Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Okay we get it. You are afraid of retribution. We understand that to speak against a powerful, dictatorial, corrupt, Metropolitan could mean the demise of your career as a priest. You have a family. You need an income and if you make Philip Saliba and his felonious supporters angry there may be retaliation. You may get reassigned, defrocked, have your name dragged through the mud, your own sins revealed or be physically assaulted. We get it. Your decision to be anonymous in your opposition to the evil that is being perpetrated on the Church and on your fellow Christians is, in effect, self preservation.. SELF preservation. We get it, we understand it, but it is not acceptable. It is not Orthodox. This Sunday as you are in the midst of the temple, you will venerate the saints of the ages. You will pray for their intercessions. Did even one of those Saints remain Anonymous in the face of such? Do we venerate even one of those Saints for their decision to remain hidden in their faith? Come out of the shadows, priests! Be the light in the midst of this present darkness! Deny your SELF and follow the truth of Christ. Speak the truth in love but speak the truth even to your own death. IT IS YOUR CALLING. It is the calling of every Christian, but you have received HOLY ORDERS of a different kind. The Church is the Lord's and it is being usurped! The head of the Church is Christ not a Metropolitan named Philip!
Have you forgotten that it is their glory to suffer for the right as well? Have you forgotten the Saints who willingly offered their children up to death for the sake of Christ? If you protect them from such blessing you do keep from them the salvation that Christs offers through such. There is no better love of a father...or of a priest. If you cower at this minor oppression how will you be saved in the greater oppression that is to come? Will you remain Anonymous then? Will you say,
"For the Lord has not given me the spirit of fear
but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Regarding the activities of Metropolitan Philip and Assistant Bishop Antoun and their methods of false propaganda as they advance an ethnic bias in the Antiochian diocese.
Read the JTO Article HERE
Friday, July 24, 2009
"SHOULD METROPOLITAN PHILLIP BE DEPOSED?"
Answer options and results:
18 votes- 49%
2 votes- 5%
He should be allowed to retire instead
16 votes- 41%
Depose those who stood against him
0 votes- 0%
2 votes 5%
"I feel he should be treated as Herman
was treated in the OCA. Forced retirement.
Not permitted to wear the white klobuk.
Not permitted to celebrate anywhere but
at his home parish. No kudos. Nothing."
The JTO BLOG should be disposed for asking such!
2 votes 5%
Monday, July 20, 2009
Posted on Wed Jul 15 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
+Philip has never been ashamed to play favorites.
This has caused a great many people to doubt Philip’s ability to judge their own situations fairly. Many clergy fear offending one of Philip’s ‘friends,’ since they can ask him to intervene on their behalf to the detriment of the ‘non-friend.’
There would be no rumors or accusations of discrimination if Philip were reputed to be fair in his dealings. Since he is not, he leaves himself open to
"Metropolitan Philip is going to have to learn to stop playing favorites. He is going to have to punish his friends who have brought shame to the Church. He is also going to have to admit that he has protected wrongdoers and has acted in ways that he would never tolerate in others.
Obviously, I don’t think he has it in him to change at this stage of the game to encourage him to retire voluntarily, or failing that, force him into retirement by shutting off his cash supply. The Holy Synod of Antioch could always remove him because of ‘incapacitation.’
After all, a Bishop who sends his entire flock into rebellion is certainly ‘incapacitated.’"
Friday, July 10, 2009
Metropolitan Philip has reversed himself on his aggressive and noncanonical agenda to demote the Bishops in North America. His reversal has all the honor of having said, "Ah, I was just kidding guys. You can still be Bishops." All must realize that since the Metropolitan didn't have the right to de-Bish the Bishops to begin with, his "reversal" is just as offensive and smacks of self-preservation. There was nothing to reverse except his advancement toward a totalitarian papist regime which he fought to set up. The attempted coup failed and the kingdom he built on sand is eroding.
We have discovered that the Antiochian Synod in Damascus NEVER authorized what Philip Saliba attempted to do, and that documents were forged to advance his independent, fraudulent agenda.
for deposition if ever there were any.
