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Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • 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 · 54 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • Georgian Orthodox Church Rejects Ecumenical Document for Worldwide Orthodox Council

    02/27/2016 6:40:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Georgian Orthodox Church has rejected a document on ecumenism, prepared for the worldwide council of Orthodox leaders scheduled to take place in Crete in June. The rejection of the preparatory document by one of the world's fourteen autocephalous Orthodox churches poses the first serious challenge for the council's planners. A key organizing principle for the council has been that any statement or document produced by the participants must have unanimous support. The opposition of the Georgian hiearchy also illustrates the deep suspicions about ecumenical work within some Orthodox circles. Patriarch Ilia II of Tbilisi, the leader of the Georgian...
  • Pope Francis Wants More Dialogue With Islam. Is Egypt the Key?

    02/25/2016 4:36:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/25/16 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Feb 25, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Pope Francis, dialogue with Islam is a core issue. He recently voiced hopes to meet a major Sunni leader: the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Mosque, Ahmed el-Tayeb. "I want to meet him. I know that he would like it," the Pope said during his Feb. 18 in-flight press conference. The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, headed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, is reaching out to al-Azhar Mosque. "We are looking for the way, always through Cardinal Tauran because it is the path, but we will achieve it," Pope Francis said...
  • How to Encourage Intellectual Christians in the Evangelical Church

    "The church is always more than a school. . . . But the church cannot be less than a school." - Jaroslav Pelikan, Yale historical theologian1 Being an idea-oriented, bookish, and cerebral-type of Christian can have its challenges. Often times, intellectually inclined believers find it hard to fit into their local evangelical church.2 This difficulty usually arises because the life of the mind is not often identified as a high church priority. So, unfortunately too many churches within the broad sweep of evangelicalism are, to use Pelikan’s words, "less than a school." Parts of the evangelical theological tradition have struggled...
  • Moscow Patriarchate Renews Criticism of Ukrainian Catholic Church

    02/22/2016 6:09:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow has renewed its sharp criticism of the Byzantine-rite Ukrainian Catholic Church, after a brief lull during the "summit meeting" between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads the external-relations department of the Moscow patriarchate, objected strongly to the interview in which Ukrainian Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk had voiced his misgivings about the joint statement issued by the Pope and the Patriarch. The Ukrainian prelate's statements were "very negative, very insulting not only to our side, but also to the Pope," the Russian Church spokesman said. "They have their own politicized agenda," Metropolitan...
  • Patriarch Kirill Calls on Catholics to Jointly Oppose de-Christianization of Human Civilization

    02/20/2016 3:38:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/20/16
    Rio de Janeiro, February 20, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has called on Orthodox Christians and Catholics to join efforts in the fight against the ousting of Christian values. "We still have some doctrinal disagreements, but no one is preventing us from fighting, hand in hand, to end the persecutions, the ousting of Christian values, to end the de-Christianization of the 21st century human civilization," the patriarch said, after conducting a prayer service near the Jesus Christ statue on Mount Corcovado, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the world's largest Catholic country, on Saturday. All travelers, especially...
  • At the Summit Is the Embrace in Havana, But At the Base Unity Is Far Away (Orthodoxy & Catholicism)

    02/20/2016 9:46:49 AM PST · by NRx · 9 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 02-20-2016 | Sandro Magister
    ROME, February 20, 2016 - Meeting with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Rus', Pope Francis made a leap of faith over the obstacle. Or better, the obstacles. Which in great numbers continue to block the way to unity among the Christian Churches. But what is happening at the level of the common faithful? The following is precisely an account that comes from the base. The authors are an Italian-Australian catholic physician, Aniello Iannuzzi, 45, and his wife Paraskevi Tsironis, Greek Orthodox, also a physician. They have four children and live in Sydney. But during the week he works...
  • Met. Hilarion: Orthodox and Catholics must act as allies

    02/17/2016 7:58:02 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 02-13-2016 | ROC
    On 13 February 2016, in an interview to Russia-24 TV Channel, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, spoke about the significance of the meeting held by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Pope Francis at Havana's international airport.- Good afternoon, Metropolitan Hilarion. The first question - what could you say about the outcome of the dialogue, the beginning of which we all saw? The Joint Declaration that was signed enables us to draw some conclusions. What can you say?- The meeting lasted for two hours, all told, and resulted in...
  • Ukrainian Catholic Leader:: Many Feel 'Betrayed' by Joint Statement of Pope, Russian Patriarch

    02/15/2016 6:22:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In a lengthy interview, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) said that the joint declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill showed two parties operating on "completely different planes... pursuing different goals." Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the head of the largest of the Eastern Catholic churches in full communion with the Holy See, warned against criticism of Pope Francis: I found myself experiencing authentic admiration, respect, and a certain reverential awe for the humility of Pope Francis, a true "suffering servant of God," who seeks one thing: to bear witness to the Gospel of Christ before humankind...
  • Roman Primacy and Cuba

