August 21, 2014

‘Erdoğan saved future of Greek Orthodox Patriarchate

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Source: Today's Zaman The spokesperson of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Father Dositheos Anağnostopulos, has said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan saved the future of the patriarchate by offering Turkish citizenship to a number of archbishops in 2009. In an interview with the Star daily, Anağnos-topulos said there were 12 archbishops on the patriarchate's Spiritual Board at the time. “Most of [those archbishops] are very old. In order to become a member of this board, one has to be a Turkish citizen. If the patriarch dies one day, it seemed unlikely that a new patriarch would be elected from the board [due to the members' age]. This danger has now passed. The prime minister attended a luncheon on Büyükada in August 2009 … and said the problem with the Spiritual Board will be overcome if archbishops applied to become Turkish citizens. He assured us that applicants would be granted citizenship,” the spokesperson stated. Anağnostopulos defined the … [Read more...]

Pan-Orthodox Synod Postponed Over Differences Between Churches [CLOSED]

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Below is a total breakdown of the Chambesy meeting. The reporter's sources are usually in the Phanar, which explains this paragraph: This disagreement, therefore, has revealed that two camps have formed in the Orthodox world. That of Constantinople, which draws within its sphere the patriarchates of Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, Sofia, Belgrade, Churches of Greek language and culture, and the Church of Albania. And that of Moscow, which includes the Patriarchate of Georgia and the Churches of Poland and the Czech Republic, and, surprisingly, the Patriarchate of Romania. The latter has not failed to hide its hegemonic ambitions, especially among the Orthodox Diaspora" (emphasis added). Source: Asia News | NAT da Polis The representatives of the 14 autocephalous Orthodox churches have not reached agreement on the rules for granting autocephalous status. Moscow will not recognize any kind of primacy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Istanbul (AsiaNews) - … [Read more...]

Quad City Times: Archbishop talks about DNA, faith

Archbishop Demetrios (GOA)

Source: Quad City Times Genetics and faith. The 100-year-old staying power of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Rock Island, is all about DNA and believing - just as it is for the church as a whole. That is one of the messages being delivered this weekend by Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, who is visiting St. George on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. "A community, which has been able to live - not just survive, but prosper - for three generations ... you have a presence here," Demetrios said Saturday. "You have a presence with achievement. "That is not an ordinary phenomenon." Part of St. George's longevity is attributable to genetic makeup, he said. "Given a scientific analysis, one reason is the DNA of the people," the archbishop said. "It's not accidental DNA. In terms of Greece, for thousands of years before Christ, culture was being produced." The relatively small Greek Orthodox following ("not in billions like the … [Read more...]

George Florovsky and Christian Hellenism

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This is the fifth lecture about Orthodoxy and Hellenism held at St. Vladimir's Seminary last spring. Mr. Brandon Gallaher, D.Phil. Candidate, University of Oxford, UK speaks on "George Florovsky and Christian Hellenism." Read about the seminar on the St. Vladimir's Seminary website. Listen here: … [Read more...]

Hellenism and Byzantium

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Revised, October 6, 2010, 6:40am. I don't know why it is taking OCN all summer to release the lectures on Hellenism and Orthodoxy held at St. Vladimir's Seminary symposium last spring, but another one was finally posted. Dr. James Skedros, the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology spoke on "Hellenism and Byzantium." Lots of interesting stuff here, such as when "Hellenism" was first defined in opposition to the West and Turks (after the Fourth Crusade), when it was first used to define the Eastern Christian population and took on the meaning of cultural identity (after subjugation to the Turks) and so forth. It's a fascinating lecture, well prepared and presented. I wish it was longer. One note: The shift to a political definition of "Hellenism" occurred between 1261-1453. Skedros argues this shift is still not complete. That's true. We argue it here all the time, especially the most recent … [Read more...]

Address by Abp. Demetrios at SVS Orthodoxy & Hellenism Conference

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For its Annual Symposium in 2010, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary hosted several highly qualified speakers to explore the ramifications of Hellenism, noting its lasting and profound effects on the cultural, linguistic, and canonical history of the Orthodox Church. The symposium is sure to contribute to the ongoing discussion about Orthodoxy in North America and facilitate greater understanding and cooperation among Orthodox Christians on this continent. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, delivered the keynote address. His address is broken into 5 parts below. Listen here: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios on the Way Out?

