October 31, 2014

Metropolitan Hilarion Believes that Western Countries Tend to Dictatorship

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Secularization disguised as democratization released a colossal energy of subordination to power in the European states. Met. Hilarion below affirms a thesis I developed in the essay "Homosexual Marriage at the Dusk of Liberty" where I argue that the legal codification of homosexual "marriage" effectively establishes the State as both the source and judge of human morality. This breathtaking … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Church and State in Russia

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Met. Hilarion of Volokolamsk is the Chairman of the of the Department for External Church Relations Moscow Patriarchate. Key quote: "We remain strongly convinced that the secular nature of the state does not presuppose the ousting of the Church from the public space or her marginalization and placement in a “ghetto”. The Russian Orthodox Church is not only a social institution … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Bishop: Syrian Christians Facing ‘Extermination’

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Over at the Acton Institute blog, John Couretas writes about his recent interview with Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, about increasing Christian persecution around the world. One focus was the mid-east where the Western "Arab Spring" policy has in fact unleashed a torrent of persecution against … [Read more...]

European Civilization – From the Edict of Milan to Christianophobia

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On October 2, 2012, the DECR chairman spoke at the opening of an international reflection-action conference on ‘Spiritual Feat of Sts Constantine and Helen Equal-to-the-Apostles – the Beginning and Triumph of Christendom in Human History’, which took place at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dear Participants and Guests of the Conference, Allow me to greet you on behalf … [Read more...]

Interview with Met. Hilarion on Unity and Primacy in the Orthodox Church [AUDIO]

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I published the article below earlier, but after listening to the recording of the interview, there's a lot more to report. The planning for a Pan-Orthodox Council continues, and one of the benefits is that thorny issues raised in the past such as the granting of autocephaly, the role of the Patriarch of Constantinople in world Orthodoxy and others are finally getting serious attention. Reading … [Read more...]

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...]

Met. Hilarion: The Problem of Religious Intolerance. What Can We Do Together?

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Source: Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church Highlight: At present we are experiencing a new era of persecution against Christians, which some compare to the time of the Roman emperors of the first three centuries. People in problem-free countries know nothing or do not want to know anything about it. Only a handful of public and human rights … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Leader Stands for Principle

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Here we see it unfolding. Orthodox Christianity has much to give the world, and it begins with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and a vigorous defense of biblical teaching through the wisdom and experience of our Orthodox tradition. And the teachings must be clear on the foundational issues that determine whether a culture and people lives or dies: the sanctity of life, marriage and family, sexuality, … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion Alfeyev: Music and Faith in My Life and Vision

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Source: Catholic University of America Talk given February 9, 2011 at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Mr. President, esteemed members of the Academic Senate, professors, teachers, students, dear friends! First of all, permit me to express my profound gratitude for this invitation. It is a great honour for me to be within the walls of the Catholic University of America … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion: Unbelief is Spiritual Blindness

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Source: Russian Orthodox Church, Department of External Church Relations Dear Brothers and Sisters, today we heard during the Gospel Reading the story of how the Lord Jesus Christ healed a blind man who was sitting at roadside, asking for salvation and healing. The Lord said to him, Go, your faith has healed you (Mk. 10:51-52). These words of our Saviour point to the direct relationship … [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...]

Catholics and Orthodox report promising progress in latest round of unity talks

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I was going to post the release below a few days ago but decided against because, well, it had that ring of Constantinopolitan triumphalism to it. I'm jaded by Constantinople's global warming initiative where the full moral force of the Constantinopolitan Patriarchate (as well as the complete administrative resources of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese) was pressed into service on behalf of the … [Read more...]