Another City: An Early Christmas Present

Finally, some good news to report on the Orthodox front! Another City, a new Orthodox journal was just launched and in my humble opinion, may very well prove to be one of the better internet journals we've seen in a while. I'm very excited at its prospects, believing as I do that it will be a bracing antidote to what we find in non-traditionalist media such as Public Orthodoxy and The Wheel. Now is not the time for Orthodoxy to conform itself to the world but to shine the light of … [Read more...]

Things Aren’t Any Better in the Great White North

Well, this is definitely not good. Thanks to Greatly Saddened, one of our more prolific commentators, it has come to our attention that there is a scandal brewing in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada. You can read it for yourself here: www.torontosun.com/news/local-news/mandel-greek-community-of-toronto-lawsuit-claims-unholy-pilfering-by-greek-orthodox-church. It's tawdry to the extreme and it plays to the worst stereotype of Greeks. When I was growing up, if something … [Read more...]

Victory in Syria?

Well, this is interesting. RT reported yesterday that President Vladimir Putin is ordering the withdrawal of some Russian troops from Syria. http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/12/11/putin-russian-troops-withdrawing-syria/ This brings up a whole lot of questions. First of all, I can't imagine this happening if the Christian minorities were still in peril. I'm sure that Patriarch John X of Antioch must have given him positive information while he was in Moscow recently. Of … [Read more...]

Meanwhile, Over in Moscow…

...you can see something really wonderful. The primates of several autocephalous Orthodox churches recently concelebrated the Divine Liturgy at Christ the Saviour Cathedral. The chief celebrant was His Holiness Pope Theodore II, Patriarch of Alexandria and all-Africa. Conspicuous in his absence was His Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch. We can talk about the inside baseball aspects of this gathering, for my part, I take comfort and great joy in the magnificence of Orthodox worship. … [Read more...]

Can This Archdiocese be Saved?

Buckle your seat-belts because there's more awful news coming out of 79th St. The Pappas Post revealed today that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has defaulted on the payments to Skanska, the construction company tasked with building the St Nicholas Shrine at Ground Zero. (You can read the story for yourself here: http://www.pappaspost.com/archdiocese-defaults-payments-construction-company-work-st-nicholas-halted/) As of now, Monomakhos doesn't know how much has been lost on the project … [Read more...]

Orthodoxy and Government

INTRODUCTION: THE NECESSITY OF THE STATE OK, this is my long-awaited (by some at least) essay on government and the Orthodox Christian response to it. It's by no means exhaustive or complete and I'll wind up adding more as time and circumstances permit. As such, I ask for everyone's forbearance in this matter. But first, some caveats. First of all, it should not be surprising that we who are Orthodox view reality through a spiritual lens. This is at it should be, mainly because a … [Read more...]

Another Bad Day at Black Rock (I Mean 79th Street)

In a previous essay which I published several years ago, when the tenure of Metropolitan Jonah Paffhausen was still in doubt, Yours Truly made a prediction that if the Syosset apparatchiks succeeded in removing Jonah from the primacy, then there would be very little left to write about regarding Orthodoxy in general. At least of a positive nature. Some questioned me as to why I didn't single out the OCA (which was the offending jurisdiction). Honestly, I don't know why I made my prediction … [Read more...]

What Would C S Lewis Say about Our Present Moral Panic?

Just when I think that we've ventured into new territory and that there is no going back, or that things presently are so hysterical that we will never return to normalcy, a gift (in the form of a YouTube) finds its way onto my playlist. The gift in question comes from C S "Jack" Lewis, the foremost Christian apologist of the mid-twentieth century. In this discourse, Lewis is talking about a sex-addled society. (Believe it or not, this was given back in 1942!) Now, some might object that … [Read more...]

The Turning of the Tables

It's all rather astounding to me. I'm old enough to remember when the United States was a force for good in the world. How many people behind the Iron Curtain used to look to us for whatever meager protection they could get as they trudged about their daily lives. Consider the story of the Archimandrite Alipius of the Pskov Cave Monastery as related in Everyday Saints and Other Stories. Shevkunov (the author) describes a time in the early 1960s when the Communist Party pulled out all the … [Read more...]

What I’m Thankful For

I'm taking a little time off for the holiday. The clan is gathering and I'm looking forward to it. The older son is coming in but my younger son won't make it because as a resident, he's not as free to come and go. Oh well. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy gathering with friends and family as well. Give a hug or a kiss to whomever you want, letting them know how much they mean to you. You may not see them again next year. As for myself, I'm very grateful for all you. You've made this … [Read more...]

