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Father I will respond to your thoughtful post when I can. I will observe that I am hard pressed to believe that the meaning of the parable of the talents is found in market economics.
» Posted By Anon On May 30, 2013 @ 12:08 pm
There are many problems in the OCA but aligning with libertarian values and with forces dedicated to the veneration of the market is hardly a solution to any of them. How defining the OCA in terms that appear objectively to be at odds with Holy Tradition but align with American style classical liberalism helps anything I cannot imagine.
» Posted By Anon On May 28, 2013 @ 11:17 am
A simple Google search will bring this up;
It gives the complete story.
Please, could people stop being so willing to believe everything “right-wing” media purports to be true?
I notice that a right-wing story about Senator Menendez (?), regarding prostitutes has been shown to be false. Of course, no admission that it has, right?
All this shows is that there’s really a great market for persecution stories.
» Posted By anon On March 31, 2013 @ 4:34 pm
According to what we read on the internet, it looks like Bishop Matthias was totally out of line. The Church should deal with the situation according to the canons.
But the above article is like a group of people standing around the coffee maker, making themselves into judge, jury and executioner, while simultaneously turning the “crowd” into the same. If anyone comments in a way critical of the Sons of Job, who “Can’t Be Wrong,” that person will be branded.
We are not told in the above article what Bishop Matthias and Bishop Alexander actually said in the meetings. We are only told that others who were there said Bishop Matthis was “self-pitying,” “manipulative,” etc. I’m not disputing that he was, but I am questioning the way it’s being presented. It smacks of manipulation on their part.
I still find it ironic that The Sons of Job name themselves after Ever Memorable Archbishop Job. Are they his legacy? It looks like the Sons of Job are from the Midwest, and many clergy and their wives are part of this group.
Aren’t these the same clergy who signed their names to the letter supporting Bishop Job back in the day? Are they still in full support of everything Archbishop Job, Mark Stokoe and Eric Wheeler said and did back then? Do they support them to this day, even after all the testimony that has been written by those who knew them well, which goes against the rosy picture of old? This seems two-faced to me. Actually, to be honest, it makes me feel kind of sick and betrayed.
I’m leery of the Sons of Job. I wonder what is going on when all these clergy and deans and wives of the Midwest speak out so anonymously; but I don’t expect them to clarify or answer my questions.
» Posted By anon On March 3, 2013 @ 7:25 am
Why didn’t Archbp. Benjamin ant the others (including all the ‘retired bishops’ ) sign the Manhattan Declaration? Let’s see the signatures!
PS I didn’t sign it since I didn’t agree with a few of the provisions.
» Posted By anon On January 11, 2013 @ 7:44 pm
7:00 PM EST – I just left Metropolitan Jonah, and there has been NO DEAL STRUCK. Zero. Zip. Nada.
In my very own opinion: Brood of vipers!!! You might as well just put that hat on Kishkovsky – he’s who will actually be wearing it.
» Posted By Anon On November 13, 2012 @ 6:10 pm
What happens if clergy are ‘set up’ by senior clergy to send women to ‘help’ them to overcome certain indulgences or addictions?
this has happened more than once.
» Posted By anon On October 14, 2012 @ 11:02 pm
I know of a priest who confessed to an unfortunate sexual act with a person not his wife. He was put on hold, then suspended. He got a job as a fry cook. His wife kept him (and the kids) and she has a good paying job. but he is not a priest anymore. Sad, because he was a real good one in every respect and was and is loved by those he served.
I won’t say from where so that all can be protected.
» Posted By anon On October 14, 2012 @ 8:26 pm
Bishop Mel’s friendship with +Jonah??? What planet do you come from? With friends like that +Jonah doesn’t need any enemies. Also, have you taken into account +Mel’s insistence that the monastery of nuns in DC had to leave the country – because they know him too well? A monk that gets up and leaves his monastery in the middle of the night, because he is told he cannot attain to bishop if he is connected to his abbot and this monastery, (and take two other monks with him) – this monastery where he has sworn before God to stay and work out his repentance – is not someone I could trust. Yes – there are monks who leave – with the blessing of their abbot – that blessing BEFORE they leave. This one has an abbot who loves him, and gave him a blessing after the fact, and +Mel refused to take it – he would have needed to be humble. Having known and been around +Mel for almost 10 years I have never seen anything I could call humility.
» Posted By Anon On September 20, 2012 @ 7:27 am
Cal Owen: The bishops of the OCA are so afraid of +Jonah and his presence! +Jonah was not invited by the group, and Archbishop Nathaniel even phoned the sec. Bishop Basil of Kansas to be sure +Jonah wouldn’t be there! Anyway, +Jonah went on a wonderful pilgrimage to Bari and that was best for him.
