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You will notice that I said that each and every one of these defects that brought us to The Tipping Point were actively championed first by the Democrats and then by the Republicans. Therefore these is no essential quarrell between us.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On November 25, 2012 @ 8:29 pm
Also, Bps Melchisedek and Alexander were not yet on the Synod.
Remember: The Sons of Job are talking about serious complaints made by named complainants. That’s a far cry from whispers and insinuations. Though such hearsay existed against bishops in previous days (e.g. Peter, Theodosius) there were no publicly stated allegations, credible or not. In other words, allegations which were made by people willing to sign their name to them or claimants who have documentary evidence implicating a bishop (as does the young lady in the case of Bp Matthias).
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On October 30, 2012 @ 11:34 am
P.S. as for the gracelessness of your comments and your quite apparent hatred for another human being, that requires a clinical assessment. I trust your pharisaic adherence to clerical shibboleths will salve your conscience. With the removal of His Beatitude, will you grace the OCA with your presence once again?
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On October 27, 2012 @ 3:14 pm
I have, but the culture of fear in the OCA (especially among priests and their families) is pervasive.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On October 27, 2012 @ 3:10 pm
That’s the problem really. We are people and we make mistakes. Unfortunately in the OCA there is no accountability mechanism.
Personally, as a Christian, I’d rather that the internet did not exist and that we did not air our problems and disagreements electronically where all the world can see. But the illegal and immoral actions combined with no transparency or accountability (this side of the Dread Judgment Seat) leave us no choice.
Collette and her brethren have done yeoman-like work in trying to right several wrongs at the Cathedral, all to no avail.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On October 27, 2012 @ 3:09 pm
KB, I pray that you are correct. Generalizations are always tricky but there is a lot of rot in churches that are dominated by the East Coast.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On October 27, 2012 @ 3:03 pm
Hierarchs? You’re right! Hierarchs are able to attend.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On October 18, 2012 @ 3:48 pm
You know, if they’re really hard up for warm bodies to show up they might want to call Dr Kalevsmaki and tell him “on second thought…”
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On October 18, 2012 @ 3:47 pm
Isn’t it ironic though Saunca, that the “convert-based” DOS people who practice these pietisms come from denominations which don’t practice them as well? That should give us pause before criticising them.
Also, I wouldn’t ignore the old American adage “you can’t argue with success.” After all, here in the South, where you find this zeal, you also find the only diocese in the OCA that isn’t moribund or lethargic. (I still have hope for the DOS although I wouldn’t put it past the Wonder-boys of Syosset to muck things up here as well.)
Anyway, what’s wrong with standing up for traditional Christian morality? If it’s a political pose it’s wrong but let’s not forget that very often those who maintain this fiction and uphold customary Orthodox quiescence don’t really adhere to traditional Orthodox understanding regarding sodomy, fornication, and abortion.
One could say that this quiescence is merely an excuse to not have to take a stand –especially if you don’t agree with the Church’s teachings on these matters. But that would be judgmental on my part.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On January 29, 2013 @ 10:51 pm
Someone’s protesting a little too much, don’t you think?
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On September 10, 2012 @ 10:40 pm
Hardly. This saga is far from over.
» Posted By geo michalopulos On August 27, 2012 @ 11:43 am
By accident! please repost.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On September 2, 2012 @ 8:15 pm
Logan, I believe it was Will Durant who said “great men are rarely good men.” I think that Lincoln was a great man. He was also sanguinary. Had he lived, I believe he would have been more merciful to the South. Still, the atrocities, the suspension of civil liberties, the closing of over 1,000 newspapers, the arbitrary arrests of Copperheads, the devastation wrought by Sherman in his March to the Sea, all this is not lost on those who look at history dispassionately.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On August 30, 2012 @ 7:46 pm
Yeah. Noticed how Rev Dn Chryssavgis called Fr Hopko immediately upon learning that then-Rev Fr Mel Pleska was a candidate for bishop (saying that he represented the EP)? Even before the ACOB, I guess the GOA felt it had veto power over the other jurisdictions.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On August 24, 2012 @ 4:51 pm
MV, I for one will pray for Arb Benjamin if he is elected, just because it’s the Christian thing to do. Unfortunately, the taint of illegitimacy that will hang over him (or whomever) will not be washed away so easily. Truth be told, given the sheer uncanonicity of this whole affair, it is clear that we still have a legally elected Metropolitan. As such, it is possible that we are in schism.
This opens up a whole can of worms. At the very least, it will cast a pall over the next meeting of the ACOB. And if it continues to stay at the low boil it is presently, the other patriarchates will have to cut their ties with the schismatic branch.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On August 16, 2012 @ 10:50 pm
Your Grace, I continue to be grateful for your insights. In this light, I ask you this question: is it possible that the OCA would not have been in these straights had they followed due process and had a standing court with minimal standards of evidence when they tried Fr Kondratick? It seems to me that it’s all very hush-hush, no minutes, no announcements, etc. Almost a star chamber.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On August 16, 2012 @ 10:46 pm
You are correct, Sir.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On August 12, 2012 @ 4:06 pm
Very much agree with you here, Your Grace.
