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The Blanco group also put out a book called ‘A Call from the Holy Mountain’ and claimed that it was written by Archimandrite Ephraim. It was a fake like the phony weeping icon but that fact hasn’t stopped the supposed watchdogs from trying to use it against Archimandrite Ephraim in another round of attacks on their blogs.
» Posted By John On February 16, 2013 @ 9:21 pm
KVOA, a local Arizona television station is hyping the Nevins’ story.
I’m looking forward to the trial. Finally we’ll get some answers.
In the meantime, it’s funny-scary-sad how Nevins is attempting to try his case in the media or prejudice potential jurors in this “investigative” report with statements such as: “We didn’t even know he had a gun,” but in the line just before this statement, the KVOA reporter states: “Paranoid and panicked his parents say Scott got his weapon’s license and two guns.”
So Ashley Nevins and his spouse say that knew that their son got his weapon’s license and two guns, but at the same time they didn’t even know he had a gun? Of course this doesn’t make sense and stinks of cover-up.
The two guns are going to be an issue in the trial because the National Herald reported that on June 10, 2012, Scott Nevins went to St. Anthony’s Monastery armed with two guns and a knife.
The only kind of suicide plan that involves two guns and a knife is a murder-suicide plan, the kind of plan that we have been seeing all too often in the news of late. There was a suicide but thank God that no one else was murdered that morning.
You would think that even the detractors of Archimandrite Ephraim and his monasteries might have been relieved that the Greek Orthodox Church escaped a Newtown-styled shooting massacre…but no, they purpose to use this suicide-failed-murder-spree to advance their anti-monastic agenda.
KVOA tells us that a watchdog group and even a billionaire are on the case to take action against Archimandrite Ephraim. After the trial? No, appparently they are already convinced of the collective guilt of the monks within their Archdiocese.
But what if the Archimandrites Ephraim and Paisios are exonerated at this trial? What then? Then it will be a pleasure to see the watchdog and the billionaire apply their resources to get the word out about their innocence.
Along with the exposure of the truths about the murder plot and the guns, I’m looking forward to the exposure of the “thought reform” specialist that Nevins subjected his son to.
Here is what the National Herald reported on June 21, 2012:
Paisios revealed that “on Monday June 4, he called me and threatened me saying ‘I will blow your brains with a gun.’ I told him that it would be good for him to go and see a psychotherapist. He told me that ‘I already had gone and I am well.’
Notice that Nevins’ attorney made not one mention of a post-monastery therapist in his preliminary investigation attachment to the shakedown letter. Strange, given that the last person to treat Scott Nevins will surely be subpoeaned to testify at the trial about the state of his patient before he committed suicide. The anti-monastics are going to be in for a treat when this person is revealed!
Again, I’m looking forward to the trial where the truth will out.
» Posted By John On February 13, 2013 @ 7:23 pm
“Fr. Nektary [St. Nektary of Optina] had a cat with which he played. He tied a piece of paper with a string for it. The cat obeyed him like a human being. The Elder said, ‘Gerasimos was a great elder, and he had a great lion; but we’re small so we have a cat.’ And he would tell a story how a cat saved Noah’s ark. When an unclean spirit entered into a mouse and tried to gnaw through the bottom of the ark, the cat caught that pernicious mouse and ate it. And for this all cats go to heaven.”
» Posted By John On January 22, 2013 @ 7:31 pm
Here are some ways that beer can affect diabetes.
Perhaps eating “lots of meat” during the fast can counteract the deleterious effects of beer intake in your case, but still, it’s best to be watchful of your carb intake: complex, simple and alcoholic.
* While moderate amounts of alcohol can cause blood sugar to rise, excess alcohol can actually decrease your blood sugar level — sometimes causing it to drop into dangerous levels.
* Beer and sweet wine contain carbohydrates and may raise blood sugar.
* Alcohol stimulates your appetite, which can cause you to overeat and may affect your blood sugar control.
* Alcohol can interfere with the positive effects of oral diabetes medicines or insulin.
* Alcohol may increase triglyceride levels.
* Alcohol may increase blood pressure.
