More puzzling to me is the fact that part of the money raised for the “Bible for Russia” program should have been used to buy Bibles in the English language (and such expensive ones at that!). I suspect that either the Bible Society or one of the presses of the Moscow Patriarchate would have been able to produce many, many more Bibles in Russian if provided with the same amount of money that the Metropolia shelled out to Conciliar Press and/or Nelson (perhaps some $9660, if they received the usual discount).
It has just come to my attention that the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church of America (usually styled “the Metropolia”), with the blessing of its First Hierarch, has recently shipped 276 copies of the lamentable Orthodox Study Bible to various theological seminaries in Russia and the Ukraine. According to the news release, officials at the Theological Academies of St Petersburg and Kiev are reportedly “excited [to have] this resource available to their faculty and students.”I predict that their honeymoon with this jarring volume will be short-lived. After all, as the much-missed Felix Culpa has demonstrated at length, the notes and articles in the first few pages of this book embarrassingly fail to teach correctly on the dogma of the Holy Trinity and the doctrine of Creation, rendering both unrecognizable and even directly contradicting the teaching of the Holy Fathers at various points. I nervously await news of the first Archimandrite to collapse after reading a reference to the Holy Trinity as “They.”