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90% of Western corporations facilitate anti-Traditional activities. A far cry from the honorable trade guilds of yesteryear. Such companies often have indoctrination ‘seminars’ about how they can ‘help the community’ by forwarding garbage like this ad campaign. SJWs are one of America’s biggest lobbying organizations.

Comment on "Like a Girl" by Mark Citadel on Saturday, January 31, A.D. 2015

“wondering what happened to the American spirit of freedom, inquiry, and expression that is supposed to inform our institutions of higher learning”

Hmmm, was he saying the same thing about the rigid heretical Modernist doxy that infects colleges and forces all students to either be silent, or accept abortion, sodomic marriage, and licentiousness in all its forms? I doubt it.

Comment on "When Artists Fear Their Audience" by Mark Citadel on Wednesday, January 28, A.D. 2015

I’m very excited for this movie to come out!

I thought you might also enjoy this animated short about the life of St. Seraphim.  It’s in Russian with Greek subtitles, but you don’t really need to understand the words perfectly to follow the story.

Comment on "Animated Diveyevo" by Andrew on Tuesday, January 20, A.D. 2015

Thank you, Mark. Good luck on your journey, fellow wayfarer.

Comment on "One Woman's Crusade against Litter -- Russkie style" by Joseph from Arimathea on Wednesday, October 1, A.D. 2014

I am adding you to my Blogroll, my friend. It is good to find Orthodox reactionaries to engage with around the Orthosphere.

Glory be to God

Comment on "One Woman's Crusade against Litter -- Russkie style" by Mark Citadel on Tuesday, September 30, A.D. 2014

Cornmeal, right? I don’t think I’ve ever tried mush or the carnivore version, scrapple. I’m sure I would like it, though.

We use steel-cut oats in our Goetta. I’ve heard that pinhead oats used in the Cincinnati area are different than steel-cut oats but I don’t know if that’s true.

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Bruce on Wednesday, July 16, A.D. 2014

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
It’s good to see that there’s conservatives who believe in, well, conservation.

Comment on "Wild Europe" by Bruce on Wednesday, July 16, A.D. 2014


Goetta is one of the few things that I miss after having become a vegetarian in the 90’s. I remember waking up to its aroma on cold school mornings. Deliciously spiced, warm, filling goodness with an enjoyable texture—it smells and tastes like breakfast should!

Does your family eat mush, too? Yum.

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Joseph from Arimathea on Tuesday, July 15, A.D. 2014

By the way, we still (occasionally) eat Goetta in my family.

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Bruce on Monday, July 14, A.D. 2014

I knew where you meant. Still, it would be quite cool to live in Avalon. Consider my patron saint!

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Joseph from Arimathea on Tuesday, May 6, A.D. 2014

Oops. I meant North Avondale.

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Bruce on Friday, May 2, A.D. 2014

My grandfather grew up in the North Avalon neighborhood. My great-grandfather sold the house there in the 1960’s I believe.

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Bruce on Tuesday, April 22, A.D. 2014

Such a strange coincidence.  I was just thinking about that postcard a couple of days ago.  😊

Comment on "Put Food to Good Use" by Andrew on Monday, December 30, A.D. 2013

What a great insight!

Comment on "Development within the Church" by Ian on Thursday, December 5, A.D. 2013

Awesome!  I loved it so much that after hearing one time, and then not again for 15 years, it was still so stuck in my head that I had to track it down.  So beautiful!  😊

Comment on "Now the Green Blade Riseth" by Andrew on Tuesday, May 14, A.D. 2013

Dear Bruce,


I am not sure what the Anglican position or reasoning was when they relaxed their canons on contraception. I am also no expert on the Church’s historical teaching on the matter, as it has never much interested me. For some reason, I just don’t care much for the issues of sexual morality that apparently fascinate most thoughtful Christians. I have always been perplexed by the obsession with contraception among traditionalist Latins. Let the whole theological edifice go up in flames, but hold the line, by Jove, on condoms! That is not to say that I don’t object to barrier or chemical contraception. It’s just that the topic seems to me to have a much lower level of importance than more fundamental and prior issues—like metaphysics (which inevitably “trickles down” and affects everything else). In this way, I couldn’t disagree more with Dr. Charlton.

