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  • Historic Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Agreed Statement on the Holy Spirit Published [Filioque]

    11/15/2018 6:52:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The historic Agreed Statement between Anglican and Oriental Orthodox theologians on the Procession and Work of the Holy Spirit has been published. The statement was signed last October after lengthy discussions by members of the Anglican Oriental-Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC). It was published at this year’s meeting of AOOIC, which took place last week in Lebanon. The agreed statement is part of a series of work which has helped to heal the oldest continuing division within Christianity, a schism that goes back centuries. At the core of Agreed Statement is the controversial Filioque clause – appended to the Nicene Creed...
  • High Mass (Orthodox Western Rite)

    11/14/2018 5:47:32 PM PST · by NRx · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10-31-2018 | St. Patrick's Church
    High Mass served according to the Orthodox Western Rite in a parish of the Antochian Orthodox Church. This appears to be the pre-Vatican II Roman Catholic Rite with only a few minor changes in order to render it acceptable for Orthodox Christian worship. The Creed will be recited in its original form sans the Filioque and I believe a slightly reinforced epiclesis was added. But otherwise this is the Tridentine Mass. (English 1hr 5 mins}
  • Russian Church Withdraws from Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue

    11/09/2018 6:18:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 11/8/18 | John Burger
    Ecumenical expert says implications of decision are yet to be seen.The implications for Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, following the Russian Orthodox Church’s decision to withdraw from it, remain to be seen, said a Catholic member of the dialogue commission. Monsignor Paul McPartlan, the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at the School of Theology and Religious Studies of the Catholic University of America, confirmed Wednesday that the Russian Orthodox have decided to suspend their participation in the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. Monsignor McPartlan said a meeting of the...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Has No Business in Ukraine – Poroshenko

    11/08/2018 6:16:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/7/18
    Kiev, November 7, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has no business in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko said. In his speech at the high-level international conference "Lessons of a Hybrid Decade: What One Must Know to Move Forward Successfully" in Kiev on Wednesday, Poroshenko said, citing Putin, that Russia rests on two pillars: the Russian Orthodox Church and nuclear weapons. "Is it okay that the Russian Security Council immediately meets under the leadership of Putin with one issue on the agenda - how to protect the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine? My dear, you have no business here. Your...
  • Poroshenko, Orthodox Patriarch Sign Accord on Independent Ukraine Church

    11/05/2018 4:38:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    ISTANBUL: Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and the Istanbul-based Orthodox patriarch on Saturday (Nov 3) signed an accord that paves the way for the recognition of an independent Ukrainian church, provoking new fury in Moscow. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I had on Oct 11 agreed to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from the Moscow Patriarchate, a move that was welcomed with jubilation by Kiev but condemned as "catastrophic" in Moscow. On a visit to Istanbul that will see him hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Poroshenko signed an agreement setting out the steps needed to formalise the...
  • Jesus in Islam

    11/03/2018 1:49:34 PM PDT · by NRx · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | 02-16-2018 | Bible Illustrated
    A short video discussion of Islamic claims and perceptions about Jesus Christ.
  • Fr. Robert Taft, feisty ecumenist and liturgical historian, dies at 86

    11/03/2018 11:34:24 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 2, 2018 | John Burger
    Jesuit who became a Byzantine priest worked to help disparate parts of the Church understand one another Fr. Robert Francis Taft, preeminent historian of the Eastern Christian liturgy and an outspoken voice in relations between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, died at his home in Weston, Massachusetts, November 1, at the age of 86. Fr. Taft, who taught at a pontifical institute in Rome for several decades, is best known for his six-volume History of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Born into a family that had ties to a U.S. president and a senator from Ohio, he grew up...
  • Primacy and Identity: A Reply to ‘First Without Equals’ and the Tragedy of Deficient Ecclesiology

