Met. Hilarion: Life is given for us to exercise in virtue

Homily on the Sunday of St. John Climacus, author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Source: Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church This book was written in the 7th century for the monks on Mount Sinai, but it is still relevant today. It presents the entire spiritual life of a Christian as a ladder of ascent to God. There are thirty stairs in it, … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox Church Supports Gay-Themed Science Education?

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Greek Orthodox Church supports a bill that is winding through the California State Legislature to "study of the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans … to the economic, political and social development of California and the United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in … [Read more...]

On Contemporary Narrow Mindedness in Orthodoxy

Source: Mystagogy By Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of DiokleiaAlas, the element of nationalism, of ethnic narrowness, is a fact that we can see very widely in the contemporary Orthodox Church. And it has of course deep historical roots. It is not only a problem of today.Phyletism, setting nationalism above Orthodox catholicity, was defined as a heresy by the Church of Constantinople in 1872. We … [Read more...]

The Left’s sloppy thinking concerning the defense of human life

Source: Wintery Knight Secular leftists (as well as many religious leftists) hold the views they do not because the views are internally coherent, but because they they fear being ostracized by their peers for holding conservative opinions. Moral posturing -- holding politically correct viewpoints -- is more important than clear thinking in the secularist canon. This explains why the moral and … [Read more...]

75 out of every 100 Victims of Religious Intolerance are Christian

Out of every 100 victims of religious intolerance in the world, 75 are Christians. After the terrorist attack on 20 January 2011 in Alexandria, the European Parliament adopted a resolution acknowledging the fact of violation of the rights of Christians. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, in his interview to Izvestiya daily (Issue 50 (28311), 24 March 2011), speaks of the persecution of … [Read more...]

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