July 31, 2014

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: ‘God Bless America’

Bravo! On Oct. 31, the Patriarch closes his speech at the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle Annual Banquet at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel with these words: Our Orthodox Christian faith has lived and thrived in this nation for generations, from the first Greeks who came to New Smyrna in the 18th Century, to the first Orthodox parish in America in New Orleans, which was founded in 1863, and flourishes to this day and which we have just visited for the second time. America is a land and, indeed, an idea that offers to every soul the freedom to express one's own religious conviction. and this is surely the most basic of inalienable human rights. We are profoundly grateful for the blessings that have been afforded all Orthodox Christians in this great country. And for this we say, may God bless the Orthodox Christians in this United States and may God bless America. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMvDVIdesXk[/youtube] … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at Georgetown

Address of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew “A Changeless Faith for a Changing World” Center for American Progress and Georgetown University Gaston Hall of Georgetown University Washington, DC (November 3, 2009) Remarks as Prepared for Delivery ------------ Thank you very much, Professor James J. O'Donnell, Provost of Georgetown University, and John Podesta, President of the Center for American Progress. We are also especially grateful for the students who are present with us today, and for their interest. Progress is often equated with change. So let us acknowledge this: it may appear strange for a progressive think tank to sponsor a lecture by the leader of a faith that takes pride in how little it has changed in 2,000 years. The fact is that our first instinct in Orthodoxy is to conserve the precious faith that has been handed down to us in an unbroken line from Jesus Christ through the Apostles. In the case of our Ecumenical Patriarchate, the First … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew launches a think tank

From his speech today at the Brookings Institution, "Saving the Soul of the Planet": ... in addition to our international ecological symposia, the Orthodox Church has decided to establish a center for environment and peace. Hitherto, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has endeavored to raise regional and global awareness on the urgency of preserving the natural environment and promoting inter-religious dialogue and understanding. Henceforth, the emphasis will be educational – on the regional and international levels. The Center for Environment and Peace is planned to be housed in a historical orphanage, on Büyükada, one of the Princess Islands near Istanbul. The building was once the largest and most beautiful wooden edifice in Europe, and it will embody a new direction in the initiatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Whereas the orphanage was at one time forcibly closed by Turkish authorities in an act of religious intolerance, it is highly expected to be returned to the … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch on Charlie Rose

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Going global with the Cola Bear

(L to R) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, and Archbishop Demetrios

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Demetrios paid a visit to Coca-Cola world headquarters last week to meet with Muhtar Kent, president and chief executive officer of the company. It is a striking image here: Two hierarchs from the ancient see of Constantinople meeting with the mascot of a company that is the symbol par excellence of economic and cultural globalization. One of the pleasant surprises in the Patriarch's book "Encountering the Mystery" was his assertion that "the Orthodox Church is not opposed to an economic progress that serves humanity as a whole." This is about 180 degrees from what you usually hear from Old World hierarchs, who so often condemn globalization and its chief architect, "the West." In truth, there's a bit of that in Bartholomew's views, but more balance. Unfortunately, like other Orthodox hierarchs, he continues to view economic activity as a zero sum game -- whoever gains does so by taking from someone else. There's no real understanding … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at Fordham

(sigh) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was at Fordham University in New York to receive an award yesterday and give a speech. A number of things jump out. First, a recap. In his post, "The Patriarch, the Enlightenment, and the Environment," here on the Observer, Fr. Gregory Jensen reminds us that the human heart needs communion with a person, not an inanimate object. Whether in the Holy Trinity or in the human family, personal communion is radically different then the union possessed by “molecules of water” or by “particles of atmosphere.” The union of the physical creation is impersonal. There is no communion between molecules of water or particles of air. Thus the comparison of the human to the non-human world in these terms makes all conversation about what is in our best personal or national interest meaningless. When particularity is subsumed into an abstraction, the differences between people ultimately have no meaning. But, in his Fordham speech, Patriarch … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s statement on SCOBA meeting

