July 30, 2014

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon: Delegation to Syria

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon

Source: Antiochian Archdiocese | Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon During this past September 13-18, I was part of a delegation sent to Syria by Metropolitan PHILIP to investigate the internal political situation in that country, particularly with respect to its Christian minority. Our group consisted of six priests of the Antiochian Archdiocese: Fathers Dimitri Darwich (our guide and the only Arabic-speaker), Timothy Ferguson, Joseph Honeycutt, John Winfrey, David Bleam, and myself; two Protestant pastors: Bonn Clayton and Norman Wilson; and an expert in international law, James Perry, accompanied by his wife, Martha, who served as the delegation’s secretary. Attached to the delegation as a reporter for Ancient Faith Radio was John Maddex, its executive director. The following narrative is my own assessment of that experience, along with some account of what I learned. Let me begin by expressing a deep, sincere gratitude to Metropolitan Philip, both for the golden opportunity … [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...]

Fr Patrick Henry Reardon: Why I signed the Manhattan Declaration

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon

Father Pat's Pastoral Ponderings Fifth Sunday of Advent December 13, 2009 As I write these lines, more than a quarter-million people have signed the Manhattan Declaration, released this past November 20. I suppose I should be personally gratified, in the sense that never before have so many people agreed with me! I was, in fact, one of seven Orthodox Christians who went on record to endorse the document prior to its publication. There are several ways in which the Manhattan Declaration is significant. The first, I suppose, is the content. This is a public and deliberately political (though not partisan) pronouncement on three points: It is pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-religious freedom. Under these headings it makes specific assertions about abortion, the scientific or medical use of human embryonic tissue, the proposed extension of legitimacy to sexual unions other than that between a husband and wife, and the limitations imposed on the State with respect to the … [Read more...]