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Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • Historic Meeting of Pope and Russian Orthodox Head Seen Nearer

    06/29/2015 7:25:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/28/15 | Philip Pullella
    An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is "getting closer every day," a senior Orthodox prelate said in an interview published on Sunday. The unprecedented meeting would be a significant step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity, which split in the Great Schism of 1054. "Now such a meeting is getting closer every day but it must be well prepared," Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church's foreign relations department, said in an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper. He said the meeting...
  • Pope Congratulates Nigerian Muslims At Ramadan

    AS the Ramadan fast enters the second week, Pope Francis has sent his goodwill message to Nigerian Muslims, urging them to use the fasting period to enrich themselves spiritually, physically and morally. In his prayer, the Catholic pontiff said: “I am pleased to send you, in the name of all Catholics around the world, best wishes for a peaceful and joyful celebration of ‘Id el-Fitr. May your fasting, prayer, almsgiving, help to the poor, visits to family members and to friends enrich your lives.” In a statement signed by the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican, Jean-Louis...
  • Question For Lutheran FReepers

    06/28/2015 11:47:57 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 36 replies
    vanity | June 28, 2015 | Jim Noble
    Our semi-Liberal Catholic parish recently changed hymnals. Today was the first Sunday since the change that A Mighty Fortress is Our God was on the hymn list. Now, I come from 500 years of German Lutherans. I know the words to Ein Feste Burg, and I know the English version by heart (a bulwark never failing, Lord Sabaoth His name, etc, etc). So, anyway, the words in the new hymnal are different. My first thought, of course, was "Damn Liberal Catholics, can't leave any of our good old hymns alone", BUT, when I looked down, I saw the copyright was...
  • Patriarch Calls for Iraqi Churches to Unite After Centuries of Division

    06/26/2015 6:23:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/26/15 | Staff Reporter
    Patriarch Sako calls for Chaldeans and Assyrians to form one Church of the EastChaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has proposed that the three main Iraqi Christian churches should merge in order to secure the survival of the faith in that country. Writing on the patriarchate website the head of the Chaldean Church, which has been in communion with Rome, proposed a reunion between his church and the two largest Assyrian churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Ancient Church of the East. In a statement the patriarch said: “I would like to share some personal thoughts with...
  • Pope Francesco's Amazing Climate Theatre

    06/25/2015 3:14:18 PM PDT · by ubipetrusest · 8 replies
    brotherlapin,com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Brother Lapin
    Morris tells me the recyclical Laudato Si’ is subtitled: “Pope Francesco’s Amazing Climate Theatre,” and how appropriate this is. The recyclical provides fun for all the family: there’s something in the show for everyone: global warming enthusiasts, liberals, Buddhists, atheists, New Age hippies, greens, and everyone who enjoys those lovely pictures of Saint Francis surrounded by corgis, hummingbirds and My Little Pony, without asking awkward questions like, “What did Francis say about sin?” At the heart of this recyclical is the popular image of Saint Francis surrounded by cuddly animals, and this is where we find the real theological and...
  • The Perils of Ecumenical Straight-Talk

    06/25/2015 11:34:24 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    NOR ^ | May 2015 | David Mills
    The attempt to describe to a conservative Protestant the differences between the Catholic Church and his tradition usually ends in one of two ways: He will be your good friend or your enemy. He can become your enemy even when he has asked you to explain the differences, and even when you’re careful to ring your description with declarations of the respect and admiration you feel for conservative Protestants. In only a few cases, in my experience, will he respond neutrally, in a way that leaves your relationship unchanged. It’s not easy to predict who will react which way. I’ve...
  • Pope Kisses the Waldensian Bible --- Pope Francis, Don Bosco and the Waldensians

    06/24/2015 7:01:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 112 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | June 24, 2015
    (Turin) last Monday, 22 June Pope Francis appeared in the main church of the Vaudois, the day after his pilgrimage to the grave Shroud of Turin in the Piedmontese capital. It was a scene that was recorded photographically. The Waldensian pastors handed Pope Francis their Bible that the Pope kissed before their eyes. A "disturbing" image, says Chiesa e postconcilio . "What does the great catechism of St. Pius X, # 887. What should a Christian do if he is offered a Bible by a Protestant or an emissary of the Protestants? Answer: When a Christian of a is offered...
  • Moscow Patriarchate to Pope on Common Easter Date: More info please...

