Skip to comments.Rita Wilson (Tom Hank's wife): Why I Love My Greek Orthodox Faith
Posted on 08/20/2009 8:31:04 AM PDT by Nikas777
Rita Wilson: Why I Love My Greek Orthodox Faith
Friday August 7, 2009
In a video interview with Sally Quinn, producer of "On Faith" at The Washington Post, actress and producer Rita Wilson (one half of a Hollywood celebrity super couple with Tom Hanks) shares why she loves the Greek Orthodox faith ("I love my church. I find the Greek Orthodox Church a sort of a wonderfully moderate, accepting faith."), her brief period as a reborn Christian during her teenage years, and what gives her life the most meaning.
Some highlights from the interview include:
When you were growing up, were you always a believer? I've always been a believer. I always have been.
What do you pray for or about? I always start my prayers with a prayer of gratitude for all the blessings in my life because without those, you can't really think about anything else.
What is the divine for you? I sense the divine in the goodness that I see in people--their acts of kindness, their acts of selflessness; those people inspire me.
Watch the extended video interview below:
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She was briefly reborn?
“wonderfully moderate, accepting faith.”
So is she a leftist like her hubby? Is that “Orthodox”?
Q: “What is the divine for you?”
A: “I sense the divine in the goodness that I see in people—their acts of kindness, their acts of selflessness; those people inspire me.”
What a nice exchange. But too bad both of these women have such little knowledge of the Christian faith.
Isn’t this discourse more representative of “humanism”?
The teaching of this "royal path" is set forth, for example, in the tenth of St. Abba Dorotheus' Spiritual lnstructions, where he quotes especially the Book of Deuteronomy: Ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left, but go by the royal path (Deut. 5:32, 17:11)
Love that Sally Quinn - the quintessimal example of sleeping your way to the top...she needs to GO AWAY...
Given that the Eastern lung of the Church does not allow female ordination and presumably has the same moral strictures against abortion and homosexuality that the Western (Catholic) lung has, why do the Orthodox get a pass from the enlightened liberal elite (”moderate,” “welcoming”) when the Catholic Church is constantly excoriated by liberals?
I had no idea that “Greek Orhodox” and “Born Again” were mutually exclusive.
Hanks and Wilson have been rumored for years to have an opn marriage.
She sounds like a liberal nut-job to me. Too bad.
-saying stuff like “the re-born Christian thing is based on fear...” -and then goes on about her greek orthodoxy allowing ‘acceptance’...
Translation: I wanna be able to do WHATEVER I wanna do, live HOWEVER I wanna live and not feel guilty when it’s wrong. BUT, I want fire insurance at the end of life...
She is the big lefty in the family, constantly driving Tom further to the left. Still kind of easy on the eyes though.
Jesus was not very relative when he called the scribes and Pharisees hypocrites....
Do you think she observes the strict Orthodox lent?
I find that very hard to believe.
I don’t buy into the lungs heresy of the Catholics. Catholics need to stop inventing descriptions that are not patristic in origin to describe the Church.
I don't get the Sally Quinn connection here but if you are saying Rita Wilson is riding her husband's coat tales?
Business wise it is probably the other way around. Wilson made Hanks more wealthy through her movie production business, especially from that annoying "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" movie. That stupid movie did for them money wise what 'The Passion" did for Mel Gibbson.
Their idea of religion mirrors that of the group Moses found at the base of Sinai dancing around the Golden Calf.
I don’t get the argument? It is like saying Gibson is not hot about his Catholic religion because he is getting a divorce/separation.
I googled it but did not see any evidence of your claim. Sadly. Because I think I would have had a chance with Rita.
Oh its gossip. I’ve read it several times on the rag boards. Who knows if its true.
Thought the thread said Quinn has a program and Wilson was being interviewed for it? Quinn has no business having any kind of credibility in journalism as everyone who’s been around DC long knows she slept with Ben Bradley and suddenly had a meteoric rise at the WaPo. As for Wilson, I bow to your superior wisdom on that subject....
Not guilty — at least on non-theological grounds.
I would agree that would be a good argument, by the way. I would also not argue with someone who says he can't support any political party and be a good Christian as well as things have gone these past decades.
Im sorry. I did not understand the reference. Thank you for clarifying.
