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  • "Western Civilization" sometimes called "Christian Civilization" is now a racist concept?

    01/14/2019 7:21:14 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 59 replies
    Western culture, sometimes equated with Western civilization, Occidental culture, the Western world, Western society, and European civilization, is a term used very broadly to refer to a heritage of social norms, ethical values, traditional customs, belief systems, political systems and specific artifacts and technologies that have some origin or association with Europe. The term also applies beyond Europe to countries and cultures whose histories are strongly connected to Europe by immigration, colonization, or influence. For example, Western culture includes countries in the Americas and Australasia, whose language and demographic ethnicity majorities are European. The development of western culture has been...
  • It's official: Bartholomew signs 'tomos' granting Ukrainian Church historic split from Russia

    01/05/2019 1:18:40 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 22 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 5, 2019 | Ayse Wieting and Zeynep Biginsoy
    <p>ISTANBUL (AP) — An independent Ukrainian Orthodox church was created at a signing ceremony in Turkey on Saturday, formalizing a split with the Russian church it had been tied to since 1686.</p> <p>“The pious Ukrainian people have awaited this blessed day for seven entire centuries,” Bartholomew I said in his address.</p>
  • Russian Orthodox Church Calls on Pope Francis, UN for Help in Ukraine

    12/14/2018 7:28:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/14/18 | Nataliya Vasilyeva
    MOSCOW, Russia - The Russian Orthodox church on Friday called on Pope Francis, the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of pressure on Moscow-affiliated clerics. Ukraine’s Orthodox clerics will gather for a meeting Saturday that is expected to form a new, independent Ukrainian church, and Ukrainian authorities have ramped up pressure on priests to support the move. The Ukrainian church has been part of the Russian church for centuries, while enjoying broad autonomy, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has pushed for the creation of an independent...
  • The Orthodox Schism and the Spiritual Limits of Politics (Russia-Ukraine)

    11/25/2018 4:57:15 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Oct 19, 2018 | Nikos Konstandaras
    Russia’s effort to keep Ukraine under its thumb prompted a revolution in 2014 and a war that has claimed more than 10,000 lives. It also prompted, on Monday, what may be one of the most serious splits in Christendom since the Great Schism between Rome and Constantinople in 1054 and the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago. This new crisis has deep historical roots, and could shape religious and secular ties among many countries for years to come. Here’s what happened: The Church of Russia announced this week that it was breaking ties with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, which has...
  • Christianity created the European identity, Pope Benedict says (Flashback)

    11/25/2018 9:07:56 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2007 | Mar 26, 2007
    Benedict XVI noted how Europe has sought to conciliate "the economic and social dimensions through policies aimed at producing wealth, ... yet without overlooking the legitimate expectations of the poor and marginalized. However, in demographic terms, it must unfortunately be noted that Europe seems set on a path that could lead to its exit from history." "What emerges from all this," he added, "is that it is unthinkable to create an authentic 'common European home' while ignoring the identity of the people of our continent. ... An identity that is historical, cultural and moral, more even than geographical, economic or...
  • Religious Rift Compounds Tensions Between Ukraine and Russia

    11/22/2018 4:36:21 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege
    The Russia File ^ | 2018 | Maxim Trudolyubov
    For President Putin, the Russian Orthodox Church does not have the same significance that the Ukrainian church has for Ukrainian politicians. For Putin, the Orthodox Church is a global, not a national, project. Orthodoxy has always been part of Russian rulers’ global designs, and today’s Kremlin is no exception. The Russian church also serves as a proxy for most Russians’ identification as Russians. The share of those polled who call themselves “Orthodox,” about 75 percent, routinely coincides with the share of the ethnically Russian population of the Russian Federation. “Orthodoxy is a substitute for ethnic identification,” the sociologist Natalia Zorkaya...
  • Flashback: Pope Benedict XVI Believes Christianity Will Rekindle in Europe

    11/14/2018 11:31:21 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    OCT. 17, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI granted a rare interview to the creators of a documentary in which he said that he is “convinced” that “there will also be a new springtime for Christianity” in Europe. The movie, entitled Bells of Europe: A Journey Into the Faith in Europe, considers Christianity, European culture and the future of the continent. In addition to the Pope, it features interviews with leaders of the other main Christian denominations in Europe, as well as leaders in politics and culture. “Young people have seen much — the proposals of the various ideologies and of consumerism...
  • Atheists in the Trenches: Loss of Faith among Canadians in the Great War

