Dr Mengele: Call Your Office!

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Source: AOI By Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse Selling the organs of aborted babies is big business and Planned Parenthood can deliver most organs intact chirped Dr. Deborah Nucatola between mouthfuls of food a few days ago. Nucatola, a high placed executive at Planned Parenthood, unwittingly exposed the grisly work of her organization in an undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life group. The video is disturbing. Nucatola's demeanor, her perfunctory manner about … [Read more...]

Kate Who?

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If there was any doubt in my mind that our overlords are dead-set on turning the American people against each other, it was disabused by several events over the last few weeks. A few days ago, Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of Homeland Security appeared before Congress. The issue at hand was the Sanctuary City policy and the recent murder of Kathryn Steinle by an illegal alien in San Francisco. Kate had been murdered by one Francisco Sanchez, a dangerous felon who had been deported no less … [Read more...]

ROCOR Statement on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

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Not a few of our readers were concerned by the lack of certitude in many of the episcopal statements regarding the recent SCOTUS decision. Few reached the level of defiance that characterized the earlier SCOBA encyclical which was released in 2003. And of course, we are still waiting for the opinions of some bishops who are strangely silent. It is an interesting question as to how their respective dioceses will be --or if they will be--properly disciplined. I am happy to report however … [Read more...]

Omar Sharif: RIP

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I just learned that Omar Sharif passed away. A larger-than-life figure, he hearkened back to a day when all real movie stars were people you could look up to, mainly because their talents made up for their other, less-than-admirable qualities. Sharif was such a man. For all his faults, his credits made up for them --in spades. He was most definitely a man for all seasons: bon vivant, raconteur, gambler extraordinaire, and renowned ladies' man, he had a presence, one that is all-too-often … [Read more...]

Pithy Thoughts from the Protodeacon

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When it comes to the Syosset Apparat and its brain-trust, we have an embarrassment of riches in The Protodeacon Eric Wheeler. A public intellectual, he has shown us the casuistry that is needed in order for the OCA to swallow the camel of sodomy while choking on the gnat of conservatism. For this we can be grateful. His eloquence sometimes needs visual assistance. We therefore provide you, Dear Reader, with his graphic sermon. Enjoy. … [Read more...]

The Reardon Option or the Chicago Veto?

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In a previous posting on the atrocious Obergefell ruling of the Supreme Court, I closed with an outline of some possible options available to us. The first was the Reardon Option, which I named in honor of Patrick Henry Reardon, a priest in the Antiochian jurisdiction. Fr Patrick informed us about a month ago that he had stopped acting as an agent for the State of Illinois by refusing to sign marriage licences. He would continue of course in his capacity as an Orthodox priest to preside … [Read more...]

Happy Fourth!

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Even if we don't really have a Constitutional Republic anymore, we can at least wax nostalgic about what once was. I have a feeling that, looking into this this little girl's eyes that there will be hell to pay for all our sins. Lord have mercy. In the meantime, Your's Truly will be en famille, enjoying a great BBQ at my dad's today. Fireworks tonight --the whole shebang. I hope your's is as enjoyable! … [Read more...]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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...]