30/08/2016

The Orthodox Nationalist: Traditionalism on Trial

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In this week’s Orthodox Nationalist Dr Matthew Raphael Johnson exposes a recent attack on Traditionalist Christianity coming from within the Orthodox church itself and concerning both him and Matthew Heimbach directly.

A trial has been set by a faction of the Autonomous Orthodox metropolia of the Americas. The target is Matthew Heimbach, but the scapegoat is Matthew Raphael Johnson. The Canadian Bishop Joseph Royer has threatened to leave the Synod if Heimbach and his allies are not removed. No clear reason has been given other than he is politically incorrect. This bishop seems to have no functional knowledge of theology and no steady principles of any kind.

While claiming to be a member of a traditionalist group, we read on his parish's website:
All Saints Orthodox Cathedral offers various ways to provide for the spiritual and temporal needs of individuals. We do so, keeping in mind that salvation must be offered in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, regardless of ethnic, racial, cultural or social backgrounds. Reflecting the rich mosaic of peoples in Canada, we are proudly a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-racial Orthodox Church. Our Sunday Divine Liturgy, Holy Mysteries/Sacraments and all Services and programs in the Cathedral Parish are offered in one of the two official languages of Canada, English. Our Parish follows the proper Canonical, Old Calendar for the entire Church/Liturgical year, in adherence to the unchanging and venerable patrimony and praxis of Orthodoxy and, in spite of the many religious, secular and social pressures to conform to the world. In this we stand as living witnesses and defenders of the true faith…Orthodoxy!
Someone needs to tell this modernist bishop that he IS the world. This kind of kowtowing to the power structure shows this bishop to have no understanding of the prophetic nature of Orthodox in an increasingly corrupt, materialist world run by globalists. These globalists think precisely as this bishops does.

Going from church to church, from the ultra liberal Ukrainian Autocephalist dissident movement to the traditionalist Orthodox metropolia certainly suggests a radical change of heart. Yet, that is not visible anywhere in his highly limited public presence. Using financial levers, Royer has demanded all politically incorrect members of the church be removed on the flimsiest of charges, all through anonymous denunciations and the use of proxies. Going behind the backs of his targets, he seeks to purge his newfound church without being noticed. I wonder if this bishop is aware of what Metropolitan Polykarp Sikorsky, one of the forebears of the Ukrainian church he claims membership in, said about Hitler:

The appeal of Bishop Polycarp, Archbishop of Lutsk and Kovel (Administrator of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukrainian liberated lands):
Its been nearly a year since the glorious German army, under the command of the Great Fuehrer, crossed the eastern border into the USSR and began the fight against the terrible enemy of mankind and our European-Christian culture: Muscovite-Jewish communism. During this time, the invincible German army in its crusading expedition has freed the Ukrainian nation from it’s cruel oppressor. But the titanic struggle between two worlds still continues. In this struggle we all must not stand idle, we all are called on to fight Judeo-communist slavery.
While the heroic German Army is shedding blood at the front, we must, together with the German people, keep up our struggle too. This requires thousands of workers both in agriculture and in the factories. Our sacred duty and our Ukrainian nation depends on it: we must work. 
Therefore, obey the call of the German authorities. We work with the Germans and consider it a sacred duty and honor for a worker to give his all for the war effort. So I call upon my flock and all honest clergy to work with the Germans and obey their labor call.
The Ukrainian peasantry and working class needs to be conscious of what is at stake for both Germans and ourselves; in these great historical times it will contribute to a better world and a free Ukraine. (Polycarp, Archbishop of Lutsk and Kovel, Administrator, 1942, May 16 (State Archives of Volyn region F. R-69, O.1, Spr.310, ark.3).
The Orthodoxy preached by this modernist bishop is not that of those he claims to follow. He is attempting to cleanse the church that he is going to take over. He has been deemed the successor of the current Metropolitan John and seems to want to make a globalist, liberal group out of this traditionalist body.

Presented by Matt Johnson


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6 comments:

  1. Isn't this just business as usual for a schismatic "Orthodox" group? The schismatics break away from one another more often than the Protestants do.

    Public Service Announcement - Dr. Johnson is NOT an Orthodox priest. He is NOT a member of any canonical Orthodox Church. He is in a schismatic breakaway group that is NOT in communion with ANY of the real Orthodox Churches. If you are interested in Orthodoxy, I beg you, please do NOT follow Heimbach and Johnson into schism, which is considered by the Church to be worse than heresy, generally speaking. Seek out an attend a real Orthodox Church. It could be ROCOR, GOA, Antioch, OCA, whatever - anything is better that a schismatic cult, such as Johnson's "Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia."

