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 … [Read more...]

Dylan Pahman – Orthodoxy and Natural Law: A Reappraisal

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Source: Acton Blog | Dylan Pahman At Ethika Politika today, I examine the recent critique by David Bentley Hart in the most recent issue of First Things of the use of natural law in public discourse in my article, “Natural Law, Public Policy, and the Uncanny Voice of Conscience.” Ultimately, I offer a measured critique—somewhat agreeing with, but mostly critical of Hart’s position—pointing … [Read more...]

Dr. Alexis Torrance: The Concept of a Person in Modern Orthodox Theology [VIDEO]

Dr. Alexis Torrence

Source: Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary | HT: Pravoslavie.ru On Thursday, March 14, 2013, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary hosted a lecture on the concept of the person in Orthodox theology, presented by Alexis Torrance, D.Phil. (Oxon.), a patristics scholar and the author of a recent book "Repentance in Late Antiquity: Eastern Asceticism and the Framing of Christian Life" (Oxford University … [Read more...]

Wesley Pruden: The Puzzling Papacy of Pope Francis

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Source: The Washington Times The new pope is a puzzle to nearly everybody, particularly to the politicians, pundits and other know-it-alls. He looks and sounds like a remnant of a previous time, thrown up in the squalid swamp of a trashy and superficial age. He’s not at all hip and “with it.” He’s not interested in “moving forward,” as in the current cliche. He projects humility and kindness … [Read more...]

Eric Metaxas: Religious Freedom is Under Threat. CPAC Speech on March 16, 2013.

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Once the State arrogates unto itself the moral authority to create relationships not found in nature, it stakes the claim that only the State can determine what is morally licit. At that point Christian beliefs and morals oppose the State and the Christian may be seen as an enemy. Source: ericmetaxas.com Highlights: Jefferson and the Founders...knew that the State was always tempted to … [Read more...]

Dylan Pahman – Natural Law, Public Policy, and the Uncanny Voice of Conscience: An Orthodox Response to David Bentley Hart

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Source: Ehtika Politika | In his recent First Things article, “Is, Ought, and Nature’s Laws,” David Bentley Hart puts forth a formidable and subtle critique of the use, “by certain self-described Thomists,” of the natural law tradition in public discourse. While Hart does not deny “a harmony between cosmic and moral order,” he takes issue when … [Read more...]

The Colloquium and Pope Francis

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Several weeks ago I spent a weekend with Catholic and Orthodox scholars in a colloquium titled "Liberty, Society, and the Economy in Modern Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Thought." I am a parish priest, not an academic, which means I approach the big questions from what I call a "rubber meets the road" perspective. I start with the problem or issue that I am thrust into and work out from … [Read more...]

Is America Becoming Europe?

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Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European Future Across the Atlantic, Americans see European economies faltering under enormous debt, overburdened welfare states, governments controlling close to fifty percent of the economy, high taxation, heavily regulated labor markets, aging populations, and large numbers of public sector workers. They also see a … [Read more...]

Catholic Online: An Orthodox Priest Reflects on the Retirement of Pope Benedict XVI

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Catholic Online published an essay I wrote on the abdication of Pope Benedict. Source: Catholic Online | By Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse NAPLES, FL. (Catholic Online) – Like almost everyone, the resignation of Pope Benedict came as a shock to Orthodox believers. Those of us who have watched Pope Benedict and his predecessor Pope John Paul II work to lessen the estrangement between the … [Read more...]

Fr. Andrew Damick – A Conversion Story: Leaving Westboro Baptist

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Source: Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy | By Fr. Andrew Damick (KWCH Eyewitness News) They’re known worldwide as the group from Kansas that protests at soldiers’ funerals, and says God hates America because it allows homosexuality. Now, Westboro Baptist Church is reacting to the defection of a key member. “She just decided she did not want to obey God,” spokesman Steve Drain says. “She did not … [Read more...]

The Super Bowl and Morality

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- Source: Fr. Peter Preble Blog | By Fr. Peter Preble In my last post, I wrote about my favorite commercial from the Super Bowl, And God Made a Farmer. However, there were some pretty disturbing commercials as well as the entire half time show that I think needs to be addressed. Now I realize that each generation moves along a spectrum, and the previous generation does not always … [Read more...]

Acton Blog: Dunn, Oikonomia, and Assault Weapons: Misappropriating a Principle?

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For better or for worse (probably better) discussion of Orthodox teaching to cultural issues and every day life takes place more often on public blogs than anywhere else. Some critics deride the development of a virtual public square but how does it differ from essays written on paper except that delivery is faster? Moreover, the quality of the writing is often good and sometimes excellent. … [Read more...]

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