Quote from Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand-fold in the future." … [Read more...]

America’s Penance?

Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said … [Read more...]

Report: Greek Orthodox bishops in U.S. may take Turkish citizenship

national-herald

Theodore Kalmoukos of the National Herald is reporting that "the government of Turkey seems to be willing to grant Turkish citizenship to all those hierarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate who serve outside of Turkey. Turkish citizenship will allow them to freely participate in all the administrative activities of the Patriarchate including the right to be candidates for the Ecumenical Throne when … [Read more...]

Knocking Human Beings Off the Pedestal of Exceptionalism

Occasional commentator to AOI blog and human rights activist Wesley J. Smith warns in a recent article that, "society’s belief in the unique moral value and importance of human life is under unprecedented assault...Most people still believe in human exceptionalism and are unaware that powerful social and cultural forces are working diligently to dismantle the sanctity of life ethic as the … [Read more...]

OCL Fall Annual Meeting Calls for Reasonable and Prayerful Involvement of Clergy, Laity and Hierarchy in the process of Creating a Unified Orthodox Church in North America

Participating Hierarchs including (L to R): Bishop Melchisedek, Diocese of Pittsburgh, Bishop Thomas, Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and Mid Atlantic, His Beatitude Jonah  Metropolitan of All America and Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit.

Press Release Orthodox Christian Laity November 7, 2009 Contact: George Matsoukas – 877-585-0245 The end result of the 22nd Annual Meeting of Orthodox Christian Laity held at Ligonier, PA , October 28-31, 2009, including board meeting and program meeting, is that the work of creating a Unified Orthodox Christian Church in North America requires the time, talent and skills of hierarchy, … [Read more...]

Boldness or Irrelevance?

Dr. John Mark Reynolds

John Mark Reynolds at the Scriptorium: There is a boldness that should come with the a commitment to Christ. When the Green Patriarch (Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew) goes to a university ridden with the problems of our age and only tells them the parts of the Christian faith with which they are likely to agree, we are troubled by it. We hope he did not wimp out to curry political favor … [Read more...]

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM2qq5J5A1s[/youtube] Twenty years ago today. The following is from "The Origin of Russian Communism" by Nicholas Berdyaev (published by Geoffrey Bles, 1937): Marxism is not only a doctrine of historical and economic materialism, concerned with the complete dependence of man on economics, it is also a doctrine of deliverance, of the messianic … [Read more...]

Archbishop Hilarion speaks out against euthanasia

Bp. Hilarion interviewed on Russian TV

H/T: Byzantine, TX (mospat.ru) - On 7 November 2009, the Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk took part in “The Church and the World” TV Programme and answered questions on health care. He commented on the news of the Swiss authorities’ intention to tighten the legislation allowing euthanasia in the … [Read more...]

Response to the Patriarchal Address

While the Patriarchal address has much to commend it, the leveling of ideas it exhibits is troubling. The essay below was originally written as a comment, but I posting it here for comment and analysis. Frankly, the ideas in this speech are muddled. It sounds like it an American wrote it who has only a cursory understanding of the history of ideas. For instance, while the examples citing … [Read more...]

Green Patriarch’s priorities in Washington

Fox News contributing editor Mike Emanuel catches up with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew after his Nov. 3 meeting with President Obama: ... I asked His All Holiness about his priorities during his time here in Washington, and he said meeting with the highest representatives of the Obama administration is part of that -- noting that he just met with Mr. Obama, he'll meet with Vice … [Read more...]

VOA: Green Patriarch Brings Environmentalism to U.S. Capital

From Voice of America: Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of close to 300 million Orthodox Christians around the world, recently visited Washington, D.C. to speak about environmental issues. The Patriarch met with U.S. leaders to encourage them to push for environmental initiatives. VOA's Elizabeth Lee has the details. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT3pN48GNDE[/youtube] … [Read more...]

Russian monasticism and the legacy of Communism

The Zenit news service interviews Fr. Peter Mescerinov, vice-director of the Center for the Spiritual Formation of Children and Adolescents of the Moscow Patriarchate, about the "new and enduring challenges of Russian monasticism." ZENIT: What is the reality of these [monastic] communities today? Father Mescerinov: The principal tragedy of our ecclesial life today is the absolute lack … [Read more...]

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