God Allows Bad Things to Happen So Good Men Will Stand Up

This particular statement is something Father Josiah shared with me a very long time ago and I never forgot it. 

Fr. Josiah is one of those “good” men.   

Bravo, Father.  We all thank you.  

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  1. Russell Helbig says

    God be praised for this decision! Father Trenham is an inspiring scholarly priest. May the whole church take heart!

  2. It was once explained to me by a concerned friend
    that you do not go to Court to get ‘Justice’, you go Court to get ‘Law’;
    and in the Glasgow Sheriff Court, the Law is what the Sheriff (Judge) says it is.
    If you are lucky, you may get Justice – but it will be a by-product.
    If you are unlucky, you can appeal – but only if you have money…

    So, having been burnt by this, I rejoice in the vindication of Father Josiah.
    The bad guys do not always win… 🙂

  3. Abp Viganò peaks to Steve Bannon.

    This is a long interview, but well worth a listen

    • Anonymous II says

      He makes decent points, but I can’t help feeling a ‘Q’ vibe from him. Presents himself as ‘based’ but still Roman Catholic, serving under Francis and others involved with the sex cult. Why not become Orthodox?

      • Gail Sheppard says

        I could be wrong but I thought he was retired and serving under no one.

      • Don’t you know that there’s a secret cabal of based and trad RC bishops who are going to overthrow Frank and install Pius XIII on the Papal throne, undoing Vatican II in the process?

        Just you wait, it’s happening. Honest. Trust the plan.

      • I expect he considers that if he leaves the RCC,
        it will be easy for those that run it to claim that
        he is an apostate and not worth listening to.

        Perhaps he sees his relation to the ‘current’ RCC in the same way
        as we might think St Mark of Ephesus saw his to Constantinople.

    • Oh dear…

      Abp Viganò [s]peaks to Steve Bannon.
      …a long interview, but well worth a [read]

  4. Fr. Josiah has been a huge evangelizer for Orthodox in America, not just for converts but for cradle Orthodox as well. A buddy of mine goes to his parish and they get dozens of catechumens/converts every year (I think they have like 40-60 right now).

    Thanks be to God that God allowed him to be victorious in this. I’m sure that 300K that he was awarded will be going to something good.

    Now the next that needs to fall is Public Orthodoxy.

    • He has many children and thus many needs
      I’m sure he’ll do what he feels best
      Why the need to even wonder about it?

  5. Christine says

    God is great! And a huge thank you to Fr. Josiah for taking this courageous action! Oftentimes we get caught up in Paul’s advice to not sue other believers. This has been used to beat down Christians into subservience and pseudo-humility for years. Folks, those who spew and vomit out the vile, hateful, disgusting “Orthodoxy in Dialogue” propaganda and other “Orthodox” slanderous sites are not Christians. They are misleading innocents with their false heresy and lies. And we should all take heart and learn from this victory. Fr. Josiah, we love and support you!

  6. Margaret says

    Praise the Lord for moving mountains and vindicating Fr. Josiah! He is one honest and decent Priest who is not afraid of speaking up and out when deemed necessary. A shepherd who can corral the lost sheep from afar and bring them to enlightenment and salvation.

    Fr. Josiah is exactly what the antiquated Orthodox Church needs and has been missing. Christ has given us dominion and the authority to do His will with love for all brining the unchurched to Christ. Without Evangelism, the Orthodox Church will have no future.

    God bless you Fr! May the Lord continue to reign upon you with His righteousness and favor.

  7. I would highly recommend Dr. Father Trenham’s courses on Patristic Nectar Publications. I have already taken about twenty-five of them, and I have to say that he is an excellent teacher with such a devout and loving knowledge of all things Early Church Fathers, The Holy Scriptures, and the Orthodox Catholic Christian Church. His courses are also administered by other teachers, but he is my favorite. His course on the Book of Revelations and The Bible and The Church are some of my favorites.

  8. Thank you, Fr Josiah.

    It is my opinion that Fr Josiah is so effective as a public-persona priest (and also thereby is a massive target to attack, for those who do not like him) because he calls the world out on its endless, ridiculous shame.

