July 22, 2014

Terry Mattingly: Did ‘The’ Leader of the Orthodox Attend the Rome Rites? [VIDEO]

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Source: Patheos | Terry Mattingly So, let’s assume that you are a Catholic leader and you pick up your morning newspaper and it contains a story in which Pope Francis is described as “a leader” of the world’s Catholic Christians. What would you think? Is the phrase “a leader” — implying one among many equals — an accurate way to describe the unique, singular, authoritative role played in global Catholicism by the occupant of St. Peter’s throne? The answer, of course, is “no.” So, let’s assume that you are an Anglican Christian, perhaps a leader in one of the rapidly growing churches of Africa, and you pick up your paper and it contains a story in which the Archbishop of Canterbury is described as “the leader of the world’s Anglican Christians.” Note the singular nature of the word “the.” What would you think? Is the phrase “the leader” — implying a … [Read more...]

Bartholomew I: “Peace is a Matter of Choice”

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This is sure to warm the heart of religious liberals who are always on prowl looking for new ways to establish their righteousness. Global warming is disintegrating like the Death Star penetrated by Luke Skywalker's missile and another cause has to be found quick. Maybe they can dust off the 'peacemaker' jargon. It has a relatively short shelf-life (except when conservatives are in power) but the recycling potential is tremendous. I mean no disrespect to the WCC, but hearing the same old cant from the same old boomers is like listening to a car alarm that won't shut off. Why is the Ecumenical Patriarch buying into it? It carries no moral weight or real cultural import. No one is for war. But it is foolish to think that the WCC will have any bearing on war or peace whatsoever. No one apart from their fellow-travelers takes them seriously. And why should they? Nothing about them ever changes. In an encyclical letter intended to be read in congregations of the Church of … [Read more...]

Patriarch of Constantinople´s New Encyclical Defends Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue

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The Catholic take on +Bartholomew's Sunday of Orthodoxy encyclical. Caveat: I am a columnist for Catholic Online. ISTANBUL, Turkey, (CNA Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople´s newest encyclical encourages dialogue between the Orthodox Church and other Christian churches and laments those who are "unacceptably fanatical" in challenging such dialogue. He specifically condemned the false rumors spread about Catholic-Orthodox dialogue. Patriarch Bartholomew´s patriarchal and synodal encyclical was dated Feb. 21, Orthodoxy Sunday, when the Orthodox Church celebrates the defeat of the iconoclastic heresy. His letter began by noting the failure of those who tried to suppress, silence or falsify the Orthodox Church. He said that the Ecumenical Patriarchate cares about "protecting and establishing" the unity of the Orthodox Church in order that the Orthodox Christian faith may be confessed "with one voice and in one heart." Orthodoxy, he said, must be promoted with humility … [Read more...]

Former Archbishop Spyridon Breaks A Long Silence

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by Theodore Kalmoukos, The National Herald H/T Orthodox News BOSTON - In his first interview with The National Herald since his resignation ten years ago, former Archbishop Spyridon of America said he believes that “the creation of metropolises inevitably diminishes the Archbishop’s role and by definition undermines the necessary unity of the homogeneous body of Greek Americans.” The former prelate reveals that he did not seek on his own to become Archbishop of America but he was actually drafted. He said that, “I personally did not seek such election and that I was indeed directed to accept the appointment. The way I assess things today is that my ministry was meant to be temporary and served the ulterior design of those in charge at the Phanar.” The former Archbishop has not visited the Ecumenical Patriarchate since his departure from the Archiepiscopal throne of America and he does not intend to do so. He came to Boston and officiated at … [Read more...]