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...]

Remarks by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Secretary of State Clinton

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHpfiMGtDBI[/youtube] Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew tells the Secretary of State that she holds within her "extensive world-view a remarkable comprehension of global political, economic and religious circumstances. In addition to understanding what is power and might, you know as well what is holy and right." ---- Address of Secretary of State … [Read more...]

Remarks by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to V.P. Biden

Remarks and Toast of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Dinner in his Honor Hosted by Vice President Joseph R. Biden at the Residence of the Vice President, Number One Observatory Circle, Direct Archdiocesan District, Washington, November 4, 2009 ----- Mr. Vice President and Dr. Biden, Your Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and Brother Hierarchs, Honored guests and friends, … [Read more...]

As Iron Sharpens Iron: Debating Our Differences

As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Prv 27:17 I am generally encouraged by comments made by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in his recent speech (“A Changeless Faith for A Changing World”) delivered November 3, 2009 at Georgetown University.  Unlike his recent opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, I found his Georgetown speech a clear … [Read more...]

Orthodox-Catholic Consultation Responds to ‘Ravenna Document’

SCOBA has released the joint response of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation to the international dialogue's 2007 "Ravenna Document." This took place at the Consultation's 77th meeting, held at Saint Paul's College in Washington, from October 22-24, 2009. It was presided over by Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh and Roman Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond … [Read more...]

Roundup of Green Patriarch videos: Biden, Reid and Coca-Cola

Welcome Remarks at the Nov. 4 Vice President Dinner. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmZT6PiZsSA[/youtube] … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Jonah on Orthodox Christian unity

The Orthodox Church in America's communications department has published a summary of Metropolitan Jonah's remarks at Orthodox Christian Laity's recently concluded Road to Unity conference. Highlights: Central to the fabric of a united Church, Metropolitan Jonah added, is the need to "be missionary in every aspect of its existence, reaching out to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all its … [Read more...]

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