HT: St. Andrew House Orthodox Discussion Forum Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON- At 83 years old and beleaguered by a raft of questions about his ability to keep leading, Archbishop Demetrios may leave his position at the Archbishopric Throne of America, it emerged after intense discussions at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople, where he traveled unannounced, as well as among prominent Greek-American leaders who want him retained. The National Herald was unable to reach him at press time. Those familiar with the issue attribute the possible development to his age the constant accumulation of various unresolved problems under his tenure recently. Sources said it was believed at the Patriarchate that these questions have stagnated the ecclesial life of the Archdiocese of America. TNH also has learned that a group of prominent Greek Americans do not agree with the possibility of Archbishop Demetrios leaving his post and threatened to stop all financial and other … [Read more...]

Greek lobby gives Obama a C-/D+

Hellenic News of America Summary: So ends the first year of Obama's historical presidency, average, uneventful and full of broken promises. What the next three years will have in store no one truly knows, maybe change can still come to America. Just maybe. . . . Read the full report here. … [Read more...]

Fr. George Nicozisin: The Mission of the Greek Orthodox Church in America

Fr. George Nicozisin was one of the most respected clergy in the Greek Orthodox Church of the last generation. Reading through this essay he wrote a while back (I could not find the date), you can see why. There were (and presumably still are) men who understood the evangelical mission of the Orthodox Church. Fr. George was such a man. Read through the essay and see how some leaders used to think, and ponder too how far the preoccupation with ethnicity has directed the Church away from its commission to preach and baptize to all nations. Where are men like him today? +++++++++++++++++++++ Greek Orthodox Diocese of America Prologue Thanks to Alex Haley we have come to appreciate the importance of "roots." We, too, must take a look at our roots in order to comprehend, grasp and accept the mission of the parish here in America. However, before we address the current mission of the parish, we first need to turn to the lessons of the past and look at how church history in … [Read more...]

Archbishop Hilarion: The Church has been granted the Primate required by our troubled time

Compare the vision expressed below with recurring missteps like Orphangate, the uncritical embrace of global warming activism, assertions of ethnic supremacy (Hellenism uber alles?), the flattering of politicians, and the like and ask yourself: --Who really gets it? --Who has the better grasp of the crisis in Western culture? --Who really comprehends that any resolution to that crisis is moral and religious? “The Church has been granted the Primate required by our troubled time.” An interview of Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk to “Interfax-Religion” – What changes in the Russian Orthodox Church since 1 February 2010 have been most obvious and impressive? – The election and enthronement of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill have, undoubtedly, been the most important events in the life of the Russian Orthodox Church last year. By the will of the Holy Spirit and through the election by the Local Council, the Church has been granted the Primate required by our troubled time, … [Read more...]

Orphangate resolved?

Well, the New York-Constantinople brouhaha seems resolved -- sort of (see: Abp. Demetrios on the way out?). You still wonder though why a hierarch wrote of Abp. Demetrios in terms we could charitably call disparaging over what should have been an easily resolvable dispute. It's all a misunderstanding Constantinople assures us, even though it took a synodal meeting to reach this conclusion. Metropolitan Theoliptos, the hierarch who wrote the screed, allegedly went rogue. If so, then shouldn't his disparagement of Abp. Demetrios ("conscienceless shepherd") require a public apology? After all, if you besmirch a man in public, you owe him an apology in public. What we see instead is reassurance that the Ecumenical Patriarch supports Abp. Demetrios alongside the statement that the majority of the synod did not want to send out the letter of support. Yet even the EP's support is qualified. He says that American Archons (lay members who support the Ecumencial Patriarchate) made him … [Read more...]

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk: “The work of the Church is always mission-oriented because mission is a vocation of the Church”

The more I read what is coming out of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), the clearer it becomes that they understand the culture within the Church and outside of it. The ROC will emerge as the world leader of Orthodoxy because it comprehends that the crisis in Western culture, including Russia, is primarily moral and speak to it with clarity. Note this paragraph: Archbishop Hilarion added that there were nominal Orthodox believers in the world who consider themselves Christians by birth or by belonging to a certain ethnic group, but they do not completely fulfill that what their religion prescribes. The archpastor expressed his regret, saying: “It is a common problem of all the religions: people identify themselves with a certain confession, but they do not shape their lives in accordance with its teaching.” He added: “This means there is such a phenomenon as a lack of serious and thoughtful consideration of the fact that they belong to the Christian Church. They even agree to … [Read more...]