‘Fuels from Hell’

Rev. Sally Bingham with Obi

Bruce Nolan, a reporter for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, offers a preview of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's symposium at various locales on the Mississippi River next month. For the article, Nolan interviews Rev. Canon Sally Bingham of the Episcopal Church. She is also president of The Regeneration Project and the Interfaith Power and Light campaign. Nolan said that Rev. Bingham was … [Read more...]

OCA: First, proclaim the Gospel

Orthodox Church in America

From OCA News on Tuesday's start of the fall sessions of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America and the OCA's Metropolitan Council: In addressing the strategic plan, Metropolitan Council members entered into a long and passionate discussion about the mission and vision of the OCA. It was observed that in recent times the mission of the Church has become identified … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: ‘Humans have lost their original humanity’

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

In an address Tuesday at the University of the Peloponnese in Tripolis, Greece, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said that “a homogenization of humans and peoples is in progress” and underlined that the environmental threat points to “problematic anthropology.” He spoke of an “ecological crisis” and stressed that “the looting of the planet, the burning of the forests and the pollution of the air … [Read more...]

Main site makeover done

Actually, more than a makeover, a complete rebuild. Have a look. Don't forget to update your bookmarks. … [Read more...]

Archons: Concerning the Ranks of Churches

archon

Who's on first? The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle has posted an article harshly critical of what it describes as the Moscow Patriarchate's uncanonical move to assert its status as one of "the five most significant Churches" or the Pentarchy of the ancient patriarchates. The writer of the article, Fr. Makarios Griniezakis, a professor of theology and ethics at the Theological Academy of Heraklion … [Read more...]

The Abkhazian Orthodox Church

Location of Abkhazia in Europe

From a report on the Ekklesia news wire by Sophia Kishkovsky: The leader of Orthodox Christians in Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia, has declared that his diocese is breaking with the Patriarchate of Georgia in defiance of the Moscow Patriarchate. The announcement of last week is the latest echo of conflict in the volatile Caucasus region since Russia's war with Georgia over South … [Read more...]

Seal of Confession Goes on Trial

I only recently heard about this case where a confession being heard by priest in a federal prison was recorded by authorities. It raises the most fundamental legal questions about Church and State separation. Church and State Face Off in Court By Annamarie Adkins SALEM, Oregon, AUG. 26, 2009 (Zenit.org).- When Father Timothy Mockaitis heard inmate Conan Wayne Hale’s sacramental … [Read more...]

Archbishop Hilarion makes appeal for Christian unity

From Interfax: Moscow, September 21 -- Head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, who is visiting Rome, has celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Catacombs of St. Callixtus. Speaking to believers after the service, the Archbishop urged to overcome a thousand-year-old dispute between Christians of East and West and reminded … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox history at risk in California?

Holy Trinity Chapel at Fort Ross

The AP has a story about Fort Ross Historic Park under threat of closure because of California state budget problems. (HT: George M.) Nearly two centuries ago, Russian colonists selected a patch of sloping grassland along California's rugged North Coast for a new settlement. It was from this spot about 80 miles north of San Francisco that they hoped to harvest Redwoods, grow crops and hunt … [Read more...]

A Catholic-Orthodox Union?

We should all be extremely cautious about the recent comments about a Catholic-Orthodox union (Fr. Peter-Michael Preble has already raised important questions about these reports). Outside of the obvious and thorny theological questions – on both sides – that would arise, is there any way such a union could take place without first convening an all-Orthodox Council? And if such a council would … [Read more...]

Somebody painted the walls when I was sleeping!

Surprise!

Why the new look? Here's the reason: AOI traffic took a huge jump last quarter -- over 50,000 visits each month and we are trending higher. We redesigned the main site to make it easier to post new and fresh content to meet the growing demand. The blog was last to be redesigned, but first to go live. The main site switch-over will occur next week. Is the new design functional? We hope so but we … [Read more...]

There’s a lot of buzz in the Catholic blogosphere…

...that Catholic-Orthodox unity is imminent (well, maybe not imminet but no more than a quick bike ride away). That's news to me, and also to Fr. Peter-Michael Preble who writes about it on his blog: Catholic-Orthodox Unity? Some background, more. … [Read more...]

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