The Futility of Sanctions

Forgive me, but I was going to write my thoughts on the state of the American economy. It was to be a follow-up to last week's post on the Russian economy; or more specifically, on the Russian psyche and why they won't buckle under Western pressure. Yesterday however, the Congress passed, and the president signed, a new law creating even more sanctions. This is beyond foolish. Clearly President Trump didn't want to sign this bill but he lacked the votes in the Congress to sustain his veto. … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts on the Economies of Russia and the US

INTRODUCTION Recently, some of our correspondents have engaged each other (and Yours Truly) on the state of affairs of Russia, specifically its economy. Three thoughtful commentators in particular are the genesis for this essay. I'm sure they will recognize themselves in this and the following essay. Some of the criticism leveled against the Russian Federation has to do with not a little animus against President Putin himself. Fair enough, he's no choirboy. And yes, his strong-man style … [Read more...]

The Fruits of Amsterdam?

One of the arguments leveled against Yours Truly, regarding the alleged normalization of sodomy within the Church is that there is no "proof" that any Orthodox officialdom is even countenancing such a thing. "Go to any official website and you'll see no such thing" I am told. Fair enough, that is correct. However I never said that there was an "official" effort to sanction sodomy. Instead, a careful reading of my words is that this is an "insidious" process, one that takes years (if not … [Read more...]

It’s Called “Arkancide”

There's a curious malady associated with a specific group of men and women who have come into contact with Bill and Hillary Clinton. In some political circles it's called "Arkancide", that is suicide under specific (and peculiar) circumstances. At present, there is no cure for this disease, nor is there any specific cause other than close contact with the Clintons. This is curious however, as thousands of people have come into contact with Mr and Mrs Clinton over the years and suffered no … [Read more...]

Showdown in Chicago

Ever since the accession of Metropolitan Bartholomew Archandonis to the See of Constantinople, things have gotten --interesting. Not only for Orthodoxy in general but for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of American in particular. His first act was showing the Evangelical seekers the door when Gillquist, Sparks, et al were searching for admission into the GOA (while he was still metropolitan); his second most egregious act was to crush the spirit of Ligonier. The GOA bishops who signed the … [Read more...]

“Because Hitler”

The phrase "because Hitler" has become the new argument for many conservatives. It is trotted out at time (myself included) to those who presently want to provoke the Russian bear (as well as other things). As in "Putin is just as bad as Hitler", etc. This is an inverse of Godwin's Law, towit if you give a line of debate enough time, Hitler's name will be invoked. It's also an a great rejoinder to Leo Strauss's reductio ad Hitlerum. In other words, just because Hitler believed in … [Read more...]

Maybe Monastics Should Stay Off of Social Media?

Forgive the tongue-in-cheek title. Far be it from me to suggest restraint when it comes to the internet. In case you didn't know by know, I'm a First Amendment absolutist. When it comes to monastics however, perhaps a little introspection is called for. I dunno, this makes me sound like a hypocrite. (In my defense, I am a layman so I suppose that makes a difference.) So where am I going with this? Here's where: Sr Vassa, a very popular YouTuber and all-around good person stepped in it … [Read more...]

Is the Pope on His Way Out?

There's a lot on Monomakhos' plate lately. A veritable embarrassment or riches if I may say so myself. CNN's thuggery, the collapsing Russian Hacking Narrative, the implosion of feminism and the now-apparent nihilism of faggotry. And the nexus between these and Islam. Immigration of course and yes, the latest dust-up with the beloved Sr Vassa. We are talking about nothing less than the collapse of the imaginary secular worldview. In fact, my gut tells me that we are getting ready … [Read more...]

Do You Want Fries with Your Nothingburger?

And the hits just keep on coming. Folks, we are witnessing nothing less than the complete implosion of the Corporate Media. In the video below, someone from James O'Keefe's Project Veritas has captured CNN's Van Jones giving up the game. Which is that the whole Russia Collusion thing is a fantasy or as he puts it, a "nothingburger". That word has caught on recently and is quickly becoming a meme. It certainly explains the nothingness of the Democratic Party and the entire progressive … [Read more...]

“Good Guys Wear Black”: Reclaiming Manliness in the Church

This is good. Please take the time to listen to this excellent podcast. You won't be disappointed. Frs Anthony Perkins and Hans Jacobse (a long-time contributor to this blog) are engaging in a lively dialogue about manliness and the loss of it in the Church. To me, this is important because the culture in the modern West has been crying out for a proper definition of sexual roles. Simply stated, we are living in an absurtopia in which nothing makes sense. This first came about with … [Read more...]

