The Policy of Fait Accompli
by Alexander Nemoianu, MI
The so called ‘dialogue” between the the “Vatra” Episcopate (ROEA-OCA) and the ROAA (the "contraption" brought into existence by the Romanian communists at the beginning of the fifties of the previous century) is stalled. Or if not, no information is being provided regarding any “progress”.
Up to a point this situation may be seen as a direct consequence of the very feeble and frivolous arguments in favor of subordination concocted by the Joint Dialogue Commission (JDC). This should not be a surprise. In addition, the “dialogue” is stalled because the ROAA is unable, or unwilling, to produce a legal document, or CPA audit, regarding its financial activities. The reason, or reasons, for this refusal is anyone's guess. It might be that there is financial chaos; it might be that murky activities happened there; it might be that the salaries of some ROAA clergy are paid by the Romanian government. As I said, it is anyone's guess.
In the meantime the nefarious movement toward subordination (“unity”!?) toward the Romanian Patriarchate is continued “under the radar”, in stealth mode. (The communists and all their offspring were and are fierce partisans of murky and dubious ways.)
It is the policy of fait accompli, an action which is completed before those affected by it are in a position to reverse it. It is the policy of dealing under the table, outside the existing legal order and outside the scrutiny of the public opinion. It should be remembered that among political ways the policy of fait accompli is, probably, the most dishonest.
All sort of services, generally commemorating dubious “historical” events, are done in common by “Vatra” clergy and of the ROAA;
- All sorts of statements are issued (always in favor of "subordination") by clergy or lay people with little or no moral credentials, who speak out of both sides of their mouths;
- In some cases a policy of “missionary” mushrooming is promoted. "Missions” are inexplicably established in an area were an old and respected parish already exists - and this is always the case if that parish is unwavering in its commitment toward American Orthodoxy. The new” missions” are established to undermine such parishes. Adding insult to injury, those new “missions” are, at least in one case, frankly, franchised to the same family!
We are witnessing a deliberate action of ignoring any canonical order, the authority of the ruling hierarch, due process, due diligence and, in my opinion, common sense.
Let us be very clear.
The problem of subordination toward the cleptocratic Romanian Patriarchate is not a canonical problem. In this respect the Orthodox canons are crystal clear: all dioceses have to be under the authority of local hierarchs. Concepts of phyletism and ethnocentrism are alien to Orthodox dogma.
The problem of subordination is strictly administrative and of interest to all the faithful, clergy and lay people. Consistently it should be debated by all and each of them, openly.
The policies of fait accompli, concealment, and secrecy are the mark of the regimes and organizations that disregard both law and the condition of being under the law. Those policies are antithetic to everything the New World stands for!
About secrecy and censorship in a famous speech, on April 27, 1961, President John F.Kennedy said: “The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret preceedings.We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.”
Those words are as true today as they were fifty years ago. Those words fit perfectly the situation of the “dialogue” promoting the project of subordination (“unity”) toward the Romanian Patriarchate.
After all trappings are removed the problem of subordination (“unity”) toward the Romanian Patriarchate is a choice. It is a choice between political expediency and personal gain, versus moral resolve and loyalty to the New World.
Under no circumstances should moral values be an expendable commodity.
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