Shades of Grey: The Record of Archbishop Stepinac

As a long-time upholder of friendship and alliance between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditionalists, I am disheartened by Pope Benedict XVI’s uncritical portrayal of Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac (1898-1960) as a saintly figure during his visit to Croatia earlier this week. In a homily at the Zagreb Cathedral the Pontiff called Stepinac “a fearless pastor and an example of … [Read more...]

An Open Letter To Orthodox Anglicans

Source: Journey to Orthodoxy Highlight: Years ago, my search for historic, English Christianity led me to read the Ecclesiastical History of the English Church by the Venerable Bede. What did I find? An early encounter between the evangelist Saint Augustine, and English king Ethelbert struck me as somehow strange: Augustine's companions carried images of Christ, painted on boards - (icons) as … [Read more...]

Wisdom from John Adams

“Be not intimidated… nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.” … [Read more...]

New Footage of the Destruction of Smyrna in 1922 Made Public [VIDEO]

Source: The National Herald A never-before-seen video containing historic scenes from the destruction of Smyrna in 1922, which was shot by George Magarian was made public by his grandson Robert Magarian, who discovered the film at his grandmother's New York home, where it had laid forgotten for decades. Source: The Economist | May 1st 2008 WHEN Smyrna—modern Izmir—fell to … [Read more...]

Fr. George Calciu: First Century Christian in the Twentieth Century

Wesley J. Smith is a frequent commentator on the AOI Observer. Source: First Things | Wesley J. Smith Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. I had no idea. To be more precise, before I converted to Eastern Orthodoxy, I knew that the Orthodox Church had been harshly suppressed by the communists, but I had no idea … [Read more...]

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