makeup necessary to regain their sovereignty. We'll see if this is still the case with America. I have a feeling that the ground is shifting under our feet. Speaking of America, the Supreme Court struck down Obama's imperial overreach when it upheld a lower court ruling. This happened earlier today and I thought this would fire up the nationalist … [Read more...]

OCA Statement on Marriage

This is significant in my estimation. As even cursory readers of this blog know, we have been incessant critics of much of institutional Orthodoxy, particularly of Syossett in many instances too numerous to mention here. But I got to give credit where credit is due. Just last week, the Holy Synod released a communique to all OCA parishes reaffirming the Orthodox Church's traditional stance on marriage and why it can never accommodate the present illicit regime regarding "gay … [Read more...]

The Conscience of a Cuckservative

If you ever wondered whatever happened to Eddie Munster, now you know. He was mentored in brown-nosing by another famous Eddie (Haskell of Leave it to Beaver fame) and then grew up to be Speaker of the House of Representatives (2015-2017). This odious fellow, who presumes to speak for the GOP faithful, is quite possibly the most self-absorbed man that ever walked the face of the earth. Megyn Kelly (a drama queen if there ever was one) looks like a wallflower in contrast. One has to … [Read more...]

Orlando: I Know –Let’s Blame Conservatives!

If there's any doubt that the false religion of secularism, Progressivism, what-have-you is on the verge of a nervous breakdown, it's being dispelled right before out eyes. Last Sunday, in the wee hours of the morning, 49 patrons of a gay bar were killed by a lone gunman and some fifty others were wounded. Within a few hours, it was obvious that the gunman, a certain Omar Siddique Mateen, took to heart his Imam's pronouncements that it was "compassionate" to kill homosexuals. And so he … [Read more...]

Misha: Why it all Matters

Guest Columnist By Misha In the run up to the Great and Holy Synod, many Orthodox and others have been confused as to reason for the disagreements about how best to proceed forward as One Church with one clearly defined faith. I thought I would address this in the spirit of “Why We Fight” from the World War II documentary about the motivations behind allied efforts. The faith of the Orthodox Church is totally unique in its placement of Holy Tradition, the Life of the Holy Spirit in the … [Read more...]

Is the Phanar about to Fall into Schism?

Source: Orthodox England Two Local Orthodox Churches, Bulgaria and Antioch, have withdrawn from the Crete meeting, organized by Phanar bureaucrats in Constantinople. The Georgian Church, savagely insulted by the Phanar (just as it also insulted the Bulgarian Church, causing a diplomatic incident, and the Church of Greece, whose canonical territory it invaded) for its faithfulness to Orthodoxy, may not attend. The Serbian Church has called for the meeting to be postponed and the Russian … [Read more...]

Asymetric Warfare

Now that the presidential primaries are over, things are coming into focus --at least on the Republican side. On the Democrat side of the ledger things are still somewhat muddy. Bernie has refused to concede, promising to take the fight to the bitter end in Philadelphia. I imagine that Party luminaries will read him the riot act behind closed doors but that still doesn't solve the problem of his millions of energized Millennial voters. For what it's worth, Trump has made sincere overtures to … [Read more...]

Is Crete Being Derailed?

To all my readers, please forgive what follows but something seems afoot. Not fifteen minutes ago I received a text from one of my many contributors. According to this source His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew is convening an "emergency meeting" of the Holy Synod at the Phanar. It appears that last-minute concerns from several quarters in Greece, Athos, Antioch and Russia, as well as the backing out of the Bulgarian and Georgian Churches is causing the entire council to unravel. The … [Read more...]

What I Saw at the Reburial: Part One

[Editor's Note: It's been a good three months now since the reburial of Archbishop Dmitri Royster of Dallas. Many have asked for my perspectives, especially since I was there during the weekend of March 4-6, when we finally placed him in the chapel which had been painstakingly erected to house his earthly remains. What follows is a recollection of my experiences, recounted in as sobering a fashion as possible. As this was an extremely emotional experience, I felt that the passage of some time … [Read more...]

Why Vladimir Putin’s People Love Him

I realize the title of this essay (as well as graphic) is going to cause some to clutch their pearls and fall on the fainting couch, but hear me out: This is an insightful essay. It bears attention and should be read in a dispassionate manner --the same manner I dare say in which it was written. What we are witnessing with the rise of Vladimir Putin is nothing less than a (hopeful) return to a respect for national sovereignty. As a political conservative (in the Burkean sense) I very much … [Read more...]

Is the Pope Catholic? Part Whatever

OK, this is getting tiresome. When someone asks if "the Pope is Catholic?" it's understood as a rhetorical question. Along the lines of "does a bear [defecate] in the woods? The answer to both is always "yes." So why am I tired? Mainly because the current pontiff makes me wonder anymore if this even partly true. I can't figure this guy out. He comes into the See of Peter for all intents and purposes as the Second Coming of Papa Pinko (John XXIII) and upsets all the Traditionalist … [Read more...]

The Doctrine of Liberal Fundamentalism: A Parody of George Orwell’s “1984”

By Let Freedom Ring! As we of the elite class of America consider ourselves to be the best educated group in the nation, and as we have grown tired of having to tolerate our intellectual inferiors, we believe the time has come for those of us of the liberal persuasion to at long last do away with all competition in political, economic, and social and moral philosophies, and simply take over the United States. We know what is best for everyone. From this moment on, unless you agree with us, … [Read more...]

Fr. Robert Arida Raises His Head Again

After a hiatus of at least a year, Fr. Robert Arida reappears advocating for — you guessed it — homosexualism. You may recall his earlier essay Never Changing Gospel; Ever Changing Culture, a turgid, poorly reasoned effort calculated to silence his critics who oppose sanctioning homosexualism in the Orthodox Church. The essay was roundly (and appropriately) criticized and the OCA was forced to remove it from its youth blog while never explaining how the propaganda got posted … [Read more...]

Captain America, Homophobe

Well, that's basically the gist of this new critique of the latest installment in the Captain America Trilogy brought to you by Marvel Studios. The critic (Douglas Ernst, writing in the online version Vanity Fair May, 9, 2016) is offended because in one scene, Steve Rogers ("Cap") and his sidekick James Buchanan ("Bucky") Barnes are reminiscing about their old skirt-chasing ways during World War II. Ernst is particularly exercised because Steve Rogers has an excess of "heterosexual … [Read more...]

St Savas’ Cathedral (NYC) Destroyed by Fire

Christ is Risen! It is with sad news that we report that St Savas' Serbian Orthodox Church in New York City was destroyed by fire. This historic building, in the Chelsea neighborhood, had served the local Serbian-American population for almost seventy years. At first, it was thought that arson was to blame but it seems likely that it was accidental. If anybody has any other information, or would like to help that community regroup and rebuild, please feel free to comment on this … [Read more...]

Hoosier Daddy?!

Your's Truly is in the process of recovering from an overwhelming paschal weekend and am presently working on another installment of "The Long, Cold Civil War." In the meantime, I came across this picture on Drudge last night and it made me giddy to no end. A few peremptory thoughts: 1. This is going to be a wave election. The New York and Acela primaries of the previous two Tuesdays show that a demographic shift of tsunami-like proportions among the core, white demographic is … [Read more...]

Christ is Risen!

A belated one anyway! Forgive Your Humble Host for the delay in greetings. Holy Week was beyond intense and have only caught up with sleep this morning. Anyway, I pray that you and yours had a wonderful Easter. (And yes, that is the appropriate title for the Feast of Feasts in English.) Truly He is arisen! … [Read more...]

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...]