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« Reply #360 on: May 16, 2013, 01:33:10 PM »

It was the hierarchy of the canonical Greek Archdiocese of North and South America (Ecumenical Patriarchate), which had a policy, several decades ago, of forbidding racially mixed marriages (this according to a priest who had written one of those "xx Questions on the Orthodox Church" books published in those days). Granted, the policy seems to have been retired or at least kept quiet, since then.

Those of you who want Br. Nathanael silenced or defrocked, are you saying that you also wish the bishops of the canonical Greek Orthodox Church in America to be silenced or defrocked?

As Michal said, yes, if the policy were ongoing. BTW, it was Fr. Stanley Harakas who wrote the "questions" book you allude to- he bases his position on the bizarre premise that God created the "races" and that we are somehow interfering with God's plan by mixing them. I hope that Fr. Stanley's position has changed since then.

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The idea of a white Christian political bloc, and advocating for its strengthening, seems non-heretical and to be distinct from actual heresy. After all, if people from a group of African nations got together and said, "We want to formulate a powerful political bloc of African nations, to protect our peoples against inroads from European powers," absolutely no one would object.

When Europe is colonized and enslaved by foreign powers for a while, then your argument might start to make sense.

You are also confusing geographic and religious alliances with alliances based on race.


Some would argue that mass third world immigration is a kind of colonization, against which native people (whites, at least in Europe) have a right to organize against collectively.

Uh...oh... Cool

Not that I'm arguing this line. Wink
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« Reply #361 on: May 16, 2013, 01:56:56 PM »

It was the hierarchy of the canonical Greek Archdiocese of North and South America (Ecumenical Patriarchate), which had a policy, several decades ago, of forbidding racially mixed marriages (this according to a priest who had written one of those "xx Questions on the Orthodox Church" books published in those days). Granted, the policy seems to have been retired or at least kept quiet, since then.

Those of you who want Br. Nathanael silenced or defrocked, are you saying that you also wish the bishops of the canonical Greek Orthodox Church in America to be silenced or defrocked?

As Michal said, yes, if the policy were ongoing. BTW, it was Fr. Stanley Harakas who wrote the "questions" book you allude to- he bases his position on the bizarre premise that God created the "races" and that we are somehow interfering with God's plan by mixing them. I hope that Fr. Stanley's position has changed since then.

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The idea of a white Christian political bloc, and advocating for its strengthening, seems non-heretical and to be distinct from actual heresy. After all, if people from a group of African nations got together and said, "We want to formulate a powerful political bloc of African nations, to protect our peoples against inroads from European powers," absolutely no one would object.

When Europe is colonized and enslaved by foreign powers for a while, then your argument might start to make sense.

You are also confusing geographic and religious alliances with alliances based on race.


Some would argue that mass third world immigration is a kind of colonization, against which native people (whites, at least in Europe) have a right to organize against collectively.

The Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, Michael Farage, has said in a television broadcast that Britain has seen more in modern times than have come in total since the time of the Norman invasion (1066 AD). The party is both anti-EU and unfettered immigration. The problem they identity is that too many too quickly cannot be assimilated, the host community feels alienated and public services overstretched. Some point out British rule of India. But Britons in a huge sub-continent peaked in about 1922 at 21,000. Birmingham alone has over 300,000 from the sub-continent (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh).

Any concerns I may have based on this notion of far too many, too quickly. I guess some in the USA may have similar worries. But I would hate the debate to be one of a fearful 'white' population feeling hatred to others on some strange and perhaps unscientific notions of race. I certainly find the images of so-called 'white supremacists' who look more as if they are intellectually and culturally a couple of biscuits short of the packet.

As an Orthodox Christian Christ's commandment to go into the world and preach the gospel to all men informs my response to all regardless of skin pigmentation, language or nationality.
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« Reply #362 on: May 16, 2013, 02:03:43 PM »

There is basis, however, for the argument.  This is how the Roman Empire fell.  If a bunch of Germans started moving into the UK, and the Tommys got their knickers in a wad, everything would be OK.  But when it is "Brown People" moving in, now the big R word enters the picture.  That is why I would not oppose putting mines around our borders.  A mine really does not care what color you are when you step on it.

