How the Faith was Lost in the Church of England

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Source: Virtue Online | Alan Marsh When the Church becomes a fixed part of the local landscape, it ceases to preach repentance and conversion, and instead "reaches out" with social programs Mainstream churches, Catholic, Anglican and most of the Protestants have allowed themselves to become too closely identified with the surrounding society - even if not formally "Established" they are … [Read more...]

Pat. Bartholomew: Christmas Enyclical Affirms Unborn Life and Traditional Marriage

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In what can only be termed as a remarkable shift in tone and emphasis, Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew soundly defends the sanctity of unborn life in his recent Christmas Encyclical. His Holiness writes: The Lord assumed and sanctified all of human nature. The pre-eternal God condescended to become for us an embryo and be borne inside the womb of the Theotokos. In so doing, He both … [Read more...]

Socrates in the City: Eric Metaxas interviews Dr. Stephen Meyer on Intelligent Design [VIDEO]

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Darwin, the scientific method, Danny DeVito, and Cher all manage to find a place in this mind-boggling and entertaining conversation between Eric Metaxas and Stephen Meyer, at the Union League Club in New York City on September 12, 2013. It's things like this that make me wish I lived in New York. Many thanks to Socrates in the City for making this available on video. To skip intro start at … [Read more...]

A Miracle by Elder Paisios

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I held off talking about this miracle by Elder Paisios publicly until the miracle was complete, which it nearly is. I was asked to write an account of the miracle to be included in the papers sent to the Ecumenical Patriarchate where a decision will be made soon on the canonization of Elder Paisios as a Saint. I offer it here for the glory of God and the edification of the reader. December … [Read more...]

Is Religious Freedom in Peril?

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Last night syndicated columnist Terry Mattingly and myself (Fr. Hans Jacobse) discussed where religious freedom in America was under assault. The discussion was, I believe, informative. I was very impressed with Mattingly's comprehensive knowledge and analysis of the legal challenges concerning religious liberty. The discussion focused on the moral issues, particularly gay rights, as the locus of … [Read more...]

Patriarch John X Speaks on the Abducted Nuns of Maaloula, Syria

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Source: Antiochian Archdiocese His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, issued the following remarks on December 5, 2013 at a press conference in Balamand, Lebanon: Amidst the calamities besetting Syria and the bloodshed afflicting our people and amidst the uncertainty that still surrounds the fate of our metropolitans Boulos and Youhanna in Aleppo, it is with deep pain … [Read more...]

Dylan Pahman: Climate Change, the Green Patriarch, and the Disposition of Fear

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Source: Acton Powerblog | Dylan Pahman Today at First Things’ On the Square feature, I question the tone and timing of Patriarch Batholomew’s recent message on climate change. While I do not object to him making a statement about the subject in conjunction with the opening of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, his initial reference, then silence, with regards to Typhoon Haiyan … [Read more...]

Fr. Robert Sirico Broadens the Discussion on Religion, Freedom and Poverty Begun by Pope Francis [VIDEO]

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Fr. Robert Sirico, president and co-founder of the Acton institute which is arguably the most creative think tank on religion and economics in America today, takes a closer look at Pope Francis' recent statements about the world economy. Below is a blog post authored by John Couretas who works at Acton. Source: Acton Institute Power Blog | John Couretas Video: Rev. Robert A. Sirico … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Poverty

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Source: National Review Online | Samuel J. Gregg If there is anyone in the world today who embodies the joy of the Christian Gospel, it is Jorge Mario Bergoglio. And the happiness offered by embracing and living true faith in Christ and His Church (rather than the vapid sentimentalism that often passes for love these days) permeates Pope Francis’s new (and rather long) “apostolic exhortation,” … [Read more...]

What George Washington Shows Us In His First Thanksgiving Proclamation

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In 1789 both the House and Senate called on newly elected President George Washington to issue a proclamation of thanksgiving to God for His protection and blessing on their fledgling nation. The proclamation is a call to prayer for both nation and people, for it understood that a virtuous nation could not be maintained without virtuous people. The exhortations to repentance and duty in both … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion: The Voice of the Church Must Be Prophetic

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Source: World Council of Churches Address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk,Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate,At the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches Busan, the Republic of Korea, 1 November 2013 Your Holinesses and Beatitudes, Your Eminences and Graces, dear brothers and sisters, esteemed delegates of the Assembly, The … [Read more...]

Limited Time Free eBook Offer: An Orthodox Christian Perspective on Environmentalism

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Source: Acton Institute Beginning today, Acton is offering its first monograph on Eastern Orthodox Christian social thought at no cost through Amazon Kindle. Through Tues., Nov. 12, you can get your free digital copy of Creation and the Heart of Man: An Orthodox Christian Perspective on Environmentalism (Acton Institute, 2013). The print edition, which runs 91 pages, will be available later … [Read more...]

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