    I do not intend for this comment to be seen as a personal attack on the good doctor. I actually really enjoy most of Dr. Johnson's podcasts and even bought his book, The Third Rome. It is excellent and I highly recommend it. However, he is not Orthodox and neither is Heimbach. This needs to be stated explicitly.

    For the record, I am an American convert to ROCOR, which is not ecumenist, modernist, or Sergianist, despite what these "True Orthodox" clowns have to say about it. Yes, there are problems with Freemasons and the such in many local Churches, but that is not and never has been a reason to abandon the Holy Orthodox Church and create your own fringe group.

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  2. Dr Johnson asked me to post this for him:

    'I appreciate your support and I fully understand your comments are not personal at all. The group to which I belong derives from the Old Calendar Greeks, that of Archbishop Auxentius of Athens, consecrated by the ROCOR. While in communion with Filaret of the ROCOR, Auxentius created the Synod of Portugal, which became the Synod of Milan. Our bishops all come from the ROCOR ultimately. We've not changed.

    I know there are many decent people in the ROCOR, you among them, but being "Orthodox" is most certainly not being "recognized" by the "big" churches. It is solely in adherence to the canons. We can't follow the ROCOR into communion with Moscow so long as they are in the Rockefeller World Council of Churches and are in communion with others who are. This is the issue, not who "recognizes" us. There is no canon stating that "recognition" is necessary. It's the faith alone. But to take this disagreement and say I'm not Orthodox at all is hyperbolic and absurd, though I know your intentions are solid. I know the ROCOR is not ecumenist, but those with whom you commune are. That is why I can't join you. And please, stop calling names, this does not help your cause.'

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  3. Corpse Reviver
    Rather strange name for an Orthodox Christian. I assume you arent a Necromancer yet you are in a sense as you parrot long dead arguments that ROCOR herself once laid to rest! Seriously my good sir you would never have been in ROCOR back in the 80s and 90s when, regardless of what justifications and stories they will tell you now ROCOR was blasted and hated by 'canonical' SCOBA churches then. They even spat upon the memory of a man that they now call a saint! St.John Maximovitch who was totally opposed to the mainstream communist ecumenist and new calendar churches. Yet NOW they seem to say all that time they were okay after all!?
    This is roughly the same thing that happened with the Free Serbs and the Novo Gracanica Metropolitanate that submitted to the Serbian Patriarchate in the 90s. Nothing was really solved or made much sense and just like ROCOR they gave up the most precious and vital assets and qualities they had only to become lackeys to the never repentant traitors and heretics still in charge. The new Serbian Patriarch is a great example of what you get when you compromise and restore Communion with world Orthodoxy

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  4. Bless Father!
    I feel very sad at heart for the trials you and Mr. Heimbach and the Trad Workers are facing. I pray that your bishop and the rest of the Metropolia see what and whom will provide far greater stability and lasting value and who will lead it to ruin. If Matthew Heimbach can succeed in creating a new organization like the Romanian Legion of St.Michael created by Codreanu it would be to the great detriment of the Metropolia to push them away.

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  5. Corpse Reviver
    Rather strange name for an Orthodox Christian. I assume you arent a Necromancer yet you are in a sense as you parrot long dead arguments that ROCOR herself once laid to rest! Seriously my good sir you would never have been in ROCOR back in the 80s and 90s when, regardless of what justifications and stories they will tell you now ROCOR was blasted and hated by 'canonical' SCOBA churches then. They even spat upon the memory of a man that they now call a saint! St.John Maximovitch who was totally opposed to the mainstream communist ecumenist and new calendar churches. Yet NOW they seem to say all that time they were okay after all!?
    This is roughly the same thing that happened with the Free Serbs and the Novo Gracanica Metropolitanate that submitted to the Serbian Patriarchate in the 90s. Nothing was really solved or made much sense and just like ROCOR they gave up the most precious and vital assets and qualities they had only to become lackeys to the never repentant traitors and heretics still in charge. The new Serbian Patriarch is a great example of what you get when you compromise and restore Communion with world Orthodoxy

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  6. Dr. Johnson -

    Please accept my apology for referring to you and your group as "clowns." I ask your forgiveness for the name-calling.

    However, everything else I wrote I stand by 100%. For those of you that would like some more insight into the schismatic mentality, I highly recommend reading the following article - it is very helpful: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/7413.htm

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