    06/16/2015 11:10:18 AM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    Asia News ^ | 06-16-15 | Nina Achmatova
    The Russian Orthodox Church has cautiously welcomed the willingness expressed by Pope Francis to establish a common date for Easter, so that Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants will celebrate the Resurrection on the same day. According archpriest Nikolai Balashov, deputy chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Church Relations, the Pontiff’s statements as reported in the media are not sufficient to give a proper understanding of the essence of his proposal. "I would prefer to know the exact statements of Pope Francis first, transmitted by different sources of information," said Balashov, in an interview with Tass news agency, noting that...
  • Russian Metropolitan Hilarion Meets with Pope Francis in Vatican

    06/16/2015 6:36:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/16/15
    Moscow, June 16, Interfax - With the blessing of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on June 15, the press service of the Synodal Department reported on Tuesday. At the meeting, Metropolitan Hilarion conveyed Patriarch Kirill's greetings to Pope Francis. "The parties discussed a wide range of issues, including the deplorable state of the Christian population in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the need to make joint efforts to protect the traditional idea of...
  • The RPCNA & ARP Synods: A Family Reunion of Churches

    06/15/2015 1:00:20 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | June 15, 2015 | James Faris
    This week (June 8-12, 2015), the highest courts of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) met concurrently in Flat Rock, North Carolina at the Bonclarken Conference Center. The RP and ARP courts are both called “synod” – distinct from the term “general assembly” used by most other Presbyterian denominations. A general assembly is historically seen as the highest court, with a synod being lesser. In seminary, I was taught that our denominations have chosen to keep synods, in part, as a reminder that the visible church is yet fractured due to...
  • Pope Calls for Agreement on a Single Date for Christians to Celebrate Easter

    06/13/2015 9:34:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 6/12/15
    Francis had invited Bartholomew to present his encyclical on ecology. Zizoulas, one of the greatest Orthodox theologians, will do it in his place. “Mary is much more important than the apostles.” Forcing migrants back in Asia is not an attitude inherent to a continent that “has a mystical treasure-trove”. Similarly, “the fundamentalism found in some parts of Pakistan where Christians were burnt alive for bearing the Gospel is not inherent”.Rome (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis today proposed that all Christians celebrate Easter at the same time. He did so, noting that “The Catholic Church has been willing since Paul VI to...
  • The forgiveness of Sins

    06/12/2015 6:18:39 AM PDT · by ADSUM · 302 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | Catholic Answers
    All pardon for sins ultimately comes from Christ’s finished work on Calvary, but how is this pardon received by individuals? Did Christ leave us any means within the Church to take away sin? The Bible says he gave us two means.
  • GREEK VERBS QUICK REFERENCE (Studying the Bible)

    PRESENT TENSE: CONTINUOUS ACTION, HABITUAL ACTION, OFTEN REFLECTS A LIFESTYLEEXAMPLE OF PRESENT TENSE: 1Peter 1:5 who are protected (word study) (PPPMPA) (5746) by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last timePPPMPA: Present Tense, Passive Voice, Participle, Masculine, Plural, Accusative From Peter's use of Present tense one can see that in context. He is referring to born again ones, describing them as those who are "continually being protected by the power (dunamis) of God". God's protection of His children isn't fickle, present one day and absent the next. You can see...
  • Pope Sounds Heresy Alert Concerning His Own Remarks