However, I find it alarming how certain modernist Orthodox teachers exploit and abuse the Church’s economy and pastoral approach to moral correction. Instead of seeing the wisdom of the Church’s traditional shepherding character, they present economy as a justification for jettisoning whatever moral rule they happen to find inconvenient or “archaic.” Such gives the legalist Latins a reason for their inflexibility, where they see a pastoral approach to correcting sin as wishy-washy gobbledygook. That is a shame. The Church’s methods are medicinal, and a good physician must recognize when a certain course of treatment will be more harmful to a patient than the affliction from which he suffers. The Moscow Patriarchate’s statement appears to keep this in mind. The high road is clear, but sometimes we need to pave certain lower paths for the survival of weaker souls.

It is interesting that the Roman Church draws such a line in the sand for certain aspects of sexual morality. Perhaps, the Roman authorities agree with Dr. Charlton that the attack on family life is the center of modernity’s demonic character, and they have fortified their positions accordingly. I believe that C.S. Lewis notes somewhere the different emphases—and levels of ecclesial discipline—regarding various sins throughout the history of the Church. A millennium ago or so, gluttony was treated as an abomination. Today, we casually group it among the seven deadly sins without paying much attention to it. Yet, when there is widespread famine, gluttony is a worse sin than in a society where even the poor look like manatees. Maybe, the sexual revolution and the crisis of the Western family present a need for more absolute dealings with sexual morality. Such is in accord with the West’s more political approach to Christianity, wherein it is worth it to sacrifice pastoral sensitivities in dealing with individuals for the sake of the common good.

Comment on "Personhood in Theology and Anthropology" by Joseph from Arimathea on Saturday, May 11, A.D. 2013

It sounds like they’re where the Anglicans were in 1930.

Some people tell me that contraception-as-a-sin was a universal teaching of the Church until recent times i.e. there was agreement on this among Papists, the EO and Protestants. Do you have any idea if this is true?

Comment on "Personhood in Theology and Anthropology" by Bruce on Thursday, May 9, A.D. 2013

Dear Bruce,

Christ is risen!

You may read the following from the Moscow Patriarchate’s Basis of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church

XII. 3. Among the problems which need a religious and moral assessment is that of contraception. Some contraceptives have an abortive effect, interrupting artificially the life of the embryo on the very first stages of his life. Therefore, the same judgements are applicable to the use of them as to abortion. But other means, which do not involve interrupting an already conceived life, cannot be equated with abortion in the least. In defining their attitude to the non-abortive contraceptives, Christian spouses should remember that human reproduction is one of the principal purposes of the divinely established marital union (see, X. 4). The deliberate refusal of childbirth on egoistic grounds devalues marriage and is a definite sin.

At the same time, spouses are responsible before God for the comprehensive upbringing of their children. One of the ways to be responsible for their birth is to restrain themselves from sexual relations for a time. However, Christian spouses should remember the words of St. Paul addressed to them: «Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency» (1 Cor. 7:5). Clearly, spouses should make such decisions mutually on the counsel of their spiritual father. The latter should take into account, with pastoral prudence, the concrete living conditions of the couple, their age, health, degree of spiritual maturity and many other circumstances. In doing so, he should distinguish those who can hold the high demands of continence from those to whom it is not given (Mt. 19:11), taking care above all of the preservation and consolidation of the family.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in its Decision of December 28, 1998, instructed the clergy serving as spiritual guides that «it is inadmissible to coerce or induce the flock to… refuse conjugal relations in marriage». It also reminded the pastors of the need «to show special chastity and special pastoral prudence in discussing with the flock the questions involved in particular aspects of their family life».

As far as I know, the bishops of the Russian Church Abroad have positively assessed this social teaching document from Moscow’s local council in A.D. 2000.

Comment on "Personhood in Theology and Anthropology" by Joseph from Arimathea on Wednesday, May 8, A.D. 2013


What does ROCOR teach about contraception? Some Catholics criticize the EO for taking a permissive attitude towards contraception in modern times.

Comment on "Personhood in Theology and Anthropology" by Bruce on Tuesday, May 7, A.D. 2013

Here’s something to contemplate. Soviet society was dystopic but the Russian people survived the experience.
The West is destroying itself, demographically through mass immigration and chosen sterility. So we may not be able to imitate their revival.

Comment on "Annunciation Church in Sokolniki" by Bruce on Wednesday, May 1, A.D. 2013
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