Bp. Nicholas DiMarzio: Catholic Church Must Influence Marriage Debate

So far the only Orthodox bishops offering more than pro-forma defenses of the moral tradition are Met. Job and Bp. Michael of the OCA. Below is an example of how moral authority is rightly exercised. Roman Catholic Bp. Nicholas DiMarzio offers a very reasoned and accessible analysis and defense of the major points in the same-sex marriage debate. Some highlights: We who oppose same-sex marriage … [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...]

Bureaucratic Church and Imperial State

In response to comments here on this blog about whether the Byzantines will one day "save" the American Church, the answer to that, as has been observed, is that there are no Byzantines remaining to save us. What's more, there would be little support among American Orthodox Christians for the sort of deep involvement by the state in Church affairs that was typical of Byzantium. The American … [Read more...]

Medvedev Supports Religion Education in Schools

Patriarch Kirill offers a caution. From RIA Novosti: BARVIKHA, July 21 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday expressed his support for a proposal to teach religious education in Russian state schools. He also backed the suggestion that chaplains should be employed in Russia's armed forces. "I decided to support both proposals," the president said at a special meeting on the … [Read more...]

Radio Free Europe: The Price Of Influence

Writing on the RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Power Vertical blog, Brian Whitmore suggests that there may be a little too much symphonia in a recent move by Russian Patriarch Kirill to work closely with the United Russia political party. Whitmore: What motivated United Russia and Patriarch Kirill I to reach an agreement giving the Russian Orthodox Church an unprecedented voice in the … [Read more...]