EP Fast Track? Homily of Met. Elpidophoros of Proussa at His Ordination

Readers will remember that Met. Elpidophoros gave the controversial speech at Holy Cross a few years back extolling the virtues of Constantinople and castigating America for ignoring it (see: Ecumenical Patriarchate: American ‘Diaspora’ must submit to Mother Church). It didn't go over well at all. The next year he was invited to St. Vladimir's Seminary and while not clarifying his remarks he … [Read more...]

How Do We Comprehend Natural Disasters Like Earthquakes and Tsunamis?

This essay below that Fr. David Hudson sent along is timely. I have a small parish now which means that after the Divine Liturgy we always have a discussion about any topic that people want to talk about. Today we had the question: How do we make sense of the tsunami in Japan? It wasn't the sermon and after the necessary caveats ("I am a priest, not a theologian," "this is my opinion" and so … [Read more...]

Fr. Mark Arey Discusses Episcopal Assembly Updates [AUDIO]

HT: Byzantine, TX Fr. Mark Arey discusses events related to the Assembly of Canonical Bishops in North America. He also discusses the recent pan-Orthodox Chambésy meeting and what disagreements were aired there (e.g. authority of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, process of gaining autocephaly, order of the diptychs, etc.). Listen here: … [Read more...]

Highly Visible Russian Church to be Built in Paris

Here the Russians could learn something from Americans: Don't build contemporary Churches; in 20 years the structure looks horribly dated. (The French should remember the Pompidou Center. The staircase looks like a tube torn out of a walk through aquarium, the vents like they belong on the Titanic.) The model of the Church looks like a high-end boutique, lots of glass and pictures (icons in this … [Read more...]

Orthodoxy and the Death Penalty [AUDIO]

On March 9, 2011 the Governor of Illinois signed a law banning the death penalty in his state, commuting the death sentence of 15 prisoners on death row. In the current episode of The Illumined Heart, Fr Peter-Michael Preble, a staunch anti-death penalty advocate, and host Kevin Allen discuss the pros and cons of capital punishment from an Orthodox perspective. Listen here: Podcast courtesy … [Read more...]

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