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  • 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...
  • Is Russia's Syria intervention a 'holy war'? Russian Orthodox Church: 'yes'

    11/24/2015 7:30:13 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 2 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 11/24/2015 | Fred Weir
    Is Russia's Syria intervention a 'holy war'? Russian Orthodox Church: 'yes' The church fully supports the Kremlin's decision to intervene in Syria, both as a 'war on terrorism' and to protect Middle Eastern Christians it sees as its responsibility. Christian Science Monitor By Fred Weir 18 hours ago For many in the West, the idea that a church would take an overtly hawkish stance in the conflict in Syria is an utterly foreign concept. But then, the Russian Orthodox Church is not of the West, says Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the church's most recognizable spokesperson, in his spartan downtown Moscow office....
  • ‘No happy endings’ between Eastern Christians and Islam, professor says

    11/19/2015 8:27:29 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 75 replies
    todayscatholicnews.org ^ | November 17, 2015 | Corine Erlandson
    ‘No happy endings’ between Eastern Christians and Islam, professor says By Corine Erlandson FORT WAYNE — When it comes to Christians in the Middle East, there are “no happy endings.” This was the blunt assessment of Dr. Adam DeVille in a Nov. 11 talk on “Eastern Christians and Islam” at Brookside Mansion at the University of Saint Francis. This talk was part of a series open to the public offered by the Department of Philosophy and Theology. There were close to 50 people in attendance. DeVille started his talk by telling his audience about the status of Eastern Christians in...
  • Beyond Sunday

    11/15/2015 6:02:28 AM PST · by steve8714
    Today I went to Mass, the first time since I heard my pastor compare Pope Francis to the prophet Amos, favorably. Today was also the day the hectoring began for "Beyond Sunday", the latest rebrand of the Archdiocesan Expansion Fund. Those of us who remember the pre-1968 Church might recall a vibrant Catholic presence in the black neighborhoods of North St. Louis. A sizable minority were Roman Catholic, attracted by the ability to send their children to Corpus Christi, Mercy, DeAndreis, Laboure, or even McBride, St. Marks or Rosati-Kain high schools, keeping them out of the street life at a...
  • Russian leading politician: Syria is a Christian holy land for Russia.It Is Our Land

    10/23/2015 12:19:39 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 25 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2 Oct 2015 | Mary Chastain
    This is generally the holy land, he explained. It is for us [Russians] our land. It was from there came to us a civilization. Maybe someone forgot. Antioch gave us the first monks. He continued, When we celebrated the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty all liturgy led not to Russian Orthodox Church, but to Antioch. Would not it be for Antioch, there would be no Orthodoxy and Russia. This is our land!
  • UKRAINE: Human rights activists published evidences of religious persecution in occupied Donbas

    05/15/2015 5:35:06 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    A new report, When God Becomes The Weapon, provides a detailed, unsettling first-hand account of religiously motivated persecution in rebel-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine. The report has been prepared by the Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) and International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) in the framework of the Civic Solidarity Platform with assistance of the Institute for Religious Freedom, Kyiv. The new report, which is based on field monitoring undertaken by the CCL and IPHR, documents widespread and serious violations of the rights of religious believers, EXCEPT the Moscow patriarchy Orthodox Church, in the conflict-affected areas of Ukraine. The Orthodox...
  • Meet the Oriental Orthodox Christians and Their Controversial Christology

    03/19/2015 1:25:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Taylormarshall.com ^ | March 18, 2015 | Dr Taylor Marshall
    On planet earth there are about 70 million Orthodox Christians that are not in full communion with the Catholic Church (centered at Rome) or with the Eastern Orthodox (centered at Constantinople). These are the Oriental Orthodox Christians. They have all seven sacraments, revere the Mother of God and the saints, have a valid Eucharist, pray for the faithful departed, and have preserved a valid line of apostolic succession.Armenian Christians in the Miaphysite Tradition These Oriental Orthodox Christians do not accept the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451 which dogmatically defined that Christ is one divine Person with two natures (divine and human).Meet the...
  • Dissenters, And The Slandering Of Orthodoxy