    02/13/2016 6:42:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Fr. Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 2/13/16 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    There is so much that is better than good in the Declaration of Cuba that it seems churlish to carp. But ... Paragraph 27: It is our hope that the schism between the Orthodox faithful in Ukraine may be overcome through existing canonical norms, that all the Orthodox Christians of Ukraine may live in peace and harmony, and that the Catholic communities in the country may contribute to this, in such a way that our Christian brotherhood may become increasingly evident.I find this enormously strange. Unless the Russian Church is finally conceding that the Bishop of First Rome does have...
  • Vatican II: Concilium contra Papa Ratti – Part Two

    02/12/2016 7:22:05 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | February 12, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    We continue with a look at those subjects the treatment of which stand out as prime examples of a Concilium contra Papa Ratti [Part One (link below)]: Ecumensim "On the 6th day of January, on the Feast of the Epiphany of Jesus Christ, our Lord, in the year 1928," Pope Pius XI promulgated his Encyclical on Religious Unity, Mortalium Animos; inarguably the most important piece of papal magisterium of the last century on the topic of ecumenism. The Decree on Ecumenism of Vatican II, Unitatis Redintegratio, footnotes this supremely important reaffirmation of immutable Catholic doctrine precisely zero times, and the...
  • What Russian Orthodoxy Wants From Pope Francis

    02/12/2016 5:53:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | 9/12/16 | Nicolai N Petro
    This week's Havana summit is a historic opportunityAlthough the Patriarchate of Constantinople holds a place of honor among the fourteen canonical Orthodox Churches, it is the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), the world's largest, that has emerged as the leading spokesman for Orthodox Christians. Its influence was clearly on display during preparations for this summer's first-ever Pan-Orthodox Council, when it convinced the heads of fellow churches to abruptly shift the venue from Turkey to Crete by suggesting that difficulties might arise in Turkey because of that country’s current tensions with Russia. It was then able to ensure that the Ukrainian Orthodox...
  • Vatican II: Concilium contra Papa Ratti – Part One

    02/11/2016 1:07:34 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | February 11, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    The Second Vatican Council represents a departure from tradition so severe that Yves Congar, an influential figure among the architects of the revolt, once boastfully described it thus: "The Church has had, peacefully, its October Revolution." In addition to being an assault against tradition in the most general sense, however, Vatican II was also in many ways an offensive against the legacy of Pope Pius XI in particular, beginning with the events leading up to its calling. Writing in the inaugural encyclical of his pontificate, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, Pope Pius XI touched briefly on the possibility of reconvening the...
  • Lutheran Leaders Emphasize 'Quest for Unity' with Catholic Church

    02/09/2016 7:36:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 74 replies
    The leaders of the Lutheran World Federation have issued a statement welcoming Pope Francis's upcoming trip to Sweden to commemorate the anniversary of the Reformation. "It is historic that Catholics and Lutherans are commemorating the anniversary of the Reformation together in October 2016," Martin Junge, the federation's general secretary, said in a statement published on February 4. "In Lund we come together to give thanks for the gifts of the Reformation and our 50 years of dialogue together, repent for the human suffering and disunity of the church that followed the Reformation, and commit to joint witness in the world."...
  • U.S. Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Launched, Chicago Archbishop Cupich to Co-Chair

    02/09/2016 7:31:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Rekigion News Service ^ | 2/8/16 | David Gibson
    (RNS) The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Monday (Feb. 8) that it was starting a new National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue group, an initiative driven in part by growing anti-Islamic sentiment that many bishops have denounced. "As the national conversation around Islam grows increasingly fraught, coarse and driven by fear and often willful misinformation, the Catholic Church must help to model real dialogue and good will," Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of Springfield, Massachusetts., said in a statement. "Our current dialogues have advanced the goals of greater understanding, mutual esteem and collaboration between Muslims and Catholics, and the members have established lasting...
  • Hampton Court Vespers Mark First Catholic Service Since Reformation

    02/09/2016 7:23:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    (Vatican Radio) English Cardinal Vincent Nichols will preside at Vespers in the Chapel Royal of Hampton Court Palace on Tuesday, for the first Catholic service to be held there in over 450 years. The Anglican bishop of London Richard Chartres will preach the sermon at the service, which will be preceded by a conversation between the two Church leaders, focusing on the history and unique musical tradition of the Chapel Royal. World renowned ensemble 'The Sixteen' which specializes in early English polyphonic music, will perform works from the Reformation period, highlighting how - in the cardinal's words - "music can...
  • Delaying Patriarch-Pope Meeting "No Longer Possible" - Russian Orthodox Church