    11/05/2018 1:02:45 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 15 replies
    Active History Canada ^ | May 2017 | Elliot Hanowski
    Did the horrors of the Great War cause Canadian soldiers to lose their faith? Or is it true that there were no atheists in the trenches? The war has generally been seen as a powerfully disillusioning experience. Books such as Paul Fussell’s widely influential The Great War and Modern Memory portray the war as the origins of modern skepticism and cynicism. The idea of a “lost generation” of disillusioned Anglo-American vets is a widely accepted one. The situation in Canada, however, is a little more ambiguous. In his study of the war’s impact on Canadian culture, Death So Noble, Jonathan...
  • Was World War I a religious crusade?

    10/26/2018 12:45:18 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 18 replies
    Religion News ^ | 2014 | Jonathan Merritt
    In the land of religious history, Philip Jenkins towers like a giant. Here, we discuss the religious dimension of World War I and his newest book, “The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade.” RNS: You say that World War I was “a religious crusade.” This sounds like a scandalous idea. Can you explain what you mean? PJ: If I myself believed that it was a crusade, that would indeed be scandalous. Actually, I am arguing that a great many people at the time saw it in those terms, which is also scandalous, in a...
  • Putin's Untold War on Christianity

    10/24/2018 5:01:01 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 42 replies
    RELEVANT Magazine ^ | 2018 | Tyler Huckabee
    Let’s start with the basics. If you are a Russian citizen in 2018, it is currently illegal for you to share the Gospel with a friend in your home. It’s illegal for you to invite others to your church. VKontakte— the Russian equivalent of Facebook—can’t be used to spread anything that might be considered “evangelism.” In fact, all religious dialogue has been banned outside of churches and other religious sites. On the street. Online. Even in your own home. How did we get here? How did a country that seemed to be bucking decades of Orwellian control slip back into...
  • KGB ‘Christians’: Putin, Stalin, and the KGB’s History of Manipulating the Orthodox Church

    10/15/2018 3:23:17 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 2016 | Spyridon Mitsotakis
    Anyone who grew up with the Eastern Orthodox Church (in my case, the Greek Orthodox Church) will get a good laugh at Vladimir Putin pretending to be a Christian during his first Easter as Russian ruler. As recounted by the great journalist Anna Politkovskaya (1958-2006), the bravest of all the many Putin-critics to be systematically assassinated, in her book Putin’s Russia: The three men clumsily and clownishly crossed themselves, Medvedev making his crosses by touching his hands to his forehead and then to his genitals. It was risible. Medvedev followed Putin in shaking the patriarch’s hand as if he were...
  • Russia seeks to crush Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea

    10/15/2018 1:55:35 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    UnIan ^ | 11 October 2018 | Reuters
    The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate has faced open attempts on the part of the occupation authorities in Crimea to drive it out of the peninsula or underground. In just the first year of the occupation, 38 out of 46 parishes ceased to exist, and in at very least three cases, churches were seized by the occupation regime: in Sevastopol; Simferopol and in the village of Perevalne. On October 9, Archbishop Klyment, the Head of the Church in Crimea, explained that up till now, the Russian occupation regime has been at least somewhat restrained in its offensive out...
  • Putin Suffers Crimea Blowback with Orthodox Church schism

    10/14/2018 5:49:40 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Financial Times ^ | Oct 14, 2018 | Max Seddon, Roman Olearchyk
    When Russian president Vladimir Putin celebrated the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, he claimed the disputed peninsula was “spiritually” inseparable from Moscow. But Mr Putin’s military intervention is now threatening to undermine the “Russian world” beyond Moscow’s borders that he sought to protect. An arcane canonical dispute has become a geopolitical flashpoint after Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of Orthodox Christianity, said on Thursday that he intended to grant full recognition to a breakaway church in Ukraine that split from the Russian patriarchate in the early 1990s. The Russian church has warned it may...
  • PRAYERS ANSWERED: Ukrainian Christians Greet Official Church Split from Russia With Open Arms

    10/14/2018 9:01:59 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Christopher Miller
    Patriarch Bartholomew I -- considered the leader of roughly 300 million Orthodox Christians, or "first among equals" of Eastern Orthodox clerics -- to "proceed to the granting of autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine" marked a clear step closer to another remarkable break from Moscow and its reach into Kyiv's affairs. After taking a moment to say a prayer, Natalia, a retired schoolteacher and parishioner of St. Volodymyr's, told RFE/RL that her previous prayer -- for her church to be legitimized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and broken free from Russia -- had been answered. The push for independence, "was our...
  • Christianity Faces Biggest Split In a Millenium