    02/19/2015 7:46:53 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 7 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 2/19/15 | Mundabor
    Ah, words! How powerful they are with the simple! How many of the latter there are! Cardinal Wuerl has now made clear what the strategy of the Modernist faction (led by TMAHICH) against orthodox Catholics (factually led by the SSPX, and by Cardinal Burke in the Conciliar camp) in the months leading to October will be: comparing them to dissenters. Wuerl's aim is transparent enough: leveraging on the love for orthodoxy of your common Catholic to create an aura of rebellion around those who defend Catholic orthodoxy, whilst letting the heretics appear orthodox because the Pope sides with them. Mind,...
  • Pope Francis: I seek communion with Orthodox Churches

    11/30/2014 3:00:37 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 30, 2014
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I embraces Pope Francis at a celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul - REUTERS (Vatican Radio)  In an address upon conclusion of the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Istanbul, Pope Francis said “the one thing that the Catholic Church desires and that I seek as Bishop of Rome…is communion with the Orthodox Churches.” Below, please find the complete text of the Holy Father’s address:             When I was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, I often took part in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy of...
  • Climate Science Defector Forced to Resign by Alarmist 'Fatwa'

    05/14/2014 1:48:01 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 May, 2014 | James Delingpole
    Professor Lennart Bengtsson - the leading scientist who three weeks ago signalled his defection to the climate sceptic camp by joining the board of the Global Warming Policy Foundation - has now dramatically been forced to resign from his position. His views on the weakness of the "consensus" haven't changed. But as he admits in his resignation letter, he has been so badly bullied by his alarmist former colleagues that he is worried his health and career will suffer. Bengtsson's recruitment by the GWPF (the London-based think tank set up by former Chancellor Lord Lawson) represented a huge coup for...
  • Ankara to Black Sea Turkey and Russia's Age-Old Struggle for Regional Supremacy

    05/14/2014 11:38:58 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 1 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | May 12, 2014 | Akin Unver
    The Ottoman Empires loss of Crimea to the Russian Empire in 1783 was a turning point in both civilizations histories. For the Ottomans, it was the first permanent loss of a major Muslim territory to a Christian power, in this case Catherine the Greats Russia, which, like President Vladimir Putins Russia, had intervened in a Crimean civil war and eventually annexed the peninsula. For the Russians, it was the beginning of their countrys transformation into a global power; through the Black Sea, Russia could sail on the West. From 1783 onward, Moscow used its sea presence to bedevil the Ottomans,...
  • Montenegrin PM blasted over Russia policy (Orthodox church against anti-Russian stance)

    04/29/2014 12:08:13 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 1 replies
    BELGRADE -- Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije has strongly criticized Montengerin Prime Minister Milo Đukanović for the decision to impose sanctions against Russia. Amfilohije (Tanjug) This dignitary of the Serb Orthodox Church spoke during the promotion in Belgrade on Tuesday of Leonid Reshetnikov's book, "To Return to Russia". Amfilohije recalled the words of Montenegro's 18th and 19th century ruler and military and religious leader Petar I Petrović Njegoš (Saint Peter of Cetinje), and advised Đukanović to "read them carefully." "'May he who is not not loyal to the same-language, same-blood Russia, have the living flesh fall off him, may he be...
  • Srebrenica Genocide of the Christian Serbs: these matters are not up for discussion

    11/30/2013 4:01:42 PM PST · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Nov 29, 2013
    Srebrenica Genocide of the Christian Serbs: “these matters are not up for discussion” by SHEIKYERMAMI on NOVEMBER 29, 2013 The Truth Behind the Genocide in Srebrenica: What the West Doesn’t Want You to Know Hillary_Clinton_portraitShillary (“Huma made me do it”): “these matters are not up for discussion….” Slick Willie bombed the Christian Serbs out of their ancestral homeland. Albanian and Bosnian Muslims are now living in the houses of the Serbs. There is a golden statue of BJ Clinton right in the middle of Srebrenica…… Posted by sharia unveiled on November 28, 2013 Srebrenica 4From Serbia to Syria: A Generation...
  • Some 54,000 Join Religious Procession in St. Petersburg

