Pdn. Patrick Mitchell: Gay Christians? The Grave Danger Coming Out Poses to Christian Churches

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Deacon Patrick Mitchell writes in the most recent issue of Touchstone Magazine that the "coming out" as "gay and Christian" creates an intractable problem for churches. "Gay and Christian" advocates argue are no longer mutually exclusive terms. This is a complex issue but it boils down to this: Is same-sex attraction a breakage of sorts within the human person, or is it a a fixed state of … [Read more...]

Take the Survey from the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops

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Alexei D. Krindatch, the Research Coordinator for the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has launched a national study called "Exploring Orthodox Generosity: Giving in US Orthodox Parishes." He has asked me to bring it to your attention. Both Orthodox clergy and laity are invited to take part in this unique project. The study is being conducted as an … [Read more...]

Assembly Delegation to Participate in March for Life

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will send a delegation to the annual March for Life, Thursday, January 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. The date marks the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Metropolitan Methodios will lead the delegation. He will be joined by Metropolitan Tikhon, … [Read more...]

A Scar is Not a Wound

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When we suffer wounds, especially traumatic wounds (fired from a job, a divorce, loss of a loved one, abuse, etc.) God can bring healing. Healing takes time and often the most healing comes through others who have suffered the same kind of wounding. Wounding changes us however. It leaves scars. But scars are not wounds. Scars are what remain when the wounds heal. Don't pick at the … [Read more...]

Can You Help a Priest in Need?

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It's unfortunate but true: Sometimes priests are treated unfairly and the results can be financially catastrophic. A friend of mine, a solid priest with a great track record and no hint of scandal, untoward behavior or anything else that warrants the kind of treatment he is receiving, is undergoing some grave difficulty at the moment. I want to raise $1,000 to help him through his current … [Read more...]

Arrested Development: The Destruction Of Masculinity In A Pornified Culture

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In my experience the following paragraph from the essay below describes the social world of young men that is accurate and true. I see it as a social crisis of the first order. Pornography imposes personal and social costs we are only beginning to comprehend. I see this time and again when I deal with young men trying to learn how to become men. Underlying these costs is the broader argument … [Read more...]

St. Basil the Great and Christian Philanthropy

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By John G. Panagiotou Many things are said and written about the great Cappodocian Father of the 4th century St. Basil the Great of Caesarea. In Basil the Great, we find the consummate theologian, liturgical scholar, ascetic and evangelist of the Faith. Too often, however, one more aspect of Basil is left overlooked and that is Basil as the first great Christian philanthropist. It is with this … [Read more...]

An Exchange on Homosexuality and Culture

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In a comment on the Monomakhos blog, I offered this prediction: The romance with homosexualism can only last for so long -- five years tops and we are in year one. In another two years public doubts will start to surface. In year four those doubts will start shaping into a consensus. In year five the waters of this tsunami will start to recede. Why do I say this? Because nothing in the … [Read more...]

Fr. Lawrence Farley: Is the LGBT a New Reality?

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Source: No Other Foundation By Fr. Lawrence Farley The battle between those who condemn homosexual activity as sinful and those who celebrate it as a valid alternative is heating up, and the sound of its fury is shaking the walls and rattling the windows even of the Orthodox Church.   It’s like Dylan prophesied long ago: the times they are a’changin.   And though our … [Read more...]

Dr. Clark Carlton: Understanding the Modern and Post-Modern Mind [AUDIO]

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The ideas that shape Fr. Robert Arida's argument that the Orthodox Church should offer moral parity to homosexual pairings did not arise with him. He draws from a well that has been dug by others even though he does not acknowledge (or might not be aware) of it. To understand more fully why Fr. Arida and his supporters think the way they do, and why their ideas sound so reasonable and even … [Read more...]

Texas Orthodox Clergy Deliver Stinging Rebuke to Fr. Arida and Enablers

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Statement of the Brotherhood of the Orthodox Clergy Association of Houston and Southeast Texas on the Comments of Fr. Robert Arida on Homosexuality Published on Monomakhos Source: Orthodox Houston In response to Fr. Robert Arida’s recent article, which was posted on the OCA’s Wonder blog, there have been many eloquent rebuttals. We do not wish to attempt to reproduce those critiques … [Read more...]

Fr. Robert Arida: Why Don’t You Become Episcopalian?

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This essay responds to Fr. Robert Arida's essay "Never Changing Gospel; Ever Changing Culture" NOTE: Due to an outpouring of criticism, the OCA was forced to retract Arida's article. You can read it on the WayBack Machine (internet archives). By Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse A great many of those who 'debunk' traditional...values have in the background values of their own which they believe … [Read more...]

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