    06/06/2015 2:05:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 177 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | June 5, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In yet another of the rambling, off-the-cuff videotaped statements of which he is fond, the Pope, in a video message to something called the Day of Christian Unity in Phoenix, Arizona on May 23, offered the opinion respecting the persecution of Christians that Satan does not care about what denomination Christians belong to because we are all Christians just the same. Francis’s remarks, which carry forward his persistent theme that doctrinal differences between Catholics and Protestants are not very important and represent merely unresolvable disagreements among theologians, came this time with a rather telling disclaimer: I feel like saying something...
  • Churches embracing homosexuality prepare members to accept the Anti-Christ: Russian Orthodox leader

    06/05/2015 6:57:12 PM PDT · by lightman · 27 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | 5 June A.D. 2015 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    MOSCOW, June 5, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Churches that have deemed homosexuality morally acceptable have rejected Christianity and are preparing their followers to accept the Anti-Christ, according to one of the leading figures in the Russian Orthodox Church. His statement came as the Russian Orthodox Church announced that it is ending “formal contacts” with the United Protestant Church of France and the Church of Scotland over those churches’ abandonment of traditional Christian sexual morality. In its statement, the church said ecumenical dialogue was pointless after France’s United Protestant Church last month voted to allow pastors to officiate at same-sex “marriages” and...
  • Open Heavens lead to Heavenly Armies [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/29/2015 7:36:02 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 11 replies
    bible, the Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-29-15 | holy Spirit
    Supernatural Beings( Angels)are about to arrive on the scene assisting My children according to My Kingdom and now more than ever before they shall begin to naturalize before you as they truly are " Heaven on Earth " . Honor them as they honor you as My Creation and realize they ARE part of My Kingdom, My Power, and My Glory on Earth as it is in Heaven for now they shall be assisting you in this battle as never before. I have opened the Heavens now for you as I did for Jacob, as I did at My Resurrection...
  • Arminian vs Reformed on Justification

    05/28/2015 11:44:08 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    Reformation21 ^ | May 26, 2015 | Mark Jones
    Introduction Recent scholarship on Arminius has pointed out that he was a theologian of grace. Of course, I am yet to read of a Christian theologian who would not wish to be described that way. Some scholars have also tried to narrow the gap between Arminius and the Reformed tradition, with some suggesting that Arminius was correct to view himself as Reformed.  Historically speaking, according to the judgment of many Reformed divines, Arminius, and his Remonstrant successors, deviated from the Reformed doctrine of justification by faith alone in a significant way. Arminius thought his difference was only minor. In fact,...
  • Despite ISIS Threat,Christian Monks Refuse To Abandon St. Matthew's Monastery In Iraq

    05/28/2015 8:55:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Mary Chastain
    The Assyrian monks at Saint Matthew’s Monastery in the Nineveh Plains told the world they will not leave, even though the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) creeps closer to their home. The monks regularly hear battles down the mountain.
  • BREAKING: Pope takes major step toward formal heresy

    "I feel like saying something that may sound controversial or even heretical. But there is someone who knows that despite our differences we are one. It is he who is persecuting us. It is he that is persecuting Christians today; he who is anointing us with the blood of martyrdom, knows that Christians are disciples of Christ. That we are one, that we are brothers! He doesn't care if they are Evangelicals, Orthodox, Lutherans, Catholics or Apostolic. He doesn't care! They are Christians."
  • Hinson-Merton Friendship Continues Impact on Baptist Spirituality

    05/22/2015 6:16:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Baptist Global News ^ | 5/20/15 | Carrie McGuffin and Jeff Brumley
    Glenn Hinson urges fellow Baptists to emulate the late Catholic monk Thomas Merton’s belief that contemplative spirituality is not limited to monasteries.The late Catholic monk, author and interfaith pioneer Thomas Merton is far more than a distant historical figure because the body of his work can actually improve the spirituality of Baptists even today, Baptist scholar E. Glenn Hinson says. Hinson knows because that’s what happened to him through the relationship he developed with Merton during the 1960s. “Little by little, I gained more confidence that I understood what Thomas Merton was trying to do,” Hinson told some 60 ministers...
  • Submit to the Lord [charismatic caucus]

