July 25, 2014

St Katherine College: Orthodox Undergraduate Education

One of the greatest needs for the Church in America is an Orthodox school system.  With few  exceptions, Orthodox Christian children attend public schools.  Yes, some attend private religiously affiliated or secular schools.  But there are very few Orthodox parochial school.   A noticeable exception to this, is Three Hierarchs Eastern Orthodox School (THEOS), "a private, non-public, non-profit religious school" that services children in the metropolitan Pittsburgh area. Turning from elementary school children to older students, the lack of Orthodox educational options is even more striking.  With the exception of Hellenic College, in Brookline, MA there are simply no Orthodox institutions dedicated to undergraduate education.  While there are no doubt a number of reasons for this, it is hard for me to avoid thinking that all of this represents a significant failure of the Church in America.  For all practical purposes, with the exception of seminaries, the … [Read more...]

Catholic-Orthodox: The Trent Agreed Statement on the Family

The Trent Agreed Statement on the Family of the First European Catholic-Orthodox Forum on the theme: ‘The Family: A Good for Humanity,’ Trent, Italy, on December 10-14, 2008. Preamble By the grace of the Holy Spirit, we, thirty representatives of the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches in Europe, from countries stretching from the Urals to the Atlantic, have gathered together for the First European Catholic-Orthodox Forum. We express our gratitude to all who have worked for the success of this meeting, especially to the Archbishop of Trent who warmly received us and offered hospitality. The meeting has been organised by the Council of European Bishops Conferences (CCEE), in close collaboration with various Orthodox Churches and some of the dicasteries of the Holy See. We have expressed our deep sorrow at the sudden death of His Holiness, Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and All Russia, who had warmly extended his blessing upon the project of this Forum. What is the … [Read more...]