    11/02/2018 9:52:49 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 10-31-2018 | Bishop Irenei (Steenberg)
         Author’s Preface (2018) The paper that follows was originally drafted in 2015 as an internal reference document for members of various theological commissions, as a response to documents that had then been somewhat recently published and generated debate over the preceding years. The more recent events of 2018, centred in Ukraine but relating to questions of ecclesiological primacy that affect the whole Orthodox world (and which, at the present moment,1 are still very much ongoing), have given cause to disseminate the text more broadly, as a small study of some of the core ecclesiastical and theological principles involved....
  • Ukraine is the Canonical Territory of the Russian Church

    11/02/2018 9:46:41 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 11-02-2018 | Fr. Theodore Zisis
    Kiev stood at the origin of the Russian Church, and still remains a part of it At the epicenter of Church concerns, contradictions, confrontations, and even geopolitical claims, has long been the question of autocephalous status for the Ukrainian Church, which not only belonged to the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church for centuries, but is also in fact, the beginning of the Russian peopleÂ’s Church history. [Kiev] is the baptismal font that gave birth to the Russian Church, on the day of the Baptism of the Russian Grand Prince St. Vladimir, and the Russian nation in Kiev, in...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Satisfied with Pope's Attitude to Events in Ukraine

    11/01/2018 5:47:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/29/18
    Moscow, October 29, Interfax - Pope Francis has a balanced position on the events involving the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, said. "We have never heard any support for Constantinople's rapacious actions from the pope or his representatives. We have never heard any support for the Ukrainian authorities, which intend to discriminate against the Russian-speaking population. And we generally see a very balanced position from Pope Francis personally, the Vatican as a state, and the Roman Catholic Church on different levels," the metropolitan said on the program Church and...
  • Death to Halloween! (Very Scary!)

    10/31/2018 10:36:21 AM PDT · by NRx · 25 replies ^ | 10-29-2018 | Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov
    It is that time of year again when Orthodox and some other Christian writers attempt to warn people about the evils of Halloween. They assert—and I have done no less in my much younger days—that Halloween is a pagan holiday, and thus everyone who participates in its celebrations by default participates in the ancient Gaelic harvest festival called Samhain (“summer’s end”). As I grew older I saw that the people who dress up as princesses and Marvel super heroes have about as much to do with devil worship (for this is often the claim) as people who send each other...
  • Russian Church Has No Choice But to Obey Us—Pat. Bartholomew

    10/26/2018 6:05:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/23/18
    The Patriarch dismisses arguments against his unilateral actions as “black propaganda”Finally responding to the pushback against his Patriarchate’s unilateral actions in Ukraine, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has insisted that he will not back down in Ukraine, meaning he will continue to work towards creating an autocephalous Church in Ukraine, although the nation is already the canonical territory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the headship of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine. Speaking at a meeting of the city government of the Greek diaspora in Constantinople, Pat. Bartholomew argued that his actions are based on the sacred canons...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Tells Patriarch Bartholomew It's Not Obliged to Obey Him

    10/23/2018 6:25:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/23/18
    Moscow, October 23, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church is not going to obey the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople's decisions on Ukraine, contrary to what Patriarch Bartholomew expects, a spokesperson for the Moscow Patriarchate said. "The Russian Church, like any other local Orthodox Church, is not obliged to obey the Patriarch of Constantinople's decisions, as the canons of the Ecumenical Councils, to which Patriarch Bartholomew has referred, do not invest him with any powers beyond his patriarchate," Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations secretary, told Interfax on Tuesday. The priest was commenting on Patriarch Bartholomew's...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Denies Rumors of Coming Visit of Pope Francis to Moscow

    10/22/2018 7:19:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 10/22/18
    Moscow, October 22, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has denied the alleged discussion of preparations for a visit of Pope Francis to Moscow. "As for the new armchair pseudo-insiders and other quasi-experts: the Pope of Rome's visit to Russia is not on the agenda," the head of the Synod's department for relations of the church with society and media, Vladimir Legoyda, said on his Telegram channel on Monday morning. Russian bloggers reported on Monday alleged preparations for Pope Francis' visit to Moscow, which was bound to demonstrate the high international standing of the Russian Orthodox Church after its break-up...
  • ROC to Sever Relations with Patriarchate of Jerusalem, if Filaret’s Adherents..Worship in Holy Land