I don’t know what Greek Orthodox church she attends. Maybe there is a Hollywood branch for folks like her. As a Roman Catholic, I have found that any Orthodox church in areas where I have lived are as conservative or even more conservative in their observance of Christianity.
Dang. I was about to fly to Hollywood to test it out.
No prob - Quinn is one of my favorite bugaboos - I’ve lived in DC off and on and DC society is SOOOO into her! She’s a skank who doesn’t deserve the attention...
I never heard of her before now.
Note to self - avoid any postings on celebrities - it gets people too upset.
Good for you! It means you are officially “outside the beltway”!!! Congrats and keep up the good work!! :)
Just a middle of the road, middle of the roader.
Using a description is a “heresy”?
wonderfully moderate, accepting faith.
Seems like she has a very loose grasp of Orthodoxy. While I concur with “accepting faith” in the sense of having open arms to all sinners, I would definitely not call the OC wonderfully moderate. It’s anything but. As for “accepting”, definitely also not, if she means “tolerant” in the PC sense. Maybe the OC has a loony/lite parish in Hollywood for those that can’t see past the end of their noses. Although I hope that’s not the case.
“why do the Orthodox get a pass from the enlightened liberal elite (moderate, welcoming) when the Catholic Church is constantly excoriated by liberals?”
Most likely due to the fact that everything “ethnic” is considered “cool” by the Left, whereas mainstream/familiar Christianity in America is already “boring” to them. Just shows their ignorance: if only they knew just how tough Orthodoxy is and how solid the Orthodox Church’s stances are on moral issues. Plus, the OC is just not well known in the US, like the RCC is.
“Note to self - avoid any postings on celebrities - it gets people too upset.”
No, Nikas, it wasn’t the celebrity part, it was the part about her faith.
I believe the Greek Orthodox faith is some sort of Christian sect, yet when asked about her concept of the “divine”, she neglected to mention our Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the Christian church!
That’s what “got my goat”, anyway.
But thanks for posting - it was a provocative post and garnered many good comments.
Quote: “I find the Greek Orthodox Church a sort of a wonderfully moderate, accepting faith.”
Oh, there would be sooooo many Greek saints rolling in their graves...if they weren’t already in heaven.
It sounds like she thinks she’s in the Episcopal Church, only with better food.
The lungs “heresy”? And a happy ecumenical note to you too.
In Greek to be a moderate has nothing to do with politics. It means to be even tempered, etc.
The link at # 5 the patristic path of moderation, a mean between extremes; this is what the Holy Fathers call the ROYAL PATH. The teaching of this "royal path" is set forth, for example, in the tenth of St. Abba Dorotheus' Spiritual lnstructions, where he quotes especially the Book of Deuteronomy: Ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left, but go by the royal path (Deut. 5:32, 17:11)
the patristic path of moderation, a mean between extremes; this is what the Holy Fathers call the ROYAL PATH. The teaching of this "royal path" is set forth, for example, in the tenth of St. Abba Dorotheus' Spiritual lnstructions, where he quotes especially the Book of Deuteronomy: Ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left, but go by the royal path (Deut. 5:32, 17:11)
Which is one of the reasons Greek philosophers from Athens and Alexandria who started off as pagans and then converted to Christianity proclaimed in their writings that Christianity and what it proclaimed were in line with the best of Greek philosophical thoughts.
One of which was the Greek philosophical view of "moderation in all things".
Moderate drink, moderate consumption. Moderate living.
In fact St. John Chrysostome wrote against living in extravagant mansions and prescribed how many rooms a home should have.
I guess the political connection arises from the fact that she supports Democrats over Republicans though as someone who is not a member of either party I can't see how one party is more Christ like than the other.
Wilson was born Margarita Ibrahimova in Los Angeles, California. Her father, a Pomak (Muslim Bulgarian) who worked at a racetrack, was born in Greece; he later converted to Orthodoxy. Before emigrating to the U.S., he had lived in Bulgaria and Turkey
As a Greek I did find it odd that the Catholic inspired film 'The Exorcist' had the young Jesuit priest be an ethnic Greek.
Her mother was Greek and the father who was culturally Greek (or culturally Balkan - very little difference) but ethnically Pomack.
PS: I wrote the second part of my post badly in reference to the movie ‘The Exorcist’ in response to Cronos’ comment about Catholics and popular culture.