» Posted By Anon On September 16, 2012 @ 4:39 pm
Lola, it wasn’t the “Fr. Ross” celebration where +JONAH was beside Met. HILARION, it was St. John Maximovich’s cathedral in SF – Joy of All Who Sorrow. It was a joy to see him there for sure.
» Posted By Anon On September 15, 2012 @ 5:58 pm
He has not even been tried.
» Posted By Anon On September 15, 2012 @ 5:49 pm
There are none so blind as those that will not see.
Those who do not read are no better off than those who cannot.
» Posted By Anon On September 20, 2012 @ 1:08 pm
Amen. Amen. Amen.
» Posted By Anon On September 15, 2012 @ 2:42 pm
“Even if bishops are driven from their Churches, be not dismayed. If traitors have arisen from among the very clergy themselves, let not this undermine your confidence in God. We are saved not by names, but by mind and purpose, and genuine love toward our Creator. Bethink you how in the attack against our Lord, high priests and scribes and elders devised the plot, and how few of the people were found really receiving the word.”
“I exhort you, therefore, not to faint in your afflictions, but to be revived by God’s love, and to add daily to your zeal, knowing that in you ought to be preserved that remnant of true religion which the Lord will find when He comes on the earth.” -St. Basil the Great
I try to just make the next good choice.
» Posted By Anon On September 13, 2012 @ 3:40 pm
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” -Joseph Goebbels
How bad do things have to get before people say “No!”?
» Posted By Anon On September 12, 2012 @ 11:01 am
Ah, but you should listen to the music – it’s a song, and it’s hauntingly lovely.
» Posted By Anon On September 9, 2012 @ 11:22 pm
Yes Bruce, those documents do exist, but they are un-canonical and fraudulent. That paper says His Grace was released from the monastery – Petrillo – which he has never so much as put his foot into – not his actual monastery, Petra – which he fled from without any blessing, taking two other monks with him. If you go to http://entranceofthetheotokos.org/ you will find the paper trail which verifies my statements fully. (+Mel was informed that he could never be accepted as a Bishop if he remained under his Abbot, so he fled.) It is un-canonical because in Greece you may only be released by your Abbot – not your Bishop. This is the law.
In Greece there is no separation of church and state, so His Grace was danger of being hauled into court there, including possible jail time, however, his Abbot signed a release for him from his actual monastery, which His Grace has never just simply accepted. The Bishop in Greece is also in danger of legal action for his fraudulent signature. His Grace has been given a letter from +JONAH (for over a year now) demanding +Mel rectify this. He has not.
This had been stated many times, and you can look back through this blog and others to see it.
» Posted By Anon On September 1, 2012 @ 6:25 pm
Bishop Melchizedek, who is here from Greece un-canonically, and ‘completely under the protection’ (read ‘stool pigeon’) of the EC in Constantinople? You mean that Bishop Mel?
Thanks. I hadn’t had my really good belly laugh for the day.
» Posted By Anon On August 30, 2012 @ 12:17 pm
Absolutely not: Rod seems to be psychologically unstable at best, downright malevolent at worst. I really don’t see the much difference between her blog and this one as it relates to prelest and unChristian behavior generally.
» Posted By Anon On August 24, 2012 @ 1:03 pm
I am having a hard time understanding why Barbara is any worse than Rod. Christ’s Church would benefit greatly if all involved sought peace and stillness.
» Posted By Anon On August 24, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
“but around 60% of sexual assault accusations made (to the police) are FALSE accusations”
Where did you come up with this statistic? Source? I have never seen a number that high published anywhere. Maybe you heard 6% and misremembered it as 60%. I hope that’s the only reason you are so eager to discredit the victims of rape.
The reality is that researchers agree that 2-8% of rape allegations are false.
Keep in mind that this data does not include the vast number of unreported victims. The majority of rapes go unreported. Among those that are reported, the chance of a false accusation is very small. More (real) statistics. Even more.
Rape is more prevalent that we realize, and it’s more likely to come from someone your wives, daughters and mothers know. 77% of rapes are perpetrated by non-strangers. Source.
Educate yourself, educate and protect your families, and please stop spreading false statistics.
» Posted By Anon On August 5, 2012 @ 4:27 pm
Did any of the desert fathers warn against engaging in gossip?
» Posted By Anon On April 27, 2012 @ 2:34 pm
The question remains, Deacon Michael: why do you recommend “The Road Less Traveled,” and “People of the Lie” by M. Scott Peck., after reading George’s commentary?
» Posted By Anon On March 31, 2012 @ 8:34 pm
Agree with you – while it’s good to see our Metropolitan taking it directly to the prophets of the flesh-god Baal, everyone should realize they they are his minor priests at AEI. Taking the Gospel directly to Cato or Heritage would be a daring, bold, perhaps even dangerous move directly into the belly of the beast.
