Saturday Evening Post: Jan 20 Edition

So, another fun-filled week has passed and moi, your humble host takes the time (yet again) to opine on the news.

There’s a lot on the plate but I’ll try to keep the entire podcast under 20 minutes.  

As always, we encourage your comments, criticisms and your opinions.  

A Bishop Apologizes, Will the Liberals in the GOA Take Notice? (0:20) A hearty axios! to His Grace, Bishop Athenagoras of Nazianzen.  Hopefully we’ll be seeing less of this nonsense from the GOA and the Ecumenical Patriarchate. 

The Toxic Maternalism of Mdme Bousis (3:17) Why do wealthy women think that they have the moral authority to direct Christian tradition according to their own dictates? 

I Thought that Gay Marriage would Take Care of Things Like This (6:14) I’m sorry, but what is it with these people?  Can’t they be like other people and get a room?  Seriously.  (Is the tide turning here as well?  Say something here about the Holy Synod of Crete and the Greek Left which is coming out against gay marriage and gay adoption.)  

Trump Clears the Field in Iowa (10:17) Anyway you cut it, his win was massive on its own merits.  It was also a massive repudiation of the Deep State.  

Jamie Dimon Warns Wall Street (12:05)  Is Wall Street going to take the hint?  More importantly, will the Deep State?  Some thoughts on Mr Dimon’s recent statements about MAGA, Trump and the American people.  And get this: he said these words at Davos.

Responses to Various Comments  (15:01)  In which I do a fairly deep dive on just war theory here. 

A Final Word about Abba Moses (17:36) As you all know by now, Fr Moses Berry, an archpriest in the OCA’s Diocese of the Midwest has reposed in the Lord.  I’d like to add a few more words about this man and his ministry.

And a Grateful Word to the Generosity of some of our Readers (18:53)  Gail and I would be remiss if we didn’t respond to those of you who have been generous to us.  Indeed, more than generous.  You know who you are but more importantly, God knows who you are.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  



  1. George Michalopulos says

    BTW, this is what Jamie Dimon said at the World Economic Forum (the kill shot anyway):

    “And I just also want to point out, I wish the Democrats would think a little more carefully when they talk about MAGA, you know? And if you travel this country, you know and the country is unbelievable. We took a bus trip this year, Leslie Picker was on—Spokane and Boise and Bozeman. People are growing. They’re hungry to grow. They’re innovating. It’s everywhere. It’s not just Silicon Valley. So, we got this great hand. But when people say MAGA, they’re actually looking at people voting for Trump and they think they’re voting—and they’re basically scapegoating them, that you are like him, but I don’t think they’re voting for Trump because of his family values. If you look at, just take a step back, be honest. He’s kind of right about NATO. Kind of right about immigration. He grew the economy quite well.” (Emphasis added.)

  2. I like the fact that you focus on the homosexuality problem (btw, apparently the word ‘homosexual’ is now offensive to them as it conjures images of the time it was properly so labelled as a mental disorder) and most important “why we fight”.

    Homosexuality is the first world problem and sin of choice of the 21st century. In part, our economic development has increased leisure time and personal autonomy, hence the temptations and opportunities to sin increase. Couple that with mass secularization of society and the predictable happens. Those with a spiritual vacuum seek to fill it with vice. This goes hand in hand with drug abuse. It’s not before long that being ‘bi-curious’ will be labelled as good for your health as marijuana is by its proponents today.

    As I’ve mentioned earlier, the ‘gays aren’t a big deal’ school of thought in the ‘progressive Orthodox’ world hopes some mathematics with scripture and holy tradition, performed by an educated ‘theologian’ of Achbp. Elpidophoros’s type will make the Orthodox world at peace with the zeitgeist. That we can just ‘get this one over with’ and continue to be as is once the inflexible, set-in-their-ways yiayias and papous die off, and the rest get shipped off to some non-canonical old calendar genuine Orthodox church.

    The test is quite obvious: you want a nice job with benefits, you want a career? Just bow to the idol of sodomy. So many people don’t want to see this it’s insane. But as you correctly point out, it never just stops there. Just like putting a BLM sticker on one’s business doesn’t mean the mob will spare them, just as shouting ‘long live the Soviets’ before the NKVD pulled the trigger never got anyone a last second clemency. You give an inch, they take a mile. Always works that way. That’s why you fight for the inches.

    Milo Yiannopoulos tried the gay right winger idea, it had traction for a while because he played it as a jester. But after he got his fingers slammed by the deep state media machine, he got smart and Catholic about things and called a sin a sin. Now he’s going on the straight path (though I hardly ever hear of him).

    Thankfully we live in a world where there is more than one social order (for now), so we can move if things get very bad. But let’s not let the bad guys get their way before their time.

    • Geo Michalopulos says

      as a wise priest once told me: “your sin is not your identity.”

      fill in the blank: addict, adulterer, fornicator, gambler, kleptomaniac, etc.

    • Joseph Lipper says

      “Homosexuality is the… sin of choice of the 21st century.”


      If it actually was, I would share your concern. I just don’t think Orthodox priests are constantly bombarded with people confessing the sin of homosexuality in confession. For that matter, I don’t think that’s typically the top sin, or even a sin for most people in confession.

      • Joseph,
        The great sin of homosexuality is now the worldwide indoctrination of children and young people which teaches rejection of Biblical moral values and advocates all manner of sexual immorality and abortion. The global promotion of homosexuality along with militant rebellion against God are indeed grievous sins of choice in the 21st century and this affects most of the people on earth.

        • Joseph Lipper says

          Rubus, I would suggest not buying into a distorted homosexualist propaganda that homosexuality is “the sin of choice of the 21st century”. If anything, heterosexual fornication and adultery is much more commonplace and is usually the prime cause of divorce, single parents, and abortion.

