I only met Fr. Belisarius a few times, but I was impressed and humbled when he encouraged me in my little writing apostolate. It was a personal blessing! Forgive me if I describe him as "well-rounded" which, with his long white beard and cheerful smile always made me think of St. Nicholas. How appropriate that this dear man went to the Lord on the first Sunday of Advent. I can imagine him on Christmas day filling our stockings with prayers and blessings as we muddle on in the Valley of Tears. The article after the break was sent as an email by one of my readers. I reprint it here with her permission and with gratitude. As I read it I was reminded of Yeats famous quotation, "The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity." How many of the dissenters in our Church bubble over with zeal as they undermine the faith? How many of those in the hierarchy, called to promote the faith "lack all conviction" having traded it for the Almighty tax exemption. How many failed to protect the little lambs in the flock and allowed the sodomite wolves to prey on them without interference? Fr. Belisarius was not one of them. He was a simple, humble priest who truly loved children and God's people. May the Lord bless us with many more like him.
Remember and Pray for Fr. Constantine Belasarius, RIP
Fr Constantine Belisarius, a very dear friend. died yesterday afternoon.Please remember his soul in your prayers . Fr Constantine, a Melkite Byzantine priest came to our assistance as parishioners of a Carpatho Ruthenian Catholic Church in NJ. We had written to the bishop complaining that our pastor gave a homily denying the Real Presence. He pointed to the Tabernacle and told us,"God is not in the box so don't pray to him there." Parishioners at the mother parish for our mission also wrote to the bishop, only they saw the priest in his full persona. They complained he came dressed as a woman to their church functions and that, along with his personal altar server who was a young teen, enjoyed parties in the rectory with other teen aged boys. The parishioners complained that they were not received in their own rectory when they called on the priest.
The Bishop died in a car crash. Following his demise, several years ago we went to the main (mother church for our mission Church) for Easter Mass. It was cancelled. Our little Mission Church was also sold to Korean Evangelicals. Two parishes that once filled the pews were left with only one or two pew people.
Here is something I want people to know that Fr Belisarius told me. For his part in our defense, Bishop Pitaki took his revenge and the Melkite Bishop was warned against Fr Belisarius as a troublemaker. Bishop Pitaki ( now deceased) told Father's Bishop at the time ( also now deceased) he "...never wanted to hear Fr Belisarius' name ever again."
Under Bishop Pitaki we had been assigned a mighty group of perverted priest pastors, including Fr. [John] Danilak ( now deceased) who was found dead on his kitchen floor when the police finally came to arrest him. He died of AIDS after raping and sodomizing two little boys in his Ocean City, MD trailer. Then there was Fr. [Glenn] Davidovich who had a penchant for filming parish youth wrestling with scantily clad homosexual porn film stars in the rectory basement. In another parish in PA Fr. Davidovich chastised the elderly long time rectory housekeeper from the pulpit for warning the parents of the parish youth. She never set foot in a church again according to her friend.
Davidovich and his partner were last seen on line as active members in a Priestess-run LGBTQ-inclusive Episcopal parish in Wyoming where Davidovich is pictured entertaining the youth with a puppet show.
One of Danilak's victims committed suicide at ten years old and I was told by a priest he is buried in Monmouth Cty, NJ. Another victim's mother posted she was the mother of a young man who also committed suicide .She said she knew of five other young men who did the same thanks to the trauma Danilak inflicted on them. These stories are all on line posted as first hand accounts by numerous Byzantine Catholics.
I want Catholics to realize that nothing, absolutely nothing will be renewed in Truth within the institutional Church UNTIL we have a hierarchy willing to take genuine action to rid the filth from the ranks of clerics. Pray more and more rosaries to that end or the End will be so much more difficult to endure. Father Belisarius was a very courageous priest in that he was willing to speak up to his Bishop on behalf of the Faithful!
We spoke frequently by email and phone. We were able to say our earthly good-byes in August when we visited with him and took him out for dinner We visited his little chapel and delivered to him a box of icons that he wanted to gift to his home schooling parishioners whom he knew were unable to afford to buy them. Father knew his time left on earth was short and asked for rosaries for his soul especially from Catholics who loved the Divine Liturgy as he did.
May Our Beloved Lord and Our Lady embrace him in their Blessed Arms for all ages and ages!