    05/19/2015 9:46:07 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-1915 | Jedediah,Bible
    Submit to the Lord and you will find, Breakthrough of a new kind, For in submission Heaven becomes clear, And you will see into things others fear, For The Father's Heart is Pure Above All, And only The Holy may access and call, For The Eyes of The Cherubim guard what is pure, So only the Holy are able to endure . . . Isaiah 6:5-8 5 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for...
  • Archbishop Nienstedt blocks church from hosting LGBT Catholic youth event (welcomed by Lutherans)

    05/18/2015 3:52:12 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 20 replies
    The Column (gay news outlet) ^ | May 15, 2015 | Andy Birkey
    Organizers were planning for more than 100 participants at Minneapolis’ Church of Christ the King on Saturday to talk about the intersection of being LGBT and Catholic and the how to bridge the gap between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church. That gap got a little wider when organizers of the LGBTQ+ Catholic Youth Summit were notified on Sunday — just days before the event — that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis would not permit the event in a Catholic Church. Instead, event organizers have found a welcoming home down the street at the Edina Community...
  • ‘Ecumenism of Blood Unites Us,’ Francis Tells Coptic Pope

    05/12/2015 8:21:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/12/15 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis sends message to Coptic Pope Tawadros II to mark 'day of friendship'Pope Francis has told Coptic Pope Tawadros II that an “ecumenism of blood unites us”. Francis sent a message to the Coptic patriarch on Sunday to mark the “day of friendship” between the Coptic Orthodox and Catholic churches. “Today more than ever we are united by the ecumenism of blood, which further encourages us on the path toward peace and reconciliation. I assure you and the Christian community in Egypt and throughout the Middle East of my unceasing prayer, and I remember in particular the Coptic faithful...
  • MY HEART AND WILL FOR MY CHILDREN [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/11/2015 7:25:20 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Foundations are being laid now in my children that have crossed the threshing floor of My heart and will for all my children of light , for to partake of my cup you must enter into me in all fullness and truth therefore obey my statutes and “ live “ my words to you given upon the foundation of my kingdom “ My heart “ , for truly as I send my sent ones and speak through my prophets , the oracles shall reveal themselves to all those that receive me in the manner I choose to come, for many...
  • Michael Coren Leaves the Church: The author of "Why Catholics Are Right" is no longer Catholic

    05/07/2015 10:21:49 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 13 replies
    Church Militant ^ | Apr 28, 2015 | Ryan Fitzgeral
    The author of Why Catholics Are Right has ditched the Catholic Church. Michael Coren is a well-known writer and talk show host from Canada. He's perhaps best known for The Michael Coren Show and The Arena with Michael Coren on Canadian television, where he earned the reputation of being an unapologetic conservative. He's appeared on Church Militant's Mic'd Up program as recently as 2013, and Michael Voris was once a guest on The Michael Coren Show in 2011. When he first became a Christian in his twenties, he joined the Catholic Church. Soon afterward, though, he left Catholicism in favor...
  • BREAKING THROUGH WITH INTIMACY [ charistmatic caucus]

    05/06/2015 10:56:23 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Intimacy is the key to your breaking through in your days ahead . So persevere as Daniel and Gabriel for I will send My angels of My Presence as Michael (AS GOD) as you spend time in mine . . . DANIEL 10:12-21 12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael,...
  • Coptic Patriarch: Possibility to Celebrate Easter Together on Third Sunday in April Being Studied

    05/06/2015 6:13:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Fides ^ | 5/5/15
    Amsterdam (Agenzia Fides) - The debate on the opportunity to unify the dates of the liturgical solemnities currently celebrated on different days from different Churches and communities, is "a historical problem" that in itself does not have implications of faith and doctrine. This is why the proposal to unify the Easter date for all Christian Churches "on the third Sunday of April" is being studied. This is what Patriarch Tawadros II said during a meeting with young people which took place on Sunday, May 3 at the Coptic Cultural Centre in Amsterdam, in the context of the visit carried out...
  • Peter Foster: Vatican becomes an arm of godless United Nations with climate statement

