October 24, 2014

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...]

Pat. Bartholomew: 2011 Patriarchal Proclamation for Pascha

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+ B A R T H O L O M E WBy the Mercy of GodArchbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical PatriarchTo the Plenitude of the Church Grace, Peace and MercyFrom the Savior Christ Risen in Glory Beloved children in the Lord,Once again, in a spirit of joy and peace, we address you with the delightful and hopeful greeting: “Christ is Risen!” The occurrences and events of our time may not seem to … [Read more...]

Patriarch Calls on World to Reject Nuclear Power

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Source: H KAΘHMEPINH Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios has called on the world to reject nuclear energy, following the problems Japan has suffered with its reactors in the wake of Friday’s earthquake. Vartholomaios, who has long campaigned for greater environmental awareness, said the world should turn to renewable energy sources. “We propose the use of green forms of energy, which … [Read more...]

Have GOA Metropolitans become citizens of Turkey?

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In a freewheeling interview with Hurriyet ("Turkey's English Daily") Pat. Bartholomew said (note last sentence): Bartholomew drew particular attention to the seminary problem. “Our generation is gradually becoming extinct, and I have concerns for the future. Where will our ecclesiastics get their education? Moreover, it would be proper to have a Halki Seminary graduate at the top of the … [Read more...]

Gene Robinson joins Center for the American Progress (same outfit Pat. Bartholomew endorsed)

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The Center for the American Progress is the organization that Patriarch Bartholomew endorsed during the Green Patriarch publicity offensive late last year. This George Soros funded institution started out as Hillary Clinton's cabinet in waiting but was converted into a full-time think tank after her loss. Soros is reportedly still the major backer. ++++++++++ “Bishop Robinson will bring his … [Read more...]

More to the Ecumenical Patriarch’s recent encyclical than meets the eye

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As I mentioned last week, I recently became a columnist for Catholic Online. They just posted my latest piece. (They are fast. I submitted it just this afternoon.) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Last week Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew released an encyclical castigating what he called Orthodox “fanatics” who object to Orthodox ecumenical involvement. The encyclical was well received in … [Read more...]

Calls to “Resist Europe’s secularization” made at Taizé youth meeting

The Presbyterian Outlook (ENI) — Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I, a spiritual leader who represents Eastern Orthodox Christianity, has urged young Christians to resist secularization in Europe in a message to an ecumenical meeting that was greeted by global and regional leaders. "After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe no longer recognizes the place for Christianity that history … [Read more...]