Orthodox Church in Ukraine Disciplines Two Priests & Forces Them to Apologize for Leading a Riot & Attacking Adventists

August 10, 2012

Last June, two Orthodox priests in Ukraine were videoed in leading a riot against a group of Seventh-day Adventists operating a book table near Sevastopol, Ukraine — a video that quickly went viral — an attack I called “shameful.”

According to the Religion in Ukraine news service, the Crimean Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has disciplined these two priests and made them apologize for their actions. A rough translation of the news item (from Google):

In Simferopol and Crimean Diocese of the UOC taken against the two
priests Sevastopol Deanery whose actions sparked riots in the village
of Eagle, said, “Religion in Ukraine” with reference to Kafanews.

Recall alleged incident occurred on Sunday, June 24, in the village of
Eagle Balaklava near Sevastopol area. Clergymen held a procession to
the tent with the words “TV” Nadiya “. Christian Literature,” in which
representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church spread its
literature. The abbot of the local church. Vladimir Lomakin said
Adventists, that all religious activities in this area need to agree
with him. After that he personally turned over the table with books,
and who was next to a young man at the command of the priest
overturned palatkui rasshvyryal Christian literature, among which, as
the website of the Christian view, there were books of the Gospel.

Videography defeat of the tent came the Internet, gathering to date,
almost 250 000

Center St. apologetic. John Chrysostom, established in 2011 at the
initiative of Archimandrite (now Bishop) Jonah (Cherepanov), Chairman
of the Synodal Department for Youth Affairs UPC, tried to justify the
actions of priests struggle against “sectarian,” but in the Crimean
diocese of the UOC thought otherwise.

There was a church court, following which it was decided to deprive
the rector of the parish church. Eagle’s Sevastopol Deanery Priest
Vladimir Lomakin right to wear a pectoral cross, and his partner John
Priest Lucina – the right to wear kamilavka.

Also, these individuals were obliged to apologize to the victim.


After I had originally posted about this attack on the Adventists I received several comments defending what these priests had done. I refuse to allow such hate to appear on this blog and I would not approve their comments.  I am very heartened that the Church has disciplined these priests and made them apologize for their actions.


The Story of Hogar Rafael Ayau

July 9, 2012

The inspiring story of the Hogar Rafael Ayau, an Orthodox Christian orphanage in the heart of downtown Guatemala City Guatemala. The video describes the journey to provide a home for hundred of children and the need to seek new home outside of the city:

Metropolitan Jonah: The Challenge of Uniting the Orthodox in America

March 9, 2012

His Beatitude, Metropolitan JONAH of the Orthodox Church in America presided and delivered this homily at the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers service 4 March 2012 held at Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Linthicum, MD. The first few minutes, while excellent, are introductory and do not expressly address the subject of Orthodox unity in America. Those comments start about 7:20 and continue to the end.

Some Lectures from the 2012 Winter Pastoral Conference of the Diocese of the South

February 18, 2012

Some outstanding lectures from the 2012 Winter Pastoral Conference of the Diocese of the South have just been posted online. More info on the conference can be seen in  this pdf flyer.

Speakers included Fr. Thomas Hopko and Dr. Albert Rossi, both of St. Vladimir’s Seminary — Fr. Hopko was dean of St. Vladimir’s up until 2002. In the last lecture, Fr. Hopko was a guest speaker at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Role of Gender and Sexuality in the Christian life

Purity: Youth, Family, Parish

The Power of Weakness: Reflections on Salvation, the Meaning of the Cross, and the Necessity of the Crucifixion

Bishop Michael: Seven Questions and Seven Answers on Fasting

February 17, 2012

Frederica Mathewes-Green: The Real Meaning of Sex

February 9, 2012

Noted Orthodox author and lecturer Frederica Mathewes-Green speaks on “The Real Meaning of Sex” at the Center for Christian Study.

More on the Canonization of St. Alexander Schmorell

February 8, 2012

I’d like to refer to two other recent blog postings on the recent canonization of St. Alexander Schmorell, a member of the White Rose movement who opposed Hitler and the National Socialists during World War II. First an article by Fr. Joe Koczera, S.J., and the other by Jim Forest. These give further information on this new saint. For those who want a feel of what the day was like in Munich for the canonization last weekend, Jim Forest has posted dozens of pictures which can be seen in a slideshow here.

Saint Alexander Schmorell is Glorified

February 6, 2012

H/T: Ad Orientem

Saint Alexander Schmorell was glorified by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia over the weekend. Born in Russia in 1917 and baptized in the Orthodox Church his family fled to Germany to escape the Bolshevik Revolution.  He remained deeply religious throughout his short life.  A gifted artist St. Alexander was a medical student when he was recalled to military service in support of the Nazi invasion of the USSR.  While serving as a combat medic on the Eastern Front he was horrified by the treatment of enemy prisoners of war and civilians.  In 1942 he returned to his medical studies in Munich where he helped organize the “White Rose” society dedicated to resisting Hitler and the Nazi regime.  In due course he and the other members of the resistance were arrested by the Gestapo.  Following a kangaroo court trial St. Alexander Schmorell was executed on July 23rd (NS) 1943 at the main prison in Munich.

Holy St. Alexander Schmorell pray for us!

Metropolitan Kallistos: For the Peace from Above…

December 15, 2011

For the Peace from Above: the Understanding of Peace in the New Testament and the Orthodox Liturgy. Lecture by  Metropolitan Kallistos Ware from the University of Oxford, given Nov. 14, 2011 at The Academic Forum for Peace, Poland 2011, held by Wrocław University and Institute for the Study of Islam.

Deaf Outreach Resolution at Upcoming Orthodox Council

October 23, 2011

In an Orthodox parish serving the Deaf in Moscow, a priest signs one of the readings in Russian Sign Language

Here is something exciting for those of us who have been longing to see Orthodoxy in America make a firm commitment to ministry to the Deaf. One of the resolutions to be considered at the upcoming 16th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America (held October 31-November 4, 2011 in Seattle, Washington) is a call for the Church to reach out to the Deaf:

Deaf Outreach Resolution

WHEREAS we are called to spread the Word of God in many tongues (1 Cor. 14:9), yet the languages of a specific group of people throughout North America, namely, the deaf community, have been underrepresented, Whereas members of the deaf community, most of whom use sign language as their primary mode of communication, find it virtually impossible to enter into the liturgical fullness of the church,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Holy Synod be requested to explore the creation of a deaf outreach ministry to help every level of the Orthodox Church in America more effectively meet the specific needs of the deaf community.

I ask readers to join in prayer that the Council in Seattle will embrace the resolution for this ministry which is long overdue for Orthodoxy in America.

For further reading:

Orthodox Christians Who are Deaf and Blind

St Mark the Deaf

Orthodox Church for the Deaf and Blind


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