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Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • ELCA Approves Lutheran-Roman Catholic Ecumenical Document

    08/15/2016 11:16:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    [ELCA News] The 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly took several significant steps Aug. 10 moving forward the mission of this church as a church for the sake of the world. By a vote of 931 to 9, the assembly overwhelmingly accepted the “Declaration on the Way,” a unique ecumenical document that marks a path toward greater unity between Roman Catholics and Lutherans. Following the vote, an emotional assembly stood to applaud the momentous decision. At the heart of the document are 32 “Statements of Agreement” that state where Lutherans and Roman Catholics do not have church-dividing...
  • Will Pope Francis visit Assisi again this year? This imam says yes.

    Assisi, Italy, Aug 11, 2016 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If a prominent imam is right, Pope Francis will visit Assisi Sept. 19 for a major international interreligious meeting. ..... The meeting falls on the 30th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace that St. John Paul II convoked in Assisi 1986.
  • Do Jews and Muslims Decide the Conditions for the Recognition of the SSPX?

    Director of Vatican Insider, the papal house vaticanist Andrea Tornielli, explains why his articles and products published by his platform are of particular attention. This also applies to this article by the AJC representatives to the Holy See, where Tornielli allows Jews and Muslims to designate the conditions about which the Holy See should conduct a canonical recognition of the SSPX. Vice versa this means: Should these conditions not be met, it would open up "serious questions". It's a statement in the article of the American Jewish Comittee that someone could read as a threat. Anyway, Tornielli offered the American...
  • Anglican Orders

    07/30/2016 1:16:52 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 07-30-2016 | Fr. John Hunwicke
     It was the view of pope Leo XIII that Anglican Orders were null and void, in the sense that they were not identical with the sacerdotal Orders which the Church considers herself to inherit from the Apostles. That is still the official juridical view of the Catholic Church. What is often not noticed is that this is also now the view of the Church of England.  Since the 1990s, the Church of England has entered into formal relationships with ecclesial bodies which undoubtedly lack Catholic Orders. The 'Porvoo' arrangement inserts her into the Porvoo Communion in which, even where there...
  • Looking For A New Church to attend:

    07/28/2016 11:37:02 AM PDT · by Vinylly · 41 replies
    We are looking for a new church. We have been attending the First Presbyterian Church in Seattle. The congregation voted to leave Presbyterian Churches USA, so now we are just an independent Presbyterian Church. The Presbytery took us to court to take over our church property, which we lost. They also confiscated all our assets and bank accounts. They are trying to 'starve us out and destroy us, as we will be unable to pay our bills, and pay wages to church staff and ministers. We have no funds to rent a new worship space. The wife and I have...
  • Catholic Parish Priest Given Right to Preach in [Anglican] St Anne’s Cathedral (N. Ireland)

    07/28/2016 6:24:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    News Letter ^ | 7/27/17
    St Anne’s Cathedral has appointed a Roman Catholic priest as one of its canons for the first time. Father Edward O’Donnell, parish priest of St Brigid’s in south Belfast, is now one of three “ecumenical canons” at the Church of Ireland cathedral. he dean of the cathedral, the Very Reverend John Mann, said the title allows him to help lead worship – meaning he can preach, as well as read scripture and prayers. To take part in services, they must first be invited by Dean Mann. Dean Mann said Fr O’Donnell may well take part in this year’s traditional Black...
  • What kind of tree?

    07/16/2016 7:54:14 AM PDT · by William of Barsoom · 113 replies
    Myself | July 16, 2016 | William Of Barsoom
    This may seem frivolous, but I assure you it is real. I'm on a small committee to select a tree for planting to honor a good man's memory who passed away 2 years ago. He was a moral man, a Christian, a father, and a good husband.
  • ATHONITE FATHERS CALL FOR REJECTION OF CRETAN COUNCIL AND CESSATION OF COMMEMORATION OF THE...

