Met. Jonah: Asceticism and the Consumer Society

His Beatitude's remarks were delivered at the Acton University plenary session on Thursday, June 16, in Grand Rapids, Mich. AU is a "four-day exploration of the intellectual foundations of a free society" with the aim of deepening students' knowledge of philosophy, Christian theology and "sound economics." This year's event attracted more than 600 people from 70 countries across a broadly … [Read more...]

Mattingly: Orthodox Bridge to the Evangelical World

Source: The Republic | Terry Mattingly As point man for Russian Orthodox relations with other faith groups, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev is used to talking shop with Catholics, Anglicans, leaders in older brands of Protestantism and other world religions. These duties have long been part of his job description. Meeting with leaders from the world's booming evangelical and Pentecostal … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah: Do Not Resent, Do Not React, Keep Inner Stillness

Wisdom from the experience of a true pastor. The piece is a bit long but once you start you will want to complete because it covers matters of the heart that all serious Christians struggle with. When I was in seminary I had the great blessing of becoming the spiritual son of a Greek bishop, Bishop Kallistos of Xelon. He ended his life as the bishop of Denver of the Greek Archdiocese. … [Read more...]

Shades of Grey: The Record of Archbishop Stepinac

As a long-time upholder of friendship and alliance between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditionalists, I am disheartened by Pope Benedict XVI’s uncritical portrayal of Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac (1898-1960) as a saintly figure during his visit to Croatia earlier this week. In a homily at the Zagreb Cathedral the Pontiff called Stepinac “a fearless pastor and an example of … [Read more...]

Pat. Kyrill Endorses Moscow Demographic Summit, June 29-30, 2011

Finally we have a Patriarch addresses the threat of demographic implosion in the West, supports the strengthening of families, and is pro-life. The Catholic Church, to their credit, have been very consistent on these issues for years. We have Orthodox leaders who hold and support these important values, but when an Orthodox Patriarch is a clear at Pat. Kyrill is in his letter below, we can take … [Read more...]