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OCANews Reflection: "The Policy of *Fait Accompli*

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    http://www.ocanews.org/news/NemoianuFaitAccompli7.1.11.html 7.1.11 The Policy of Fait Accompli         by Alexander Nemoianu, MI   The so called
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1 1:03 PM

      The Policy of Fait
              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.

      For example:

      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
      Under no circumstances should moral values be an expendable commodity.
      Alexandru Nemoianu
      D.Trifa.Romanian-American Heritage Center”.

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