A general question: can something be criminal, immoral or unethical and be canonical?
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On August 7, 2012 @ 11:22 am
Why would the nuns have documents relating to such an important event (the acceptance of a priest) but not Syosset? Doesn’t that seem strange?
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On August 2, 2012 @ 9:53 pm
Good question. In my view, when you’re talking about “terminating a bishop’s employment” you are actively deposing him. In Orthodox ecclesiology, a bishop is for life. As far as I’m concerned so should be the priest and the parishioners.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On August 2, 2012 @ 9:51 pm
Mike, I’m not that bad of a guy. I just calls ‘em as I sees ‘em. Thanks anyway
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On August 2, 2012 @ 9:49 pm
Phil, that’s an incredibly optimistic view of the present situation. The more info I’m getting about the recent event in Kiev, it’s becoming increasingly clear that while the tomos won’t be rescinded, it will be increasingly ignored.
As Helga and a few others have pointed out, there’s a very real possibility that the bishops are leading us into a schism with their grotesquely uncanonical actions. That’s just on the ecclesiological ramifications. As for the theological ones, what I’m hearing from sources regarding the creeping homonormativity in the DOW is even more troubling.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On July 31, 2012 @ 1:36 pm
Not meaning to pile on Fr John, but the other correspondents are quite correct. I grant you that the non-commemoration of the locum tenens may not be as big a deal but the non-commemoration of the OCA itself is a huge issue. Moreover, my sources tell me that the ROC went out of their way to not accommodate our delegation as much as possible.
and if, as another correspondent stated that the MP-USA is establishing a parish in Washington State, then that would be a non-recognition of the validity of the tomos of autocephaly (as opposed to the actal rescinding of the tomos) by the MP. Why? Because the terms of the tomos clearly specified that the MP would NOT establish any more parishes in North America and more importantly, left open the door for the existing MP parishes to enter into the OCA when they saw fit.
Now you may say, what about ROCOR? The tomos of union between the MP and ROCOR is a horse of a different color. ROCOR remains autonomous within the MP and it is free to establish as many parishes as possible anywhere it wants. The MP thus has plausible deniability.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On July 31, 2012 @ 11:10 am
OK, Rod, I’m pissed. Stan the Tran knows full well that I was driving you and Freddie MG to and from Platina. I am angered beyond words that s/he didn’t mention me yet again.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On July 23, 2012 @ 4:02 pm
Harry, you’re very mistaken. I’ve read that email. In it, Jonah states very clearly that this priest was never in the OCA. You’re going to have to do better than that.
Be looking for more on this, as I will take it apart even easier than I took apart the synodal letter.
Not that it matters of course. Certain people (you of course excluded, Harry) believe in the religion of Jonah’s instability and/or criminality. Nothing will dissuage them from believing otherwise. You might as well Tom Cruise that the Thetans never existed.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On July 20, 2012 @ 6:30 pm
Harry, I’m glad you aksed that question. It’s very simple: the Synod put out a defamatory letter trying to justify their illegal and uncanonical action in which they raised two specific points that could be verified. I proved that these assertions were baseless. Therefore I don’t feel it is necessary to bring up the second one again as this specific one caused pain to a woman who is not party to this whole imbroglio.
Think of it this way: Bob says the earth is flat. I show satellite photos which prove the earth is a sphere. Case closed.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On July 20, 2012 @ 2:07 pm
Beck, you are completely deluded as to the facts as we have them now. And there is nothing Christian at all about standing aside while a good man is slandered and destroyed. Or a bad man for that matter.
To all: remember one important thing: until his dying breath, St Nektrarios of Aegina was slandered horribly by thousands of people all over Greece. And they were sure that they were right.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On July 20, 2012 @ 5:20 pm
James, these are good points you raise. However, let’s examine whose story is changing. Please consider that it’s not Jonah who’s changed his story or shut down his Facebook page, it’s Syosset. It’s Syosset that’s going around trying to tamp down fires. Based on the simple fact alone –that their neat little narrative has been completely obliterated–don’t you think that people have the right to be skeptical of what the OCA’s peddling?
As for the “repentent homosexual,” who are you talking about?
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On July 20, 2012 @ 7:29 am
You didn’t see the incoherences involved in their many assertions? I pointed them out in blue.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On July 19, 2012 @ 6:20 pm
Back To Stats Page
Rod, I think Syosset has lost control of the narrative about 10 days ago. What we’ve seen since is a bunch of hysterics running around with their arms flapping screaming at the top of their lungs that Jonah is Jerry Sandusky’s ennabler.
» Posted By Geo Michalopulos On July 19, 2012 @ 6:15 pm