Metropolitan Hilarion Blasts Anglicans for Renouncing the Faith

Metropolitan Hilarion

In a recent speech at Villanova University, Met. Hilarion (Alfeyev) of the Russian Orthodox Church said that dialogue between the Orthodox and Anglicans are under threat because of the abandonment of the Christian moral tradition by the Anglican communion. Orthodox and Anglicans find themselves "on different sides of the abyss which separate Christians of a traditional direction and Christians … [Read more...]

Tolerance is Not a Christian Virtue

Roman Catholic Apb. Chaput

- Hang on to your hat folks. The title does not say Christians should be intolerant. It says instead that tolerance is not an end itself but merely an important working principle in moral discourse and inquiry. Below is a summary of the point given by Abp. Chaput of the Roman Catholic Church. It is taken from a recent speech he gave back in 2009. He spoke to a Catholic audience thus the … [Read more...]

The America of 2013


America is in a very deep moral crisis. Source: American Thinker | Steve McCann Americans take great umbrage whenever they, as a society, are portrayed by the residents of other nations as self-centered, avaricious and overbearing. While an egregious exaggeration in the past, is it an accurate description now? Who are the American people today and what sort of country is the United … [Read more...]

Recreation of the Icon by Iconographer Lynette Hull


Re-creation of the Icon: Lynette Hull at TEDxCapeMay 2012 - Recreation and Re-creation" Lynette Hull is an American iconographer trained in the methods of fifteenth century Russian-Byzantine iconology. Since 2002, she has studied under master iconographer Vladislav Adrejev, founder of the Prosopon School of iconology. The Prosopon school, while committed to preserving the creative techniques … [Read more...]

Asceticism and the Free Society

Dylan Pahman

The underlying thesis in the essay below is that 1) man is fundamentally a moral being, and 2) the restoration of culture is fundamentally a moral enterprise. The essay is reproduced by permission of the Acton Institute but note something about that: There is more interest in the Orthodox contribution about the intersections of faith and culture outside of Orthodox circles than within it. What … [Read more...]

“There’s Plenty of Freedom, But Little Truth”: Solzhenitsyn Remembered

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Source: HT: Acton Blog Back when I was a college student I stumbled on Alexander Solzhenitsyn's "Harvard Address" in the library. I read it and knew immediately that Orthodox Christianity contained the spiritual depth I was looking for as a Christian. I had no real idea what Orthodox Christianity was and started reading up on it. I assumed too that Orthodox Churches existed only in … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Christmas


Orthodox Christians need to remain faithful to their traditions. In the Christian tradition of both east and west, the twelve days of Christmas refer to the period from Christmas Day to Theophany. The days leading up to Christmas were for preparation; a practice affirmed in the Orthodox tradition by the Christmas fast that runs from November 15 to Christmas day. The celebration of Christmas did … [Read more...]

Wesley J. Smith Analyzes the Election


Granted, the ideas expressed in Wesley J. Smith's commentary below are preliminary, but the (still to be developed) core of the essay is this: a large part of the last election dealt with cultural shift particularly how we understand of the individual and community. Yet, even formulating the problem in this way is incorrect because strictly speaking the individual does not exist. A person is … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk Congratulates Newly Appointed Archbishop of Canterbury


Below is the letter of congratulations written by Met. Hilarion of Volokolamsk to the Right. Rev. Justimn Welby, the elect Archbishop of Canterbury. The tone is cordial but the warning is inescapable: innovations in the Anglican communion has created a division in fraternal relations between the Anglicans and the Orthodox Church that threatens a permanent estrangement if not reversed. … [Read more...]

100,000 French Protestors Say No to Homosexual Marriage

"Yes to the family, no to homo-folly"

The re-engineering of French society by the ruling Socialist Party hits a speed bump. Thousands march against same-sex marriage bill Source: France 24 Opponents of a bill that would open up civil marriages and adoption to same-sex couples in France marched in the country’s main cities on Saturday to protest what they call a “major and dangerous upheaval”. Protesters took to … [Read more...]

The Orthodox Church – 1923 American Interview with Patriarch Tikhon

Patriarch Tikhon

Source: Alexander Palace Time Machine From "The Light of Russia" by Donald A. Lowrie (From a rare book published by the YMCA in Prague in 1923. Tikhon was murdered by the Communists soon after the book was published. - Bob Atchison) After the decision to restore the Patriarchate, the most important act of the Sobor was the election of the man to fill that office. In the midst of the … [Read more...]

Jacques Berlinerblau: Secular America Wins!


I could go through this article point by point and how how a materialist, non-sacramental worldview shapes how a person sees culture and politics. I am not going to do that. Instead, read through the article to understand how a person committed to radical secularism interprets the Obama victory. It's a revealing and, in its own way, honest article that illustrates the crisis and divide that … [Read more...]