October 21, 2014

Fr. Alexander F.C. Webster: End of DADT Paves Way for New Discrimination

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Source: Stars and Stripes (download newspaper version) | Archpriest Alexander F.C. Webster Sept. 20, 2011, a date that will live in infamy, the U.S. armed forces were deliberately and successfully attacked by advocates of the scourge of homosexuality. The elimination of the last vestige of moral restraint on sexual perversion in the U.S. military, commonly known as the “don’t ask, … [Read more...]

Met. Methodios (GOA): Don’t be Like the Frogs in the Tub

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HT: Devshime October Archpastoral Reflection from His Eminence The story is told about a number of frogs which were placed by scientists in a tub of water whose temperature was exactly the same as the pond from which they were taken. The scientists slowly increased the temperature and were soon astonished to see that, even though the water gradually became warmer, the frogs did not react. It … [Read more...]

Fr. Gregory Jensen: Moral Imagination, Moral Disciple and American Culture

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Over at Koinonia, Fr. Gregory Jensen writes on the remark by G.K. Chesterton that "America is a country with the soul of a Church." It was true when Chesterton first said it and it remains true today (as the French never stop reminding us). The problem, Fr. Gregory writes, is that "America is still Christian in the same way that Woodrow Wilson was still Presbyterian — we have all of it, except for … [Read more...]

The Culture of Marriage

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Source: Ruth Institute Blog | HT: Koinonia Submitted by regular Ruth blog reader, Leo Culture is not the same as the law. We do ourselves a disservice if we think exclusively about the law. Law, morality, culture, religion, and custom are all related, but are not identical. The law is more powerful in that it can enforce compliance with its dictates. Culture, however, can influence the … [Read more...]

Srdja Trifkovic: 9-11, Ten Years Later: Islam’s Unmitigated Success

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From the article: What can save us? A miracle! Or else, as I said eight years ago at the JRC meeting in New Orleans, what can save us is a precipitous, drastic economic crisis that would remove all legitimacy from the ruling elite and end any credibility it may have in managing the crisis. For the time being people are still looking to governments for solutions, rather than perceiving them as … [Read more...]

Pastoral Message of Archbishop Demetrios (GOA) on September 11, 2001

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Very good talk, particularly about the sobriety the attack on 9/11 fostered not only on the people of New York mentioned by Abp. Demetrios, but also all over America. Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America … [Read more...]

Chris Banescu, Bp. Savas and the Dust Up

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When ideas clash, they often clash hard. When Chris Banescu took Bp. Savas to task for a mistake he made in reporting the salary of an American CEO, his intention was not only to call Bp. Savas on the error, but to call attention to Bp. Savas' economic assumptions. The error was minor and we all make them. It was easily corrected. The assumptions rest deeper. Since Bp. Savas has entered the … [Read more...]

Chris Banescu: Predators with Ph.D.s

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If this doesn't send chills up your arm, nothing will. Note too the language and logic the academics are using to normalize pedophilia. Sound familiar? All aberrant behavior is being softened. The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan's telling prophecy that cultural elites are "defining deviancy down" is being fulfilled before our eyes. This must be resisted. Source: American Thinker | By … [Read more...]

Rabbi Sacks: Reversing the Decay of London Undone

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Source: Catholic Education Resource Center | Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Britain's chief rabbi on the moral disintegration since the 1960s and how to rebuild. It was the same city but it might have been a different planet. At the end of April, the eyes of the world were on London as a dashing prince and a radiant princess, William and Kate, rode in a horse-drawn carriage through streets … [Read more...]

Fr. Gregory Jenson: Conscience and the Christian Life of Virtue

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If you are not a regular reader of Fr. Gregory Jensen's blog Koinonia, bookmark, subscribe, or run down to your nearest internet cafe now! Seriously, Fr. Jensen offers some of the most cogent reflections on the Christian life (drawing deep from the Orthodox moral tradition) of any internet commentator that I know. "As iron sharpens iron, so sharpens a man the countenance of his friend" the … [Read more...]

Did Presbyterian Church USA Decline Start With “Dialogue”?

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Does this sound familiar? Quoting Alan F.H. Wisdom, Adjunct Fellow of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD): “Progressive leaders have expressed their hope that the church could remain united, that people would not leave. They say that they want to have the contributions and involvement of more conservative Presbyterians in the denomination,” he explained. “However, … [Read more...]

EPPC: Culture’s Power to Reduce Poverty

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Here's the Progressive matrix: Foster dependency under the rubric of compassion, then point with alarm to the results of the policies in order to make the dependencies permanent. In the meantime, treat the dependents as a market and build industries around the pathologies that developed that are lucrative to Progressive industry -- abortion, lobbying, and so forth. Resist all efforts to improve … [Read more...]