          • Just try reading what you are saying here slowly out loud until it appears to you. You have actually formed a really good example of the sodomite apologetic and why it is the sin par excellence.

      • Antiochene Son says

        Joseph, have you been around any large numbers of teenagers in the last 10 years? They are absolutely propagandized, no matter how faithful their parents have been in raising them.

        • Joseph Lipper says

          Antiochene Son, I believe there is another propaganda, sometimes coming from Christians, which suggests that heterosexual fornication and adultery is somehow not as bad as homosexuality. This is what I perceive when people say that “homosexuality is the sin of choice of the 21st century”. I believe that teenagers can see through that as propaganda also.

          Yet heterosexual fornication and adultery is much more commonplace,
          and it is usually the prime culprit behind divorce, single parents, and
          abortion. Heterosexual fornication and adultery threaten and attack the sacrament of marriage, homosexuality not so much.

          • Render homosexuality acceptable and you will vastly increase
            the number of possible partners for adultery and fornication.

          • GeorgeS said:
            “…., the ‘gays aren’t a big deal’ school of thought in the ‘progressive Orthodox’ world hopes some mathematics with scripture and holy tradition, performed by an educated ‘theologian’ of Achbp. Elpidophoros’s type will make the Orthodox world at peace with the zeitgeist….”

            Dear GeorgeS,
            It appears that Joseph Lipper, Pope Francis, Elpidophoros, and other so-called “progressives” are dedicated to making peace with this zeitgeist.

            • Joseph Lipper says

              Rubus, within the Orthodox Church it is important that we defend the revelation of God that homosexuality is a sin and that marriage is a Holy Sacrament between a man and a woman.

              Outside of the Orthodox Church people can and will say whatever they want about homosexuality and marriage. They have the freedom to say and legislate as they wish, but none of that changes the Orthodox Church’s position.

              I honestly can’t find even one Orthodox bishop that believes otherwise.

              • Antiochene Son says

                That is not accurate, Joseph. God’s people, and their leaders in particular (the Prophets of old and the Bishops of today) are supposed to have a prophetic voice to the whole world, not just her members. God has never called his people to be insular, but to be the light of the world.

                • My limited experience in two different orthodox parishes over the last decade has made it evident to me that most Orthodox clergymen dwell in a pietistic bubble. It is bold men of God like Abbot Tryphon and Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia who have the courage to speak directly to the problems of a decaying, post-Christian society. I hope others have witnessed more frequent prophetic forays from the ambo or pulpit in their parishes.

                • Joseph Lipper says

                  There’s sometimes a fine line between the prophetic and propaganda. For example, the “Christian” Zionists quote scripture and allegedly speak the prophetic word of God in regards to the State of Israel, but in reality they are just speaking Israeli propaganda.

                  Likewise, while it is prophetic for Christians to say that homosexuality is a sin as revealed by God, such a statement can nonetheless become propaganda when it is used out of context and out of proportion to serve an outward political motive. If a politician is running for office on a platform either for or against homosexuality, then he is most likely creating propaganda either for or against homosexuality that is out of proportion and context.

                  Perhaps a useful way to discern this is: whereas the prophetic word points to the heart, to repentance, to Christ and a kingdom not of this world, propaganda on the other hand always has a political agenda that points to worldly kingdoms.

                  Yes, of course, it is important for the Orthodox Church to express the prophetic Word of God. For example, I believe we can see this well expressed in the recent statement from the Church of Greece:

                  “Clearly, the state legislates, but this parameter neither deprives the Church of freedom of speech nor exempts the Church from the duty to inform the faithful nor can dictate what constitutes sin. The Church does not legislate and is not responsible for the laws. If it remains silent, however, it bears a heavy responsibility and negates itself.”


                  • George Michalopulos says

                    Joseph, I see your perspective. Where I disagree however is the statement about Christian Zionists. Yes, they are wrong but they’ve never been “in” the Church. At best, they are the descendants of heretics and as such are easy pickings for charlatans like Darby, Scofield, Hagee and others of that ilk.

                    Regardless, the Church (and here I mean all mainline denominations), ceded moral authority years ago to the culture. Truthfully, I wasn’t at all confident that the Church of Greece would do the right thing, that’s how far gone we are.

                    Don’t get me wrong, I’m overjoyed that they did the right thing. For that alone they deserve major props.

                    I guess the point I’m trying to make is that we shouldn’t have been anywhere close to this point. How much better off are the Antiochians in this regard? Much better given that years ago some Rainbow Marxist said that “we need dialogue this issue” (paraphrase). He said this at some conference in front of the late Metropolitan Philip, who immediately shouted him down thusly: “We don’t discuss abominations”.

                    The end.

          • This is like saying, “Why do people make such a big deal about Homicide which is so infrequent compared to Assault? Assault clearly causes so much more harm to people every year than homicide does.”

            Sure these are both sins of violence, that could be considered to be on the same spectrum, leading to death. But that’s the point. One is def worse than the other. To say the greater offense is actually nbd compared to the lesser offense bc of frequency and distribution is a big mistake!

            So yes, we ought to decry violent crime in general but, “Everybody please calm down about Murder” is obv not going to help make the assault problem go away. Obv, to put our neighbors’ conscience at ease regarding murder could only sear the conscience regarding assault!

            Is it any wonder then that marriage and family suffer with many sins just as sodomy is hailed with pride?

            And it should be noted that while sodomy and fornication could both be oversimplified as mere “sexual” sins of the same essence and nature in the modern mind, sodomy is the sin against nature.

            So we must consider that there is more to sodomy than fornication.

  3. Fr. James Bernstein says

    George, Thank you. Your news of the week summaries are wonderful. I like your keeping them short – concise. God bless your ministry.

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