August 20, 2014

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Calls on Roman Catholics to Join Ecumenical Group

Quote from the story: Bartholomeos warned that the failure of churches in Europe to match their statements about unity with specific actions calls into question their credibility. The Charta Oecumenica (cited below) makes a case for Christian unity. Did its authors have the American Orthodox in mind, as well? Probably not. Sample: Various forms of ecumenical co-operation have already proved themselves. Christ's prayer is: "...that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me" (John 17:21). If we are to be faithful to this prayer, we cannot be content with the present situation. Instead, aware of our guilt and ready to repent, we must strive to overcome the divisions still existing among us, so that together we may credibly proclaim the message of the Gospel among all people. Article follows: Lyon, France (Ecumenical News International) -- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos … [Read more...]

Heresy vs. Hope: Dr. Peter Bouteneff on “Two Texts on Ecumenicism”

Peter-Bouteneff

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Orthodox Hierarchs Gather for Unity Conference

Hasapiko? No, ecumenical dancing at CEC

No, not that kind. The Conference of European Churches, an ecumenical organization, is preparing for an assembly in Lyon, France, July 15-21. The theme for the gathering is "Called to One Hope in Christ," and attending, the CEC says, are Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Archbishop Anastasios of the Orthodox Church of Albania (also delivering the opening sermon), and Patriarch Daniel from the Romanian Orthodox Church. According to the CEC press office, "each Assembly day will have a different focus: – Thursday 16 will be the “Hope” day, with reflections on the Assembly theme; – Friday 17 July will be the “Vision” day, looking forward to the future of the ecumenical movement in Europe," etc. The Russian Orthodox Church suspended its membership in the CEC late last year over a dispute involving the status of the Estonian Orthodox Church. I can't find any indication that they're back in. Given the statements of warming relations between Moscow and Constantinople recently, we … [Read more...]