    07/15/2016 4:48:37 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Ethos ^ | 07-14-2016
    An "Open Letter" from Athonite Fathers to the Holy Community of the Holy Mountain of Athos is calling for an immediate convocation of the governing body of Mt. Athos in order to condemn the "false council" of Crete and cease the comemoration of the Patriarch of Constantinople on Mt. Athos. OVER 60 Hieromonk and monks, with a disciple of Saint Paisios, Elder Gabriel of the Kelli of St. Christodoulos (Holy Monastery of Koutloumosiou) at their head, have written an open letter to the Holy Community of Mt. Athos calling upon the Abbots to reject the Council in Crete and stating...
  • Vatican Works to Rekindle Dialogue with Sunni Muslim Scholars

    07/14/2016 12:34:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, will travel to Egypt soon to meet with leaders of Al Azhar University, the Vatican announced on July 12. The visit will follow up on the May meeting in Rome between Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad al-Tayyib, the head of Al Azhar University. The purpose of the bishop's visit to Cairo, the Vatican said, will be to explore ways to resume official dialogue between the Vatican and the Egyptian institution. Al Azhar, which is generally recognized as the foremost institution in the Sunni Muslim world, had engaged...
  • A word of hope[charismatic Caucus]

    07/14/2016 6:55:18 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    You have nothing to fear for I "have" gone before you in this and I am God alone , no one can cross my line of defense and in this find Peace. You see you are in my hand and no one in the spiritual or the flesh can take you from me Be at Peace for it is here you rest even now ! Romans 8:31-39 Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did...
  • As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession.

    07/13/2016 1:04:14 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 50 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | July 1, 2016 | Richard Gallagher
    Richard Gallagher is a board-certified psychiatrist and a professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College. He is at work on a book about demonic possession in the United States. In the late 1980s, I was introduced to a self-styled Satanic high priestess. She called herself a witch and dressed the part, with flowing dark clothes and black eye shadow around to her temples. In our many discussions, she acknowledged worshipping Satan as his “queen.” I’m a man of science and a lover of history; after studying the classics at Princeton, I trained in psychiatry at Yale and in...
  • Pope chooses Protestant to produce Argentine edition of Vatican newspaper

    07/12/2016 4:36:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Pope Francis has chosen Marcelo Figueroa, a Protestant theologian and a personal friend, to edit an Argentine edition of L'Osservatore Romano. Beginning in September, Figueroa will edit an Argentine publication that combines material from the weekly Spanish-language edition of L'Osservatore Romano with local content. He told the Crux news site that he plans to rely on Catholic and non-Catholic sources, to give the newspaper ecumencial appeal. Figueroa told Crux: "We want to spread Francis' universal, pastoral work, in a way that reaches every Argentine."
  • Franklin Graham Asks for Day of Prayer for America - July 18, 2016 - 12noon EST

    07/12/2016 12:25:16 PM PDT · by milford421 · 28 replies
    Franklin Graham facebook ^ | 7/12/16 | Franklin Graham
    "Our country is in a huge mess. Shootings, riots, and protests now claim the headlines about America, and that’s heartbreaking. We are in desperate need of Divine intervention. We need healing. Prayer is what can make a difference in America. One week from today—Monday, July 18, at 12:00 Noon Eastern—I’m asking you to pray with me live on Facebook just before the Republican National Convention opens." ... "Then the following Monday, July 25, before the opening of the Democratic National Convention, we will pray together again. Ask your friends to join us as well—we need the whole nation praying."
  • The Airplane Magisterium and Its Consequences

    07/12/2016 9:17:43 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | July 11, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In my last column before a brief hiatus (to attend the important Roman Forum Conference at Lake Garda, Italy), I promised further discussion of Pope Francis’ latest scandalous inflight press conference, this time on the return to Rome from an utterly pointless (and needlessly expensive) trip to Armenia. At the risk of being facetious, it would appear that at this point in the Bergoglian pontificate one can speak of a Rule of Bergoglio: No Papal Press Conference Shall Be Without at Least One Major Error Against the Faith. This time we had the following whopper concerning Luther, who literally invented...
  • Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne: Muhammad "instrument of God's mercy" [Chrislam in Church]

    07/10/2016 2:32:27 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 53 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/10/2016 | Robert Spencer
    The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has issued greetings to Muslims on the occasion of the feast of Eid al-Fitr. The Very Reverend Denis Stanley, Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Melbourne Archdiocese, wrote: The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne would like to extend its best wishes to the Muslim community in Victoria and Australia on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the Feast of the Breaking of the Fast, celebrated at the end of the sacred month of Ramadan. The Holy Qur'an was first revealed in the month of Ramadan and had a special purpose: "And We sent down...
  • Vatican: “Christians and Muslims: Beneficiaries and Instruments of Divine Mercy”