    11/04/2013 12:50:21 PM PST · by kronos77 · 4 replies
    ST. PETERSBURG, November 4 (RIA Novosti) About 54,000 people joined a religious procession in the heart of Russias second largest city St. Petersburg on Monday, a city police spokesman said. No violations of public order took place during the event, the spokesman said. The procession began half an hour later than scheduled due to large number of believers willing to take part. It ended near the citys biggest Orthodox church, Saint Isaac's Cathedral, where a service was held to commemorate Russias National Unity Day. Those who were unable to enter watched the service on two huge TV screens flanking...
  • Believers in Unbelieving Churches

    10/26/2013 8:39:24 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 16 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 10-21-1935 | J. Greshem Machen
    Believers in Unbelieving Churches What Should Be Done by Christian People Who are in a Modernist Church? What is the duty of Christian congregations or Christian individuals who find themselves in a church that is dominated by unbelief? Shall they remain in such a church, or shall they withdraw from it and become members of a consistently Christian Church? That is certainly the question of the hour for the orthodox part of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Various attempts are being made to answer the question. Various considerations are being urged on one side or the other. If we...
  • An aging maverick, Charlotte native Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong has no regrets

    10/19/2013 7:19:42 PM PDT · by boatbums · 49 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | 10/19/2013 | David Gibson
    At 82, retired and enjoying life, Bishop John Shelby Spong doesnt have to be the liberal enfant terrible whose pronouncements for gay rights and against traditional dogmas once scandalized Christendom. Indeed, many of the views that once turned the Charlotte native and former Episcopal bishop of Newark into a lightning rod are now regarded as so matter-of-fact that they barely occasion much notice: Ordaining gay clergy and blessing same-sex marriages, for example, or having a female presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman elected to lead a national church in the Anglican Communion. On a range of issues, Spong...
  • A Mysterious Mass Conversion From Islam to Orthodox Christianity in Georgia

    09/19/2013 3:01:18 PM PDT · by bad company · 23 replies
    http://theorthodoxchurch.info ^ | 19/9/13 | Ian Hamel
    In 1991, 75% of Adjarians in Georgia were Muslims. Today, they have become 75% Orthodox Christians. How can these conversions be explained, which is apparently unique in the world? What time do services begin at Saint Nicholas in Batumi on Sunday morning? The question embarrasses the employee of the President Plaza, one of the largest institutions in the city, a seat of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara and the Iranian consulate. It is true that in the province of Georgia, washed by the Black Sea, the population speaks little English. All signs, such as signs in the streets, are in...
  • Blessed Grapes and Hymns of Glory: The Feast of the Transfiguration in the Eastern Churches

    08/06/2013 4:22:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 6, 2013 | Christopher B. Warner
    Transfiguration icon by Theophanes the Greek (15th c.). August 6th commemorates Christ’s transfiguration in glory on Mount Tabor. The Transfiguration is one of twelve major feasts on the Eastern Christian liturgical calendar. A major feast is the equivalent of a solemnity on the Roman calendar. A glimpse of this feast through the hymns and traditions of the East gives a fresh perspective on God’s plan of salvation for us. “My favorite part of this feast is singing the troparion,” says Robin Roxas of Morning Star Family Farm in Hartland, Wisconsin. Robin and his family of ten traveled an hour from...
  • Church-Theme TV Channel to Search for Souls Nationwide - Paper

    MOSCOW, July 8 (RIA Novosti) A Russian satellite TV channel devoted to Orthodox Christianity plans to go national to promote its conservative agenda, as part of a Kremlin push to counter the liberal opposition and bolster Russias traditional institutions, a Russian daily reported Monday. Launched in 2005, Spas (Savior) TV has been endorsed by the increasingly powerful Russian Orthodox Church and claims to have an audience of about 10 million households in Russia. But the channel has widely been criticized for its unexciting programming and recycling of old shows. Funded from donations from Orthodox businessmen, it features talk shows...
  • Military chaplains: Serving God, and mother Russia