* Alcohol can cause flushing, nausea, increased heart rate, and slurred speech.
» Posted By John On December 9, 2012 @ 4:49 pm
The democrats buying votes from the treasury is nothing new. The media supporting the liberal candidate is nothing new. The left screaming that the GOP will take away your social security and Medicare is nothing new (although give them credit for the BS contraception ploy. BTW, it was that weasel George Stephanopoulos that started that whole “war on woman” campaign when he interviewed Romney ten months ago. Yes, that son of an Orthodox priest George Stephanopoulos). In the end the Chicago way played politics better than the Utah Mormon. If the GOP can’t find a communicator of the same ability of Reagan soon they may be out of the White House for generations.
Now we live with the results of having an atheist president who has no respect for the traditions of this nation while he deplores the idea of American exceptionalism and individual freedom.
» Posted By John On November 26, 2012 @ 2:27 pm
Oh really, here are his own words Obama actually said on March 30, 2001, during debate over the legislation:
“Number one, whenever we define a previable fetus as a person that is protected by the equal protection clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we’re really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a — a child, a nine-month-old — child that was delivered to term. That determination then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place. I mean, it — it would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an antiabortion statute. For that purpose, I think it would probably be found unconstitutional.”
So, what his words tell us are two things; 1. that he believes abortions are constitutional because the fetus is not a person and 2. that killing a fetus is constitutional because it is not a person.
There’s no other way to interpret his position.
» Posted By John On November 12, 2012 @ 8:52 am
We are no longer the country of our fathers. We are ruled by an empty little man who relies on puppeteers who handle him with perfection. We are a country where the takers clearly now outnumber the producers. We have passed the tipping point where greed and laziness are rewarded more than hard work. We will all suffer now as a result of the ignorance of those who would vote for such an ineffectual person who has disdain for our country and its heritage.
Having said that, had the honorable Mr. Romney received the same number of votes as John McCain in 2008 we would likely be calling him President Elect. The hard-headed conservatives and Paulites gave us four more years of the Alinskyite. Congratulations.
» Posted By John On November 8, 2012 @ 2:21 pm
Mr. Kinsey is clinically psycho. A cursory search across the Internet quickly yields his millenial rants and ravings to anyone so inclined. He reminds me of the demise of Bobby Fischer, the chess master.
Why do you publish his stuff?
It’s a pity the monks at Platina ever took pity on this character and allowed him into their lives in the first place. When they couldn’t take another minute of his madness, he was asked to leave. He didn’t mention that in his diatribe, did he?
He needs to be back on his meds in a mental institution; not on Monomakhos posting religious commentaries.
» Posted By john On October 18, 2012 @ 1:58 am
Oh, how I wish all of our bishops in America (SCOBA) could simply emulate the late, great Archbishop +DMITRI of Dallas and the South. What he did was nothing short of remarkable. And he did it with extreme love and humility. May his memory be eternal.
» Posted By John On October 9, 2012 @ 11:41 am
The Serbian nuns at St. Paisius Monastery in Safford, Arizona also sing the Jesus Prayer, and quite beautifully.
Please support the Reverend Abbess Michaela and the Sisters of St. Paisius Monastery by purchasing the CD: A Treasury of Spiritual Songs (All English).
» Posted By John On February 2, 2013 @ 8:44 pm
Not aware I lost any argument. After the quality of what you’ve posted over the last year, I was surprised you’d even give an article like this air time.
But I’m not gonna stick around; so you did win on that score, George.
» Posted By John On September 24, 2012 @ 4:20 am
I couldn’t agree with you more Kyle. And yes, ” these type of posts … will turn off a large portion of the OCA electorate, and turn off from your site for good.” For a black person, the racism in this little post is obvious, not because Michelle Obama is black, but because she is regarded as not worthy of respect.
” Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”
» Posted By John On September 23, 2012 @ 7:48 am
I agree with Kyle completely. To requote you, ” In Flyover Country, sometimes it doesn’t have to get that deep. Sometimes it gets no further than a first impression.”