    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue on Friday sent a message to the Muslim world, as they observe the month of Ramadan and approach the feast of ‘Id al-Fitr. The message, signed by French cardinal His Eminence Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, is called: Christians and Muslims: Beneficiaries and Instruments of Divine Mercy. Christians and Muslims: Beneficiaries and Instruments of Divine Mercy Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, 1. The month of Ramadan and ‘Id al-Fitr is an important religious event for Muslims around the world, focused on fasting, prayer and good...
  • Christians in Antioch Celebrate Feast of Sts Peter and Paul Together in the "Cave Church of Peter"

    07/01/2016 9:31:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 6/27/16
    Antakia (Agenzia Fides) - This year in Antakya, Turkey, Catholics and Orthodox will celebrate together the feast of Saints Peter and Paul at the "Cave Church of Peter", the ancient cave church on Mt. Silpius, reopened to visitors in 2015, after a restoration that lasted many years. On the morning of June 29, in the presence of Bishop Paul Bizzeti SJ, Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia, and envoy of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, the Christians of the local community will animate a joint celebration with songs, prayers and readings from the New Testament. Archbishop Paul Fitzpatrick Russell, Apostolic Nuncio...
  • Encyclical of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

    06/27/2016 5:09:09 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    The Council of Crete ^ | 06-27-2016 | The Great & Holy Council of Crete
    Official Documents of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church Back Encyclical of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church ΕλληνικάEnglishрусскийfrançais ENCYCLICAL OF THE HOLY AND GREAT COUNCIL OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH Crete 2016 In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit With a hymn of thanksgiving, we praise and worship God in Trinity, who has enabled us to gather together during the days of the feast of Pentecost here on the island of Crete, which has been sanctified by St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, and his...
  • Pope to Armenian Orthodox: ‘Let Us Race Towards Full Communion!'

    06/27/2016 3:35:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    ‘With great joy, we are walking together on a journey that has already taken us far,’ the Holy Father declared today at an ecumenical meeting in Yerevan, Armenia.YEREVAN, Armenia — Working toward full communion is a project of love, humility and peace, Pope Francis told Armenian Orthodox leaders gathered at an ecumenical meeting on Saturday. “With great joy, we are walking together on a journey that has already taken us far, and we look confidently towards the day when by God’s help we shall be united around the altar of Christ’s sacrifice in the fullness of Eucharistic communion,” he said....
  • Remembering in Prayer Our Departed Fathers (Prayer/Devotional)

    06/18/2016 7:27:32 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Vanity | NRx
    O God of all spirits and of every flesh, Who didst trod down death and overcome the devil, bestowing life on this Thy world, to the souls of these Thy servants, departed this life, do Thou, O Lord, grant rest in a place of light, in a place of green pasture, in a place of refreshment, from whence all pain and sorrow and mourning have fled away. Every sin by them committed in thought, word, or deed, do Thou as our Good and Loving God forgive; as there is no man who shall live and sinnneth not, for Thou alone...
  • Orthodox Church of Cyprus Proposes Amendments to Pan Orthodox Council Text on Ecumenism

    06/06/2016 1:03:57 PM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    agionoros.ru (via Pravoslavie) ^ | 06-06-2016 | Orthodox Church of Cyprus
    June 6, 2016      The Orthodox Church of Cyprus has distributed an official statement reflecting its position on the eve of the Pan-Orthodox Council. Its main provisions are as follows: - The Church of Cyprus considers the Orthodox Church the “one, holy, catholic, and Apostolic Church, which has preserved inviolate the unity of the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). - The Church of Cyprus believes it necessary to develop relations with the heterodox Churches and confessions, “with the purpose of promoting the unity of Christians in the context of the one undivided Church.” - They propose amendments...
  • Met. Benjamin of Vladivostok on Orthodox participation in the World Council of Churches