    04/30/2015 3:13:43 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 12 replies
    Financial Post ^ | April 29, 2015 | Peter Foster
    There was no discussion at this week’s Vatican “conference” en route to Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change. What’s to discuss? Anybody who disagrees is an apostate, destined for damnation. The important point is to stop them bringing climate hell to earth. The event — along with an accompanying statement — confirmed that the Vatican has become an arm of the godless United Nations, and an unabashed shill for its murky Sustainable Development Goals. The encyclical is due to land in September to rally climate True Believers ahead of the U.N.’s giant policy shindig in Paris.
  • Ordinary "measures" will not do for all your steps must come from Me [ charistmatic caucus]

    04/30/2015 2:07:40 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    The Joshua Chronicles,Bible ^ | 4-30-15 | jedediah
    Position yourself in Me now Completely and cease ALL striving for I have already overcome FOR you ! As you step into the coals of My very spirit I shall paint you into My Portrait of Love and Worship for this is where you belong and you shall find yourself now as part of the very DNA Particles from the building blocks of My Manifold Wisdom completely and entirely of My makeup and knowing, the Eyes of Understanding all that is before you for you have eaten from The Tree of Life and the Salve of My Nectar so that...
  • How To Stop Whiners

    04/26/2015 3:41:13 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    kevinfitzmaurice.com ^ | Kevin Fitzmaurice
    Do you hate it when they whine? Do you hate it when they whine and say, "Don't you agree," "Do you see my point," "Ain't it awful," "Aren't they just terrible for doing that," etc.? Do you want to graciously stop them from wasting your time and using you to confirm their distorted views? Then memorize the following line: "Thanks for the honor of being a judge. But, to be a fair judge-- I will first have to hear the other side." If you stick to this line each time they whine--they will soon stop bothering you and move on...
  • A beautiful morning for church

    04/26/2015 3:59:07 AM PDT · by knarf · 10 replies
    The Holy Spirir ^ | April 26, 2015 | knarf
    Another day to go and hear from Dad ...
  • Feast Day of St. George (April 23rd)

    04/23/2015 8:11:39 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 3 replies
    http://www.st-george-medal.com ^ | April 23 | http://www.st-george-medal.com
    St. George who was a martyr and one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers has a feast day on April 23rd, the anniversary of his death by beheading. In 1969, Saint George's feast was reduced to an optional memorial in the Roman Catholic calendar so the solemnity of his commemoration depends purely on local observance. However, St. George Day is celebrated by several nations and cities of which Saint George is patron saint. These include, England, Portugal, Georgia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and the Republic of Macedonia, and the cities of Moscow in Russia, Genova in Italy and Beirut in Lebanon. In Palestine...
  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Stream Joseph: King of Dreams On Netflix Today

    04/19/2015 1:08:15 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-19-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    After having written about Prince of Egypt several readers told me I should also watch Joseph: King of Dreams. I did and, I have to say, you all were right. Like Prince of Egypt, Joseph: King of Dreams is a must-watch because it touches on some very important things about our relationship with God: [VIDEO] Like Prince of Egypt, Joseph: King of Dreams is a must-watch because it touches on some very important things about our relationship with God: [VIDEO] 2. God guides us, but it’s up to us to act. Joseph used every opportunity he got to improve his...
  • TIME TO GET READY FOR CHURCH

    04/19/2015 4:00:49 AM PDT · by knarf · 3 replies
    The Holy Spirit ^ | April 19, 2015 | knarf
    It's that time againWinter's done, the garden's been started, the week is over ...Let's go listen to a love letter read from Dad Time For Church
  • Get ready for church

    04/12/2015 3:51:26 AM PDT · by knarf · 3 replies
    various authors ^ | April 123, 2015 | knarf, various
    Something pleasant about Sunday in the springtime
  • The Concept of Catholic Unity in the Doctrine of the Eucharist at the time of Trent