NEW YORK – His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew gave an audience yesterday Tuesday, Oct. 27, to the Orthodox Primates of the USA, most of whom were present the previous evening for the Ninth Annual Orthodox Prayer Service for the United Nations Community. Present at the audience were Archbishop Demetrios of America (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese); Metropolitan Philip (Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese); Metropolitan Christopher (Serbian Orthodox Archdiocese); Metropolitan Nicholas (Carpatho- Russian Diocese); Archbishop Nicolae (Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese); Metropolitan Jonah (Orthodox Church in America), Metropolitan Constantine (Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA); Bishop Ilia (Albanian Orthodox Diocese) and Archpriest Alexander Abramov (Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate in the USA). Archbishop Demetrios welcomed His All Holiness on behalf of the Primates. The remarks of His All Holiness follow: “We bring to you the greeting, the blessing, and the love … [Read more...]

A Patriarch who ‘Generally Speaking, Respects Human Life’

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By John Couretas Reading Andrew Estocin's fine essay, "Constantinople's Moral Oversight," I was reminded once again of the long running institutional silence -- a scandal really -- from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese on sanctity of life issues. But that attitude of indifference comes down from the top -- the Phanar. Here is a direct quotation from a July 20, 1990, article, "SF Shows Off Its Ecumenical Spirit," in the San Francisco Chronicle. Metropolitan Bartholomais of Chalcedon is the current Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Asked the Orthodox church's position on abortion, Bartholomais described a stand more liberal than that of the Roman Catholic Church, which condemns abortion in all cases and whose clergy have, in some cities, excommunicated leading pro-choice Catholics. Although the Orthodox church believes the soul enters the body at conception and, ''generally speaking, respects human life and the continuation of pregnancy,'' Bartholomais said, the church also … [Read more...]

A Changeless Faith for a Changing World

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The Green Patriarch has landed

A Patriotic Welcome

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew arrives at New Orleans' Louis Armstrong Airport on October 20, 2009. He's here for the RSE Symposium on the Mississippi. (HT on the video to Byzantine, TX) [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ6D80H-HTU[/youtube] … [Read more...]

Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue off to rocky start on Cyprus

Orthodox or Catholic ecclesiology?

.From the Sunday Mail (Cyprus): Members of Orthodox Christian unions along with clerics and monks yesterday disrupted a Paphos conference between Orthodox and Catholic Christians. The unions, monks from Stavrovouni monastery and Larnaca clerics were protesting against the conference and demanding that Archbichop Chrysostomos II cancel it. It was day one of the conference of the Joint Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. The protesters claimed the dialogue between the two churches aimed in the submission of the Orthodox Church to the Pope. AsiaNews, picking up on an interview Metropolitan John of Pergamon held with a Cypriot journalist, said the metropolitan wanted to send a message to "certain areas" of the Orthodox Church that are suffering from "a traditionalist narcissism bordering on infallibility." ... Zizoulas immediately clarifies that "the decision to participate in dialogue with the Catholic … [Read more...]

Greek lobby: Bartholomew leads U.S. church into ‘canonical normalization’

Hellenes Abroad News, one of the primary voices of the Greek lobby, reports that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will meet with SCOBA during his visit to the United States, which kicked off yesterday. The article makes a startling assertion: Under the leadership of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the worldwide Orthodox Church has moved significantly in the past year toward a canonical normalization of the Churches that exist in the so-called “Diaspora.” This opportunity for the Members of SCOBA to meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch comes at a fortuitous time in the process. Considering that the newly constituted U.S. episcopal assembly is not scheduled to gather for its first meeting until May 2010, this is what we "barbarians" in America's so-called "diaspora" refer to as jumping the gun. Recall, to cite just one example, Antiochian Metropolitan Philip's critique of Constantinople's interpretation of Canon 28. Met. Philip argues that Constantinople’s … [Read more...]