    06/06/2016 12:49:24 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie | 06-04-2016 | Metropolitan Benjamin of Vladivostok and Primorsk
    /p> April 19, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, hosted the conference: “The Pan-Orthodox Council: Opinions and Expectations.” Taking part in the work of the conference were prominent bishops, clergy, and laity. Among those called to take part in the conference was one of the most authoritative hierarchs of our Church, Metropolitan Benjamin (Pushkar) of Vladivostok and Primorsk, head of the Primorsk Metropolia. However Vladyka was not able to be present in Moscow, but sent his judgment-presentation to the conference concerning those themes which most concerned him. A photocopy of...
  • ISIS Attacks Have Helped Forge Bonds of Unity with Catholics, Says Orthodox Bishop

    06/03/2016 3:28:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Syriac Orthodox bishop of the Iraqi city of Mosul has told a French publication that ISIS attacks have helped forge bonds of unity with Catholics. The Syriac Orthodox Church is among the Oriental Orthodox churches that ceased to be in full communion with the Holy See following the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon in 451. “This tragedy made us walk towards unity,” said Archbishop Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf. “Arriving in Mosul [in 2014], ISIS’s men chased the Christians indiscriminately. So why should we make differences?... Today in Iraq, we are working as one Christian church.” The prelate offered strong criticism of...
  • Details Released of Reformation Commemoration in Lund, Sweden

    Pope Francis’ visit to Lund, Sweden, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will comprise “two parts” and will begin with a “common prayer” service in Lund's Lutheran cathedral and continue with a public event at Malmö Arena that will be open to wider participation, Vatican and Lutheran leaders have announced. In a joint statement issued today by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, they reiterated that the Oct. 31 event will be centered on the themes of “thanksgiving, repentance and commitment to common witness". It also said the overall aim of...
  • Did the Pope prayed towards Mecca?

    I don't want to be alarmist, but why would the Pope pray towards Mecca, if he did?
  • Vatican Chief of Ecumenical Relations: 'We Have a Mission to Convert' Muslims

    05/25/2016 5:18:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 25, 2016 | 1:25 PM EDT | Michael W. Chapman
    Catholic Cardinal Kurt Koch, who heads the Vatican’s office for ecumenical relations, said that Christians “have a mission to convert all non-Christian religions’ people,” including Muslims, to Christianity, with the exception of those who follow Judaism because of its unique, familial relationship with Christianity: both religions “have the same roots.” For Muslims, he added, the “Islamic tradition” in terms of the Abrahamic religions “is not the same.” […] “It is very clear that we can speak about three Abrahamic religions, but we cannot deny that the view of Abraham in the Jewish tradition and the Christian tradition and the Islamic...
  • The Mad Virtues of Pope Francis, and the Desperate Resistance

    05/25/2016 3:19:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 59 replies
    St Corbian's Bear ^ | May 24, 2016 | St Corbian's Bear
    Typically, for the Bear, this is not short. You may find it entertaining, however. It wraps up several issues that have been occupying the Bear's mind lately as he grapples with the why and the how of what he is doing. Pope Francis: Finally, a Smiling Face to the Horror For decades we have had to sit and watch helplessly as the Church was consumed by preventable scandal and ceaseless innovation. The enemy was hard to get a fix on. He seemed to be everywhere and nowhere, and his name was Legion. But it was clear that somehow the schwerpunkt...
  • Cardinal Müller Expects SSPX to Recognize Disputed Council Teachings

    Cardinal Gerhard Müller has said he expects the Society of St. Pius X, which has always opposed the Second Vatican Council's declarations on religious freedom and ecumenism, to “unreservedly recognize” freedom of religion as a human right, and an obligation to ecumenism. In an interview in the June edition of the German publication Herder Korrespondenz, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said that if one “wants to be fully Catholic, one must recognize the Pope and the Second Vatican Council.”
  • Metropolitan Hilarion Criticizes Protestant Churches that Support Modern Secular Values

    05/21/2016 11:50:27 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 05-19-2016 | ROC
    In his address at the grand meeting on the occasion of the DECR 70th anniversary, Metropolitan Hilarion said that the relations of the Russian Church with the Catholic Church and with the Ancient Oriental Churches could be characterized by positive dynamics, but, regrettably, we cannot say the same about relations with the Protestant world. ‘The contradictions between the Orthodox Church and the Protestant communities that consistently distort the Church’s teaching to accommodate modern secular standards are intensifying,’ he said and added that the Moscow Patriarchate was still open to cooperation with representatives of the conservative circles of the Protestant world...
  • How to Understand the Doctrines