It was the hierarchy of the canonical Greek Archdiocese of North and South America (Ecumenical Patriarchate), which had a policy, several decades ago, of forbidding racially mixed marriages (this according to a priest who had written one of those "xx Questions on the Orthodox Church" books published in those days). Granted, the policy seems to have been retired or at least kept quiet, since then.

Those of you who want Br. Nathanael silenced or defrocked, are you saying that you also wish the bishops of the canonical Greek Orthodox Church in America to be silenced or defrocked?

As Michal said, yes, if the policy were ongoing. BTW, it was Fr. Stanley Harakas who wrote the "questions" book you allude to- he bases his position on the bizarre premise that God created the "races" and that we are somehow interfering with God's plan by mixing them. I hope that Fr. Stanley's position has changed since then.

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The idea of a white Christian political bloc, and advocating for its strengthening, seems non-heretical and to be distinct from actual heresy. After all, if people from a group of African nations got together and said, "We want to formulate a powerful political bloc of African nations, to protect our peoples against inroads from European powers," absolutely no one would object.

When Europe is colonized and enslaved by foreign powers for a while, then your argument might start to make sense.

You are also confusing geographic and religious alliances with alliances based on race.


Some would argue that mass third world immigration is a kind of colonization, against which native people (whites, at least in Europe) have a right to organize against collectively.

Uh...oh... Cool

Not that I'm arguing this line. Wink
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« Reply #363 on: May 16, 2013, 02:09:31 PM »

White nationalism is in fact stupid, but it's grasping at something which is real and which we need to pay attention to. Basically, governments have to put the interests of natives over those of foreigners; the opposite, globalist argument is that governments should sacrifice the interests of their own citizens in favor of the global good. A closely related argument is that governments should sacrifice the needs and interests of the current generation for the sake of future generations. Both are morally misguided.

The Church, on the other hand, should not make it into a racial thing. It's one thing to say Orthodox believers cannot marry non-Orthodox; it's quite another to say they can't marry non-Greeks or whatever, even if they are Orthodox.
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« Reply #364 on: May 16, 2013, 02:11:07 PM »

White nationalism is in fact stupid, but it's grasping at something which is real and which we need to pay attention to. Basically, governments have to put the interests of natives over those of foreigners; the opposite, globalist argument is that governments should sacrifice the interests of their own citizens in favor of the global good. A closely related argument is that governments should sacrifice the needs and interests of the current generation for the sake of future generations. Both are morally misguided.

The Church, on the other hand, should not make it into a racial thing. It's one thing to say Orthodox believers cannot marry non-Orthodox; it's quite another to say they can't marry non-Greeks or whatever, even if they are Orthodox.

Agree completely.
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« Reply #365 on: May 16, 2013, 02:42:48 PM »

Looks like we have some folks who'd support the Golden Dawn Party if they were voting Greeks. hmm
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« Reply #366 on: May 16, 2013, 02:46:46 PM »

White nationalism is in fact stupid, but it's grasping at something which is real and which we need to pay attention to. Basically, governments have to put the interests of natives over those of foreigners; the opposite, globalist argument is that governments should sacrifice the interests of their own citizens in favor of the global good. A closely related argument is that governments should sacrifice the needs and interests of the current generation for the sake of future generations. Both are morally misguided.

The Church, on the other hand, should not make it into a racial thing. It's one thing to say Orthodox believers cannot marry non-Orthodox; it's quite another to say they can't marry non-Greeks or whatever, even if they are Orthodox.

Agree completely.

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« Reply #367 on: May 16, 2013, 03:52:19 PM »

White nationalism is in fact stupid, but it's grasping at something which is real and which we need to pay attention to. Basically, governments have to put the interests of natives over those of foreigners; the opposite, globalist argument is that governments should sacrifice the interests of their own citizens in favor of the global good. A closely related argument is that governments should sacrifice the needs and interests of the current generation for the sake of future generations. Both are morally misguided.

The Church, on the other hand, should not make it into a racial thing. It's one thing to say Orthodox believers cannot marry non-Orthodox; it's quite another to say they can't marry non-Greeks or whatever, even if they are Orthodox.

Agree completely.

