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

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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...]

Orthodox Worried Over ‘No Crucifixes’ Ruling

Update (Nov. 17): Italian Mayors Order Crucifixes Put in Classrooms in Revolt against European Court Ruling. Polish president and Greek Orthodox Church also hit out at decision against crucifixes in classrooms (Source: LifeSiteNews.com) ------- From the Zenit news service: ATHENS, Greece, NOV. 16, 2009 -- The leader of the Greek Orthodox Church is ready to convoke an extraordinary synod to … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sums up visit with Greek ‘diaspora’ in America

Turkey, Nov. 10, 2009 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew referred to the great progress made by the Greek Diaspora in statements he made upon his return from a two-week visit to the United States. Addressing the faithful in the Church of the Taxiarchs in Bosporus, the Ecumenical Patriarch stated that the progress achieved by the Greek Community, its dedication to the Mother Church and the … [Read more...]

The Greatest Scandal

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Occasional commentator David Holford writes on his blog Solomon Hezekiah about the voting record of Orthodox Christians on abortion-related legislation and is rightfully appalled. The only elected official at the federal level who has not sided with the culture of death is Rep. Gus Bilirakis, a Republican from the 9th District of Florida. (See his video and statement here opposing the government … [Read more...]

Serbia’s Patriarch Pavle (1914-2009)

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BELGRADE (Reuters) - Patriarch Pavle, who headed the Serbian Orthodox Church during the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s as Serbs warred with neighbors of other faiths, died on Sunday, a top church official said. Pavle, 95, died at a special apartment in Belgrade's Military Hospital where he had been treated since 2007 for various ailments, Bishop Amfilohije, the acting head of the church's … [Read more...]

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