    04/09/2015 10:36:50 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 31 replies
    Reformation500 ^ | January 1, 2013 | Paul Bassett
    The last time I posted here I examined Bryan Cross’s claim for unity in the Roman Catholic Church.  It was my intention to apply Bryan’s guidelines to a specific case that he mentioned – i.e. abortion – to show that his claim, in at least that instance, did not meet the “visibility” standard he required for unity to exist.  I hope to have been fair in my examination and believe that said examination disproved Bryan’s thesis on his own grounds.But that exercise caused me to reflect more broadly on the Roman claim to unity as it might apply to other...
  • “Who Will Resist the Lynch Mob?”: Robert George’s Rousing Call to Action

    04/07/2015 12:10:28 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    ChurchPop ^ | April 4, 2015 | Robert P. George
    Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and co-author of What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense, recently made a spirited call to action for all those willing to refuse to be bullied into submission. Here’s what he wrote on Facebook: The lynch mob came for the brilliant mild-mannered techie Brendan Eich. The lynch mob came for the elderly florist Baronelle Stutzman. The lynch mob came for Eastern Michigan University counseling student Julea Ward. The lynch mob came for the African-American Fire Chief of once segregated Atlanta Kelvin Cochran. The lynch mob came for the owners of...
  • Hallelujah! Resurrection Morning!

    04/05/2015 4:07:09 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 5, 2015 | Heather Ace, YouTube
    Have a good and blessed Easter FRpers! Christ is RISEN! He is RISEN INDEED! Hallelujah!
  • When Jesus Wept (The Hastings College Choir) William Billings

    04/03/2015 8:09:18 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 3, 2015 | Hastings College Choir
    The Hastings College Choir, under the direction of Dr. Fritz Mountford, performs our realization of a simple canon, or round, by the early America singing master, William Billings.
  • Ecumenical Patriarch Grants Interview to Jesuit Journal

    04/03/2015 8:01:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Father Antonio Spadaro, the director of the Italian Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, has conducted a lengthy interview with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor among the Orthodox churches. The Ecumenical Patriarch spoke about the challenges facing the contemporary world, his admiration for Pope Francis, the upcoming pan-Orthodox synod, and Orthodox spirituality. “Ultimately, it is essential to change the present mindset and abandon a lifestyle of over-consumption and unrestrained greed that inevitably lead to social injustice and inequality,” he told Father Spadaro, who interviewed Pope Francis in August 2013. Interview of the Ecumenical Patriarch...
  • Greek and the New Testament

    04/01/2015 9:51:00 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 13 replies
    The Basics ^ | Gene Cunningham
    The New Testament was written in the language used in the Greek-speaking world from about 300 B.C. to A.D. 500. It was known as Koine or "common" Greek because it was street language—the language of the people—as opposed to the classical Greek of literature. Koine Greek was devised within the ranks of Alexander the Great army for one reason: to conquer the world. When Alexander first began pulling together an army from the Greek city-states over which he had won ascendancy, he found he had a serious problem. When his drill sergeants bellowed, "Left face, forward march," every soldier moved...
  • Why Satisfaction Theory Is So Satisfying (Even Though It’s Wrong)

    03/30/2015 6:26:36 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 4 replies
    Patheos: Good and Truth ^ | March 30, 2015 | Rev Coleman Glenn
    On His “Glory to God for All Things” blog last week, Orthodox priest Fr. Stephen Freeman posted on the Orthodox perspective on Jesus’ atonement in contrast to the theory of penal substitution (penal substitution is the theory that Jesus died instead of you to take on the punishment due to you from God for your sins). Fr. Stephen argues that even the passages that seem to directly imply “penal substitution” atonement, or at least some form of “satisfaction theory” (i.e. Jesus died as a substitution in place of us to satisfy some demand of God), actually do not inherently suggest...
  • Will you be celebrating Easter, as well as celebrating the Assumption of Mary into heaven bodily?

