Talk:Ben Lomond Crisis
- This is interesting. There's nothing here for this page on the internet archive (dated November 18, 2005). There doesn't seem to be a Google cache for the page. There are three articles linking to the page, but Google's cache of those articles (on December 23, 24, and 30 indicate that Google didn't see the page on those dates. It doesn't appear that anyone actually removed the page, or there would have been something in the logs, so I'm baffled as to what happened. —magda (talk) 09:03, January 2, 2008 (PST)
The good Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick (Antiochian Archdiocese) says that he deleted the article b/c there were no sources. However, the article put in its place is entirely one-sided and represents purely the party line on the matter, and does not take into account any of the immense wealth of contrary material available to anyone w. a few minutes to kill. In other words, it has frozen in place only selective use of sources. That is dishonest. He and his matushka call the original post a pack of lies, but it was nothing of the sort; it is, to be sure, different that the official statements of Fr. Andrew's Archdiocese, and that is all. This version is, however, as it remains, certainly a pack of lies. Is the Orthodox Wiki an arm of the Antiochian Archdiocese? It certainly has seemed to present, in this case, only the AOA's historiographical view. Surely that cannot be the intent of anything truly encyclopedic. The current article could have presented, as an honest historian would, that there is more than one historiographical frame of reference. That is the expected behavior for a wiki encyclopedia and works quite well. You give space to more than one viewpoint on something this controversial. Freezing the article from editing keeps it from being deleted, but it freezes in place the party line and certainly does, therefore, black out history. For history is a matter of understanding; historians don't disagree on when the Civil War occurred - they do disagree on what caused it, and on what questions are the essential ones to ask; that's history. This is conflating one historiographical viewpoint, a patently biased one at that, with history itself. Equal space, I say. If this is going to remain in this state, then updates will be provided over time at the Online Ben Lomond Archive. Orthodox Wiki can represent the AOA version, and the another version will be presented elsewhere. It's a shame collaboration isn't possible. With all due respect to the wiki owner, this is sickening.
Non Wiki question
Hi, I read this article and was really interested in asking - If you belong to the Antiochian Church and do stuff from say the Russian Church or Greek Church (ie Byzantine style singing as opposed to something else) - is this valid grounds for excommunication? I thought that if we all belong to a 'Orthodox Church' then we are freely able to 'interchange' between them (ie celebrate at a Russian Church if I was Greek or vice versa) because we all originate from the initial Apostolic churches??? Vasiliki 18:55, January 17, 2008 (PST)
- Under normal circumstances, there is no problem - although we are able to interchange, so to speak, because of our shared faith, not our origin. Firstly, I have a feeling that this article is somewhat less than balanced; secondly, disobedience to one's bishop can, under some circumstances, be grounds for excommunication. — edited by Pιsτévο talk complaints at 00:08, January 18, 2008 (PST)
Suitability of article
Given the nature of this article's subject matter (i.e., highly controversial and with most of the main players all still alive), there needs to be some third-party citations from reputable sources (e.g., historians, journalists, etc.), or else this should be deleted. —Fr. Andrew talk contribs 14:39, January 18, 2008 (PST)
- I am of like mind with the rest of my colleagues on this article. While I am not an administrator, I certainly deem it unfair and unbalanced (to be Bill O'Reilly about the whole thing). I had the most distinguished pleasure of having Fr. David Barr as my father confessor for over two years while I was a student at the University of Texas. Though he isn't mentioned by name in the article, the V. Rev. Fr. David was sent in to help the Ben Lomond Crisis as a co-celebrant to this church. I have been told stories that are shockingly different than what this article claims (for example, the said priest telling his parishioners "not to think" about this issue, and urging them to act and align with him). And being a member of the Antiochian Archdiocese, I certainly know that our hierarchy is not nefarious as this individual makes it out to be. Priests don't just get defrocked for asinine and petty reasons. It is all a pack of lies, as my wife Gabriela stated so poignantly.
- Also, where is the author getting his numbers on attendances? You don't have that many people at a Great Vespers in a bishop's cathedral.Mike 19:53, January 18, 2008 (PST)
Sorry if my question has caused a bit of an issue for Ben Lemond ... I have no idea who he is or what this article is actually about ...hence my curiosity. Vasiliki 14:50, January 20, 2008 (PST)
- I've tried to dissect this article so that it can be rewritten. As it was, it was not encyclopedic, even if the subject matter is appropriate (probably debatable) and could be freely written about without citations (not the case).
- I don't have access to journal articles anymore (soon, but not yet), but I remember an article titled 'Enfants Terrible' or something similar, which talked about three instances of problems with converts to Orthodoxy, and the first example was Ben Lomond, with some detail. This is the only reference I'm aware of, but it's a pretty good one. — edited by Pιsτévο talk complaints at 17:29, January 20, 2008 (PST)
- Vasiliki: The article is about a parish church in the city of Ben Lomond, California. In this church, the senior priest apparently started criticizing Metr. Phillip and the other Antiochian hierarchy (among over things), refused to obey them, and broke off with a good chunk of the parish to start his own church. Don't worry about causing any controversy; this article had already been posted and deleted (for good reason, if you ask me) once before you posted on the second version, and it was obviously either written by one of the schismatic Ben Lomondites or someone highly sympathetic toward their cause. Gabriela 18:30, January 20, 2008 (PST)
Deletion of article
The 1st version of the article was the most objective and balanced. It lacked certain key information, but should have been acceptable to all. It was erased (rendering that page blank) by someone who would rather there be no real information available. Here's the timeline.
Late December - the first Ben Lomond Crisis article existed on 12/31/2007 and was completely erased from the Orthodox Wiki on 1/1/2008, beginning the new year with a blackout of history. Early January - notation of this fact and date was made on that wiki page.
Mid January - a new article describing the crisis was put up.
Late January (1/21) - that article was reformatted and rewritten a bit to give it some objectivity and balance.
Later January (e.g. 1/22-23) - that article was completely deleted off the wiki, rendering even the link broken. Here is a pdf of that article which shows when it was present: Deleted 3rd Version (PDF)
It is a terrible shame when the truth of something is so scandalous, that it has to be covered up by an information blackout.
It should be noted that, while this doesn’t indicate the source necessarily, the link to the article from the Antiochian website is not the link to read the article, but rather the direct link to edit it.
- This article should not be deleted without, at the very least, an explanation on the talk page. This is an article that documents an important moment in American Orthodox history, and needs to be written about properly and - most importantly - objectively, and IMHO this is best done here: it is our competitive advantage, if you like. — edited by Pιsτévο talk complaints at 14:28, January 27, 2008 (PST)
- I deleted the article due to its twofold nature of being controversial and having absolutely no citations of reliable third-party sources (e.g., historians, etc.). Original research and uncited material is fine for uncontroversial material, but there needs to be citations for controversial topics. Anything else is just hearsay, innuendo, etc. If this article can be written as a summary of reputable, third-party publications, it certainly ought to be here. But I rather doubt that hardly any exist, especially since this event is still such recent history.
- Deleting an unsourced article is not "an information blackout." It's part of writing and maintaining an encyclopedia. No remotely reputable encyclopedia gets published without some academic backbone. OrthodoxWiki is no exception. If folks would like to publish unsourced controversial material on another outlet, no one's stopping them. But OrthodoxWiki is not that outlet. —Fr. Andrew talk contribs 15:01, January 27, 2008 (PST)