Fr John Slays all the Secular Myths about Christmas

The other day, I had the honor to cohost Fr John Peck’s Ecclesioclasm podcast.*  That particular episode dealt with all of the silly –but pervasive–myths that have been peddled about Christmas (and Christianity) for decades now.   You know the ones:  Jesus wasn’t born on December 25, Christmas was really a pagan holiday, Constantine created the […]

Ecclesioclasm Interview with Fr John Whiteford

Fr John Peck and I recently interviewed Fr John Whiteford of St Jonah Orthodox Church (Spring, Texas ROCOR) on the new “Fordhamite” theology that is infiltrating the Orthodox Church. Fr Whiteford is a well-known voice speaking up in favor of Orthodox traditionalism and hosts a popular podcast entitled From the Amvon. You can catch this […]

“Missing Saints, Missing Miracles”: An Interview with James Perloff

It is with great pleasure that we present to you this interview with James Perloff, the author of Missing Saints, Missing Miracles.   This is his latest book and we can’t thank him enough for agreeing to meet with us.  This was a great undertaking on his behalf:  Mr Perloff devoted a great deal of research […]

Part II: What’s Wrong with the GOA?

Last week, we posted Part I of an Ecclesioclasm podcast/interview which Fr John Peck hosted.  Needless to say, it generated a fair amount of commentary, not all of it positive.  Despite the fact that there was a negative tenor to the assessments given by Nick Stamatakis, Jim Jatras and myself, hope is not lost.  Gathering […]

Ecclesioclasm Interview: What’s Wrong with the GOA? –Part I

Recently, Fr John Peck, the host of the Ecclesioclasm podcast, asked a rhetorical question; specifically, what was wrong with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America? Rather than rehash the latest scandal du jour, it seemed that a roundtable of prominent Greek-Americans would be better inclined to offer their insights into the problems which plague the […]

Some Recent Podcasts

Here, for your edification, are some podcasts that have come our way recently. Two of them come from the Ecclesioclasm website and hosted by Fr John Peck.  For those who don’t know, Fr John encouraged me some thirteen years ago to “take up blogging.”   And so, you can consider him to be the godfather of […]

Pastoring Young Men into Manhood with Fr Hans Jacobse

In the interest of full disclosure, George and I began talking with Father Hans about this project a few years ago.  That is to say, young men were coming out of the woodwork asking for his help and there were simply too many to give each the individual attention they needed.  Eventually, Father realized this […]

Interview with Peter Papoutsis

For those of you who have followed Monomakhos for some time, the name Peter Papoutsis may ring a bell.  Peter’s been a long-time contributor to the blog and over the years, we’ve developed a long-distance friendship.  He’s also part of the “brain trust,” an unofficial, semi-comedic bull-session between me, him and several kinfolk.  (Needless to […]

Counterflow Podcast: The Fordhamites, Russophobia & More!

Last week, Gail and I had the extreme honor to join Fr John Whiteford, Dissident Mama, and the esteemed Jim Jatras on Buck Johnson’s Counterflow. The topics of discussion were our friends the Fordhamites and their various minions.  It seems that their critique of American Orthodoxy and ours don’t mesh. Not for the first time, […]

Jim Jatras on Ukraine: What We’re Not Being Told

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of interviewing our old friend, Jim Jatras.   The reason of course is because of the situation in Ukraine.  Another reason is because the level of propaganda is positively staggering.  To say that there has been a news blackout would be the understatement of the century. Jim’s an old hand, one […]