    05/20/2016 3:23:00 PM PDT · by Vision · 50 replies
    I was raised Catholic, like 12 years Catholic school and currently attend a Catholic Church, but this Pope and the Church's lack of response has destroyed it now. And after brushing up on history I find the idea of papal infallibility ridiculous, insulting to God. What's a good way to understand the different doctrines so I can move on? I don't have an understanding of them. I'm leaning Protestant as it seems Martin Luther was right on. Just need productive civil information for my next step. Thanks.
  • Vanity - A Path Back to Liturgical Sanity (Catholic Caucus)

    05/20/2016 2:46:01 PM PDT · by scouter · 12 replies
    5/20/2016 | Scouter
    A Path Back to Liturgical Sanity Whether they realize it or not, the Mass with which most Catholics are familiar, the one said in almost all Catholic Churches in the Western Hemisphere, is called the Novus Ordo, or more colloquially, the "new Mass." Many older Catholics may remember the Tridentine Mass, sometimes referred to as "the old Latin Mass," or the "Traditional Latin Mass (TLM)." More and more, however, young people are discovering the beauty of the Mass as it was known for hundreds of years before the wreckovation that occurred after Vatican II. While the Novus Ordo is a...
  • Pope Francis Likens JESUS To ISIS, Says Muslims MUST Breed With Christians!

    In a shocking interview, Pope Francis compared Jesus Christ to ISIS and said Muslim migrants must breed with Christians to counter “declining birth rates.”
  • 'Its a synagogue, church, and mosque all in one' [2 Thess 2]

    05/19/2016 8:51:42 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 5/19/2016 | David Rossenberg
    An interfaith group is laying the groundwork for what will likely be the world’s first ever joint house of prayer. The center of worship, which will be called the "House of One," will combine simultaneous Jewish, Muslim, and Christian prayer services. The House of One is planned to be built on the site of Berlin’s first church, the Petrikirche. One of the organizers of the interfaith group behind the planned church/mosque/synagogue, Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin, said that the House of One is a reminder that despite the dark history of Berlin in the 20th century it is now a center...
  • Anglicans, Catholics to Publish First ARCIC III Volume

    05/18/2016 6:28:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 5/17/16
    (Vatican Radio) Anglican and Catholic theologians, meeting in Toronto, Canada this week, have agreed on the publication of their first ARCIC III document on the theme “Towards a Church fully reconciled”. The volume, which is likely to be published in the autumn, uses the ‘Receptive Ecumenism’ approach to look at the limitations within each communion and see how one Church can help the other grow towards the fullness of faith. The third Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III) is holding its sixth annual meeting from May 11th to 19th, hosted by the Anglican sisters of St John the Divine in...
  • Anglican-Catholic dialogue hammering out the ‘tough difficulties’

    05/16/2016 5:14:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | May 16, 2016 | Michael Swan
    After nearly 50 years of discourse between the Catholic and Anglican communions, the official dialogue body wants to fine-tune how it studies the differences and similarities between two churches which both call themselves Catholic. “ARCIC III hasn’t proved itself yet,” Sir David Moxon, Anglican co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, told The Catholic Register following an ecumenical evensong on Pentecost Sunday. This third stage of the dialogue has been meeting since 2011, but has yet to publish a major document. It is currently studying how the Church arrives at moral teaching. The official dialogue sponsored by the Vatican and...
  • At Easter services, Russian Orthodox Church aims to collect 1 million names backing abortion ban

    04/30/2016 12:34:25 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 6 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | April 27, 2016 | LifeSiteNews
    Wed Apr 27, 2016 - 6:43 pm EST At Easter services, Russian Orthodox Church aims to collect 1 million names backing abortion ban MOSCOW, April 27, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- To celebrate the holiest holiday of the year this Sunday, the Russian Orthodox Church plans to circulate a petition calling for a ban on abortions in the nation. The pro-life Easter petition drive is expected to garner more than one million signatures in Russia. With Orthodox Easter, also known as Pascha, approaching, millions of believers -- many for the only time this year -- will be packing Russia's churches, celebrating the...
  • Arch of the Triumph of Palmyra