    May 21, 2013 Yulia Ponomareva, RBTH Recruitment of military chaplains is stepping up a gear, as Vladimir Putins government builds on traditional Orthodox values to bolster patriotic feelings in society. On a snowy field in the Ryazan region, 100 miles southeast of Moscow, five burly, bearded Russian Orthodox priests fall to the ground, arms held skywards. Theyre not praying, however but preparing for their next parachute jump. Soon, the chaplains will take to the skies with regular military cadets in an Air Force plane, jump and pull the cord hoping that God is watching over them, and their...
  • Millennial Evangelicals Need More Orthodoxy, Less 'Oprah-doxy,' Speakers Argue

    04/04/2013 10:27:02 AM PDT · by xzins · 9 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 2 Apr 13 | Napp Nazworth
    Today's young evangelical Christians, or "millennial" evangelicals, are too influenced by the culture and do not practice deep thinking, or a "life of the mind," several young evangelical leaders argued at a Monday panel hosted by The Institute on Religion & Democracy. Millennial evangelicals are too influenced by "Oprah-doxy" rather than orthodoxy, Eric Teetsel, director of The Manhattan Declaration, complained. "Orthodoxy," Teetsel said, "requires the cultivation of what my professors at Wheaton called the 'life of the mind.' When considering an issue, orthodoxy lays out first principles and are non-negotiable truths, with the Bible as a touchstone, creating a framework...
  • Strasbourg Court Should Protect Christians - Russian Church (Protecting UK Christians)

    Hegumen Philip Ryabykh, the Russian Orthodox Churchs representative to the Council of Europe, said on Tuesday Russia would do what it can to help British Christians banned from openly wearing crosses at work defend their right to do so. I hope very much that the [Strasbourg] court will make a just ruling and protect the right of Christians in Britain and across Europe to openly profess their faith, Hegumen Philip said. The issue of wearing crosses at work recently came to the foreground again, when British newspapers The Sunday Telegraph and The Daily Mail a week ago reported that the...
  • Orthodox Church hails Putins approach to military issues

    The Russian Orthodox Church says it fully supports Vladimir Putins initiatives on military reform and also rejects the allegations that the church is an intrinsically pacifist organization. Vsevolod Chaplin, a high-placed cleric in the Russian Orthodox Church, told the press that the church was very happy that Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin intended to solve the problems of the Russian military, as stated in Putins recent article in the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily. I fully agree with the statement that the military force must again acquire the traditional role of the most important social elevator, the Interfax news agency...
  • Will Russia introduce new science? (Theology to be Compulsory Course in state schools?)

    To be or not to be the science of theology at Russian institutes and universities? At a meeting with a group of spiritual leaders, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin proposed to introduce this subject to their curriculums. However, the possibility of the doctrine of God appearing in the curriculums of higher educational establishments has already stirred controversy in Russian society. The introduction of theology in curriculums in secular institutes and universities is necessary, says the rector of Orthodox University, Hegumenos Pyotr Eremeev in an interview with the Voice of Russia. This will help students to get acquainted with the treasures of...
  • Confronting the Claim of Eastern Orthodoxy to be the True Church

    02/04/2012 2:26:35 PM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    hprweb ^ | January 1, 2012 | JAMES LIKOUDIS
    Understanding the conflicting claims of Catholicism versus Eastern OrthodoxyAmong the lapsed from the Catholic Church in the turbulent post-conciliar period are those Catholics who became so disenchanted with the liturgical disarray and doctrinal unrest evident in Western Catholicism that they became converts to Eastern Orthodoxy. They found themselves influenced by the Eastern Orthodox claim to preserve the doctrinal, sacramental, and liturgical heritage of the ancient Church, and in fact, to be the historical continuation of the true Church of Jesus Christ. Those defecting from the Catholic Church found comforting Eastern Orthodoxy’s professing the doctrine of the first seven ecumenical Councils,...

