A ‘Controversial’ Priest

The Russian Orthodox priest gunned down in his church last week was buried yesterday in Moscow. There has been an intense amount of media coverage of this crime and most of the speculation, by the media and police authorities, centers on a suspected Islamist killer in light of Fr. Daniel Sysoyev's outspoken and aggressive campaign to promote Orthodox Christianity among Muslims and other … [Read more...]

Letters to Metropolitan Gerasimos and Rep. Dina Titus

From the Solomon Hezekiah blog: His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco 245 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94103 Your Eminence As an American member of the Greek Orthodox Church currently living abroad, I was appalled when I learned that a member of your diocese serving in the United State House of Representatives, Dina Titus, publicly … [Read more...]

A pious Patriarch

Patriarch Pavle of Serbia

Slobodan Georgijev takes the measure of the man: ... Pavle was a man with an untainted biography, devoted to the work of the church. As Patriarch, he would travel to work on public transport shunning the luxury trappings and expensive cars that formerly came with the office. “If they drive around in such expensive cars having made a pledge to modesty,” Pavle is reported to have said, “what … [Read more...]

Editorial: Turkey’s ‘Mildly’ Islamist Government

From today's Washington Post. Turkish journalists say that a pall of fear has fallen across their business. Editors practice self-censorship. Many journalists are believed to be among the more than 100,000 people whose phones have been tapped by the government in recent years. Some, including the chief executive of Dogan Yayin, have been swept up in a murky investigation of alleged coup … [Read more...]

Bishop Basil encourages support of the Manhattan Declaration

Bishop Basil of Wichita (AOA)

Dear to Christ: We invite you to join with other Christians across the nation who support the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and religious liberty by endorsing the Manhattan Declaration. Throughout the centuries, God has graciously provided His people with teachers and prophetic voices who apply His word to the critical issues of the day and who lead their hearers to embrace His … [Read more...]

The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience

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At noon today a group of Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant leaders unveiled a document called "The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience" that affirms the traditional Christian teaching concerning abortion, homosexual marriage, and religious freedom. The Declaration asserts that these three issues (sanctity of life, the definition of marriage, and freedom of worship) are under … [Read more...]

The question of European identity

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow

From Pat. Kirill's message to the Conference on the Identity of Values for Europe held on November 19-10, 2009, in Venice. The further existence and fruitful development of the European project depends on a clear answer to the question of the European identity. It is necessary to understand what exactly constitutes the backbone and uniting principle for the numerous peoples living in the … [Read more...]

Funeral Service for Patriarch Pavle

May his memory be eternal. (HT: Rocor United) [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-ybeT_3ocw&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] … [Read more...]

Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

George Michalopulos, occasional contributer (well, a bit more than occasional) to the AOI blog wrote a review of David Bentley Hart's new book "Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies" that is posted on the OrthodoxyToday.org site. Hart takes a close look at the new atheist's arguments and dismantles them one by one, especially the old shibboleths like the … [Read more...]

Funeral service of Patriarch of Serbia Pavle

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Kasper: Anglicans not Uniates

Sandro Magister offers analysis of an interview with Cardinal Kasper in "L'Osservatore Romano" on November 15 in which the cardinal discusses Anglicans heading to Rome and the reaction of the Orthodox. In Cyprus, the news that the Catholic Church is ready to incorporate groups coming from Anglicanism also put the Orthodox on alert. Their fear is that a "Uniate" Church of the Anglican rite will … [Read more...]

A ‘somber’ time for Egypt’s Copts

Christ the Teacher (Coptic icon)

From the Times (UK): The first two months of the Coptic new year have been a somber time for Egypt’s ancient Christian community. The new year fell on the inauspicious date of September 11. And a spate of attacks on this large and downtrodden community by Islamist extremists or villagers giving a religious pretext to petty quarrels have provoked accusations of officially tolerated … [Read more...]

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