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Dear Father–If you start talking like Bill Buckley, I will have to reassess reincarnation.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On April 19, 2012 @ 11:12 am
Christ is risen!
It is indeed a season of miracles! Your Grace–Much to my surprise, I find myself in complete agreement, not that this would impress you.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On April 19, 2012 @ 11:10 am
It turns out there were a series of robberies in the Zimmerman neighberhood that were committed by….black teenagers. This is not a racist fantasy reported in a KLan newsletter, this was reported by Reuters and attributed to a black neighbor.
“A criminal justice student who aspired to become a judge, Zimmerman also concerned himself with the safety of his neighbors after a series of break-ins committed by young African-American men.
Though civil rights demonstrators have argued Zimmerman should not have prejudged Martin, one black neighbor of the Zimmermans said recent history should be taken into account.
“Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.”
I wonder if the Special Prosecutor knew this.;)
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On April 26, 2012 @ 9:33 am
Dershowitz Update 1.
Source: Breitbart.com (my emphasis)
“The arrest affidavit did not mention the photograph, or the bleeding, gashes, and bruises on Zimmermans’ head. Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School stated upon release of the arrest affidavit that it was “so thin that it won’t make it past a judge on a second degree murder charge … everything in the affidavit is completely consistent with a defense of self-defense.”
After the release of the photo, however, Dershowitz went much further, telling Breitbart News that if the prosecutors did have the photo and didn’t mention it in the affidavit, that would constitute a “grave ethical violation,” since affidavits are supposed to contain “all relevant information.”
Dershowitz continued, “An affidavit that willfully misstates undisputed evidence known to the prosecution is not only unethical but borders on perjury because an affiant swears to tell not only the truth, but the whole truth, and suppressing an important part of the whole truth is a lie.”
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On April 20, 2012 @ 5:34 pm
That is your opinion to which you are entitled. You could have easily said the same thing with the proper titles and/or honorifics. Face it: you were rude and descended to the level of the resident funny man, and that is pretty darn low.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On April 18, 2012 @ 10:22 pm
StephenD and Nikos–His Grace Mark is a bishop of the church and you should not belittle his office by cavalierly calling him by his Christian name. Shame on you both!
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On April 18, 2012 @ 3:58 pm
Looks like Alan Dershowitz is upset. The headline reads “Dershowitz: The charging instrument filed against George Zimmerman is “unethical” and will never make it past a judge.” The argument is that the charging instrument purports to show probable cause in justification of the charge of Murder Two, but it does not. I am putting it here on record so we can revisit it next week. Anyhow, all is explained at http://hotair.com/archives/2012/04/12/dershowitz-the-charging-instrument-filed-against-george-zimmerman-is-unethical-and-will-never-make-it-past-a-judge/
Have a blessed Pascha.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On April 13, 2012 @ 8:43 am
Moved the post.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On April 13, 2012 @ 8:39 am
Katherine–In no jurisdiction that I know does the Police Department decides whether or not somebody will be charged and brought to before the Courts, and in this case, the Solicitor (District Attorney, Prosecutor) decided not to try Mr. Zimmerman. The problem appears to be the Florida Stand Your Ground law that, in the words of an Emory University law professor, is “an invitation to murder,” as it is very loosely worded. To give an idea of how loosely, former Governor Jeb Bush has stated publicly that the law ceased to apply the instant that Mr. Zimmerman started to follow Mr. Martin. I do not know the facts of the case, beyond those reported in the various media. However, these are my preliminary thoughts:
1. The Left jumped to the conclusion that Mr. Martin was murdered by a racist white person. The race-mongering and hustling Reverends Sharpton and Jackson made the situation worse.
2. Mr Martin is not the angel that the Left has claimed that he is. He is clearly a 17 year old and as such is like many other 17 year olds.
3. Mr Obama’s statement that if he had a son, he would (could?) look like Mr. Martin is typical of a South Side politician but hardly worthy of the Presidency.
4. As I indicated above, after all of the facts come out I believe that the Florida law should be reevaluated. It may be fine the way it is or it may indeed be “an invitation to murder.”
5. White on black crime is proportionately miniscule compared to black on black crime. The problem with the Left that is that for political or ideological reasons they refuse to acknowledge that fact. It is as if the Left needs white racism to continue to be a potent force in the United States.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On April 2, 2012 @ 6:58 am
Reverend Tawandaa Sharpton has called for further action. Folks in Southern California have apparently heard him:
“Seven black teens have been arrested on suspicion that they committed a hate crime when they attacked a 15-year-old Hispanic boy while he was walking home from school in Southern California, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.