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But... the development of corporate globalisation since the second world war war and the immense capital it controls and its consequent impact on public policy decision making, has had as much to with population shifts as the policy of any country's government. Consumerism is a seductive weapon, and while there is populist discontent in many nations, cultures and religions, what can realistically be done?
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« Reply #368 on: May 16, 2013, 04:03:31 PM »

Well we still have a democratic process, so you can start by voting for and campaigning for patriotic politicians.
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« Reply #369 on: May 16, 2013, 04:05:09 PM »

White nationalism is in fact stupid, but it's grasping at something which is real and which we need to pay attention to. Basically, governments have to put the interests of natives over those of foreigners; the opposite, globalist argument is that governments should sacrifice the interests of their own citizens in favor of the global good. A closely related argument is that governments should sacrifice the needs and interests of the current generation for the sake of future generations. Both are morally misguided.

The Church, on the other hand, should not make it into a racial thing. It's one thing to say Orthodox believers cannot marry non-Orthodox; it's quite another to say they can't marry non-Greeks or whatever, even if they are Orthodox.

Agree completely.

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But... the development of corporate globalisation since the second world war war and the immense capital it controls and its consequent impact on public policy decision making, has had as much to with population shifts as the policy of any country's government. Consumerism is a seductive weapon, and while there is populist discontent in many nations, cultures and religions, what can realistically be done?

About what--consumerism?  Buy and get by on less, for starters.  Or did you mean something else?
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« Reply #370 on: May 16, 2013, 04:06:44 PM »

Well we still have a democratic process, so you can start by voting for and campaigning for patriotic politicians.

Uh...oh... Cool

Doesn't every politician consider him(or her)self "patriotic"?
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« Reply #371 on: May 16, 2013, 04:14:38 PM »

Well we still have a democratic process, so you can start by voting for and campaigning for patriotic politicians.

Uh...oh... Cool

Doesn't every politician consider him(or her)self "patriotic"?

Patriotic in your own estimation, of course. Wink

I suppose this is getting political. Are we supposed to move it to another forum now?
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« Reply #372 on: May 16, 2013, 04:17:09 PM »

Well we still have a democratic process, so you can start by voting for and campaigning for patriotic politicians.

Uh...oh... Cool

Doesn't every politician consider him(or her)self "patriotic"?

Patriotic in your own estimation, of course. Wink

I suppose this is getting political. Are we supposed to move it to another forum now?

I think the mods will do that for us if we don't behave ourselves  Wink.
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« Reply #373 on: May 16, 2013, 04:51:06 PM »

Well we still have a democratic process, so you can start by voting for and campaigning for patriotic politicians.

Uh...oh... Cool

Doesn't every politician consider him(or her)self "patriotic"?

Patriotic in your own estimation, of course. Wink

I suppose this is getting political. Are we supposed to move it to another forum now?

I think the mods will do that for us if we don't behave ourselves  Wink.

That's good, because I'm too lazy to start another thread myself.
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« Reply #374 on: May 17, 2013, 12:51:57 AM »

It was the hierarchy of the Greek Archdiocese of North and South America (Ecumenical Patriarchate), which had a policy, several decades ago, of forbidding racially mixed marriages (this according to a priest who had written one of those "xx Questions on the Orthodox Church" books published in those days). Granted, the policy seems to have been retired or at least kept quiet since then.
That's weird. Alexander Pushkin the leading Russian classical poet- naturally an Orthodox- was 1/4 black from Ethiopia. Besides, Russians, Ukrainians, and Georgians, are largely mixed with Asians, not to mention that the Indo-Iranian group itself is half Asian and half European.
Greeks are also mixed with Turks a lot.  
I actually put that but then deleted it as giving too many examples against the stupid, alleged rule.
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« Reply #375 on: May 17, 2013, 02:05:19 AM »

Looks like we have some folks who'd support the Golden Dawn Party if they were voting Greeks. hmm

I hope not! Not ever Metropolitan Seraphim supports the Golden Dawn!
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« Reply #376 on: July 04, 2013, 09:29:02 AM »

There is basis, however, for the argument.  This is how the Roman Empire fell.  If a bunch of Germans started moving into the UK, and the Tommys got their knickers in a wad, everything would be OK.  But when it is "Brown People" moving in, now the big R word enters the picture.  That is why I would not oppose putting mines around our borders.  A mine really does not care what color you are when you step on it.

Wow that is really sick, sad and dare I say unchristian like thinking. Embarrassed
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« Reply #377 on: July 04, 2013, 10:19:44 AM »

There is basis, however, for the argument.  This is how the Roman Empire fell.  If a bunch of Germans started moving into the UK, and the Tommys got their knickers in a wad, everything would be OK.  But when it is "Brown People" moving in, now the big R word enters the picture.  That is why I would not oppose putting mines around our borders.  A mine really does not care what color you are when you step on it.