Oh really? And in Flyby country too, yes? The Seeing is in the eye of this seer, not the seen. Just ask any KKK guy in Flyby (or is it drive-by?) country about black people. He’ll too say that “what you see is what you get.” . So I’ll translate this story for you from wing-nut into plain English.
Title: I DON’T like Michelle Obama.
Topic: “Uppity black chick”.
Punchline: “Who the hell does she think she is putting on airs like she’s better than the rest of us”. Imagine that. Hmph.
A truly insightful guy. I hope he’s no bro to you George, because if this is the kind of drivel that drives you, sorry for thinking you were something you’re not.
» Posted By john On September 23, 2012 @ 1:03 am
I think we might have a beginning of a solution to the problem of the tone of this discussion if the Archpriest John W. Morris can answer for us the question posed by the movie-monk Anatoly to the movie-priest-monk Job (both from the film Ostrov): “Why did Cain kill Abel?”
» Posted By John On September 26, 2012 @ 10:44 am
Re: “The married priest who has embraced modernism and belittles the traditional teachings of the Church is just as harmful…”
Wholehearted agreement here! Many years ago I tried but could not get through a book written by just such a priest.
Back in the old days, I encountered people within a certain type of circle within the Church who rather gleefully used the teachings of this book in their attempts to bash my spiritual home, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR).
Their glee however turned into stunned and sullen silence when the ROCOR entered again into communion with Moscow Patriarchate in 2007.
And then it followed that said book went out of print.
But then the old heresies never die, they fade out of sight, go under the woodwork so to speak like some kind of black mold to emerge out of the cracks exuding toxicity.
One recent online-critic of traditional Orthodox monasticism in this country has cited the rediscovery of this very discarded work as his inspiration for becoming a “watchdog” against what he calls “fundamentalism” (which like the quality of beauty, seems to lie within the eye of the beholder) in the Orthodox Church. The “fundamentalism” in his eye is what many, including myself, see as the miraculous bloom of Orthodox Christian monasticism in this country.
And so we find that old teachings of the married priest who had embraced modernism and belittled the traditional teachings of the Russian Orthodox Church now being used to belittle the traditional, or rather “big-T” Traditional, teachings of Orthodox Christian monasticism.
We should these words of the Archpriest John Morris: “… test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
Or perhaps heed the words of the Righteous Gamaliel:
” And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.” (Acts 5:38-39).
In other words, the history of the Orthodox Church shows us that the truth will out.
Heretics, whether monastic or priestly, will be revealed for what they are and the righteous will be recognized – as Saints.
If the Church is still in the saint-making business, then we should be seeing more of our dear monastic fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers being added to the ranks of the Saints.
BTW, did you guys know that 3/4 of the Saints in the Orthodox Church are monastics? Doxa to Theo!
» Posted By John On September 25, 2012 @ 6:09 pm
Heracleides wrote: “Met. Philip is notoriously ‘non-supportive’ of monasticism and his bias is mimed by many in the AOA, particularly the EOC convert clerics. Why? ”
I can’t speak for Metropolitan Philip, but speaking as a former evangelical Protestant, I recognize the old anti-monastic ethos from my former confession that some of former- EOC clergy (“E” is for Evangelical) have chosen to unpack like old baggage in their new “Home.”
» Posted By John On September 24, 2012 @ 9:51 pm
Forgive me, Fr. John for offending you. I let words like “cost” and “pay” and “pay check” and “meager salaries” distract me from what you were saying against our Orthodox monks and nuns.
» Posted By John On September 24, 2012 @ 9:37 pm
Father John wrote: I do believe that a married priest who sacrifices his welfare and the welfare of his family to serve the Church makes a much greater sacrifice than a monastic whose chief concern is only their own salvation. I have seen monastic establishments that cost millions for a few monks while married priests have to live from one pay check to another because they receive pay much lower than clergy of most other American denominations. The money spent to build these lavish monasteries could be used much more effectively subsidizing the meager salaries and benefits of mission clergy than building opulent monasteries to house people who are supposed to be ascetics.
C’mon there must be a more productive way (e.g. Just ask directly!) to ask for a pay raise than to try to bring down our Orthodox monks and nuns!