    08/29/2011 11:36:58 AM PDT · by bad company · 13 replies
    We ask all who read these words to keep the parish family of St. Andrew, Los Angeles, CA in their prayers during these difficult days. In the early morning hours of 15 August, an intruder broke into the parish Church and desecrated the Holy Altar, Tabernacle, Iconography and the entire altar and sacristy area. The most devastating aspect of this horrendous crime was the scattering of the Reserve Sacrament on the floor among and beneath the various altar crosses, candles and vestments strewn throughout the church. The Holy Altar itself was pulled from its foundation and dragged through the Royal...
  • Optional Course of Elementary Orthodoxy to be Introduced in 650 Daycare Centers of Moscow Region

    08/25/2011 9:12:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/25/11
    Krasnogorsk, August 25, Interfax - Optional classes on elementary Orthodoxy will be introduced in children's day care centers of the Moscow region, the Minister of Education Lidiya Antonova said at a Moscow regional teachers' forum. "In 2011-2012, we introduce a new course on Orthodox Culture in young children's care system. New resource and reference materials will be released by September 1," Lidiya Antonova said. The course is now introduced in 430 centers with 27,000 young children enrolled. The optional course called "Benign World of Orthodox Culture for Young Children" will be introduced in 650 daycare centers of the Moscow region....
  • Russia emerges as Europe's most God-believing nation

    Nearly 20 years after the collapse of the atheistic Soviet Union, a recent poll found that 82 percent of Russians classify themselves as religious believers. But far fewer subscribe to organized religion. By Fred Weir, Correspondent / May 6, 2011 Moscow Two decades after the collapse of the USSR, history's most atheistic state, the vast majority of Russians attest to a belief in God more than in any other European country according to a new opinion poll. The survey, carried out in April by the independent Public Opinion Fund (FOM), found that 82 percent of Russians say they...
  • Holy Spirit College in Atlanta Rises on the Two Wings of Faith and Reason

    04/16/2011 5:44:13 AM PDT · by tcg
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/16/11 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ...There are a growing number of authentically Catholic Colleges and Universities. They are among our greatest missionary resources. They are forming the "living stones" the Apostle Peter wrote of in his first letter to the dispersed Christians (1 Pet. 2:5) for the work of the Church in the Third Christian millennium. The men and women graduating from these Colleges will lead the West out of darkness and serve the new missionary age of the Catholic Church. The missionary task we face requires the preparation of young men and women in the fullness of the authentic Catholic faith which only an...
  • Istanbul: Possible Attack Against Ecumenical Patriarch Thwarted

    03/08/2011 9:38:48 PM PST · by 0beron · 5 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 3/09/11 | Tancred
    Editor: Good work by the Turkish police, and the individual who made this known to them, thus preventing it from happening. Two youthful perpetrators are in custody. Ankara (kath.net/KAP) The police have thwarted an attempt to attack one of the most highly positioned Christian leaders in Istanbul, possibly against the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomaios I. As the Turkish press reported on Monday, there were two suspects apprehended of the age of 17 and 18 . Both men, who were armed when they were apprehended, explained afterward their intention that they wanted to become famous. The media was expected to...
  • Russian clergy to be able to run in elections

    The Bishops Council of the Russian Orthodox Church on Wednesday allowed priests to run in elections in exceptional cases. The three-day council, the Church's top administration body, gathered in downtown Moscow's magnificent Christ the Savior Cathedral to solve the most urgent issues for the church and society, including the possibility for clergy to occupy political posts. Normally, priests cannot be nominated to run in elections to any legislative power bodies. This time, a document was adopted that contains a reservation. The reservation says "exceptions from this rule can only be made when election of hierarchs or clergy to a legislative...
  • Catholic, Classical, Complete: Atlanta Georgia's Holy Spirit College

    01/21/2011 6:06:54 AM PST · by tcg · 3 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/21/11 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Catholic Colleges and Universities are an indispensable missionary resource for the New Evangelization. The task we face in the West requires the solid preparation of young men and women, fully formed in the fullness of faith and equipped with the excellence which an only an authentically Catholic education can provide. That is why I am pleased to write about Catholic Colleges and Universities which are worthy of the name. In the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities, From the Heart of the Church (Ex Corde Ecclesia) the Venerable John Paul II explained the vital link between the mission of the New...
  • Archbishop Timothy Dolan Elected as President of United States Bishops Conference