Wow that is really sick, sad and dare I say unchristian like thinking. Embarrassed

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« Reply #378 on: July 19, 2013, 11:53:39 AM »

FWIW

http://www.pravmir.com/statement-from-the-chancery-of-the-rocor-synod-of-bishops/

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The clergymen and laity of the Russian Church Abroad are hereby informed that the actions of Nathanael (Kapner) do not have the blessing of the Synod of Bishops.

Profoundly saddened by the state of his soul, we call upon Nathanael (Kapner) to refrain from posting on the Internet, to a life of repentance of peace in Christ, “where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all” (Colossians 3:11).

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« Reply #379 on: July 19, 2013, 12:00:06 PM »

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Perhaps he was active in the eastern diocese and moved to the western one, but lives in the mountains and does not belong to a parish there?
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« Reply #380 on: July 19, 2013, 12:11:51 PM »

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Perhaps he was active in the eastern diocese and moved to the western one, but lives in the mountains and does not belong to a parish there?

Suspect he is more of a Lone Ranger, minus a mount or Tonto. The latter probably turned out to be spying on him and got turned away.
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« Reply #381 on: July 19, 2013, 12:22:45 PM »

Oh, so you too are continuing to persecute that righteous man!
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« Reply #382 on: July 19, 2013, 01:17:04 PM »

FWIW

http://www.pravmir.com/statement-from-the-chancery-of-the-rocor-synod-of-bishops/

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Profoundly saddened by the state of his soul, we call upon Nathanael (Kapner) to refrain from posting on the Internet, to a life of repentance of peace in Christ, “where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all” (Colossians 3:11).

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« Reply #383 on: July 19, 2013, 02:31:48 PM »

Oh, so you too are continuing to persecute that righteous man!

How do you figure that?
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« Reply #384 on: July 19, 2013, 02:35:43 PM »

Oh, so you too are continuing to persecute that righteous man!

How do you figure that?

That could have been in purple, if that helps explain it. A joke, in other words. Smiley  I took the line from this story, which has been circulating in online Orthodox circles for years and years.
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« Reply #385 on: July 19, 2013, 03:40:54 PM »

Oh, so you too are continuing to persecute that righteous man!

How do you figure that?

That could have been in purple, if that helps explain it. A joke, in other words. Smiley  I took the line from this story, which has been circulating in online Orthodox circles for years and years.

Thought you'd forgotten about the purple.
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« Reply #386 on: July 19, 2013, 03:47:22 PM »

It just gets tricky. 95% of what I say isn't serious. But sometimes the purple gives the wrong idea, because I'm semi-serious. I really need to do a rainbow of about 12 different colors, depending on the intended seriousness/humor ratio of the post content. Mixed would work as well, for example...

The polemical literature states clearly that sufficiency of attrition is not enough for even the penitent confessor to overcome the antidisestablishmentarianism of one's dispensationalistic concept of theistic determinism
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« Reply #387 on: July 19, 2013, 04:00:15 PM »

It just gets tricky. 95% of what I say isn't serious. But sometimes the purple gives the wrong idea, because I'm semi-serious. I really need to do a rainbow of about 12 different colors, depending on the intended seriousness/humor ratio of the post content. Mixed would work as well, for example...

The polemical literature states clearly that sufficiency of attrition is not enough for even the penitent confessor to overcome the antidisestablishmentarianism of one's dispensationalistic concept of theistic determinism


How 'bout this:  since 95% of what you say is non-serious, why not use purple only for everything else.  Then we'll know you're being non-non-serious without damaging our eyesight.  Unless, of course, that is your ulterior motive.
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I think I must have got off the train a couple of stops back, and a little colour blindness doesn't help. laugh
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The polemical literature states clearly that sufficiency of attrition is not enough for even the penitent confessor to overcome the antidisestablishmentarianism of one's dispensationalistic concept of theistic determinism
According to polemical literature, being meek and repentant is not enough to overcome being a strict Calvinist?
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According to polemical literature, being meek and repentant is not enough to overcome being a strict Calvinist?

