Norm of faith as norm of life

This essay is outstanding. It represents the quality of thought that should be coming from all Orthodox Churches; the words that speak to the foundational questions of culture as I wrote yesterday. Frankly, the Orthodox in America are capable of contributions of this depth and importance. I have my doubts however, that Constantinople will ever achieve this level of creative engagement with the … [Read more...]

A Holy Alliance between Rome and Moscow Is Born

Pope Benedict meets Abp. Hilarion in Rome

Again, almost incomprehensible just a few short years ago. Highlight: "The common objective: the "new evangelization" of Europe. A delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church visits the Vatican, which publishes an anthology of the patriarch's writings. A meeting between Kirill and Benedict XVI keeps getting closer." by Sandro Magister Chiesa Espresso ROME, May 24, 2010 – Benedict XVI will soon … [Read more...]

Vatican Hosts Russian Concert

Pope Benedict at Russian Concert

Pope John-Paul II, long before the fall of Communism said that the spiritual renewal of Western Europe would come from Russia. These were prophetic words as it turns out, but at the time many culture watchers thought they were the idealistic ramblings of a dreamer. Who would have thought just a few short decades ago the brutal tyranny of Communism would fall, collapsing under its own … [Read more...]

‘We have reached consensus on the autocephaly procedure’

As the Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission for the agenda of a Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church continues its work, the issue of granting autocephaly and the diptych order has come up to its attention in the period of 2009-2010. The leader of the Russian Orthodox delegation at the Preparatory Commission meetings, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church accuses Europe of dual standards in freedom of expression

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H/T: OBL News Moscow, May 5, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate is concerned by the fact that the freedom of expression in Europe often does not apply to religious communities. "In the Western world today there is often the freedom to criticize any religious view, but at the same time tough censorship of religious symbols and religious approaches," Deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate … [Read more...]

Dialogue on Katyn Massacre between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches

This is a compelling interview, although the promise towards reconciliation it offered may be delayed, or worse, cut short, with the terrible airplane crash of Polish dignitaries near Moscow yesterday. They were flying to Russia to commemorate the Katyn Massacre (called "tragedy" below), and, if the interview below is accurate, look for some common ground to heal this grave wound of historical … [Read more...]

The Passions in Orthodox perception are deeply imbued with the theme of the Resurrection and radiant Paschal joy

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This is a good interview in its own right. Note that the title attributed to Constantinople is "First Bishop of the Orthodox Church." Note too the overall sobriety in Met. Hilarion's tone. Metropolitan Hilarion’s interview to the Romfea.gr church news portal. - Your Eminence, I would like to begin with a question about your oratorio which has been recently performed in the church of Agia … [Read more...]

Paschal Message of His Holiness Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia

Paschal Message of His Holiness Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia to the Archpastors, Pastors, Monastics and All Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church Print This Post 3.04.2010 · Passover My dear co-brothers the archpastors, all-honourable fathers presbyters, God-loving deacons, pious monks and nuns, brothers and sisters! On the radiant and world-saving feast of the … [Read more...]

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s statement on terrorist acts at the Moscow Metro

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia made the following statement on the terrorist acts at the Moscow Metro on 29 March 2010. My heart pains over the terrorist acts at the Moscow Metro this morning. I am praying for the rest of the victims’ souls, for consolation of their near and dear, and for the soonest recovery of the wounded. I beseech the Lord to help the rescuers, … [Read more...]

Russia brings music to Constantinople on “The Three Romes” tour

They also performed at Agia Irene (St. Irene) Church Museum. (From the Russian National Orchestra website.) ++++++++++ Orthodox and Catholic churches unite with music TV-Novosti Russian spiritual music was ringing out in Istanbul last night as part of a major international project aimed at uniting the main centers of Christian culture. The project is the brainchild of the Russian … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Culture is at risk of becoming anti-culture without the Church

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Brilliant! Met. Hilarion's warning deals with what Nietzsche called the "transvaluation of values" -- what his dark prophesy warned would happen in the West because "God is Dead," by which he meant that Western culture was entering into a period where it functioned within the cultural structures shaped by Christianity but without concrete, existential communion with the Savior -- the kind of … [Read more...]

More to the Ecumenical Patriarch’s recent encyclical than meets the eye

Pat. Bartholomew and Pope Benedict in Rome

As I mentioned last week, I recently became a columnist for Catholic Online. They just posted my latest piece. (They are fast. I submitted it just this afternoon.) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Last week Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew released an encyclical castigating what he called Orthodox “fanatics” who object to Orthodox ecumenical involvement. The encyclical was well received in … [Read more...]

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