October 25, 2014

Metropolitan Jonah at the American Enterprise Institute, December 6, 2011 [Video]

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Below is the video of Metropolitan Jonah's talk at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) held on December 6, 2011. The event was introduced by Eric Teetsel of AEI, and Fr. Gregory Jenson introduced Met. Jonah. The title of the talk was "Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems: Faith in a Consumerist Society" with a The following post event description was provided by AEI: Many Christians struggle to balance … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Jonah to speak at the American Enterprise Institute on Faith in a Consumerist Society on December 6, 2011

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The average American income is 10 percent greater today than 30 years ago, yet the debt burden of American households has more than doubled over the same time period. How should a person of faith deal with the pressures of a consumer society? At what point does materialism begin to corrupt? How does our faith influence our pursuit of material prosperity? In a keynote address, the Orthodox … [Read more...]

Orthodox Silence on the “Conscience Clause”

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Most people were probably not aware that there was a fierce battle raging between the Catholic Church and the Obama administration over the "conscience clause," a Bush-era piece of legislation that exempted medical professionals and religious institutions (primarily Catholic hospitals and schools) from dispensing birth control pills to children, performing abortions, and other morally … [Read more...]

Orthodox and Catholics Face the Same Challenges

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Making common cause against secularism and other maladies of the modern era with the Catholic Church is a wise course. The Russian Orthodox Church approves (see my articles on Catholic Online). But how will Constantinople respond? Below is a press release where Pope Benedict sounds the same theme in a message to Pat. Bartholomew of Constantinople. It will be interesting to see what … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah to Headline “Towards an American Orthodox Church Symposium”

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This looks very good. St. Cyril of Jerusalem Orthodox Christian Church P. O. Box 133234 The Woodlands, TX 77393-3234 Driving directions to St. Cyril Orthodox Church. Friday, December 2, 2011 8:00 am  -  8:45 am  Continental Breakfast 8:45 am  -  9:00 am  Morning Prayers & Welcome 9:00 am  -  9:15 am Opening … [Read more...]

WND: Bonhoeffer in Harlem

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When I attended seminary over 20 years ago, one of my favorite activities was the inter-seminary dialogues. Once a month about seven or eight of us would drive down to Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan to meet up with Jewish rabbinical students and seminarians from Union Theological Seminary (Protestant) and St. Joseph's (Catholic). You'd think the gathering would spark some lively and … [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...]

Church that Held the 7th Ecumenical Council at Nicea to be Turned into Mosque

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Source: Vatican Insider Hagia Sophia in Nicea, where the Seventh Ecumenical Council was held in 787, is about to be declared a mosque by the Turkish authorities. As the Turkish press reports, the call to prayer was sung from the Muezzin last Thursday, for the first time since the founding of the Turkish Republish in 1923. The minaret was added to the church in the city that the Turks … [Read more...]

What the Church Can Accomplish [VIDEO]

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+Jonah asked three years ago, where are our hospitals, our soup kitchens, our schools? Indeed, where are they? Below is a video of what a monastery in Russia is accomplishing. If they can do great things, why not us? Starets Mihail started the monastery in 1994 with four brothers. Now, the monastery has 90 monks and they are raising 150 orphan children. Fr. Mihail was an orphan himself … The … [Read more...]

Frank Schaeffer’s Fundamentalist Fakery

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From the article: "Schaeffer’s Orthodox history might be inconvenient to him today because based on the Church’s teachings — sanctity of life, sexuality, marriage, a hyper-patriarchal priesthood — it looks a lot like the dimwitted “Taliban” Christians and “fundamentalists” that Schaeffer spends so much time denouncing of late. Then again, you can hardly go around advertising the fact that you … [Read more...]

With the Rise of Militant Secularism, Rome and Moscow Make Common Cause

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The Acton Institute just published my essay. Source: Acton Institute | Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse The European religious press is abuzz over recent developments in Orthodox – Catholic relations that indicate both Churches are moving closer together. The diplomatic centerpiece of the activity would be a meeting of Pope Benedict and Patriarch Kyrill of the Russian Orthodox Church that was first … [Read more...]

Rod Dreher: It’s Time Bishops Man Up

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Earlier this year, there was a battle-royal raging among the elites of my church, the Orthodox Church in America, over the leadership style of Metropolitan Jonah, the primate. A number of the bishops on the Synod were plotting against him, along with some key and vocal activists associated with the OCA old guard. I involved myself in the defense of Jonah, blogging under a pseudonym to prevent … [Read more...]