It's from a song, I was just quoting it  Grin

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« Reply #391 on: July 19, 2013, 07:54:31 PM »

The polemical literature states clearly that sufficiency of attrition is not enough for even the penitent confessor to overcome the antidisestablishmentarianism of one's dispensationalistic concept of theistic determinism
According to polemical literature, being meek and repentant is not enough to overcome being a strict Calvinist?

If I am not mistaken, strict Calvinists (such as Still Waters Revival Books, for example) are old school protestants that are opposed to dispensationalism (i.e. rapture theory) which is an historically more recent movement that began only in the nineteenth century.
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« Reply #392 on: July 21, 2013, 01:59:16 PM »

I found this thread looking for the post on Brother Nathaniel being condemned by the ROCOR, but in any case in relation to Brother Nathaniel, I have my doubts about him, a big reason, he makes not clear mention of what monastery he is part of. That being said for some reason I do enjoy his videos, though I wonder  if I will continue to watch them. It is not because I think he is an "antisemite" or self-hating Jew--he himself admits he was a Jew, but the self-hating theory has been made against him. I just doubt if he really is a monk for one. His videos have some good points and though they come off a bit strange, I think people are too quick to turn away from that sort of thing in being superficial and not able to look at the depth of a person. That being said a lot of what he said is stuff I already know and is nothing particularly informing. If I do not know the facts from the news or something he might mention, it is nothing suprising. I do think he does a good job of reminding us of of the Zionist control of things and I really do not want to get into an argument with people who think this is a conspiracy theory.

I also listen to Alex Jones, who I do not agree with on many issues, particularly his Americansit mindset and his libertarianism. The American founding has many problems in terms of freedom of religion and so forth. I will not get into that here, but libertarianism, appealing as it is, is self-contradicting. It is part of the Enlightenment mindset of a person having the liberty to believe what they want. I know that is putting it in a very simple manner, but to get into the depths of it, one would have to get into deeper stuff. Simply put the libertarian seems to say liberty as far as possible and as small a state as possible. While I am not a statist, I do think the libertarian idea of the state and people has its problems. I am big on Aristotle's idea of politics. Also I think why laws should not be excessive, they should outlaw immoral things. That is not to say every immoral thing. Adultery might be tolerated, and even prostitution. Augustine even argues for tolerating prostitution rather than outlawing it interestingly.

Anyway, Alex Jones actually teaches me something, even if I have to stomach his libertarianism and glorifying our Masonic founders. Brother Nathaniel is interesting and charming, but I really do not learn to much form him. So I do not detest him as some seem to do, but I do think there are problems and I would not give him money.
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« Reply #393 on: July 21, 2013, 07:33:50 PM »

It just gets tricky. 95% of what I say isn't serious. But sometimes the purple gives the wrong idea, because I'm semi-serious. I really need to do a rainbow of about 12 different colors, depending on the intended seriousness/humor ratio of the post content. Mixed would work as well, for example...

The polemical literature states clearly that sufficiency of attrition is not enough for even the penitent confessor to overcome the antidisestablishmentarianism of one's dispensationalistic concept of theistic determinism

How long did it take you to do the coloring?

It is beautiful.
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« Reply #394 on: July 21, 2013, 11:04:17 PM »

I read that he's part of a schismatic sect (some sort of Russian Old Calenderist group) but unfortunately I can't site my sources.

You should be more critical in your thinking. Schism occurs when one leaves the Church. Leaving heretics does not constitute schism, because heretics are not part of the Church. Read canon 15 of the First-Second Council (861). It honors the Orthodox who forsake heretical leaders even before they are condemned. But the point I need to emphasize is that Ecumenism has been anathematized and condemned. Saint Paul tells us that heretics are self-condemned --Titus 3:10-11.
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« Reply #395 on: July 21, 2013, 11:06:16 PM »

How long did it take you to do the coloring?

It is beautiful.

I cheated. I googled for a colored-text generator. Wink
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« Reply #396 on: July 22, 2013, 10:15:07 AM »

I read that he's part of a schismatic sect (some sort of Russian Old Calenderist group) but unfortunately I can't site my sources.