What Was Hidden Will Now Become Apparent

I've been taken to task for recent political events which I've posted on this blog recently. I've also given off the vibe that I'm a GOP partisan. Far from it: on more than one occasion I've called the GOP "the Stupid Party". So why do I do it? Mainly because I've come to see the wisdom of the late Andrew Breitbart's dictum that "politics is downstream of culture". Consider: the reason that we have so-called gay marriage is because several years ago, there was a concerted effort in the … [Read more...]

Clearing the Decks for 2020?

It's now become obvious to me what's going on during the present moral panic about sexual assault. It's not about harassment or sexual assault per se. That's the moral cover no doubt and it'd be fine and dandy if at the end of the day powerful men didn't act like horndogs with women, but that's not what's going on here. But if the Democrats really cared about women being treated like human beings they would have never nominated Bill Clinton, nor would Hillary fawn all over a pervert like … [Read more...]

Glass Houses, Stones, You Know the Drill

Today, we are operating under two moral panics. The first one deals with the fictitious "Red Scare", i.e. the idea that the Russians "hacked" the election. It's ironic that while there is no evidence of Russian involvement in Wikileaks and its sequelae, Russian involvement in our politics has been proven --although not to the Democrat's interests. If anything, it appears at present that it's the Democrats --and more specifically the Clintons--who have been caught with their hands in the … [Read more...]

Freemasonry: Part I –An Overview

Now seems as good a time as any to discuss the issue of Freemasonry and whether it is compatible with Christian observance. (This being due to a flurry of recent comments --both pro and con.) Before we begin, I want to stress that what follows is neither exhaustive nor authoritative; it is however based on the historical facts as we know them.) The question inevitably rises: is Freemasonry a distinct religion or not? If it is, then no Christian --of whatever denomination--can belong to the … [Read more...]

Veteran’s Day

I've been very remiss lately to honor our veterans, mainly because of work and other things. I hope that this YouTube will make up for it. It's very moving and the musical score is by the incomparable John Williams, perhaps the greatest living composer today. I hope that you all enjoy it and if you haven't had the chance to do it, please thank a veteran for their service. Likewise, I want to take this opportunity to thank all the veterans who read this blog for all they have … [Read more...]

St Nektarios of Aegina, Pray for Us!

Today is the feast day of St Nektarios of Aegina, as most of you probably already know. Why am I mentioning this? A couple of reasons. As you know, this blog is not a personal one (for that I have a Facebook page). Instead, I've tried to comment primarily on topical issues of importance. Things like religion, politics and culture. I've strived mightily to never make it about me with only peremptory mentions of personal experiences. That's partly because my mother raised us to not draw … [Read more...]

First Anniversary: Unbridled Joy!

Today is the first anniversary of the Election that Saved Western Civilization and I'm feeling particularly giddy. Therefore, I bring you two starkly opposite perspectives from that very night. The first is an edited meltdown of The Young Turks (caution: very foul language). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBH5RpmzdyI&t=1362s The second is Stefan Molyneux singing The Star-Spangled Banner". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkinzV7pxn4 Enjoy! P.S. Happy namedays to all … [Read more...]

Another Perfect Storm (With an Orthodox Angle)

Some of you have taken me to task for this Blog's emphasis on politics and such and not as much on Orthodoxy. Fair enough. Well today, you're in luck because I've got a two-fer, one that includes politics as well as Orthodoxy, at least on the surface. Please take the time to watch this short but eye-opening interview with John Kiriakou, a former CIA operative who is now spilling the beans on the Podesta brothers and their solid links to the whole false Russian "collusion" narrative. … [Read more...]

All the News that’s Fit to Curate/Kevin Spacey Plays the Gay Card

My, my, my! It's been a busy couple of weeks, hasn't it? This one's a twofer. Where to begin? How about here: It's long been my suspicion that we don't have investigative journalism anymore (if ever). Instead, we have "news" organizations that curate the news, not report it. A story is only broken when one of two things occurs: it's time to take someone down or the story can't be contained any longer. Then there's this: unless you've been living under a rock, you should know that … [Read more...]

A Way Out for the GOA?

Things continue to careen from bad to worse for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA). That being said, is there a way out for this jurisdiction? Curiously, Archbishop Demetrius Trakatellis may have let the cat out of the bag. The cat in question being a call for real American Orthodox unity and (possibly) independence. Yours Truly was alerted to this by a comment made by Gail Sheppard, one of our more prolific contributors. If you all don't mind (and I pray that she doesn't), … [Read more...]