July 23, 2014

Fr. Gerald Murray: Homily at the Funeral of Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D.

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I first heard Dr. Bernard Nathanson speak over 25 years ago. I was very young and had just read his book "Aborting America." There were probably not more than twenty people crowded into a room to hear this man who was one of the three founding members of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) describe the massive public relations campaign they undertook, successfully as it turned out, to overturn the cultural attitudes against abortion. All the shibboleths of the pro-choice cause, from the count of women who died from illegal abortions (the number was pulled out of thin air, Nathanson wrote), to the argument that the opposition to abortion is a "religious" issue came out of their early meetings. Nathason wrote that he had performed over 75,000 abortions when doubts began to surface about whether or not the fetus (Latin: little one) was indeed an inert clump of cells. Neo-natal medicine was advancing at the time and Nathanson, when taking a hard look at life in the womb, … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Hilarion: Christianity is a religion of the people of spirit

Many ask: what does it mean to be a Christian? This is what we read in the 3d century manuscript known as ‘A Letter to Diognetus’ and ascribed to St. Justin the Martyr: ‘there is something extraordinary about their lives. They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through. They play their full role as citizens, but labor under all the disabilities of aliens. Any country can be their homeland, but for them their homeland, wherever it may be, is a foreign country… To speak in general terms, the Christian is to the world what the soul is to the body’. These words speak to us about the self-determination of the early Christian community. In spite of the fact that many centuries have elapsed since this letter was written, its words in fact concern each of us. We really live in our own country, while wearing the same clothes, other people do and speak in the same language as those around us, but we are called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios Visits ROCOR

Metropolitan Hilarion (left) and Archbishop Demetrios

Greek Orthodox Archbishop Demetrios pays a visit to ROCOR's Metropolitan Hilarion, the first visit of a Greek primate in four decades. The Metropolitan greeted the Archbishop as the "Chief Orthodox Archpastor of America and the Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate." [ROCOR release] Archbishop Demetrios, Head of the Greek Archdiocese in North America, Visits the Synod of Bishops On May 5, 2009, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Head of the Greek Archdiocese in North America, visited the residence of the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia at the Synodal building in New York. Venerating the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God, Archbishop Demetrios proceeded to the altar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign, where he venerated the altar table. His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, then greeted His Eminence and presented him with a gift of an icon of the Mother of God of Vladimir, … [Read more...]