Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse: Liberty

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I love my country and over twenty years ago I wrote an essay expressing my gratitude to her. It was one of the first pieces I every published and describes immigrating to America when I was a young boy. May God this great country from those who would do harm both within and without. "Wake up," my father whispered. "We're almost there." It was a cold March morning. I was six years … [Read more...]

Chicago Priest Protests Same-Sex Marriage, Won’t Sign Civil Marriage Licenses

The Rev. Patrick Henry Reardon of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago says the government can define and sanction marriage on its terms but that he’ll no longer act as an agent of the government by signing civil licenses. (Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune)

By Manya Brachear Pashman Chicago Tribune Source: The Chicago Tribune The Rev. Patrick Henry Reardon is getting out of the civil marriage business. The Orthodox Christian priest on Chicago's North Side says the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalizes same-sex matrimony reinforces his recent decision to no longer sign licenses that make marriages valid in the eyes of the state and now … [Read more...]

We Live in the Age of Dostoevsky

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The SCOTUS decision to legalize gay marriage reveals that the corruption of American cultural gatekeepers and institutions is nearly complete. This ruling legitimates the homosexual agenda which at bottom is not about civil rights but the inversion of the moral bedrock of Christian civilization. Religion is the ground of culture wrote philosopher Russell Kirk and when religion changes so does the … [Read more...]

Free Ebook Through Friday: Orthodox Social Thought – The Cure for Consumerism

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Source: Acton Power Blog The latest monograph from the Acton Institute, The Cure for Consumerism by Rev. Gregory Jensen, will be available for free starting this Wednesday, June 10, and ending Friday, the 12th, at midnight. This is the second monograph in the Orthodox Christian Social Thought Series. Since the onset of the Industrial Revolution, there has been a rapid growth of human … [Read more...]

Ryan Hunter: Truth a Casualty in Acclaim Surrounding Jenner

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A time is coming when people will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying “You are mad, you are not like us.” —St Anthony the Great (d. AD 356) “What is truth?” —Pontius Pilatus to Christ only hours before His execution (John 18:38). Bruce Jenner's public transition to his female alter ego "Caitlyn" on the cover of … [Read more...]

Texas Orthodox Clergy Speak Out on Gay Marriage and the “Rebellion Against God’s Created Order”

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Gay Marriage and the Houston Gay Rights Ordinance Source: Orthodox Clergy Association of Houston and Southeast Texas We, the Orthodox clergy of Houston and Southeast Texas, are compelled by our responsibilities before God to speak out plainly against the rebellion against God's created order that we see being waged on both the local and national level. It is God who created the two sexes, … [Read more...]

Fr. Gregory Jensen: The Moral Limits of Psychology

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Source: Acton Institute By Fr. Gregory Jensen Defenders of the free market insist that virtue is essential to a just and thriving economy. If morality is relevant to economics, it is equally so to allied fields of social science, all of which have as their object of investigation the human person. Indifference to the moral dimension distorts the study of human action in economics; so … [Read more...]

Theodore Dalrymple: Progressive Ideology ‘Dehumanizes The Population’ [VIDEO]

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Theodore Dalrymple has been a favorite essayist of mine for years (see my review of his book: Our Culture, What's Left of It). He writes for City Journal, arguably one of the better online magazines in existence today that is published by the Manhattan Institute. A prison doctor before retiring, Dalrymple sees the decline of his native Britain not in terms of systemic injustice (Progressivism) … [Read more...]

James Kushiner: Military and Monastics

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This essay appeared in the Fellowship of St. James Creed and Culture newsletter. By James Kusner It dismays me to read the blog post (Homosexual Assault Grows in the Military) by Michael Avramovich about the rise of sexual assault in the military. I remember reading in Stephen Ambrose's works about homosexual activity among American troops in Europe during WWII—it was nearly … [Read more...]

I’m Trying to Help a Guy Go to College

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He's a friend of mine, 21 years old who has turned his life around. He works hard, has mapped out a future, but needs some financial help with college. I trust his commitment because I have seen him work the last year and a half on his life (a long time at that age). I am trying to raise $1000. If you could help, no matter how little, it would mean a great deal -- mostly an opportunity for … [Read more...]

Fr. Josiah Trenham: Pastors Must Rise to Their Duty [VIDEO]

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Fr. Josiah Trenham, pastor of St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, Father Josiah Trenham spoke about religion and politics at the 2015 Unite IE Conservative Conference in California last month. Pastors, he said, must rise to their duty to bring moral awareness to our civic institutions and fight the secularizing trends that see the separation of Church and State as a moral rather than … [Read more...]

The New Gnosticism of the Homosexual Movement

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It happens a lot. I see something I have never seen before and then an essay or book crosses my path that helps flesh out the idea. Last week I was embroiled in a debate about natural marriage (see Monomakhos). (I've quit using the term "traditional marriage" since it implies that such a thing as "non-traditional marriage" actually exists.) My argument began with the assertion that natural … [Read more...]

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