    02/08/2016 9:43:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/8/16
    Moscow, February 8, Interfax - While problems remain in the relations between the Russian Orthodox and Catholic Churches, both see protection of persecuted Christians as a priority, the synodal Department for External Church Relations said ahead of the upcoming meeting between the patriarch and the pope. "If we are talking of the meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, this is a meeting between two brightest and most significant leaders of the Christian world, the leaders of the largest Christian communities. There were many years of thorough preparations for the meeting," Moscow Patriarchate Department for External...
  • Objections Raised to Anglican-Presbyterian Agreement

    02/05/2016 5:51:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Church of England and the Church of Scotland have agreed to the Columba Declaration, an ecumenical statement that calls for closer cooperation between the two bodies and permits clergy to minister in one another's churches. The Church of England is the Anglican body in England and Wales; the Church of Scotland, founded by John Knox, is Presbyterian. The Columba Declaration has led to objections from the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Anglican body in Scotland, whose primate questioned whether the Church of England has overstepped its bounds in making the agreement.
  • Let's stop snuggling the wolves (Protestant Caucus)

    02/05/2016 7:39:01 AM PST · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    "Now these [Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so." - Acts 17:11 No matter how much love and humility Bereans have, they tend to take a lot of arrows from their own when contending. Many times when those who stand firm in God's Word as truth are told they have a critical spirit, it is because we have stepped on the tender toes of a teacher that is teaching the opposite of what biblical Christianity teaches. We are told that they...
  • Patriarch Kirill, Pope to Meet on Cuba on February 12

    02/05/2016 4:57:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Moscow, February 5, Interfax- - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will meet with Pope Francis on Cuba on February 12, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, told a press conference in Moscow on Friday. "The issue of the persecution of Christians will be central in this meeting," the metropolitan said. He said the patriarch and the pope will discuss issues relating to bilateral relations and international policy. The meeting will comprise a meeting in person at the international airport in Havana and will lead to the signing of a joint...
  • Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World: Draft Document Pan-Orthodox

    02/03/2016 5:19:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravimir ^ | 2/3/16
    Draft document of the Pan-Orthodox Council, adopted by the 5th Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference in Chambesy on October, 10-17, 2015.Published in compliance with the decision of the Synaxis of Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches, Chambesy, January, 21-28, 2016. 1. Orthodox Church, being the One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, in her profound ecclesiastical consciousness firmly believes that she occupies a central place in matters relating to the promotion of Christian unity within the contemporary world. 2. The Orthodox Church grounds her unity on the fact that she was founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, as well as on the communion...
  • News From the Eastern Front. Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete, While in Athens...

    01/30/2016 6:51:32 AM PST · by NRx · 13 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 01-30-2016 | Sandro Magister
    News From the Eastern Front. Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete, While in Athens... Agreement and disagreement among the Churches of Orthodoxy, on the verge of their first council after more than a thousand years. And from Rome a slap in the face for the Greek Church, with the appointment of a new Catholic and Latin bishop by Sandro Magister ROME, January 30, 2016 - There are two new developments on the front of the Eastern Churches, one huge and one tiny. The tiny one is the appointment of the new apostolic exarch of Byzantine-rite Catholics living in Greece, in essence...
  • Patriarch grateful to Russia for military intervention in Syria

    01/29/2016 6:07:16 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | 01-29-2016 | Staff
    The head of the Syriac Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, welcomed the Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War. In the four months since Russia, at the request of the Syrian government, began its air strikes against rebel forces and the Islamic State, "many things have changed on the ground," said Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan, according to the Italian news agency ANSA. "The Russian intervention gives us a bit of hope in this tragic situation," he continued. "Russia has helped Syria a great deal to retake and liberate cities and...
  • Mind Power: A Manifesto

    01/28/2016 12:44:49 PM PST · by TBP · 6 replies ^ | January 2016 | Mitch Horowitz
    From time to time I hear from old friends, and sometimes from strangers, wondering why I occupy myself with what they regard as “woo-woo” stuff – that is, New Thought and positive-mind traditions. They are right about my commitments. Since the 2014 publication of my One Simple Idea, a history and analysis of positive-mind metaphysics, I have grown more dedicated to exploring the use and viability of the core mind-power thesis, which is: thoughts are causative. My aim is not to disembark from “serious” esoteric traditions (more on that in a moment); nor is it to discontinue my work as...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Denies Rumors of Upcoming Patriarch-Pope Meeting in Latin America

    01/27/2016 6:27:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 1/26/16
    Moscow, January 26, Interfax - The assumptions about a possible meeting between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis in a Latin American country this February are baseless, the Synodal Department for External Church Relations told Interfax-Religion. "The Patriarch and the Pope's Latin American visit programs do not intersect," the Russian Orthodox Church's spokesman for inter-Christian relations, Hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov) told the agency on Tuesday, commenting on recent rumors in the foreign press about a possibility of such a meeting during the two church leaders' visits to that region in February. "The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and the head of...