New Attack on American Metropolia: Starve Disabled Monks


Posted on January 20, 2013 by DnJosephSuaiden


According to an email from a well-placed hieromonk in the ROCOR-MP, insiders

within World Orthodoxy are initiating “investigations” into an alleged

“disability scam” among members of the American Metropolia, or as they

derisively refer to them, “LoBuites” in New Jersey. As the fact that only two

older monastics at the Abbey of the Holy Name in West Milford, NJ recieve

disability payments for a number of debilitating illnesses is well-known among

Orthodox in the area who know them, the alleged “investigation” is being done

with the intent of harming them.


One disabled monastic now fears he will be removed from his home of nearly 10

years, without reason, because of the threat of a supposed investigation for the

‘crime’ of being disabled with several chronic physical conditions from a young



The letter, sent by Fr Ambrose (Mooney), an Australian hieromonk in frequent

communication with Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral, ROCOR-MP) of New York and

Bishop Jerome (Shaw) of Manhattan and often an announcer of their intentions and

plans, was sent to a friend of NFTU, who forwarded it to us.



 Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013 3:03 PM

 To: ****

 Subject: LoBuites in New Jersey are being investigated for working a scam with

their disability claims


****, I’ve just heard from a priest working in social services that the LoBuites

in New Jersey are being investigated for working a scam with their disability



Which of them reside in New Jersey?


As Mooney knows from having studied the Metropolia for years, only Holy Name

Abbey is an active Church in New Jersey.


Unfortunately, New Jersey’s policy guidelines indicate that this behavior as

well as violating the confidentiality of recipient records is illegal and

against state policy (See Policy document, section 2.A.2.b,d), and the

Abbey intends to file a complaint to the department and assist in the pursuit of

those who would abuse their position in government to harm defenseless people,

bearing in mind the terrifying possibility that religious bias is being used in

determining denial of benefits for the elderly and disabled. While the

Metropolitan simply dismissed the claim of fraud as “ludicrous”, he did indicate

he intends to reproduce the email and send it to local authorities shortly.


What’s particularly disturbing is that this is being initiated by a so-called

“clergyman” in a secular position. We hope that this is a great

misunderstanding, because such a person doesn’t just deserve to be deposed– such

a one should have no access to state records, and should be immediately

terminated from his position, as the public trust is placed in jeopardy.


From: DonPedroGordo <>
Subject: Re: + OrthodoxWest Group + ROCOR/MP Clergy Attempt to Attack Disabled Monastics
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Date: Sunday, January 20, 2013, 10:50 PM



From: fraugustine431 <>
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013 10:39 PM
Subject: + OrthodoxWest Group + ROCOR/MP Clergy Attempt to Attack Disabled Monastics

As I have word from several people in the ROCOR/MP, their clergy are attempting to affect the benefits given to disabled monastics, one of which has severe disabilities (i.e., seizures, fibromyalgia, copd, severe back problems, etc, etc.,), that is, unless said persons will join the ROCOR/MP.

Several of their local clergy in the New Jersey area, one of which is a government employee who has been, apparently, using his position to try to force this issues, are becoming foaming at the mouth vociferous in their attacks. Strange phone calls, threatening emails, and worse.








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