After all, at least 3/4 of the Saints in the Orthodox Church are ascetics.
St. Theodore the Studite said , “Monks are the sinews and foundation of the Church.” Is this not so for the Antiochian Orthodox?
» Posted By John On September 24, 2012 @ 5:54 pm
Your Grace, you said, “There is some intelligent opposition to the current state of affairs in the OCA in the contributing membership of this blog, but very little of it is not accompanied by political and ideological baggage which weakens it..”…”This does conclude my active participation here.”
And mine too. The Fox News of Flyby journalism likes what he sees in the mirror, and only when he sees it too.
» Posted By John On September 23, 2012 @ 8:11 am
Actually I read carefully through every piece of documentation that Abbess Aemiliane supplied on the website, and it looks like the passage to America of her nuns was done thoroughly and appropriately under (then) Metropolitan Jonah. It’s all there in black and white, every document.
Inside the documentation, I discovered that she received a Phd in Developmental Psychology from Harvard in 2005. Too, there is the remarkable (miraculous) rescue and healing she received [...] after a pedestrian overpass collapsed on her in Kansas in 1995.
But this is where I wish to make a departure. With such spirituality and high degree of academic training, why all the vitriol expressed in her subjective commentaries; and why the hagiographic monolgues concerning herself and those she labels malevolent? If Shakespeare were standing beside me, he might interject, “Methinks thou dost protest too much.” The least this Harvard gal could do is write in plain English and level with her audience about the truth.
Ah, but there’s the rub. Two sides to the exact same story. One of them probably happened, yes? I kinda think most of the parts of both sides happened, which means that the documentation was overlooked (or missed) by the OCA’s Special Investigating Committee, and the drunk and disorderly conduct didn’t even receive a mention in the nun’s dialogue. So the guy was never drunk and never part of the OCA? The plaintiffs just made that up, fiction for fiction’s sake? You’d think the OCA hierarchy just wakes up each morning, has its cup of coffee, and figures out who to ruin or destroy that day.
And judging from recent comments on her website – after excoriating Bishop Melchisadek – and pointing quite a few fingers at others:
(“Our Holy Monastery is lodging the relevant lawsuits and charges in the appropriate courts, for the protection of the Monastery and the honor of its members, against every culpable instigator and transmitter of slanders, railings, false reports and defamations, which aim at our personal injury and “the doom of the Monastery”, according to the words of him who removed the Antimens.”)
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Which leads me to my final point. Is it against the law to get along? Even a little eensy teensy bit? I think the current problem with the nuns’ relocation lies not in a lack of documentation, but in an abundance of rancor and obtuseness on the part of their “holier than thou” leader. One would think that doing the right thing could be a little quieter and a lot less bellicose for a spiritually-attuned soul.
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You’d think it’d be a time for them to humble down and pray, instead of lawyer up.
» Posted By John On August 21, 2012 @ 7:52 pm
What I have come to see in this case, and the many cases presented so bluntly by Pokrov.org on their website, is that you have to see the other side of the coin: those many many people who are victimized by the poor choices of spiritual leaders. Another way to state it might be, “the way to hell was paved with good intentions.”
You don’t cure problem priests by increasing their access to women, children and/or young men. You don’t resolve their sexual appetites, their drinking problems, their cognitive and spiritual dissonance by placing them in a community of unsuspecting parishioners, monastics, or soldiers. Even more so if you don’t monitor them.
I would be highly suspect of any cleric who leaves their jurisdiction under a cloud and seeks a new home, a fresh “start”, in the OCA; especially if you knew the circumstances of their departure involved sex or drug abuse. Many of these charismatic “martyrs” have invented biographies and unresolved issues that pushed them out their respective doors.
So yes, discernment is very important. Decision-makers in positions of authority have to get things like this right. That’s the point the synod was making. Otherwise the reputation of the church (and its pocketbook) is at stake. Clerics who work with the public must be vetted. You can’t do your “own thing” and run under the radar, hoping or naively expecting it’s going to work out alright.