The March 14 beating in Palmdale was captured on video and posted on YouTube, but has since been removed from the site. The seven boys, ages 13 to 16, were arrested Wednesday for investigation of assault and committing a hate crime, Lt. Don Ford said.”
Another bitter fruit of the Left.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 31, 2012 @ 1:42 pm
I like all of it. George is spot on especially in his pointed critique of modern day liberalism. I also think that his style is similar to Mark Steyn’s, a comparison that should not be lost to George.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 31, 2012 @ 1:14 pm
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 31, 2012 @ 12:03 pm
OTH, the circumstances have changed since the decisions of the Council in Trullo. There being no theological reason to the contrary, perhaps it is time to consider reintroducing the earlier practice. There may be a priest or two who feel the calling, their wives are amenable, and they are otherwise qualified.
Incidentally, the purported reason given in Trullo was that the public was scandalized that a bishop and his wife lived together (read had sex). I always wandered why the same public was never scandalized by married priests cohabitating (and having sex) with their wives.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On April 11, 2012 @ 3:05 pm
Sarcasm, Jason, sarcasm ((As when I ended one of my posts with “/s” meaning “end of sarcasm.”)
In this instance, Father Patrick did not have to indicate such because to do so would have been a lack of appreciation for the intelligence of his readers.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 26, 2012 @ 3:54 pm
I was tempted to add “This means that, even if the OCA were to be a model church, she would be just as disposable as a third t–”, But, I decided not to stir the pot once again.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 22, 2012 @ 10:24 am
That may be so. However, with or without my prejudices, I see nothing in the arguments that have been put forth so far that would support a concept such as “maximal autonomy.”
The problem of multiple bishops in one city is something that I did not live with since we lived in Istanbul a very long time ago. My experience in the States has been the local parish that usually gets along with the other local Orthodox parishes (at least nominal participation in Sunday of Orthodoxy, that sort of thing), with my bishop making an appearance once in a blue moon. I was also in the US military for over 25 years; meaning I did not stay put in any given ethnic ghetto or even a single locality.
Thus, my orientation has not been an ethnic one but an openness to all people, cradle or convert. My orientation has not been Moscow, Constantinople, Ohrid or Sofia, but the American cities that I lived in. Since I am a cradle, I also do not have a need to appreciate the Old Country culture and piety, nor do I hold them in highest regard. My issue is how to live and grow the Orthodox faith where I am and my strategy is the inkblot strategy: the True Faith will grow from each committed disciple in each committed parish outwards, like an inkblot grows outwards. Many such small inkblots will eventually mean something real, something much more than this discussion we’ve been having.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 21, 2012 @ 5:17 pm
GregF-If the overseas Patriarchates and their folks in the so-called diaspora were truly afraid of such ties being severed, why go through the EA process? I think that it is a holding pattern as the struggle between Moscow and Constantinople resolves itself. Constantinople has put out its novel interpretation of Canon 28, telling the Russians that she deserves the position of primacy because the Patriarch of Constantinople is over all the nations of the world where there is no established local church. Moscow has rejected both Constantinople’s can 28 argument and any attempt to hold the Great Council/Synod without unanimity (read Moscow’s assent). Moscow is playing for the Old Russian Empire; Constantinople for a redefinition of the ecumene as going way beyond the traditional boundaries of the Eastern Roman Empire to cover the entire globe. They are both playing a strategic game and all of the others are waiting to see what happens next. Of course, many saw that they must tighten up the reins and garner as much strength as possible. Thus, you see the developments in Antioch, Romanian Church, etc… They want to be in as strong a position as they can be as the two elephants are maneuvering for power and influence.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 21, 2012 @ 4:53 pm
Came off the boat on July 4th (!) with hardly any English language skills and was enrolled in Summer School French classes (so that I could reverse engineer into English). Anyway, the Summer School Principal decided that nobody could correctly pronounce my Bulgarian name, so he said “let’s call you “Carl.” Later, I retained “Carl” as my middle name and am now using it interchangeably with my first name.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 21, 2012 @ 4:39 pm
Yes I am. On my father’s side, Bulgarians from Macedonia (Lerin/Florina and Solun/Thessalonika) and from my mother’s side from Bulgaria (Veliko Trnovo and Sofia).
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 21, 2012 @ 3:10 pm
You certainly are doing your part to keep the constant turmoil to continue unabated. You and so many others are just malcontents, not able to stomach even the possibility that “things are working as they should.”