» Posted By anon On December 9, 2011 @ 5:41 pm
Ps-Iosifson, sorry, but It really doesn’t seem to me that you are being open minded about this issue. There are facts involved which you are skipping, either inadvertently or purposefully. This issue is neither “innuendo questioning” nor “pure speculation”.
The Civil laws of Greece were transgressed. A Greek Bishop does not have any authority in this matter to “overrule” the elder and elder’s council of a Greek monastery, which was done. In doing so, for +Mel, and the others who fled with him, and subsequently ordaining those other rogue monks to become priests in Greece, the Bishop in Greece is, under Greek law, culpable and in danger of being defrocked and sent to prison. Such action has occurred before, and could again, and all involved know this well.
+Mel is completely aware of this. He could go to the monastery of his repentance and ask forgiveness for fleeing, and obtain the legitimate release papers for himself, but he would then be’ throwing the other rogue monks under the bus’…they have nothing, and the Bishop who ordained them has not a leg to stand on! +Mel is using his leverage as a Bishop in America to get the matters ALL cleared up through improper channels…(…the speculation as to why boggles the mind! George was correct to ask these questions.)
+Mel has been asked by his Metropolitan to clear up HIS papers. He has refused, despite the additional fact that he was in Greece with plenty of time to seek his legitimate release a few months ago…he did not.
There is no “messed up paperwork”. There is a clear and authentic paper trail of the discrepancies in this case. The Greek people and government are quite capable of, and in fact do, manage clear, precise and intricate documentation.
The church and State are not separated in Greece, so I wonder at your statement, “we don’t know enough about the rules and traditions of the dioceses involved back in Greece…” Many people do, although you are perhaps not among them.
Further: These rogue monks, and +Mel, have not been brought to prosecution in Greece nor in Ecclesiastical courts by their abandoned Elder and brothers in Greece, even though the Greek police could, at any moment,(in Greece, for Greek citizens) round them up and put them in jail.
I personally find it unconscionable for you to, yourself, interject innuendo and gossip here. (I am dismayed that you stooped to such in order to shore up your insubstantial arguments. What would you have said about the gossip surrounding Saint Nektarios, (among others) who was, in a completely similar manner, persecuted and vilified?)
I adjure you to pause, and reflect.
» Posted By Anon On September 30, 2011 @ 3:19 pm
Please excuse me for not referencing your question in my answer to you Carl, my remark is to reply to your question: “Are you in a position to talk directly with Archbishop Demetrios, Metropolitan Jonah, Bishop Melchisedek, or support staff at central admin at OCA and GOA?” My reply was: “Yes Carl, some people are. I am.”
» Posted By Anon On September 22, 2011 @ 3:07 pm
I do Carl. I do not wish to defend, but to clarify with regards to myself: I am personally not trying to be right – I am offering testimony.
» Posted By Anon On September 22, 2011 @ 1:36 pm
Yes Carl, some people are. I am.
» Posted By Anon On September 22, 2011 @ 1:31 pm
Back To Stats Page
From the dictionary: “Egregious: conspicuously bad, extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant….” I offer:
+Mel was connected to the nuns as it is they who nursed him through his open heart surgery, and he was their priest for years. He, who one would expect would support and succor them, was ruthless in disposing of them, and he knew they had no where to go. He demanded of +Jonah that they be removed…,
+Mel from Pittsburgh, and +Jonah from Washington… different dioceses, right? What part of this is difficult to grasp? +Jonah said to me personally, “No, I don’t want the nuns to leave. The Synod wants them to leave.” +Jonah, without the Synod’s knowledge, signed the nun’s release to ROCAR, as he put it, “To protect them.” By the time the Synod caught wind it was too late.
The nuns have, and have provided, proof of their completely canonical releases from Greece. They no longer ‘belonged in Greece’, as each is an American citizen, and their release was to America. It is spectacularly egregious that +Mel accused those nuns of being in America uncanonically, while he actually is!
By the civil and canon laws of Greece, +Mel is indictable, as is the Greek Bishop who signed his fraudulent release from a monastery in Greece where +Mel has never even put his foot. Now read carefully here: THIS IS WHY +MEL IS SO INTENT ON MAKING SOMEONE, ANYONE, PUT HIM BACK IN GOOD STANDING – EVEN PHANAR -AND HE WILL DO ANYTHING HE CAN TO GET IT, EXCEPT HUMBLE HIMSELF TO HIS ELDER!!!
The nuns were uprooted and made to leave their home, (which they had been in the process of purchasing) and to place their belongings, (generously donated by local parish faithful) in 5 locations, while they temporarily inhabit 2 different homes, which were made available to them by scandalized parishioners who understood the cowardly way these nuns were being treated. The nuns were offered temporary sanctuary. They still have no home.
Innocent nuns put out – is this “Egregious” enough for all?
» Posted By Anon On September 22, 2011 @ 1:27 pm