You should be more critical in your thinking. Schism occurs when one leaves the Church. Leaving heretics does not constitute schism, because heretics are not part of the Church. Read canon 15 of the First-Second Council (861). It honors the Orthodox who forsake heretical leaders even before they are condemned. But the point I need to emphasize is that Ecumenism has been anathematized and condemned. Saint Paul tells us that heretics are self-condemned --Titus 3:10-11.
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« Reply #397 on: July 22, 2013, 11:50:28 AM »

Brother Nathaniel used to be with Abp Gregory of Colorado, whose history is complicated, but it involved being deposed more than once by different jurisdictions, ultimately leading to him setting up his own vagante jurisdiction. Br Nathaniel later joined ROCOR-MP, although I don't know if he is still with them. He was formerly deeply involved in debates about True Orthodoxy, although disproportionately concerned with gossip and rumors about various clergy rather than issues of faith. The obsession with the Jews came later and I think this is where he started seeing Putin as some anti-Western hero; around that time I think he joined ROCOR-MP.
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« Reply #398 on: July 22, 2013, 11:58:41 AM »

Brother Nathaniel used to be with Abp Gregory of Colorado, whose history is complicated, but it involved being deposed more than once by different jurisdictions, ultimately leading to him setting up his own vagante jurisdiction. Br Nathaniel later joined ROCOR-MP, although I don't know if he is still with them. He was formerly deeply involved in debates about True Orthodoxy, although disproportionately concerned with gossip and rumors about various clergy rather than issues of faith. The obsession with the Jews came later and I think this is where he started seeing Putin as some anti-Western hero; around that time I think he joined ROCOR-MP.

You must have missed this thread:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,52520.0.html

which links to: http://www.synod.com/synod/eng2013/20130719_enkapner.html

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« Reply #399 on: July 22, 2013, 01:15:55 PM »

Quote from: Jonathan Gress link=topic=49713.msg956728#msg956728
You must have missed this thread:
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which links to: http://www.synod.com/synod/eng2013/20130719_enkapner.html
The linked statement says that he does not represent the views of the church or belong to that diocese in the west. Two reasons suggest he belongs to ROCOR. First, why would ROCOR feel compelled to disagree with him in a statement if he was not a member of their church? Second, the statement says he does not belong to the western diocese- but what about any other diocese? He came from the east coast, after all.
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« Reply #400 on: July 22, 2013, 01:41:10 PM »

Perhaps they are simply fed up with every Tom, Dick and Waynetta speculating that there is a link between them. For myself the gentleman concerned appears for all intents and purposes as a parody of an Orthodox monastic.
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« Reply #401 on: July 22, 2013, 01:44:39 PM »

There are many simple ways to look at this. One which is: Brother Nathanael needs immediate help.
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« Reply #402 on: July 22, 2013, 02:21:18 PM »

There are many simple ways to look at this. One which is: Brother Nathanael needs immediate help.

I said that a very long time ago. One problem is that you may only be helped if you agree to be helped.
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« Reply #403 on: July 22, 2013, 02:30:19 PM »

I checked his YouTube page and he hasn't released a video about it, unless he mentions it in his rants... I have no desire to watch his stuff though.
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« Reply #404 on: July 23, 2013, 09:31:29 AM »

As I understand it, Nathaniel is a layman and last belonged to ROCOR.  I could only speculate on Abp Kyrril's statement regarding Nathaniel having "no relation" to the Western American Diocese of ROCOR.  He could mean that he has no official relation as a member of the clergy or as a registered monastic, as he appears to be, and is merely a layman.  Or, he could mean that while he was received last into ROCOR, he is not regularly receiving the mysteries from, or confessing his sins to, or being guided by, any priest or confessor in ROCOR.  According to the canons, if a person does not attend church for three consecutive weeks, this person has excommunicated himself unless the person could not attend due to sickness or some other adverse circumstance.

It would seem that if Nathaniel truly had "no relation" to ROCOR, then it perhaps be out of place for Abp Kyrril to call on him to refrain from posting on the Internet and to live a life of repentance.  Whatever the status of Nathaniel in ROCOR, its seems that Abp Kyrril recognizes that Nathaniel at least believes that he himself is a member of ROCOR.

I think the content and information provided by Nathaniel has some merit, but it is troubling that it comes from a man falsely posing as a monk of the Orthodox Church.  It is my opinion that he would do best following Abp Kyrril's advice, and that this material which is political in nature be presented instead by a layman who does not think of himself as more than a layman, and who does not claim to speak as an Orthodox Christian.  If Nathaniel wants to be a monk, he should humble himself and become a monk.  If he wants to be a political commentator, he should humble himself and pose simply as a political commentator.    

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