A Thought Experiment

Let me offer you a thought experiment. Yesterday on the Orthodox Church in America's website there was an interesting press release recounting a "discussion between members of the Holy Synod of Bishops [of the OCA] and a number of congressmen during a late-January 2010 meeting in the US capital" (OCA Holy Synod members share human rights concerns with US congressmen). The meeting addressed, … [Read more...]

Bare Ruined Choirs

Soon after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, the roof of St. Andronikos church in Kythrea caved in and fell into its sanctuary. No one came by to clear the rubble, so there's a heap of ruins on the ground covered with tangled greenery. From where I stand, on top of that heap, I can see that the walls, once known for their frescoes, have been stripped white and are now marked with black and … [Read more...]

Christian Witness to the Environmental Movement

One more than one occasion I have been critical of the involvement of Orthodox Christians in the environmental movement.  Most recently wrote an essay critically of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s own opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal in which His All Holiness not only offered his support of international environmental regulations but also sought to justify theological his own … [Read more...]

Thomistic Analysis of Pluralism and Totalitarianism

The president of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology Fr Michael Sweeney, OP makes some interesting--and I think correct--observations about pluralism and totalitarianism in relation to certain cultural trends.  The following remarks come from his talk, "Expressing the Good," that he delivered at the recent Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture Conference.  You can read the whole … [Read more...]

Politics, Polemics and Reconcilation

Often I find myself being criticized for taking up political themes in my writing or speaking. Typically (in an America context at least) I am chastised for aligning myself with the political or Religious Right. While there is some truth to this, I think as the Catholic journalist and commentator John Allen points out in a recent essay ("Spain takes a page from the US pro-life playbook" ), … [Read more...]

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