    The world does not like (and cannot stand) to be called out on its shame. Particularly those who shamelessly pretend that they know better than God and pretend that they know a better “Divine order of things” and pretend that God creates some men to have anal sex with other men (sorry to be blunt, but it is what it is) — and then they pretend to call this in line with Orthodox teaching. “But the Holy Fathers lived in a different culture…” they say. Um, no, that sort of thing and its temptations for some have been around forever.

    What the SanFillipo et al crowd does is beyond shameful, and Fr Josiah does a blessing in calling people out on it, publicly.

    I am not a clergyman and never will be, but I don’t think that all clergy are called to be public personae on issues like this.

    My take is that Fr Josiah is among those uniquely positioned to be public on issues like this (somewhat like Metropolitan Jonah) because he is fully “American” in the classic western-Protestantized sense (both grew up in American protestant homes in the latter half of the 20th century, and seem to have what we would call “normal” American growing up experiences, not unlike Fr Seraphim Rose a generation earlier). They know what makes American society tick.

    What constitutes “normal” and “acceptable” behavior in America grows right out of a northern/Western European protestantized experience of how life should be arranged. And now that protestantism is collapsed, so is American public culture.

    Both Fr Josiah and Metropolitan Jonah know exactly what American society values, and also know exactly what it needs in order to be healed (Christ, and His Church, and the protection of Our Holy Mother, among other things!).

    I personally admire Fr Josiah’s “if you’re going to play in the kitchen, you gotta be able to take the heat” style, where he gives this SanFillipo et al. crowd a taste of their own medicine. I realize that all may not admire it, but I do.

    And I do not doubt for a second that Fr Josiah continues to pray for the SanFillipo et al. crowd’s salvation and would rejoice to no end if they returned to the bosom of the Church. He would also probably publicly praise them.

    America is now run culturally, and often in the business sector as well, by narcissistic bullies. Narcissistic bullies require people to cower in fear in order for their bullying to work (those who cower in fear are often called “codependents”). Those of us who may have grown up in addicted or dysfunctional families know very well this narcissistic/codependent dysfunctional dynamic. It’s awful, and now it’s in-our-faces daily in public American life.

    I love Fr Josiah’s stance of “sorry man, you ain’t going to bully this guy.” Many people erroneously think that capitulating to bullying is a “Christian” response. It is most definitely not. God calls for men to be leaders, and as George says, “for good men to stand up.” It is most emphatically not a Christian truism across the board that a Christian man lets himself be bullied.

    We need more of this style in our American Orthodox Christian Church. Thank you Fr Josiah for demonstrating to us that it is not shameful to stand up for ourselves.

  9. The article linked below is insightful about what may underly the individuals and publishers coming against faithful Priests like Fr. Josiah, and trying to subvert Orthodox tradition through sites like Public Orthodoxy. Forgive me if you have posted something about this more recent slander case, and I hadn’t seen it.


  10. Sometimes God sends a sign…

    Lightning Destroyed Georgia Guidestones Last Night!

    PROVING” Lightning Destroyed The Georgia Guidestones.



    • Gail Sheppard says

      I saw another clip showing a man running up to the pillar and leaving something. The man ran VERY fast, too fast, so I suspect it was photoshopped. The only thing good about a crisis is that we have the opportunity to see God act. I imagine we’re going to see a lot of miracles before all this is over.

  11. Pfizer Asks Court to Dismiss Whistleblower
    Lawsuit Because Government Was Aware of Fraud


    ‘ In an interview with The Defender, the lawyer representing whistleblower Brook Jackson said Pfizer is arguing the court should dismiss Jackson’s lawsuit alleging fraud in Pfizer’s COVID-19 clinical trials because the U.S. government knew about the wrongdoings but continued to do business with the vaccine maker.

    Under the False Claims Act, whistleblowers can be rewarded for confidentially disclosing fraud that results in a financial loss to the federal government.

    However, a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision that expanded the scope of a legal principle known as “materiality” resulted in a series of federal court decisions in which fraud cases brought under the False Claims Act were dismissed.

    As interpreted by the Supreme Court, if the government continued paying a contractor despite the contractor’s fraudulent activity, the fraud was not considered “material” to the contract.

    Pfizer is a federal contractor because it signed multiple contracts with the U.S. government to provide COVID-19 vaccines and Paxlovid, a pill used to treat the virus.

