The above warning was given to me when I first met Orthodoxy in 1986. Today [2009] it is even more perilous, even more difficult to find the Royal Path. For one thing there is a far greater abundance of misinformation. And many materials are missing, and other materials are being rapidly rewritten. For another thing there are fewer than ever guides remaining on the Royal Path, especially who speak English. Hopefully this website will be a place where Newcomers to the Faith can keep at least one foot on solid ground, while they are "exploring."

blog owner: Joanna Higginbotham


jurisdiction: ROCA under Vladyka Agafangel

who did not submit to the RocorMP union in 2007


18 October 2007

Monastics on the Internet

Be wary.   Find out who their bishop is.  Watch for signs of  behaviors unbecoming to monastics.

Monks, especially hieromonks, are supposed to spend most of the time in their monasteries, not on the internet.  Also, real monks and hieromonks have time-consuming prayer rules, avoid gossip and speculations, exhibit humility, refrain from antagonizing others, restrain their opinions, and mind their own business.  

There are several "hieromonks" on the internet at this time [2012], either with their own websites or on the forums, or both, who are obvious or highly-suspected KGB agents.

If you engage in communications with such a [supposed] "monk", pay close attention to how he makes you feel.  Do you feel closer to God and more loved by Him and more trusting of Him as a result of your conversation?  or do you feel a certain unease, a certain coldness, or a certain sadness... or a kind of [carefully or cleverly concealed] negation of your ideas or of you as a person... 

added Holy Saturday 2014:
One red flag is if the "monk" is anonymous.   In ROCA we do not have monastics who use the internet except in an official capacity.  Our chief hierarch, Vladyka Agafangel uses the internet.  Nun Vera has an official ROCA blog under synod supervision, http://cliuchinskaya.blogspot.com

Compare Nun Vera's internet activity with the activity of a wild-card internet "monk" who is described here by a sober ROCA layman:

... an Emonk who should...
have better things to do than spend his days (on the internet)... Well, I
guess this is the new pseudo monasticism, spend your days posting
things on other people's blogs, posting on internet forums, having
Facebook accounts and, of course, "liking" things your friends post
there so they may return the favor and like your self-serving
authoritative comments on what goes on in jurisdictions other than
your own...

 I will caution this:  No TRUE abbot or spiritual father (who cares for the souls of his monks) would permit his monk to go rabid all over the internet.  This is happening in our times for two reasons:  One, as predicted, monastics in latter times will behave as laymen.  And two, a false church has arisen – the pseudo orthodox.  These unrestrained ubiquitous internet monks are not true orthodox [despite what they say] and some are even KGB agents.

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