    11/16/2010 8:54:06 AM PST · by tcg · 19 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/16/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    In a surprising and historic turn of events, the Bishops of the United States, gathered in Baltimore, Maryland for their annual meeting, broke with the "custom" of the past, of electing the seated Vice president to succeed Francis cardinal George whose term has expired. Most pundits and ecclesial commentators strongly predicted Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson would be elected to succed Cardinal George on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. In response to what they considered a foregone conclusion, a portion of the Catholic blogosphere was preparing to respond with anything but glowing acclamation. Then, a surprise of the Holy Spirit occurred,...
  • The Works of Christ Progress: Archbishop Nienstedt Calls Faithful to be 100% Catholic

    10/22/2010 5:44:04 AM PDT · by tcg · 5 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/22/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    On March 10, 2010, in a General Audience where he was instructing the faithful on the contributions of St. Bonaventure, Pope Benedict spoke of Church history and authentic progress, "Today there are views according to which the whole history of the Church in the second millennium is a permanent decline; some see the decline already immediately after the New Testament. In reality, "opera Christi non deficiunt, sed proficiunt," the works of Christ do not go backward, but progress." Well, if you were to believe some of the articles passing themselves off for reporting in the secular press these days concerning...
  • Moscow Patriarchate urges new mayor to build at least 200 churches and let priests go to schools

    Moscow, October 21, Interfax Today when the Sergey Sobyanin is officially approved as new Moscow mayor, the Patriarchate expressed hope that he will realize the program of building 200 new Orthodox churches and priests will get access to city schools. "We certainly expect that Moscow government, mayor and his office will further cooperate on the project of building in the city 200 churches at the first stage initiated by His Holiness the Patriarch," head of the patriarchal press service Archpriest Vladimir Vigilyansky told an Interfax-Religious correspondent. The priest reminds that Moscow has the lowest rate of churches per capita...
  • Mount Carmel Monastery Approved! Good News for the Monks and for the Church

    10/09/2010 5:56:28 AM PDT · by tcg · 21 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/9/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Praised be Jesus Christ" said the joyful voice of a monk on the other end of the line. Within minutes I heard another joyful voice, Fr. Daniel Mary of Jesus Crucified, the Prior of this burgeoning monastic community in Wyoming formally called "Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary". I had another absolutely delightful conversation with this wonderful priest and spiritual father. ... The last time we spoke, Father shared the monk's hopes to build a new monastery to house their growing young community. The artist's rendering of the 144,000 square foot French Gothic style monastery alone can send one...
  • Turkish Authorities Consider Reopening Hagia Sophia for Christian Worship

    10/05/2010 9:06:04 AM PDT · by 0beron · 24 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/05/2010 | Tancred
    The director of the state sponsored Islamic Research Center has made a new proposal toward reopening buildings for religious purposes. Ankara [kath.net/KAP] In the newly burning conflict surrounding Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, a leading adviser of the Turkish Religious Office has proposed that the historical Church should be open for Muslim prayers on workdays and for Christian Liturgies on Sundays. This could go a long way to solving the tug of war surrounding the Hagia Sophia which won't just be a comprise, said Mehmet Akif Aydin, director of the State sponsored Research Center (ISAM), to "Zaman" (Tuesday). one such solutino...
  • Russian Society Is Steering Back to Old Paths

    08/13/2010 8:30:11 AM PDT · by 0beron · 1 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/12/2010 | Tancred
    Reply with quoteQuote Modify messageModify No Murderers as Co-Workers Russia. [Kreuz.net] The Milk Bottler, 'Russia Moloko' wants its employees to be subject to a Moral Catechism of the Russian Orthodox Church. In the future no mothers will be hired, who have murdered a chid. "We don't want to work with murderers" -- exclaimed the Chief of Russkoe Moloko, Wassili Boiko-Weliki, yesterday to radio 'Moscow Echo'. Consequently, employees will be dismissed, who are in a wild marriage or only recognized by the state and are found to be living together. By the middle of October such employees must be married in...
  • The Importance of the Catholic College for the Church and the World