    “Pfizer claims they can get away with fraud as long as the government would write them a check despite knowing about the fraud,” attorney Robert Barnes said. …

    “Pfizer, one of the most criminally fined drug companies in the world, wants to weaken the laws that hold them accountable,” Barnes told The Defender. …

    “This case will determine if Big Pharma can rip off the American people using a dangerous drug that harms millions without any legal remedy because they claim the government was in on the scam.” … ‘

    So, Pfizer admit fraud.
    But, if US Government officials were aware of it,
    why are they not also on trial?

    • Gail Sheppard says

      Looks to me like they conspired to commit a crime against humanity. Forget fraud. This is murder.

      A federal statute makes conspiracy a crime,

  12. Love Story of Greek Swans Ends Tragically in Death, Heartbreak

    The love story of two swans in Kastoria, Greece has ended, with the female swan’s death and a heartbreaking display, as the male swan was left reeling her loss on Tuesday.

    For the past week, Kastoria residents have been enchanted with the swan couple. That enchantment ended on Tuesday, as the injured female succumbed to her injuries.

    The male, who hadn’t left her side since she was admitted to a treatment center, doesn’t seem to want to believe his partner had died. He is refusing to leave the center, and he is still waiting for her there, although the doctors had transported him a distant point far away from the center after her death.

    Staff at the animal hospital had driven the male, by car, to Lake Kastoria. But before they could even arrive back at the center, the male was once again waiting outside the building.

    “We took the swan to a point in the lake, far from where they had made their nest with the female, about 20 kilometers,” said Nikos Panagiotopoulos, who works at the Environmental Protection Company and Wildlife Care Station of Kastoria, and who treated the injured bird.

    “We left him there; at some point we lost sight of him, but when we returned in a few minutes to the treatment center, we found him there waiting for us.”

    The couple’s story started last week, when the female was injured by a group of stray dogs, which attacked her, but a male was seen trying to protect her, opened wings forming a circle around her.

    Following the attack, the female was transported to a local treatment center.

    The male refused to leave the female’s side for a moment, even in the doctor’s office. For days, he stayed next to her in the infirmary, carefully taking care of her wings as best he could — and letting out a shriek whenever someone got close to her, fearing the worst.

    “Swans are together for a lifetime,” said Panagiotopoulos in an interview with SKAI.gr. “Even when one is widowed, it is difficult to mate again.”

    Panagiotopoulos has been acquainted with the pair of swans since their move to Kastoria.

    The male is from Crete and the female is from Evia. Both had previously lived in Athens for treatment for a time, and it was Panagiotopoulos who had tagged them and released them soon after; they eventually became a couple. Soon afterward, the other pairs of swans at Lake Kastoria alienated them, and they started to build their own nest, at a distance from the others.

    On Feb. 13, the female was attacked by a group of dogs. Unfortunately, she was injured, but a group of people out for their morning walk saw what was happening and stopped the attack. The image described by the onlookers was “indescribable,” Panagiotopoulos said. “One swan is sitting helplessly down and the other is fighting, making circles with its wings open, chasing the dogs.”

    Getting the pair to trust the onlookers was a challenge, however.

    Panagiotopoulos approached the female calmly, carefully getting close to her, making sure she wasn’t startled. Eventually, when the male understood his good intentions, he was able to take her to the center that was located just a few meters away.

    “When I got close, I turned my head and realized that her partner” had followed him and came with him to the station. He then opened the door and went into the treatment center, the wildlife rehabilitator said, adding that the male swan always stayed by her side, shrieking when he thought she needed more help, Panagiotopoulos said.

    “After we finished and took her to the rehab center, he came with her and sat next to her.”

    On Feb. 15, when Panagiotopoulos went to see the injured female, he saw her partner taking care of her feathers with great devotion. “I wish him well because he has big back injuries,” he added. ‘

    A small tragedy in today’s world, perhaps;
    and no longer news – but still worthy of a tear.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      Oh, Brendan, you knew this would break my heart.

      • At least one male knows what he is supposed to do
        and is willing to do it (even if he has no chance)
        when his lady is attacked by savages.

        Truly a Swan Knight…