The desire to have mercy on an individual and give him a “second” chance cannot come at the expense of a community, a monastery, or a military unit where a repeat offense might occur. This has been the basis of costly sex abuse litigation and the synod has a right to be concerned it won’t repeat here. Sociologists will tell you that recidivism in this area is high.
After 4 years of scandal-fatigue, I think the OCA deserves a break.
» Posted By John On August 3, 2012 @ 12:18 am
I have to agree with the previous poster. This is over. Maybe there were a few i’s that didn’t get dotted and a couple of t’s, but the full document of the SIC shows poor judgement on the Metropolitan’s part and a complete lack of supervision of Fr. Kharon.
Metropolitan Jonah said “Yes” to way too many marginal characters, and he chose to function outside whatever protective counsel the OCA might have given him. Yes, maybe the synod’s attitude drove +Jonah to have “another life” outside of their line of view – one that frustrated his chancellors to no end – but at the end of the day the root cause of all his troubles was a unilateral approach to life. It wasn’t just this incident. It was the corpus of everything that’s occurred over the last 4 years.
Most importantly – the Synod did the right thing, and I am impressed by how thorough and direct they were. They didn’t “railroad” him. They carefully and methodically interviewed people who were there at the time, and chose to accept eyewitness testimony over supposition. He got his day in court, and it was a fair one. It’s interesting that the disingenuous witnesses in this case were the Abbess and the accused priest. You would have thought that a little honesty on their part might have been helpful to the Metropolitan who brought them here.
Lastly, it doesn’t matter which bishops asked for his resignation (or whatever personal problems they might have) or whatever issues they had with Metropolitan Jonah, or whatever sins the OCA has allowed, the issue here is the Metropolitan’s self-undoing on almost a colossal scale. If he really was the hope of the new OCA (when elected), the very least the Metropolitan could have done was try to work with his synod and his advisers, instead of get involved in an endless (and destructive) tit for tat with them. Hard as it is for me to admit it, and as much as I loathed Mark Stokoe’s relentless and uncharitable attacks on the Metropolitan, he got it right – the Metropolitan has been the problem from the very first.
Let this one go, George (Monomakhos). You fought the good fight; you did what you could to help a beloved cleric, but this experience shows that the art of administration is much much much more difficult than any of us could imagine. Met Jonah should have taken the offer they gave him last year and left the stage long ago. The synod would have worked with him if he had given them half a chance. Never were the words, “There is safety in much counsel” more apropos.
» Posted By John On August 2, 2012 @ 7:44 pm
What do the following men – three OCA Metropolitans, several bishops, chancellors, and assorted priests from the Central administrative staff – have in common from 2005 to 2012?
They all received letters similar in content to Metropolitan Jonah’s. His was the worst, but the pedigree has been around for almost a decade. The names and the dates on the letters change, too, but if you look carefully, the relative content remains the same.
The faults of an administrator are concentrated into a single, laser-like focus; data is collected on that person, and then he is shamed and crucified until he leaves office.
The script goes something like this: “O, You incompetent fool. HOW could we have ever trusted you? You did x, y, and z (long list of evidence follows). You consistently failed in your duties. We can’t work with you (unanimously) anymore. And now we reject you. Go! “
It’s like a best-selling soap opera – “Inside the OCA” – with a killer script that keeps you on the edge of your chair. You wonder who is next to get the ax? Or shamed in the upcoming pilot for next season? Who will be cast as the new Metropolitan?
Lastly, someone mentioned a timeline earlier. It would be interesting to begin with Metropolitan Theodosius’s last years and list the dates, times, and excuses since then that were used to capriciously nail maybe a dozen administrators to the OCA’s wall of shame. If an actuary added up the human toll ($) in legal fees, shame and psychiatrists, it would probably be in the millions.
And nobody seems to question that it’s the same script each time; just different names on the marquee. That’s what a killer script will do for you.
» Posted By John On July 20, 2012 @ 3:00 am
They “duped” themselves.
» Posted By John On July 19, 2012 @ 2:39 pm
You said, “Incidentally, why was Brother Baruch’s funeral conducted at Platina, and not at St.John’s from which Baruch had fled (like Father Martin?) before his tragic death? That was long before the days of Archbishop Benjamin or Meletios Weber.”
