Archives for December 2013

Pat. Bartholomew: Christmas Enyclical Affirms Unborn Life and Traditional Marriage

In what can only be termed as a remarkable shift in tone and emphasis, Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew soundly defends the sanctity of unborn life in his recent Christmas Encyclical. His Holiness writes: The Lord assumed and sanctified all of human nature. The pre-eternal God condescended to become for us an embryo and be borne inside the womb of the Theotokos. In so doing, He both … [Read more...]

Socrates in the City: Eric Metaxas interviews Dr. Stephen Meyer on Intelligent Design [VIDEO]

Darwin, the scientific method, Danny DeVito, and Cher all manage to find a place in this mind-boggling and entertaining conversation between Eric Metaxas and Stephen Meyer, at the Union League Club in New York City on September 12, 2013. It's things like this that make me wish I lived in New York. Many thanks to Socrates in the City for making this available on video. To skip intro start at … [Read more...]

A Miracle by Elder Paisios

I held off talking about this miracle by Elder Paisios publicly until the miracle was complete, which it nearly is. I was asked to write an account of the miracle to be included in the papers sent to the Ecumenical Patriarchate where a decision will be made soon on the canonization of Elder Paisios as a Saint. I offer it here for the glory of God and the edification of the reader. December … [Read more...]

Is Religious Freedom in Peril?

Last night syndicated columnist Terry Mattingly and myself (Fr. Hans Jacobse) discussed where religious freedom in America was under assault. The discussion was, I believe, informative. I was very impressed with Mattingly's comprehensive knowledge and analysis of the legal challenges concerning religious liberty. The discussion focused on the moral issues, particularly gay rights, as the locus of … [Read more...]

Patriarch John X Speaks on the Abducted Nuns of Maaloula, Syria

Source: Antiochian Archdiocese His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, issued the following remarks on December 5, 2013 at a press conference in Balamand, Lebanon: Amidst the calamities besetting Syria and the bloodshed afflicting our people and amidst the uncertainty that still surrounds the fate of our metropolitans Boulos and Youhanna in Aleppo, it is with deep pain … [Read more...]

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