    07/30/2010 5:16:13 AM PDT · by tcg · 1 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/30/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ...I arrived to a packed out restaurant filled with men and women in their twenties with the same kind of commitment to living the Catholic faith that my persistent host showed me. They listened attentively to my talk and when I opened the floor to questions, they would have gone all night! The quality of the questions they asked revealed that they are genuinely trying to live their Catholic faith and share it with others. ...I found many of them were the good fruit of new or renewed Catholic Colleges like Franciscan University, Ave Maria, Belmont Abbey and the growing...
  • The Rise of Orthopraxy

    03/17/2010 9:05:13 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 2 replies · 151+ views
    The Jewish Press ^ | 3/10/'10 | Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
    A few months ago, football's New York Jets willingly accommodated Jewish fans by moving their home opener from the evening to the early afternoon of the same day. That evening - Yom Kippur - would have presumably found thousands of the Jets faithful in synagogue and not at the Meadowlands or glued to their television sets. This altruistic act - moving the game out of prime time - speaks volumes about the Jets' sensitivity to Jewish sensibilities (perhaps it even propelled them to a successful season), to the influence of politicians and civic leaders to cause a commotion over trivialities,...
  • Existential Neo-Orthodoxy Denies Sola Scriptura

    02/25/2010 1:19:16 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies · 350+ views
    Apprising Ministries ^ | John Macarthur
    Neo-orthodoxy is the term used to identify an existentialist variety of Christianity. Because it denies the essential objective basis of truththe absolute truth and authority of Scriptureneo-orthodoxy must be understood as pseudo-Christianity. Its heyday came in the middle of the twentieth century with the writings of Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, Paul Tillich, and Reinhold Niebaur. Those men echoed the language and the thinking of [Soren] Kierkegaard, speaking of the primacy of personal authenticity, while downplaying or denying the significance of objective truth. Barth, the father of neo-orthodoxy, explicitly acknowledged his debt to Kierkegaard. Neo-orthodoxys attitude toward Scripture is a microcosm...
  • A Christian Treasure in the heart of the Midwest - St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery U.S.A.

    02/20/2010 6:11:11 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies · 375+ views
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | February 19, 2010 | Aleksandra Rebic
    On a beautiful summer morning in June of 2007, I took a drive out to Libertyville, Illinois for the purpose of taking photos of the new memorial monument that had been erected and dedicated to Voyvoda Momchilo Djujich, a highly revered Chetnik commander under the command of Serbia's General Draza Mihailovich in World War II. When I arrived at St. Sava Monastery, the Serbian Orthodox Church that was home to this new memorial, I found the grounds to be even more lovely and peaceful than I had hoped they would be. The experience exceeded my expectations as the beauty of...
  • Head of Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo fired

    02/13/2010 2:42:19 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 272+ views
    AP ^ | 2/13/2010
    BELGRADE, Serbia - The Serbian Orthodox Church has removed the hardline spiritual leader of Kosovo Serbs on suspicion that he embezzled church and state funds. The Holy Synod, the church's top body, ruled Saturday that Archbishop Artemije can no longer lead the church in Kosovo, considered the heartland of the church. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Artemije, known for his ultranationalist and anti-Western stands, was investigated by the church for allegedly mishandling millions of euros (dollars) in aid and government funds over several years.
  • Patriarch Bartholomew to appear on 60 Minutes to discuss Orthodox Christianity

    12/17/2009 4:40:27 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 23 replies · 1,158+ views
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Appear on 60 Minutes Segment on Orthodox Christianity NEW YORK His All Holiness Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians who constitute the second largest Christian denomination in the world, will be featured on the CBS News program 60 Minutes reported by Bob Simon, scheduled to air on Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 7 p.m. EST. The segment will focus on the Orthodox Church, the most ancient Christian church, and its development from its earliest years to modern times in what is now the Republic of Turkey. His All Holiness was named 11th...
  • Recently Martyred Fr. Daniil Sysoyev: ideological <em>rigor mortis</em> of the Church