One of the things I have found disingenuous about your voluminous web commentary is how often you switch gears between hyperbole, facts, and insinuation as a way of making your point or humiliating someone.
You once upon a time took a vow to “rightly divide the word of truth” yes? I don’t think bishops ever retire from that.
Yes, Brother Baruch died on a river-rafting trip when his head hit a rock in the river. He was with at least one other monk from Pt. Reyes at the time. The (then) Fr. Jonah was heart-broken over his loss and grieved over him for weeks. I attended the funeral at Pt. Reyes for Br. Baruch and sang in the choir that night. I didn’t see you there. And when I asked one of the monks how often you had visited the monastery he said, “Once in 7 years.”
Br. Baruch was buried at Platina because St. John’s Monastery at Pt. Reyes didn’t have the legal designation to do so. If you had had more of an interest in the brothers at the monastery you’d have known that.
And what’s with the snide comment about Fr. Martin – one of the founding monks at the monastery – being a quitter? You never joined in Bishop, so your armchair comments from the comfort of L.A. are just cheap shots at a very hard-working monk. I never saw you around there. Nobody ever did.
You’ve mentioned several times in your web commentaries how little respect retired bishops receive after they’re gone. Maybe if you gave more you’d receive more. Don’t they say, “Master, Bless” and not “Master, curse”?
You seem to take some kind of delight in wounding-with-words-on-the-web, and maybe that’s why your legacy has not been more memorable. Intellectual prowess without a heart for the feelings of others (like Fr. Martin) can be isolating.
At this critical juncture in the church, the faithful are looking for a spiritually mature man to help them discern right from wrong. Give that – inform and lead – and the appropriate recognition you seek will be added to you. There’s something biblical about that.
» Posted By John On July 20, 2012 @ 4:59 am
The problem is that Met. Jonah was too young and didnt want to listen to anyone who knew what was going on. Fr. Leonid has been our gateway to the world of Orthodoxy and continues to fight for the OCA on the Global Level despite being attacked for his work. I know that the bishops were looking for a way out of Pittsbuirgh and got it. Now we can get back to the drawing board and nominate someone that will have the churchs best interest at heart and not thier own. There are a few bishops that would do well. Bishop Michael would do well as he has a huge heart and is also stern which is needed as Primate. MJ told people what they wanted to hear with knowing what his actions would do. We should all trust the Synod and let them do thier jobs. They are working together to get us back on course. Pray for them. Remeber this is a Hierarchal Church…….if you dont like it Im sure the Protestant church would like you better than the OCA.
» Posted By john On July 13, 2012 @ 10:20 am
May his memory be eternal.
» Posted By John On July 10, 2012 @ 10:54 am
I’m confused about what you mean by a “full investigation” into Scott’s death in regards to what you want the GOA to undertake on your behalf. A full investigation would mean that the GOA would have to investigate not just your son’s life at St. Anthony’s but also his life after he left the monastery.
Reading further into your post, you seem to believe that any kind of investigation done by the GOA would be a sham undertaking because (forgive me as I attempt to paraphrase your words): A cult can’t investigate a cult, because cult is, as cult does.
Anyone doing a full investigation into your son’s death will not have the a priori assumption that the monastery was responsible for your son taking his own life.
An objective investigator will have to look at the sequence of events in Scott’s life after he left the monastery and ask questions:
• He left the monastery. When? How? Why?
• Was he in the care of his parents afterwards? For how long?
• He enrolled in community college in Salem, Oregon. Why Oregon and not a local (Modesto area) community college?
• He received treatment from a therapist after he left the monastery. On June 4, 2012, Hieromonk Paisios (after receiving a death threat) suggested to Scott that he see a psychotherapist to which he answered: “I already had gone and I am well.”
Who was this therapist? What were his/her credentials? What kind of treatment led Scott to believe that he was “well”?
• On June 11, 2012, Scott arrived at St. Anthony’s Monastery reportedly armed with 2 guns and a knife. When and where did he obtain these weapons? Arizona? Oregon? California? Modesto?
