Repent, and Stop This Insanity

By Metropolitan Jonah October 12, 2018 Once again, the United States and its policies are creating chaos, setting up the murder of innocent people, and disrupting an ancient institution. Only this time, it is direct interference in the affairs not just of a nation state, Ukraine, but of a religious institution, the Orthodox Church. And […]

Breaking: EP Proclaims Autocephaly for Orthodox Church of Selene

[Dateline: Oct 9, 2118]. According to the Associated Press, His All-Holiness Bartholomew III, Ecumenical Patriarch and Archbishop of New Rome, issued a tomos of autocephaly to the breakaway Orthodox Church of Selene. Selene (pronounced sel-LEE-knee) was formerly under the omorphor of the Russian Orthodox Church and was known as the Diocese of Tranquility. It was […]

The Kavanaugh Hearings and What They Mean for the Future of the Republic

I don’t ordinarily engage in hyperbole (believe it or not). But I very much believe that we are at a turning point in the history of republican self-governance. That is to say, are we going to remain a republic based on constitutional law and custom or are we going to degenerate into banana republicanism? The […]

Credit where Credit Is Due

Yours Truly has been a vociferous critic of Syosset at times. Nevertheless, whenever the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) does something right, then it should be pointed out. And yesterday, they did something right. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard, Archbishop of Washington, D.C. and Metropolitan of All-America and Canada, released a […]

“Follow the Money”

This popular cliche first came into widespread use during the 1970s, during the time of the Watergate scandal. Basically, if you wanted to know why a certain (usually white-collar) crime occurred, all you had to do was “follow the money” and it would become clear. You could apply this dictum in all sorts of secular […]

This Is What Lawlessness Looks Like: Church & State Edition

Lately, those of us who believe in the rule of law and due process are suffering from an embarrassment of riches. Not in examples of decorum or probity mind you. Instead, we have a surfeit of imprudent actions that imperil civilization as we know it. Sadly, this loss of civility and common sense reigns among […]

Another Blunder by Patriarch Bartholomew?

After the failure of Crete you would think Pat. Bartholomew and his synod would realize that their papalist pretensions could lead to schism. Greek metropolitan calls on Constantinople to repent and cease communication with Ukrainian schismatics Source: Orthodox Christian “The Patriarchate of Constantinople’s persistence in granting autocephaly to Ukrainian schismatics has led to these sad […]

If the Past is Prologue…

…then we’re in a heap of trouble. Below is a short (50 minute long) video documentary of Mikhail Denysenko, the so-called Patriarch Philaret of Kyiv. It does not paint a pretty picture. Look folks, I’m very forgiving. Nobody’s perfect. If our Church can canonize scoundrels like King David and Flavius Constantinus as saints, then we […]

Turnabout is Fair Play

Darn it! The ever-delightful Byzantine Texas, has beaten me to the punch again. He even came up with the title I wanted to use. Oh well. http://byztex.blogspot.com/2018/09/turnabout-is-fair-play.html Seriously, what did those desk-jockeys at the Phanar expect? That Russia and the rest of the Orthodox Commonwealth would look kindly on this brazen, obviously political move? Really? […]

A Canon Aimed at Moscow?

Well, I imagine that –contrary to the hopes expressed in the vlog below–cooler heads are not prevailing. At least not in Istanbul. What we are seeing is papalism run amok. Ultimately, this will not stand. Unfortunately, in the meantime, much sorrow will ensue. Including schism. And possibly bloodshed. And all for what? To try and […]

Ireland: What Happened?

Four months ago, in May, the Irish Free State overturned the Eighth Amendment, that once-proud Catholic country’s ban on abortion. This sent shock waves throughout the world. Ireland; a tiny country whose out-sized influence on the world was due to the massive diaspora of its stubborn and resourceful people. A people which, perhaps more than […]

Another Way to Know When You’re Winning an Argument

The Digital Apocalypse has been temporarily postponed. Last week, President Trump (peace be upon him!) threw down the gauntlet at the oligarchs of Silicon Valley. And not a moment too soon. He told them that the censorship has got to stop. Now. Or else they run the risk of being turned into public utilities and […]

Fancy Bear & the EP. . .

Sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale, right? I do think there’s some kind of story here so George said, “Go ahead and write it.” I’d write it if I had any idea where it was going. I’m afraid it might turn out like one of those Grimms’ Fairy Tales where the EP gets […]

More Thoughts on Russia: The Geostrategic Angle

Look at this picture. Remember it. Burn it into your memory. Or better yet, send it to all your “muh democracy” friends. You know, those armchair warriors who hang out at the local Starbucks and wax militaristic against that evil dictator Vladimir Putin. (Just as long as it’s those rednecks from the Red states who […]

Is This How It All Ends?

This is not a column I wanted to write. And I certainly didn’t want to post the following video. But I’m afraid it’s come to this. As you all may know, I have stated that I have a great admiration for the Catholic Church. Besides the fact that I was born in a Catholic hospital […]

Is This Statement Heretical?

From the Council of Crete: “The Orthodox Church considers all efforts to break the unity of the Church undertaken by individuals or groups under the pretext of maintaining or allegedly defending true Orthodoxy as being worthy of condemnation.” (Hat tip to Billy Jack Sunday.) I ask this question in all sincerity.

Are We Entering a St Mark of Ephesus Moment?

Good question. Somebody (I think it was FDR) once said that “there are no coincidences in politics”. I imagine you can apply this aphorism to Church politics as well. Case in point: recently Patriarch Kirill of Moscow celebrated a liturgy with several hierarchs. His homily was on St Mark Eugenicus of Ephesus, the lone Orthodox […]

The GOA: More Ecumenism Ahead?

Well, folks, it looks like we need to open another thread on the continuing woes of the GOA. Archbishop Demetrios wants to pay homage to the Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas purportedly to “symbolically suspend the separation of the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox church a thousand years ago.” I’m hoping that this is […]

More Thoughts on My Pilgrimage: Butovo

Well, this is Part II of my “travelvlog”. Thank you all for your patience. A word of introduction, the photo which you see is Fr Ilya Gotlinski standing before the memorial wall which was recently erected at Butovo. On it are the names of every one of the victims of Stalin’s terror as well as […]

Ukraine + Autocephaly = Schism?

In a previous vlog, Yours Truly opined that the auguries for an autocephalous Church for Ukraine didn’t look good. Regrettably, I now come to an opposite conclusion. (By the way, I fully intend to comment further on my recent pilgrimage to Russia but events seem to be spiraling out of control vis-a-vis the Ukrainian front.) […]