Saturday, July 11, 2015

A Warning

From my good friend John, who quoted this on his Orthodox blog Ad Orientem (with my own emphasis added):
The general political direction of the [Western political] elite bears, without doubt, an anti-Christian and anti-religious character. We have been through an epoch of atheism, and we know what it is to live without God. We want to shout to the whole world, ‘Stop!’
- Patriarch Kyril of Moscow and all Russia

There is really nothing more to say. I'm afraid the West is in for it.


  1. The new secularists are going to pretend to tolerate polytheism for a while (divide and conquer). Secularism presents itself as a safe harbor from all the warring religions of the world. Orthodox Christianity that does not sail into that safe harbor will not be tolerated.

  2. The failure of the Anglican Church, save for Africa, apparently, have willingly "forgotten" that the pulpit is not necessarily a warm-up for Comedy Central stand-up. As an Orthodox Church that supposedly was more flexible about tolerating various correct activities among the Protestant pastorate, one might think that there would be a little more judgementalism, Hell's Fire and Brimstone, perhaps even a bit more foot washing and snake handling (of course, with OSHA approved serpents).
    But no, we usually receive a pretty steady diet of non-combat cooking show re-runs; and announcements about the meeting on Wednesday night for adjustments issues among the LGBTRSYEUYSSBSD people who have issues with their ADDGA and ABBEYYDAA medicines and how to adapt to the budget cuts aimed at the poor and the transgendered by the Republicans.

    We have no refuge in the southern part of Texas save for occasionally going to the back pew of some Roman Church, where the sermons are almost word for word the same pablum now. Oddly, the last time I actually heard a stern lecture about Christian guidance and self-control was at a standard Sunday Mass at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City....some months back....delivered by a Cardinal, no less, who was the officiate, and who handled the entire service as a common priest. There were over 10,000 to hear his words inside the Basilica. Very short sermon....6 - 7 minutes. Totally silent congregation.

    Christianity works. So does Judaism, when applied liberally in large doses.

    El Gringo Viejo