September 20, 2014

Orthodox Christians Respond to LGBT Protest With Joint Prayer of Clergy and Laity

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The Patriarchal Parishes in the USA and the Russian Church Abroad View pictures of the protest. Source: Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Clergymen and laity of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia responded to an LGBT protest with joint prayers. On Sunday, August 25, 2013, a protest was held before St Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in San … [Read more...]

After the Desert: A Faithful Catholic’s Reflection on Same-Sex Attraction

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Steve Gershom (a pseudonym), the author of the following essay, is a faithful Catholic who has abandoned the homosexual life-style. Gershom affirms many points made earlier on the AOI Observer: the term gay, or even homosexual describes behavior and should never be construed ontologically, as a constituent of self-identity; homosexual actions are always sinful; the life of celibacy is not to be … [Read more...]

Frederica Mathewes-Green: Gay Rights [AUDIO]

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Frederica's podcast does not offer the definitive answer on homosexuality, but it is laced with the graciousness, compassion, and fidelity to Orthodox teaching that has become her hallmark over the years. It's worth a listen, even if only as a reminder that good people struggle with same-sex attraction who don't adopt the ideological rigidity of the activist and others who insist on a moral parity … [Read more...]

Fr. Gregory Jenson: Conscience and the Christian Life of Virtue

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If you are not a regular reader of Fr. Gregory Jensen's blog Koinonia, bookmark, subscribe, or run down to your nearest internet cafe now! Seriously, Fr. Jensen offers some of the most cogent reflections on the Christian life (drawing deep from the Orthodox moral tradition) of any internet commentator that I know. "As iron sharpens iron, so sharpens a man the countenance of his friend" the … [Read more...]

Did Presbyterian Church USA Decline Start With “Dialogue”?

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Does this sound familiar? Quoting Alan F.H. Wisdom, Adjunct Fellow of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD): “Progressive leaders have expressed their hope that the church could remain united, that people would not leave. They say that they want to have the contributions and involvement of more conservative Presbyterians in the denomination,” he explained. “However, … [Read more...]

Albert Mohler: Evangelicals and the Gay Moral Revolution

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In the essay below, Dr. Mohler is speaking to an Evangelical Christian readership but many of his observations apply to all Christians. The normalization of homosexual behavior is a moral revolution Mohler writes and not one that Christians can join and remain faithful to their Christian faith. He's right about that. There will be pressure to adopt to this new morality as well. We even see it … [Read more...]

An Insider’s View of the Collapse of the PCUSA

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This quote reflects Calvinist theology, but the moral point the author makes is applicable to all Christian communions: "On the surface, it is not obvious how affirming and defending the imputation of Christ’s righteousness adds weight to ordaining only candidates who affirm and try to live by biblical standards of morality. But just as New York City experimented with the policy described … [Read more...]

Chaplains in no-win situation on ‘don’t ask’

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From the article: Confronted with such a dim future, many chaplains might retire early, resign their commissions in protest, or decline to serve in the first place. More drastically, the bishops, boards or other religious judicatories whose approval is indispensable for clergy to be commissioned as officers might withdraw their official endorsements and pull their chaplains from military … [Read more...]

MINNEAPOLIS: Presbyterian gay measures criticized by visiting (Orthodox) priest

HT: Virtue Online July 09, 2010 An Orthodox Church theologian who was invited to greet the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has criticized its approval of non-celibate gay and lesbian clergy. The Reverend Siarhei Hardun of Belarus said that vote and efforts to approve gay marriage looked to him like an attempt to "invent a new religion -- a sort of modern … [Read more...]

Freedom of religion devolves to an “anorexic freedom of worship”

Chuck Colson sounds the alarm about a shift in US policy first noticed by The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom in its 2010 annual report. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton replaced the term "freedom of religion" with "freedom of worship" in a December, 2009 speech at Georgetown University. President Obama first used "freedom of worship" while remarking on the Ft. Hood shooting … [Read more...]

Church has right to bring Gospel values to public debate, pope says

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholic teaching and the truths of the Gospel have a right to be heard in public debate, especially in a country where so many people claim to be Christian, Pope Benedict XVI told the bishops of England and Wales. However, the church must recognize dissent within its own ranks and not accept it as being part of a balanced discussion, he said Feb. … [Read more...]