September 1, 2014

A Russian in Rome [VIDEO]

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Source: Inside Vatican The end of state atheism in Russia in 1991 and the return to Christian faith in that country, at least in a modest way, in the years since — opinions on the extent of Russia's religious renewal are sharply divided — seemed something impossible in the 1960s, 1970, 1980s... Pope John Paul II fervently desired that change so that Europe might regain its … [Read more...]

Human Events. The Unseen Riots of London: American media tries very hard not to notice a world capitol in flames

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This is what the collapse of the welfare state looks like. Source: Human Events For the past four days, the city of London has been in flames. The UK Telegraph reports over 20,000 calls to the police on a single night: Officials said all police cells in London were now full and that any new suspects who were arrested were being taken to surrounding areas. Acting Commissioner Tim … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion: An Alliance of Faith (Orthodox – Catholic Cooperation)

Pope Benedict meets Abp. Hilarion in Rome

Highlight: Our challenges "...are first and foremost the challenges of a godless world, which is equally hostile today to Orthodox believers and Catholics, the challenge of the aggressive Islamic movement, the challenge of moral corruption, family decay, the abandonment by many people in traditionally Christian countries of the traditional family structure, liberalism in theology and morals, which … [Read more...]

A Greek Orthodox Response to Rabbi David Rosen

Bp. Demetrios Kantzavelos

This article rebuts Jewish charges of anti-Semitism in the the Greek Orthodox Church after Greek Bishop blamed Jews for Greece's financial collapse in public comments last month. I wish it went to an editor first (the story of Archbishop Damaskinos should have led the piece) but overall all it's a serviceable editorial. Source: Greek America Magazine Exclusive to Greek America Magazine, … [Read more...]

Bartholomew I: We will continue to dialogue with the Pope and Islam

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HT: Byzantine TX. Source: Asia News Istanbul (AsiaNews) - On the eve of the holiday season, Bartholomew I delivered a major address before an highly qualified audience from the Orthodox world, defending the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s choice for inter-faith dialogue. "We will insist on dialogue, despite the criticism that we suffer," he said. "There is, unfortunately, a certain religious … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion: Patriarch’s meeting with Pope getting nearer

Source: Orthodox Church Media Network November 26, 2010 Moscow, November 26, Interfax – The meeting between the Moscow Patriarch and the Pope is getting nearer each day, the Russian Orthodox Church said. “Each day brings us closer to this meeting between the Pope and Patriarch,” head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, … [Read more...]

Eastern tradition of canon law links Catholic, Orthodox churches, Pope notes

I'm not sure if the Pope is speaking of the Byzantine Rite Catholics or the Orthodox Churches here, but the admission of a distinctive tradition is good. Source: Catholic Culture The Eastern Catholic churches should protect and maintain their own distinctive traditions, Pope Benedict XVI said on October 9 during an audience with participants in a conference on the Code of Canons of the … [Read more...]

Moscow Patriarchate freezes ecumenical journey: Pope never commanded in the East

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More on the clarification from Moscow. Source: Asia News A statement from Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Department for External Relations of the Patriarchate, challenges the very foundations of the recent meeting of the Mixed Commission between Catholics and Orthodox on the role of the bishop of Rome in the Church of the first millennium, denying that the pope has ever had … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Allegations about a ‘breakthrough’ in Orthodox-Catholic dialogue are untrue

See my notes in the post immediately preceding this one. Source: As has been stressed by the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the working document of the Joint International Commission for Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue, publicized so widely by some media, does not reflect the attitude of the Orthodox … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion’s speech at the Nicean Club Dinner (full version)

Address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations to the Annual Nicean Club Dinner (Lambeth Palace, 9 September 2010) Speech removed until a corrected version arrives. I was informed that the speech by Met. Hilarion that I posted contains some (mostly minor) errors. Since I want to be as accurate as possible, I have … [Read more...]

Dr. Peter Bouteneff: Speaking the truth in love

Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff

The faculty of St. Vladimir's website will be posting occasional essays on topics of current events. In this essay, Dr. Peter Bouteneff, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, discusses ecumenical dialogue, particularly how different contexts and settings shape how discussion occurs. Dr. Bouteneff is a reader of the AOI blog and an occasional contributor. Source: St. Vladimir … [Read more...]

Progressive Christianity’s habit of ‘Embracing the Tormenters’

The Institute on Religion & Democracy’s Faith McDonnell: Conducting “truth commissions” to denounce American armed forces and organizing divestment campaigns to cripple Israel are vital issues to some American church officials. Raising the banner of Intifada and expressing solidarity with Palestinians are also very important to this collection of liberal leaders. They … [Read more...]