65 Orthodox Church Bishops Call on Obama to ‘Rescind’ the ‘Unjust’ Contraception Mandate

Source: LifeSite News NEW YORK, NY, February 6, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The 65 canonical bishops of the Orthodox Church have asked President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to repeal the mandate that religious institutions provide birth control, sterilization, and Plan B abortion drugs in their health care coverage. The Assembly of Canonical … [Read more...]

Orthodox Bishops Assembly Silent on Moral Issues

By John Couretas - At an October 1970 meeting of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the Americas (SCOBA), which was called to discuss the burning question of an independent American Church, the presiding conference chair Archbishop Iakovos got fed up and quit. Official letters raising the subject of independence had been sent to the “mother Churches” in … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church delegation led by Metropolitan Hilarion takes part in the session of Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission

One thing that caught my eye was the last sentence which reads, "The Commission...is to consider the contents of the Tomos on Autocephaly and the manner of its signing..." Which Tomos? The OCA? If so, what does this mean? Source: Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church On 22 February 2011, the Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission, convened to consider … [Read more...]

Secretariat of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops Convenes First Meeting

We Orthodox, given our penchant for talking, might take heart at this statement in the report below: "The question of communications was also discussed. Those present acknowledged the fact that the Orthodox faith is not well-known to the media and public, and that heretofore has been largely unable to speak with a unified voice. It was asked, if Orthodox Christians neglect to address important … [Read more...]

The Episcopal Assembly, the OCA, and the future Orthodox Church of the USA

By Fr. Thomas Hopko It’s not clear what is now happening for the establishment of an autocephalous Orthodox Church of the United States made up of the member churches of the former SCOBA. These are my questions: What concrete steps are now being taken to establish an autocephalous Orthodox Church of the United States that would be recognized as a “sister church” by all the autocephalous … [Read more...]

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