    04/26/2016 4:55:38 PM PDT · by Celerity · 2 replies
    Christian Today ^ | April 15, 2016 | Jonah Hicap
    The plan to build a replica of the arch of the Temple of Baal in New York City and London has been abandoned and instead, the Arch of Triumph of Palmyra will rise. This was announced by the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA), which promotes the use of digital imaging and 3D printing in archaeology and conservation. A report in the New York Times last month said the Temple of Baal's entrance would be installed in New York and London as a tribute to the 2,000 year-old structure that was destroyed by the Islamic State last year in Palmyra, Syria....
  • Chalcedonian vs Non-Chalcedonian Orthodoxy (A somewhat meaty exchange)

    04/22/2016 11:08:25 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy ^ | 04-12-2016 | Nicholas Marinides & Mina Soliman
    The title of this essay may startle many who assume that union of the Orthodox with the Non-Chalcedonians (the historic Coptic, Ethiopian, Eritrean, West Syrian (Syriac/Jacobite), Armenian, and Indian (Malankara) churches) is imminent. Such an assumption is due to ignorance among many Anglophone Orthodox of the criticism to which eminent Orthodox theologians in other countries have subjected the dialogue between the Orthodox and Non-Chalcedonians. This ignorance is not the fault of the many simple believers and parish clergy who have received the idea of reunion between long-separated brethren with sincere and innocent joy. It is due rather to the dearth...
  • Baalism's Suicidal Nature Worship and Sexual Decadence (Earth Day)

    04/22/2016 9:14:17 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 23 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/22/16 | Mark Musser
    Much of ancient Israel’s plight, well documented throughout the Old Testament, was its insatiable thirst for pagan nature worship. This of course was in direct violation of the first two commandments of the Mosaic Law which commanded Israel not to worship any other false god or idol (Exodus 20:3-4). The reason why Israel was forbidden to worship other gods, the natural created order, and idols, was given in Genesis. Genesis 1 presents to the reader an ultimate Creator who made the universe out of nothing through His omnipotent spoken word, and then climaxed the creation process with the making of...
  • Pope, Ecumenical Patriarch and Greek Church head to visit refugees on Lesbos

    04/06/2016 2:56:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 50 replies
    The Sofia Globe ^ | 04-06-2016 | Staff
    Plans are for Roman Catholic church head Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartolomeos and the head of the Greek Church, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Hieronymus, together to visit refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos. This emerged after a meeting on April 5 of the Holy Synod, the governing body of the Church of Greece, over which Hieronymus presided. Hieronymus told the Synod that Pope Francis had expressed a desire to visit Greece, to build awareness among the international community of the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the wider Mediterranean area and in the Middle East...
  • Recognition of Heterodox Baptism as the Basis for a New Ecclesiology (In Step with Vatican II)

    04/01/2016 7:55:04 AM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 04-01-2016 | Fr. Peter Heers
    A paper delivered at the Theological-Academic Conference "The Great and Holy Council: Great Preparation without Expectations," March 23, 2016 in Piraeus, Greece      With the push for a pan-Orthodox acceptance of the Pre-Synodical text, “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World,” a century long process of distortion of Orthodox ecclesiology is coming to fruition. Insomuch as the Pan-Orthodox Council accepts the erroneous teaching that heretical ministrations are mysteries of the One Church, so much so will it acquiesce to the adoption of a new ecclesiology. In this lecture, in the brief time allotted me, my...
  • Master of Wind and Sea (Protestant&Evangelical Devotional/Caucus)

    03/31/2016 7:11:49 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 3/31/2016
    “[The disciples] were filled with great fear and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’ ” - Mark 4:41 Our doctrine of creation ex nihilo, “from nothing,” tells us that God made the universe from no preexisting matter. Before God began to create, there was only He and nothing else. However, Scripture is clear that when the Lord started to create the universe, He did not immediately make all things. Instead, He first made out of nothing an intermediate creation, a mass of waters, and then shaped those waters into...
  • Jewish and Lost in Mormon Country

