Author Archives: Muzhik

It begins in Chicago

As I write, the Orthodox faithful are gathering in Chicago for this morning’s consecration of Archimandrite Matthias as the next Midwest bishop. God grant him many years! And God help him understand what he’s getting into. I read yesterday on … Continue reading

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Showdown in Chi-town

Are we having a sunny Bright Week yet? I knew that after Pascha, the battle within the OCA would be rejoined, but somehow I had kept from thinking about how bad it was really going to get. I hoped that … Continue reading

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HB and politics in the OCA

A friend e-mails tonight to ask what I think of the latest edition of OCA Wonder, an online publication of the OCA’s Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry. I wasn’t aware of the publication, which is edited by … Continue reading

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Coming next week on OCA News

Have you noticed the relative silence on OCANews? You might be thinking that they‚Äôre backing off, given how much has been exposed about the behind-the-scenes manipulations and conspiring against Metropolitan Jonah on the part of Stokoe, Skordinski, Solodow, and apparently … Continue reading

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Mailbox: ‘Stop pointing fingers’

Reader M.G. Pagliaro writes: I read OCAT daily and truly enjoy the posts. However, lately I found some of the readings quite frustrating. I cannot understand why people who claim to love Orthodoxy are leaving in droves for greener pastures. … Continue reading

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Mailbox: Goodbye, OCA

From a reader: No need to print. But I might represent at least another dozen or so people. Go ahead and report the trend. We are leaving in droves!!! Convert of 20 years. Have had ENOUGH. Since this newest scandal … Continue reading

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Seminary? Not so sure

A reader points out a hidden cost to this OCA drama: I have been thinking about seminary for a while, and earlier this year finally got serious about it. I have been successful in my career, but I’ve been more … Continue reading

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OCA.org de-friends HB

AN UPDATE: After further looking into this issue, it now appears that there was not a link to the +Jonah Facebook page in the first place. I apologize to you readers for the alarm, and apologize to the people who … Continue reading

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The Russian bear stirs

We’re hearing this morning from a well-placed source that the continued machinations of Bishop Benjamin and his Synodal colleagues are being badly received in Moscow. A blistering letter from the Moscow Patriarchate was delivered to Syosset this week, we hear, … Continue reading

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Stokoe and SMPAC report

This is interesting. In a recent comments thread on OCANews, Mark Stokoe denies that he has seen the Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee report: (Editor’s note: To paraphrase Charlie Sheen: Confused! No one suggested any amendments. And as I read … Continue reading

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A Synod of Soviets?

Before you decide that the subject line is hysterical, consider the way the bishops have reportedly used the “Jonah’s crazy” meme to discredit him and to lay the groundwork for forcing his retirement. And consider that in light of this … Continue reading

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The fix was in from the beginning

+Tikhon (ret.), is at it again. The former Archbishop is claiming to have an e-mail allegedly from Robert (Dmitri) Solodow, a subdeacon of Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco, outlining the script Metropolitan Jonah’s opponents intended to follow. Notice the … Continue reading

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The Orthodox Circus of America

Until tonight, I was disgusted by this crisis. Now, it’s hard not to be amused, in a black humor way. You think that it can’t get much slimier than Mark Stokoe trashing +Jonah as disobedient to the Synod for tonsuring … Continue reading

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Defiant +Jonah strikes again!

Remember OCANews’s scoop that His Beatitude, the OCA’s “rogue” primate, had defied the Synod by tonsuring a nun in his own diocese this past Sunday? Stokoe sneered: Meanwhile, in another act of defiance, Metropolitan Jonah tonsured a nun to the … Continue reading

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OCA test case on homosexuality

Below, a letter from an Orthodox reader who says he (she) doesn’t care if +Jonah stays or goes, but very much cares how this Stokoe-Bobosh situation is handled:

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Protecting the DOS

This just came in from an anonymous reader whose technical information indicates that it originated within the DOS: I am sorry but I cannot reveal my identity. I can shed light on the process though. The two unnamed bishops are … Continue reading

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A priest who knows +Jonah

A beautiful account of life with HB from one who has dealt with him. This rings very true to us. (Incidentally, Father Frederick, though the author of the e-mail cited in the previous post, did not send it to us): … Continue reading

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Machiavellians at work?

Well, Parishioner, no sooner do you talk about bishops trying to get someone new, and quick, to run the Diocese of the South than we receive a leak indicating exactly that. The following e-mail went out to priests of the … Continue reading

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Fr. Bobosh and homosexuality — clarification

“Fred” writes to say: hi– I’ve found this blog helpful. just wanted to point out that Fr Bobosh clarified his remark on homosexuality in the comments of the post you refer to (way back in 2008) as referring to the … Continue reading

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Monomakhos: Where we are

George Michalopolus has a very useful recap of where we are in this mess and how we got there. If you are confused about what’s going on, read George’s timeline.

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