Orthodox Africa: Creating Synergy in missions one partnership at a time

This is a wonderful non-profit that I think many of you, dear readers, will appreciate.  Please read about them here.

Periodically, I will be sharing news about the various missions they support.  The latest is about an orphanage that has the opportunity to purchase land where they can have a permanent location instead of renting space and double the number of children they house and provide for.  Read about it here.

If you find it in your heart to donate, you can do so here.

If you find it in your heart, please share on your personal blog or other social media platforms.



Bishop Matthias Sues OCA ~ Additional Thoughts

October 10, 2015 George Michalopulos posted an article about His Grace, Bp. Matthias’ lawsuit against the OCA for breach of contract here.  Included in the post is the full Chicago Tribune news article.

As further information regarding this lawsuit, find here the full complaint filed with the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.  The public document is 33 pages in length.

Moriak v Mollard et al — Complaint [9-14-15] (1)

it is clearly stated in the Introduction #1 “they [His Beatitude, Met. Tikhon and His Eminence, Abp. Nathaniel] acknowledged that they ‘failed in fulfilling’ their ‘responsibilities’ and that Bishop Matthias ‘acted in good faith in all of this’.” “All of this” means in relation to the assignment of Bishop Matthias as rector of a Romanian Diocese parish in Hermitage, PA.

What is most significant, in my opinion, is the detailed timeline of the investigation of the complaint filed against His Grace, Bp. Matthias in 2012 [pages 6-10]. It demonstrates the poor handling of the investigation, the attitude of the Synod evidenced by their documented actions against a brother in Christ and the treatment of the family of His Grace, specifically his son, Fr. Matthew Moriak. The latter occurred in spite of His Beatitude, Met. Tikhon’s strict instruction that ‘no retaliation’ would be tolerated following the retirement of Bp. Matthias.

What does the former have to do with the latter? It shows the incompetent leadership of the Holy Synod, et all continues as evidenced by the mismanagement of this assignment and the subsequent handling of His Grace, Bishop Mattias. As I mentioned in a previous comment, the ladies of SNAP call Syosset, say “Jump” and they respond, “How high?” What power is given these two women by the OCA!

Please note on page 11 of the document [#’s 41 & 45], His Eminence, Abp. Nathaniel reached out to Bp. Matthias regarding the position of rector and guaranteed the position for one year. In violation of Church Canons His Beatitude, Met. Tikhon has inserted himself into the Diocesan business of Abp. Nathaniel, about which the latter has made no effort to prevent.

His Grace, Bishop Matthias was settled and as content as possible [living with a destroyed reputation, destroyed relationships, and public scourging by his fellow bishops] in West Virginia. He was content to remain in solitude there. That is until Abp. Nathaniel said, “Hey! I’ve got the perfect situation for you! Trust me!”

While I do believe Bishop Matthias made a mistake in 2012, he apologized to the best of his ability. I don’t condone his mistake. God knows I’ve made enough of my own. But I believe 100% without question he meant no harm and was (and continues to be) treated poorly.

Miss “America”

Nina Davuluri at news conference.

The new Miss America’s Indian heritage has caused some controversy.  Really, people?  Really?!  Her parents are immigrants.  So what?  She is an American.  My grandparents were immigrants.  My father is American.  He doesn’t identify himself as Italian-American.  Neither do I.

Frankly, it makes me nuts when someone who was born in the United States and whose family tree has several generations born in the U. S. identifies themselves as [something]-American.  People born in the the United States are Americans.

However, I found this very intriguing news bit about racism in India.  Fair skin is coveted, to the extent that darker skinned people bleach their skin in order to look whiter.  Read about it here.

You’ll find this CNN news clip here very interesting indeed.

Isn’t it ironic that those with darker skin are coloring their skin to be lighter whereas many whose skin is lighter are spending money and time getting darker?

People are weird.

You have GOT to be kidding?!!

Nancy Pelosi is absolutely nuts.  There is absolutely no way this should happen.

And every single one of the AIG execs who enjoyed their spa retreat and massage ought to get their softened butts fired and be made to repay every single penny of that $440,000 out of their own pockets!!


Stroll through the Blogosphere

As is my usual practice, after taking my first “med” of the day and needing to “wait 30 mins. before eating,” I took a stroll through the blog-o-sphere.  Here are the finds for today.

Read Susie’s Meanderings entry for today found here.  Though she was born in 1948, several of her “memories” I share though I was born in 1959.  I think I shall try to cobble together a list of my own for tomorrow’s posting.

Anthony Esolen has a great entry on Mere Comments found here.  The Esolen Rules for marriage brought a chuckle, yet the wisdom in them is worth a read.

Father John Whiteford has a read-worthy post, as well as a video of the early discussion regarding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s wrongdoings.  Republicans were crying, “(R) Rep Shay, “Fannie Mae has manipulated OFEO for years.” and the Dems were saying, “Don’t give someone heart surgery when they don’t need it.” (D) Congressman Rep. Meeks.  Well, the patient now needs to be hooked up to something to replace the failed heart and the “something” is the tax payers pockets.  Read and listen here.

Hello Hannah!

The temperature is 73 degrees F.  It feels like it is 83.  It is pouring, and I mean pouring, rain.  The wind is beginning to pick up blowing the rain in sideways sheets and bending trees to its will.  The sky is a chaulky grey.

I hope soon it is…

bye, bye Hannah!

More thoughts on Palin as Veep

Thank you dear readers, for your thoughtful comments, and for doing so with respect and kindness. 

While browsing through my RSS feed, I tripped over this link which expresses in a much more articulate manner than I was able to my two mindedness on Palin as Veep.

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