Pat. Bartholomew: 2011 Patriarchal Proclamation for Pascha

+ B A R T H O L O M E WBy the Mercy of GodArchbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical PatriarchTo the Plenitude of the Church Grace, Peace and MercyFrom the Savior Christ Risen in Glory Beloved children in the Lord,Once again, in a spirit of joy and peace, we address you with the delightful and hopeful greeting: “Christ is Risen!” The occurrences and events of our time may not seem to … [Read more...]

Samuel Gregg: Christians in a Post-Welfare State World

How much of the activism of the Progressive wing of American Christianity (including some Orthodox participants unfortunately) in the current budget battles is nothing more than grabbing its piece of the federal pie before the welfare state collapses? Progressives like Jim Wallis and others routinely use the moral imperatives of the gospel to justify their Progressive moral vision. They … [Read more...]

Church of Greece to State: Keep Priests on the Payroll

Source: MSN News | January 17, 2011 ATHENS, Greece - Greece's powerful Orthodox Church urged the government in the crisis-hit country on Monday to relax tough hiring restrictions so it can put more priests on the state payroll. The government last year paid the salaries of 10,800 priests and church staff — who are technically civil servants — out of 757,500 "permanent employees" in the … [Read more...]

Orthodox Churches Should Help the Poor

By Fr. Peter Michael Preble Last week, on the website Ethics Daily an article was posted in response to a reader’s question. The article dealt with charity and poverty and what should be and can be done. The author of the article helped me to clarify my own position on charity and what I think about the Churches role in aiding the poor and needy in our society. In the article the author … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church Urges Political and Legal Treatment of Crimes Committed by Bolsheviks

Moscow, April 18, Interfax - Proposals on de-totalization recently made by the President's Council for Development of Civil Society and Human Rights have long come to a head, the Moscow Patriarchate believes. "It is quite evident that such proposals should have been made long before. It is necessary to give legal and political treatment of the crimes committed by the Bolsheviks' regime. Not … [Read more...]

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