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 21, 2012 @ 2:31 pm
One can think of autonomy and autocephaly in various ways, depending where and when you are living. I will put myself in the shoes of my ancestors and consider the way that my Church was autocephalous THREE times in her history, each time the major actor being the Patriarchate of Constantinople who screwed around with my people and my church with no regard for anything or anybody but power, state, and ethnic politics. I could thus be somewhat justified in talking about autocephaly being a bastardized ecclesiological condition.
In fact, the current situation in the so called diaspora is also a bastardized ecclesiastical condition, the offspring of many fathers and mothers. I firmly believe that there is no use in accepting anything short of full and complete autocephaly. But, if some folks like you believe iin full autocephaly as the ideal or ultimate goal but are willing to accept something less as an interim, transitional arrangement, I would submit that even acknowledging this possibility is a horrible negotiating tool.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 21, 2012 @ 2:29 pm
“The right model for parish churches”? I don’t know George. There isn’t that much difference between my OCA parish and our sister ROCOR parish. Indeed, the fact that ROCOR is stubbornly clinging to the “holiness” of the Julian Calendar is a huge strike against her. Before fols get to excited, here is what I am saying: There are folks in ROCOR who will not change for any reason. Period. There are others, mainly converts, who are attracted to a romanticized idea of the Holy Rus and indeed to the idea of Tsarist Russia (not as far back as 17th Century, but certainly the 19th. I suspect that they are so enamored of that “good old time religion” not so much for substantive reasons but because they want to be as far away from whence they came as possible. OTH, no one, least of all, I can have an issue with the personal piety of ROCOR parishioners.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 21, 2012 @ 1:56 pm
Mea culpa. So I am not perfect.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 21, 2012 @ 1:09 pm
In my city, most of the Russian immigrants are either attending the local OCA parish, which has an active outreach to the community, or are not attending church regularly at all. Very few of them are attending the other local churches (GOA, AOCA and ROCOR). Interestingly, most of the Romanian immigrants are attending the local GOA church or are not attending church regularly at all. Many of the immigrants are thus nominal Orthodox, agnostic or atheist.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 21, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
I think that the only persons who are advocating schism are those who would abandon the autocephalous OCA for another entity that is not fully autocephalous, such as “optimal autonomy” under a foreign patriarchate.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 21, 2012 @ 12:25 pm
While I agree that Diogenes’ remark was over the edge, what is one to do with the remarks by Yianni (“Bitchy little remark”) and the good protodeacon (“He’s just a pompous a___.”) ?
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 21, 2012 @ 11:49 am
Diogenes-When considering any application of the Holy Canons, we have to do so with some discernment.We have to know why the canon was promulgated, under what conditions, and the overarching principle behind it. I think many of the canons were promulgated to correct problems that had arisen in the context of close church-state entanglement. We do not have such an entanglement in North America. Indeed, there is simply no precedent in history. There are of course canons that we can apply to our situation, but the no foreign or robber bishop canons are a no go for the present. It will be a different story after true autocephaly but in the meantime we have to be careful not to elevate these particular canons to a matter of core principle.
It seems to me that the overarching principle in the United States is that it is time to establish a local autocephalous church. Indeed, I believe that numerous statements from the Holy Synod and hierarchs of the OCA back up the call for such an eventuality, at the same time offering up the autocephaly of the OCA, if necessary, as but a stepping stone to that administratively united and autocephalous church in North America. From the OCA;’s perspective, the price of her autocephaly has always been the establishment of a truly autocephalous local church, with absolutely no other canonical jurisdictions allowed in her canonical territory (In your terminology, no foreign bishops). That being the case, I cannot see how the only solution is for everybody just join the OCA. Similarly, I cannot agree that the solution is a bastardized ecclesiological condition that is short of true autocephaly. Let’s give all concerned a chance to come up with some proposals before we get too excited.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 21, 2012 @ 11:44 am
Sorry Diogenes but I cannot believe that Krugman is considered to be a reliable source of of information or or useful economic analysis.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On April 3, 2012 @ 10:10 am
Aside for one little quibble (the Serbs have not “always been a very trustworthy American ally”), I really liked your dissection of the current situation.
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 28, 2012 @ 1:50 pm
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The Orthodox Church in America has sent her condolences. Metropolitan Jonah’s letter starts with ” “The falling-asleep of His Holiness Shenouda, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa, brings grief and sadness into the hearts of all. The Coptic Orthodox Church grieves for its shepherd. The whole Christian world grieves for a Pope and Patriarch who was steadfast in his witness to the Holy Gospel in Egypt and all of Africa, in North America and around the world.” For the rest, go to http://oca.org/news/headline-news/condolences-sent-to-coptic-church-on-the-repose-of-pope-shenouda-iii
» Posted By Carl Kraeff On March 27, 2012 @ 7:39 pm