“The Most Trusted Name in News”: LOL

Folks, it's getting so that I have to pinch myself every morning when I get up. I still can't wrap my head around the fact that The Trumpster defeated Mdme Clinton. Or that he's turning things around so fast that heads are spinning (or exploding). It's like Christmas every day as far as I'm concerned. The Executive Orders alone are like manna from heaven. And the hits just keep on coming: the other day, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Trump's favor regarding the so-called Travel … [Read more...]

Dems: It’s Time for an Intervention

To my Democratic/liberal brethren and assorted Progs, Bernie Bros and whatnot: seriously, things are getting way outta hand. I say this as a Christian, as a fellow citizen. I'd say this as just a concerned onlooker or a distant relation who has been called into a group intervention in this extended family we call America. It's damn embarrassing what you're doing to yourselves. Damn embarrassing. And if you don't do something quick, you're going to jump over an electoral cliff and it'll … [Read more...]

Orthodox Pastors, Theologians Gather In Amsterdam To Discuss Their Views On Issues Of Sexuality

Source: Orthodox Christianity From June 7 to 9, an international group of Orthodox pastors and theologians gathered in Amsterdam to discuss matters of sexuality and pastoral care, reports the Amsterdam Centre for Orthodox Theology (ACOT) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, which hosted the event. Participants reflected “on a wide range of matters concerning human sexuality as addressed by science and natural law, theological anthropology, legal issues, psychology, and pastoral … [Read more...]

Episcopalians in Amsterdam?

Word on the street is that a secret meeting is being held in Amsterdam at this minute (June 7, 2017) to discuss same-sex attraction and other issues that includes an Orthodox bishop, clergy, and academics along with four St Vladimir Seminary professors and the Chancellor of the OCA. Monomakhos does not have much detail yet on the meeting but it's troubling because 1) attendants were asked to keep the meeting secret, and 2) some attendees are social justice warriors who want to drag the … [Read more...]

Abortions Covered by Russian Mandatory Medical Insurance Greatly Reduced to cases of rape and imprisoned women

Source: Pravoslavie The accepted reasons for carrying out an abortion within the mandatory medical insurance system in Russia have been greatly reduced, a Church representative had the pleasure of announcing at an international legal forum in St. Petersburg today, Interfax-Religion reports. “Progress has been made,” said Abbess Ksenia (Chernega), abbess of St. Alexis Monastery in Moscow and head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s legal department. “The list of specific … [Read more...]

“Gorgeous Greg” Gianforte: An Orthodox Perspective?

Prince Otto von Bismarck famously said "God watches over children, drunkards and the United States of America". You could just as easily apply this aphorism to the Grand Old Party; if there's any political organization that doesn't know what it's doing and yet for some unknowable reason keeps on winning, it's the Republicans (also known as The Stupid Party). Having said that, every time I want to kick the GOP to the curb, ever time I think they've snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Russian Hacking Narrative Real!

This is huge. Ordinarily, Your's Truly does not break stories before going to church. Unfortunately, I must break this custom, simply because the news I am about to report warrants it: it's now clear that the Russian Hacking Narrative is real. I was wrong. Every now and then one has to eat some crow. It's distasteful but a little humiliation every and then is good for the soul. Now it's my turn. As you all know, Monomakhos has been very critical of those who have suggested that … [Read more...]

Mattingly — Dear Time editors: The Kremlin is not a church. Dear CNN politicos: Churches are not mosques

OK, I'm really pissed. I didn't get the memo. After all the heavy lifting I've done for Putin, I should have been informed that Russia had gone ahead and conquered America before the story broke in Time Magazine. The least that he could have done was make me Grand Duke of something or other. C'mon Vlad, give me something for all my efforts! Sheesh! I have been on the road for almost a week, joyfully busy with family life. I kept glancing at news email and, let's see, … [Read more...]

Axios! Fr Alexander Webster Confirmed as Dean of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary

Source: Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia On May 3, 2017, at a regular session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Church Abroad, the V. Rev. Archpriest Alexander Webster was confirmed by the Synod as dean of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, having been nominated by the Board of Trustees of HTOS. A priest of almost 35 years, a retired US Army chaplain with the rank of Colonel, holding degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Harvard Divinity School, and … [Read more...]

Trump Unbound? Some Thoughts

HAS THERE BEEN A COUP IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION? It's been awhile since I've commented on the political situation. Lots of exciting things have taken place at stately Monomakhos Manor and I'm just now starting to get my bearings. Truth be told, I wanted to see how things were playing out. After about five months of solid joy, things took an ominous turn (in my opinion) with the Tomahawk missile strike on Syria. There was a very real fear that the Neocons who destroyed the Bush 43 … [Read more...]