July 31, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury receives honorary doctorate at St. Vladimir’s Seminary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saturday, January 30, 2010 Contact: Deborah Belonick, Advancement Information Officer St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary 914-961-8313 ext 363 / 914-961-4507 FAX deborah@svots.edu http://www.svots.edu/ [SVS Communications / Yonkers, NY] -- Dr. Rowan Williams began his New York City tour this past week with duties related to his role as Archbishop of Canterbury, but ended it by demonstrating his academic acumen and continued interest in the Orthodox Christian faith. On Saturday, January 30, 2010, the Anglican archbishop delivered the 27th annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture - this year titled "Theology and Contemplative Calling: The Image of Humanity in the Philokalia" - and received an honorary doctoral degree on the campus of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. During his visit, Dr. Williams also attended Divine Liturgy and had a lively and frank discussion with the theological faculty of St. Vladimir's at a … [Read more...]

Forty years of feminism now bearing fruit

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Maybe the essay below will help St. Vladimir's Seminary (SVS) understand why the conferral of a doctorate on Dr. Rowan Williams has been met with criticism from those outside the academy. For most, the issue is not whether Dr. Williams merits the honor as an academic, but that his refusal to act against the moral deconstruction of Anglicanism shows that he does not comprehend the destruction that the licentiousness championed by liberal Anglicans causes in the larger culture. The author rightly condemns feminist ideology as a source of moral confusion in the culture, and clearly the capitulation to feminists is a major reason for the Anglican collapse. I am the father of a fourteen year old girl. I've worked with teens for twenty-five years. What the author below reports is happening in the teen culture in America is true. Don't flinch at the brutally frank tone of the essay. Not all teens fall victim to the prevailing culture of course, but all face it. I could tell you many … [Read more...]

TOUCHSTONE Editor criticizes conferral of Doctorate on Rowan Williams

Fr. Reardon is an advisor to AOI. H/T: Directions to Orthodoxy Although the scholarly publications of Dr. Williams may be cited as adequate reason for his lecture at the seminary, news of the plan to honor him is already prompting a popular consternation and even scandal. I write only to satisfy my conscience that a grave moral duty has been met -- to wit, the obligation to warn fellow Christians that they have embarked on a path that will lead only to scandal and disgrace to Holy Church. Indeed, this scandal is already in play. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Very Reverend Patrick Henry Reardon Archpriest and Pastor January 17, 2010 The Most Blessed JONAH The Orthodox Church in America PO Box 675 Syosset, NY 11791-0675 Your Beatitude, I beg your pastoral blessing, please. You receive this letter as President and Chairman of the Board of St. Vladimir's Seminary, and I send it as a friend of the seminary. I write to complain of the seminary's decision to … [Read more...]