The Bishops of the Church of Antioch should move now to send the Metropolitan into retirement, especially in light of what else has been discovered in this flurry of controversy. There are things that have remained in the shadows for years that have now come into the light. Those who have been under the heavy thumb of this heretical ecumenist have now been embolden to speak for the right. Each will have to answer to God and to the Church as to why they did not speak up before, but thank God their voices are no longer silent. Respect is due to Orthodox for Accountability led by Mark Stokoe who has followed this issue with all the skill and thoroughness of an investigative journalist. There is much more to be revealed and I have found this OCA website to be astoundingly meritorious in its coverage.
The Metropolitan's "Nevermind" statement will do little to quiet matters, for the damage is done and other issues surrounding his tenure, and that is what it is-a tenure, will now be addressed.
2. Who forged the documents and who knew they were forged?
3. What will be done to the Metropolitan's Trustee and supporter who issued a written physical threat to Bishop Mark?
4. Armed guards at a Parish Life Conference?!
5. Why are there seemingly more Diocesan Trustees than the law allows?
6. Why has Metropolitan Philip reinstated a Bishop who is a convicted sex offender?
The North American Synod has an opportunity to clean the house that has been tainted. They would be wise not to focus on healing the house until it is cleaned. If the disease remains, there will still be illness.
House cleaning and healing, while Metropolitan Philip holds the keys to the house, does not seem possible, for that would require true repentance on his part.
There is a loud voice that is raised up during times like these that suggests that such talk is somehow unseemly. I have been accused of acting like a Baptist Deacon in regard to Metropolitan Philip. All would do well to reread the lives of the saints who have fought to preserve the purity of the faith when errant Bishops have arisen. This included the righteous laymen who would not be silent. This is such a time. This is a moment in history that, should the Second Coming of our Lord tarry, we will read about years from now. Will we read that good and faithful Bishops stood up and swept the house clean of that which had defiled it or that once the heat had died down they were content to dine with the one who had defiled it?
Outside observers have referred to the Metropolitan's reign as mafioso in nature. I initially resisted such characterization as being too strong. The recent evidence and disclosure of the nature of the man and those around him, including fear, intimidation, threats, and greed, has caused me to reconsider the merit of such an observation. Yes, he may have been a good man and done good things, but the current action of the man is destructive and is threatening the existence and future of the Antiochian Diocese. So, do we allow Philip to fiddle while the Dioceses burns or do we yank the instrument from his hands and sprinkle holy water on the flames? The Church is the Lord's, not the Metropolitan's! All good men and women who love the Lord and His Holy Church must pray that God will bring a man of holiness and selflessness to replace the one who has fallen for fallen he has and pride came before the fall.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
"Mohammed is a prophet and an apostle and man of God,"
“We are deceived and we sin, if we think that the Orthodox faith came down from Heaven and that all [other] creeds are unworthy. Three hundred million people have chosen Islam in order to reach their god, and other hundreds of millions of Protestants, Catholics and Buddhists. The goal of every religion is to improve mankind.”
“Because we have seen and experienced goodness, truth and holiness among followers of other paths and ways than that of Jesus Christ…, we find ourselves recognizing a need to move beyond a theology which confines salvation to the explicit personal commitment to Jesus Christ.”
"I am the way the truth and the life and no man comes to the Father except he come through me."
If you are a faithful Orthodox parishioner or cleric and don't agree with the unscriptural, uncanonical and unorthodox dogmas of the World Orthodox Leaders, consider which Bishop you will commemorate this Sunday in the Liturgy. Is your Bishop actively involved in this kind of heresy? Is he passively involved through being in communion with a jurisdiction (See SCOBA Members) that adheres to heresy? Is your priest aware of these things and doing nothing about it? Then ask yourself what your responsibility is. According to the Scripture and the Canons of the Fathers of Orthodox Church you are required either to depose such heretics or remove yourself from them. If you do not, then you become one of them. The option to stay and hope it gets better is NEVER an option. Find a Bishop and diocese who IS NOT in communion with the World Council of Churches and who refuse to compromise the Scripture or the Canons of the Church. The World Orthodox Churches have either left the faith or are well on their way to becoming a part of the Great Apostasy Of This Age.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.”
Here is a basic criteria for determining if an Orthodox Church is fully Orthodox in Dogma and Canon:
Truth is Absolute. Will you be one of the few who find it?