October 25, 2014

Death Warrant of Ancient Christianity

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If American liberals and neo-cons get their way and America invades Syria, the Syrian Christians will be persecuted and forced out of their ancient homeland. Source: Real Clear Politics | Philip Jenkins Ever since the wave of popular movements started sweeping the Middle East, Western media have rarely found much good to say about the authoritarian regimes under attack. Few observers … [Read more...]

WRR Dallas: Interview with Met. Hilarion, Meets Former President George Bush

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WRR Classical 101.1 in Dallas interviewed Met. Hilarion the afternoon before his concert. In the interview he discusses how he composes the music, his 20 year hiatus from composition, and more. It's an engaging interview that reveals some of the personal side of Met. Hilarion. Earlier that day Met. Hilarion met with former President George Bush. Source: mospat.ru. HT: Byzantine, TX. On … [Read more...]

Sporadic postings this week

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I'm flying to Phoenix, Arizona in about four hours to give a retreat on culture and the Church later this week to the Arizona Orthodox clergy. Updates will be sporadic and I will check in when I can. I'll turn the presentation into a paper and post it when I get back. 11:03 am. Sitting in RSW (Fort Myers) waiting for my plane to leave in an hour. I always appreciate small favors. A couple of … [Read more...]

George Michalopulos launches “Monomakhos”

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George Michalopulos, author and frequent contributor to AOI just launched the Monomakhos blog (it means one who fights alone) with this theme in mind: Enough of the ethic stagnation and Ruritanian triumphalism. It’s time for our bishops to get on the stick and stop playing games. This country’s too great to let us watch it continue its downward slide. Christianity conquered the Roman Empire … [Read more...]

“Get Religion” now on Facebook

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Pope Shenouda calls for freedom of worship

H/T: St. Andrew House Discussion Forum "And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" Rev. 6:10 "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." Rev. 7:17 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church of Cleveland, Ohio, USA calls on all Coptic Orthodox … [Read more...]

A Thought Experiment

Let me offer you a thought experiment. Yesterday on the Orthodox Church in America's website there was an interesting press release recounting a "discussion between members of the Holy Synod of Bishops [of the OCA] and a number of congressmen during a late-January 2010 meeting in the US capital" (OCA Holy Synod members share human rights concerns with US congressmen). The meeting addressed, … [Read more...]

Orphangate reopened?

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H/T: Orthodox Beacon The Orthodox Beacon quotes the National Herald: BOSTON  — The Executive Committee of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, in a letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew dated January 15, demanded that the Patriarch reprimand Metropolitan Theoleptos of Iconium for his letter castigating Archbishop Demetrios for his refusal to help the … [Read more...]

New Year’s doesn’t do much for me but this is cool…

Fireworks over St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin

H/T Byzantine Tx (an excellent blog, BTW) I'm not much of a New Year's fan (just can't get my head around celebrating a new year) but it sure makes for some nice pictures. Oh yes, Happy New Year (that part I get)! … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: ‘Patriarchate is dying’

’We cannot breathe, the Patriarchate is dying,’ says patriarch ASLI AYDINTAŞBAŞ ISTANBUL - Milliyet Thursday, December 24, 2009 Following criticism of his controversial statement to a U.S. television network describing his community’s problems, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew says his comments were emphasized, but the serious problem of opening Halki seminary needs to be … [Read more...]

Wave of Clergy Killings in Russia

Source: Voice of America Peter Fedynsky | Moscow 23 December 2009 The second murder of a Russian priest in as many months has prompted a call by the Orthodox Church for Russians to think about their country's spiritual and moral condition. The killings follow more violence this year directed against Muslim clerics in Russia's troubled Caucasus region. Tuesday's shooting death of … [Read more...]

Report: Phanar backtracks on crucifixion remark

From Today's Zaman (Dec. 24). No statement yet on the Patriarchate's site. The patriarchate’s statement said: “There are similar idioms in all languages, and they are not evaluated in their narrow meanings but in their broad sense in that language. While answering questions in that regard, the patriarch obviously did not intend to imply any pressure from our government.” The statement also … [Read more...]