    10/22/2018 7:17:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Russian Orthodox Church may suspend services in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher if the Patriarchate of Jerusalem supports Constantinople in its decision to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. This was stated by the secretary of the Russian spiritual mission in Jerusalem, Abbot Nikon, said Ukrayinska Pravda citing RIA Novosti. “If Jerusalem Patriarchate take the side of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and, consequently, Filaret’s adherents serve at the Holy Sepulcher and other churches in the Holy Land, then we have to stop concelebrating with them,” he said. “In fact, the scandal will continue, and, most likely, I...
  • Russian Orthodox Official Visits Pope Amid Tension in Orthodox World

    10/21/2018 5:53:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Aleteia ^ | 10/19/18
    Russia has split with Constantinople, and Hilarion is in Rome to address synod but also to talk to pope about the difficultiesMetropolitan Hilarion, director of the Foreign Relations Department of the Moscow Patriarchate, was received by Pope Francis today, the Holy See reported. This meeting comes just days after the Russian Orthodox Church’s decision to sever ties with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. “I hope to be able to speak with him [the pope, Ed.] about the relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church, and the situation we are experiencing,” the Orthodox prelate said to the...
  • Ukrainian Orthodox Church Controversy: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    10/18/2018 4:34:38 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Synaxis ^ | 10-18-2018 | Institute for Orthodox Unity
    The recent controversy over the Orthodox Church in Ukraine has been the subject of a lot of confusion, especially online. The following questions and answers attempt to clear up confusion in a non-partisan way that does not take sides in the dispute.Updates will be added whenever new information comes to light, so check back periodically.LAST UPDATED OCT. 18, 2018Who are the players in the current dispute and what is being disputed?The primary parties in the dispute are the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate, MP), led by Patriarch Kyrill, and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (EP), led by Patriarch Bartholomew.Directly affected...
  • The Eastern Schism: A Political Clash over Ukraine Shakes Eastern Orthodox Unity

    10/18/2018 8:47:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/17./2018 | By TYLER ARNOLD
    The patriarch of Constantinople recognizes the independence of Christians who have broken from Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church cries foul. The Russian Orthodox Church on Monday officially broke communion with the Orthodox Church of Constantinople, whose patriarch has held the title “first among equals” for nearly a thousand years, following the East–West schism of 1054 — the schism that separated Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. If communion between Moscow and Constantinople is not reinstated, the schism would be the largest in nearly a millennium. Typically, questions of church are a purely ecclesiological matter, but in this case politics seems to...
  • Far Eastern Russian Airport Could be Renamed for St. Innocent of Alaska

    10/17/2018 7:20:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/17/18
    Ten candidates were proposed yesterday for the renaming of South Sakhalin Airport on the far eastern Russian island of Sakhalin. Among the nominees was St. Innocent (Veniamin) of Moscow, the Equal to the Apostles and Enlightener of North America, reports Interfax-Religion. St. Innocent was proposed as the future airport patron by Archpriest Viktor Gorbach, a member of the Public Chamber of the Sakhalin Region, during a meeting of the organizing committee for the renaming of the South Sakhalin Airport. Documents with the proposals will be sent to the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation for consideration. St. Innocent, the Metropolitan...
  • Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

    10/15/2018 7:12:35 PM PDT · by lightman · 3 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 15 October A.D. 2018 | Department for External Church Reltgh Relaations
    Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church concerning the encroachment of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the Russian Church With profound pain the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has taken the report of the Patriarchate of Constantinople published on October 11, 2018, about the following decisions of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople: confirming the intention ‘to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church; opening a ‘stauropegion’ of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Kiev; ‘restoring in the rank of bishop or priest’ the leaders of the Ukrainian schism and their...