It is said that truth is the first casualty in war. If so, then it is hysteria which wounds it. And we are seeing Grade-A, screaming hysteria being displayed by Syosset and its band of devotees in the Blogosphere.
The obsession of some of our readers to believe anything at all in their quest to put lipstick on the Synod’s pig of a letter is by now laughable.
It seems that somebody in Syosset hacked into His Beatitude’s account to “prove” that Jonah “unilaterally accepted” a certain priest into the OCA. We have already dispatched that lie with alacrity. Undaunted in their belief in chimeras, they yet persevere. It seems that Jonah wrote an email on April 23, 2011, to Bishop Basil Essey of Wichita informing him about this priest. The Jonah-haters have latched on to this piece of information to prove that the priest was “received” into the OCA. In their bloodlust, they are now dancing like half-naked savages around the campfire with the scalp of their enemy.
Rather than take it apart myself, I’ll just post it for you so you can read for yourselves:
This was published on the Yahoo Orthodox Forum:
Sent: 4/23/2011 7:25:59 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Fwd: documents (1 of 2)
Dear Saidna Basil,
Wishing you a joyous Pascha! I look forward to greeting you at the Episcopal Assembly if not before.
Attached are the documents for [the priest].
He applied to the OCA, but we have declined to accept him. Fr Constantine Nassar in Oklahoma City was inquiring about him, so I thought to send you the documents. Fr Constantine called and expressed willingness to lend him a hand to get him through a difficult period in his life.
Some unfortunate things happened with him and the DC Cathedral community and OCA, which make it impossible for me to accept him canonically. He has been greatly slandered.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. For me this has been a very difficult Lent, as you may have heard. Please keep me in your prayers.
With love in Christ,
Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada
PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791-0675
(516)922-0550 Fax (516)922-0954
Notice, not once did His Beatitude say that this priest was in the OCA! He was not received, nor accepted, unilaterally or otherwise. Nor was there any allegation of a rape. I decided to boldface the relevant sentences so that the willfully illiterate can have somebody read these passages to them.
Now I know this is heartbreaking to some, because, you know, Jonah must be evil, because the Synod is infallible and can’t be wrong and all that, but the proof is in the pudding. Even a Jonah-skeptic’s own research proves that the Synod’s letter is false.
So I’d advise all those who believe otherwise to either put up or shut up. You lost. The two main charges against Jonah were falsified earlier in the week and evidence continues to corroborate tthese facts.
That was easy.
P.S. Many may have noticed that your comments are on moderation. That’s because I want no more commentary about the specific scandal that supposedly precipitated the Synod’s illegal and uncanonical coup against His Beatitude. I MEAN IT. If I see mention of this priest by name ANYWHERE or any further attempt to identify the scandal in question, I WILL REMOVE your post completely. That goes for any defamatory statements about anybody. (And by defamatory I mean statements that can’t be proven or are patently false.)
If you want to be party to a lawsuit then go start your own blog. Comprende?
P.S.S. Also, I want all commentary to be on-topic as much as possible. If I see that your comment is worthy but off-topic, I’ll ask you to redirect it to the appropriate blog entry.