    03/29/2016 6:00:17 AM PDT · by af_vet_1981 · 16 replies
    Chabad Lubavitch World HQ / News ^ | MARCH 22, 2016 | Rena Greenberg
    Four days a week, Zippel drives across Utah’s sometimes treacherous terrain, visiting 100 Jewish adolescents. They are 10-18 year olds, each facing their own struggle: drug abuse, violent behaviors or eating disorders. In 1996, a young rabbi walked onto the grounds of Youthcare, a residential treatment center for troubled teens in Provo, Utah on a mission. He was looking for a certain Akiva Greenfield*, a gangly Israeli teenager. When he finally found him, the smiling rabbi introduced himself. Rabbi Benny Zippel from Chabad wanted him to know that he had a friend in Utah. “If there is anything I can...
  • [Church of England] Bishop Leads Backlash Against Fixed Date for Easter

    03/27/2016 11:41:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/27/16 | John Bingham
    Arguments over Easter date could make rows over same-sex marriage look easy, warns Bishop of Salisbury A prominent Church of England bishop has spoken out against plans by the world's main Christian denominations to fix the date of Easter to the same Sunday every year. Anglican primates agreed earlier this year to join discussions involving Coptic Orthodox and Roman Catholic leaders to set a common date for the festival for the first time. Such a move would not only simplify economic planning but unite different traditions around the world and end almost 2,000 years of theological controversy. However the Bishop...
  • Patriarch Kirill: Evangelicals' Moral Stand Allows Us to Continue Dialogue With US Christians

    03/23/2016 2:16:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/22/16 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    MOSCOW, March 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Patriarch Kirill, leader of over 200 million Russian Orthodox Christians, says Franklin Graham and other Evangelicals allow the Orthodox Church "to continue our dialogue with Christians in America." The head of the Russian Orthodox Church met with Graham, son of Billy Graham, and praised him for standing up to the gay agenda sweeping across the United States. "I would like to note once again the role played by the conservative Evangelicals in the United States, as their position gives us an opportunity to continue our dialogue with Christians in America," His All-Holiness said, adding...
  • Johnny Cash reading from the 9th chapter of Revelation with Greek Orthodox Choir

    03/12/2016 3:15:45 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 13 replies
    youtube.com ^ | Oct 12, 2010
    A recording of Johnny Cash reading from the 9th chapter of Revelation and I added in the Choir of NYC, Astoria's Greek Orthodox Church.
  • Russian Orthodox Church Denies Plans to Take in Uniates

    03/11/2016 6:18:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Moscow, March 11, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate does not confirm reports on its intention to take in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (Uniates). "I know nothing of anyone's attempt to convince Uniates to join the Moscow Patriarchate," the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations head Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said in an interview with Interfax-Religion. Metropolitan Hilarion thus commented on a statement by Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church archbishop Svyatoslav Shevchuk that there are attempts to convince Uniates "to turn to Orthodoxy or to join the Moscow Patriarchate." "Other things are happening now in Ukraine: by fair or false...
  • Pope's Russian outreach stirs anxieties

    03/08/2016 6:08:30 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    NCRonline ^ | March 8, 2016 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    In the weeks following Pope Francis' meeting with Russia's Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba, predictions are still being aired about the wider impact on Catholic-Orthodox ties. But some church leaders are worried about the implications of the new closeness, and seek reassurances from the Vatican. "We don't doubt the goodness of Pope Francis -- he's a humble man who's looking out for the good of the church," said Bishop Hlib Lonchyna from Ukraine's Greek Catholic church. "But there seem to be problems in how Rome understands the world. If you're raised in the West, you inherit a mentality which may...
  • Not Rivals, but Brothers: Russian Orthodox Official Reflects on Recent Joint Declaration

    03/05/2016 11:59:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The grave challenges that humanity faces move Catholics and the Orthodox faithful "to live and act not as rivals but as brothers," Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said in a reflection on the recent joint declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, the chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate welcomed the Syrian truce, supported by Russia and the United States, as a "first step" toward joint action against the terrorism that threatens Christians.
  • Ukrainian Catholic Leader: We Are More Than an 'Ecclesial Community'

    03/03/2016 9:46:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has renewed his criticism of portions of the recent joint statement of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. Referring to the Eastern Catholic churches-of which the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is the largest-the document stated that "it is today clear that the past method of 'uniatism,' understood as the union of one community to the other, separating it from its Church, is not the way to re-establish unity. The ecclesial communities which emerged in these historical circumstances have the right to exist and to undertake all that is necessary to meet...