    10/12/2018 12:07:23 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    The Week UK ^ | Oct 12, 2018
    Ukraine has secured approval from the global head of Orthodox Christianity to create its own Church independent of Russia’s patriarchate. Russian Patriarch Kirill said last month that his church would break ties with the Istanbul-based patriarchate. Such a separation would “catastrophically undermine the unity of global Orthodoxy..." The threat was echoed by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. “We the Russian Church will not recognise this autocephaly, of course, and we will have no other choice but to sever ties with Constantinople." The question of whether the new Ukrainian Church will take over the Moscow Patriarchate’s property in the country is another...
  • Ukraine's Orthodox Church officially granted Independence from Russia

    10/11/2018 10:31:42 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 11 October 2018 | Roman Olearchyk, Henry Foy
    The head of global Orthodox Christianity has decided to grant Ukraine its own church independent of Russia’s patriarchate, in a politically charged move that defies sharp warnings from Moscow. The decision is a victory for Ukraine in a wider struggle against Russia that encompasses Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its continued support for separatists fighting against Kiev in the east of the country. But it has been condemned by Russian officials, who have warned it threatens to trigger the biggest Christian schism in a millennium. While both Ukraine and Russia share the same orthodox Christian roots that date back...
  • Russia-Ukraine Tensions Set Up the Biggest Christian Schism Since 1054

    10/10/2018 5:48:29 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege
    New York Times ^ | Oct 7, 2018 | Neil MacFarquhar
    MOSCOW - Vyacheslav Gorshkov, who teaches the catechism at a Kiev cathedral, was among the majority of Orthodox Christians in Ukraine who had reconciled themselves to the fact that their church answers to the Russian Orthodox patriarch in Moscow. No longer. Mr. Gorshkov does not want to break with the faith, but does want to split with the Russian Orthodox Church, incensed by what he sees as the Kremlin using the church as an instrument of its old imperial control. He is among the majority of the faithful hoping that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader for the estimated...
  • Moscow vs. Constantinople: An Orthodox Fracture with Major Consequences

    10/10/2018 10:29:55 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 22 replies
    First Things ^ | Sep 2018 | George Weigel
    While Catholicism has been embroiled in a crisis of sexual abuse and episcopal malfeasance reaching to the highest levels of the Church, Eastern Orthodoxy may be on the verge of an epic crack-up with major ecumenical and geopolitical consequences. The Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople has indicated that it is considering a proposal to recognize the autocephaly, or independence from Moscow, of Ukrainian Orthodoxy. The Moscow Patriarchate has responded with fury. First, the Moscow Patriarchate is terrified. Moscow's claim to be the “third Rome” would be gravely imperiled. Russian Orthodoxy would shrink drastically by the loss of the large Orthodox population...
  • Broken Faith: Ukrainian Church Fights For Independence From Moscow

    10/08/2018 9:47:56 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege
    RFE/RL ^ | Oct 8, 2018 | Christopher Miller
    Kostyantynivka, an industrial city of roughly 80,000 in Ukraine's east, sits not only a little more than a rocket shot from the front lines of the simmering war between the Ukrainian Army and Russia-backed separatist forces. It is also one of many at the center of a politically charged spiritual conflict that is pitting Eastern Orthodox Christians against each other and setting the stage for a religious schism of historic proportions. The dispute at hand centers around granting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church autocephaly, or the right to be ecclesiastically independent. The designation would strike a serious blow to the heart...
  • Bulgarian Orthodox Church turns down Russia's call for debate on Ukraine

    10/07/2018 7:11:29 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Oct 2018 | Reuters - Sofia
    The Bulgarian Orthodox Church on Oct. 5 turned down a call by the Russian Patriarch to hold talks to discuss a bid by the Ukrainian church to break away from Moscow’s orbit. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church under Patriarch Filaret is leading a drive to establish a national church independent of the Russian Orthodox Church in the face of strong opposition from Moscow. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill wrote to all branches of the Orthodox world, calling for talks to discuss the situation around church life in Ukraine. The Bulgarian Church’s Holy Synod, its top executive body, however, said in a statement...