If the GOA were to hire an outside investigator on your behalf, would you, in the interest of a full investigation, answer these questions?
Since you deem the GOA to be untrustworthy, would you answer these questions coming from a television reporter (e.g. KVOA-TV) or a newspaper reporter (e.g. National Herald or Albany Democrat-Herald) or maybe our host blogger Monomakhos?
You’ve been posting your exposes on St. Anthony’s Monastery and the GOA on Monomakhos so that readers can understand what happened to your son. Please answer the questions above so we can understand how a full investigation into his death should proceed.
» Posted By John On July 19, 2012 @ 5:41 pm
Essentially all memory researchers, all of the major mental health therapists’ associations, and most therapists now believe that the “memories” generated from RMT (Recovered Memory Therapy, also known as Repressed Memory Therapy) are images created during the therapy (‘iatrogenic”). They are often called “false memories.” The “memories” are as close to representing real events in the past as are nightmares.
It is known that RMT is an effective way of transferring the general abuse beliefs of therapists (and perhaps in Scott’s case – the parents who hired the therapists) into their clients’ thought processes.
Part of RMT involves “confronting” one’s abuser(s) in person. RMT therapists may urge their patients to surprise the “perpetrator” with a rehearsed confrontation. The rationale for this is that since “survivors” feel powerless, they need “empowerment.”
So was Scott’s June 10 confrontation with the fathers at St. Anthony’s monastery planned and rehearsed in order to “empower” Scott to finally break with the monastery?
If so, something terribly went wrong with the plan.
If Mr. Nevins did indeed engage the services of an RMT therapist (Marion Knox or an associate) in order to tear his son away from the Orthodox Church, then how can the Church be responsible for the harm perpetrated by others on Ioannis Scott after he left the monastery?
Mr. Nevins, please let me know if I have been barking up the wrong tree. I’d like to get to the bottom of this particular monastery mystery.
» Posted By John On July 18, 2012 @ 11:29 am
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According to Scott’s obituary in the Modesto Bee, he was enrolled at Chemetka Community College in Salem, Oregon.
On a hunch I googled, “Marion Knox” and Chemetka Community College.
I found one hit.
There is a private Christian school (grades 6-12) that by strange coincidence is also located in Salem, Oregon called: Western Mennonite School .
The school’s Spring 2009 newsletter( “In Touch”) lists Marion Knox and his wife Doris as donors to the school. It is also interesting to note that under the heading, “What have we accomplished?”, the school proudly notes that “we have added College Credit Now classes through Chemeketa Community College.”
To get the background on Marion Knox, all one has to do is google search terms: “Marion Knox” and “Albany Democrat Herald” and “Jennifer Moody” to read a whole series of investigative articles on Knox and his co-religionists who have destroyed lives by implanting false memories through RMT Therapy.
The first hit you should get on google is this article:
Marion Knox – A profile: Part 3 in a series
A FAMILY TORN APART: PART 3 IN A SERIES
By Jennifer Moody, Albany Democrat-Herald
The latest news that I have read about Knox is this:
Linn judge rejects change of venue request in Knox case
April 25, 2012 7:00 am • By Jennifer Moody, Albany Democrat-Herald
If a civil suit against a Lebanon couple alleging the implanting of false memories comes to trial, it will take place in Linn County, Judge James Egan has ruled.Egan heard motions Tuesday in the case against Marion and Doris Knox of Lebanon. He denied their attorney’s request for a change of venue and also denied motions from the plaintiff’s attorney to introduce certain evidence in advance. Former Albany resident Stephan Skotko has sued the Knoxes for negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress and intentional infliction of emotional distress. He claims Marion Knox, during family counseling sessions, caused his children to falsely believe he had sexually abused them. No trial date has been set.
So Mr. Nevins, is it just a coincidence that Scott was at Chemetka Community College located in the same area where Marion Knox prowled like a lion looking to devour?
Did you lead your son to Marion Knox and his wife Doris for RMT therapy?
Did they implant false memories of abuse into your son?
Were they complicit in removing the hope for salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ from Scott?
Say it isn’t so.
» Posted By John On July 17, 2012 @ 9:50 pm