    03/28/2015 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 159 replies
    3/28/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    On Easter Day (April 5th, 2015), faithful Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus bodily from death. Later on this year, faithful Christians will also (on August 15th, 2015) celebrate the resurrection of Mary the mother of Jesus (before her body could see decay) and her Assumption into heaven. With the shows on CNN (Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact and Forgery) and O'Reilly's book, "Killing Jesus" on television (both this Sunday), there seems to be an uptick in the interest on the life of Jesus, the Apostles and early followers of Jesus - as well as Mary's role, too.
  • Praying of the Rosary Is NOT Bible-Based Teaching

    03/24/2015 8:06:07 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 927 replies
    The Disciplers ^ | 2011 | Ptr. Vince
    Praying The Rosary Is Not Biblical, And Is A Form Of Idolatry Just last Sunday, a local newspaper paper released an article teaching that the praying of the Holy Rosary is Bible-based. In the first two paragraphs, the writer admittedly says that there is no passage in the Bible teaching nor mentioned about the praying of Rosary. However, in the following paragraphs, the writer justified the praying of the Rosary basing it on the repetition of historical events of some Bible characters (like Gideon as he mentioned) about Israel’s history. I don’t know if the writer of this article did...
  • The KEY to your daily life in Christ Jesus[Charismatic caucus]

    03/24/2015 8:48:41 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-24-15 | Jedediah ,bible
    Certain situations coming up now will not be explainable or even understandable without first coming to the Shepherd of your ways for truly as "THE" WORD(Eternal) now my children of light "will see" that to step out into unfamiliar ground will be utter futility and that inquiring first of Me before they take a step or speak a word will bring the correct illumination, judgment and the eventual decision or action to take . Here are the Keys to The Kingdom seek Me first in all you do and the other keys will reveal themselves to you . Matthew 26:40...
  • Protestants - Explain "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?"

    03/19/2015 6:54:07 AM PDT · by pgyanke · 191 replies
    Vanity | 3/19/2015 | pgyanke
    There has been an less-than-productive discussion on this thread regarding the last words of Christ on the Cross. It could be because it started with the suggestion--right in the title--that Catholics don't understand Jesus. Not a great way to initiate dialogue and ecumenism. I would like to take a different approach here. I would like to hear my Protestant brethren explain these words of Christ from the Cross:My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? What does it mean? Why did He say it?
  • Reformation Museum in Geneva Blends Humor and Wonder

    03/19/2015 6:20:07 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 16, 2015 | John Hanc
    Finding the International Museum of the Reformation is almost as complicated as explaining the historical movement it chronicles. You must first navigate the labyrinth of Geneva’s Old Town, down narrow, cobblestone streets and then up a long flight of stone stairs, skirting the shadows cast by a towering 13th-century cathedral. Finally you arrive at the tranquil courtyard of the Maison Mallet, the 14-room 18th-century mansion housing the museum, which opened in 2005. [SNIP] Given how practices have changed, museum officials set out to create a space that contemporary visitors, Protestant or not, would find appealing and meaningful, with creative high-...
  • San Francisco Saint Mary’s Cathedral Drenches Homeless With Water To Keep Them Away

    03/18/2015 6:26:18 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 81 replies
    CBS ^ | March 18, 2015
    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — KCBS has learned that Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the principal church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has installed a watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedral’s doorways. The cathedral, at Geary and Gough, is the home church of the Archbishop. There are four tall side doors, with sheltered alcoves, that attract homeless people at night. “They actually have signs in there that say, ‘No Trespassing,’” said a homeless man named Robert. But there are no signs warning the homeless about what happens in these doorways, at various times, all through the night....
  • The Comforter (John 16:7-15)

    03/15/2015 4:13:42 PM PDT · by Talisker · 27 replies
    Bible | John 16:7-15
    John 16:7-15 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send him unto you. And he, when he is come, will convict the world in respect of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness, because I go to the Father, and ye behold me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world hath been judged. I have yet many things to say...
  • Frank the Hippie Pope and Bart the Patriarch Sing Love Songs

    03/05/2015 10:00:49 AM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 14 December 2014 | Lutheran Satire
    Frank the Hippie Pope and Bart the Patriarch Sing Love Songs