    11/20/2009 10:09:12 AM PST · by annalex · 4 replies · 1,213+ views
    Voices From Russia (scroll down) ^ | 2008/11/22 | Fr. Daniil Sysoyev
    Fr Daniil Sysoyev, rector of the parish of the Holy Apostle Thomas in Kantemirovskaya, Candidate of Theology (a Kandidat (Candidate) degree is equivalent to a PhD, somewhat more rigorous: editor’s note) I think that one of the most important problems facing the Orthodox Church in Russia, and even beyond its borders, is the ideological rigor mortis of the Church. The Church is considered as a kind of dead body, it is thought to be frozen. According to some, nothing should be changed in it. It is understandable that we should not change dogmatics and Church Tradition, no one argues with...
  • Tampa police: Marine reservist attacks visiting Greek priest

    TAMPA - A U.S. Marine reservist attacked a visiting Greek Orthodox priest he believed to be a terrorist, Tampa police say. When the priest tried seeking directions from Jasen D. Bruce, 28, of Tampa, on Monday, Bruce struck the priest with a tire iron and chased him. Police say he attacked the Rev. Alexios Marakis, 29, of Crete, Greece, who was visiting St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs and wound up lost in Tampa. Marakis had performed a blessing of another retired Greek priest in the West Shore area and then accidentally exited Interstate 275 north into downtown...
  • In Russia, restricted missionary activity looms under proposed law

    11/09/2009 2:45:50 PM PST · by kronos77 · 3 replies · 357+ views
    Posted on Nov 9, 2009 | by Staff MOSCOW (BP)--New legislation being considered by Russian lawmakers could drastically restrict missions activity if made into law. Restrictions could include requiring missionaries and Russian Christians to obtain permission to engage in missionary activity and limiting its locations and participants, such as tourists and minors. While the proposals are currently in the draft stages, language introduced by the Russian Ministry of Justice Oct. 12 indicates that if these laws are enacted they will greatly restrict religious freedom. Russian Baptist officials say they believe the new language primarily targets Roman Catholics and Protestants and...
  • The Russian Orthodox Church's emerging role

    The search for an identity that began after the collapse of Communism remains a critical question for Russians. The Orthodox Church is the only institution that unites Russians with their “near abroad” and has survived throughout the country’s long history. Today, the state needs the church much more than vice-versa. When foreigners convert to Orthodoxy, more often than not it is because they are impressed by the splendour and majesty of Russian liturgy. Related Articles No longer city of dreams They appreciate that strict Orthodox priests do not connive at human weaknesses or play up to the individual, accustomed to...
  • More Protestants Find a Home in the Orthodox Antioch Church

    10/07/2009 6:33:33 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 52 replies · 1,335+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | October 2, 2009 | SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN
    More Protestants Find a Home in the Orthodox Antioch Church By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN Published: October 2, 2009 LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md. Cal Oren was threading his way through the Santa Cruz Mountains of California early one evening in 1993, driving his wife, brother and three tired children back from a day of hiking amid the redwoods. As their car neared the town of Ben Lomond, Mr. Oren said, his brother pointed to a church on the roadside and said: Ive been inside this. Its really neat. So Mr. Oren pulled to a stop, and as the children stayed in...
  • UFO's: The Shattering Assault

    09/28/2009 8:10:30 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 24 replies · 1,235+ views
    nicenetruth.com ^ | Oct 18th, 2007 | Father Alexey Young
    UFOs: The Shattering AssaultOct 18th, 2007 By Father Alexey Young LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU BY ANY MEANS II THESS. 2:3It is no coincidence that the ancient pagan mystery religions as well as numerous mystical fraternities (such as the Theosophists and Rosicrucians) speak of an "elite" sometimes called "the Great White Brotherhood" the "Ascended Masters," or the "Mahatmas" of Madame Blavatsky a group of beings seeking to guide and control the destiny of mortal man. Sometimes this "elite" is seen as non-human, at other times as "highly evolved" or perfected humans. The ancestor of this "elite" is the...