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From the Patriarch of Constantinople
Breaking News

Announcement from the Sacred and Holy Synod of Constantinople

Ecumenical Patriarchate Agrees To Recognize Independence Of Ukrainian Church
Kirill quoted as saying that his church will "have to break eucharistical relations with Constantinople" following the decision.

From the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops

Message of the 9th Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America

Of Current Interest

A New Schism in the Orthodox World Growing as Moscow Seeks Supremacy Over Constantinople
Komrade Kirill and his BFF, Vlad the Mad, are trying to take over the Orthodox Church

Alexander Schmemann’s Rejection of Orthodoxism

Archbishop Sheen’s Warning of a Crisis in Christendom

An Increasingly Unorthodox World

An International Conference of Orthodox Theology on the Holy and Great Council
We wonder if Komrade Kirill has made his reservations for this Conference yet.

Bishop Tells Russians Not to Vote for Putin in Rare Church Dissent

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Opposes EU Women’s Rights Initiative, Saying it Will Cause ‘Moral Decay’

Cardinal Dolan says Democrats have abandoned Catholics

Christians In The East Lose Their Lives, But Christians In The West Are Losing Their Souls

Eastern Christianity and Orientalism

Ecumenical Patriarchate to Allow Second Marriage for Greek Orthodox Priests

Explosive Growth Of Russian Orthodox Church Has Left It Corrupt And Backward

Inside the Conversion Tactics of the Early Christian Church

Orthodox and Catholics in the Seventeenth Century: Schism or Intercommunion?
On 16 December 1969 the synod of the Russian Church declared that
‘if… Catholics ask the Orthodox Church to administer the holy sacraments to them, this is not forbidden’.

Reclaiming Orthodoxy
From the Eastern Catholic perspective.

Response to The Chieti Document is Another Step Forward for the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches’
Common Understanding in Service of Unity

Rising up with Christ

Russian Hackers Targeted Top Orthodox Church Officials

Russian Orthodox Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev Has A Warning For The West

Russian Orthodox Church a ‘National Security Threat’ to Ukraine, Says President

The Byzantine Liturgy, the Traditional Latin Mass, and the Novus Ordo — Two Brothers and a Stranger

The End of the Imperial Episcopate
We have come a long way from the simple carpenter who walked among us…

The Sermon Is Not the Point of Going to Church

“Thicket of Idols”: Alexander Schmemann’s Critique of Orthodoxy

Venice and Byzantium: The Back-Story to the Fourth Crusade
It is always interesting to read about the antecedents of great events like the Sack of Constantinople.

Articles and Videos of Interest Concerning Belarusian and Ukrainian Autocephaly

A Fortress-like Vatican for the Russian Orthodox Church

Amid Church Rift, Kremlin Vows To ‘Protect Interests’ Of Faithful In Ukraine

An Orthodox Fracture with Serious Consequences

Archbishop: Russian Invasion of Ukraine Is a ‘Silent War’
Comments from Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Autocephalous Church Is One of Backbones of Ukraine’s National Security - Poroshenko

Autocephaly for Ukrainian Orthodox Church: Coming Soon?
In view of the current situation in Orthodoxy, we are including videos on this subject.

Autocephaly in a Nutshell
An interesting commentary.

Bartholomew I Tells Russia’s Patriarch Kirill about Plans to Grant Autocephaly to Ukrainian Church
Russians claim that everything was already decided and they could do nothing about it.

Broken Faith: Ukrainian Church Fights For Independence From Moscow

Christianity in Ukraine Explained in 35 Minutes by Right Rev. Dr. Andriy Chirovsky
A logical understanding of the history of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew:
 “As the Mother Church, It is Reasonable to Desire the Restoration of Unity
for the Divided Ecclesiastical Body in Ukraine”

In Battle Between Russia and Ukraine, Even God Is in Dispute

Interview Archbishop Job (Getcha) for Ukrainian Aytokefaly

Kyiv Patriarchate Vs. Moscow Patriarchate: David Triumphs Over Goliath

Metropolitan Hilarion Foresees Schism in Orthodoxy Compared to the Great Schism
if Ukrainian Schismatics Obtain Autocephaly

Metropolitan Hilarion: Patriarch Bartholomew Will Bear Personal Responsibility Before the Judgement of God
and the Judgement of History

Metropolitan Tikhon Issues Archpastoral Letter Concerning Recent Developments in Ukraine
From the Orthodox Church in America.

Moral Reasons for Ukrainian Orthodox Autocephaly: No More Russian Oppression of Believers
Another point of view on the continuing Ukrainian saga.

Orthodox Church Leaders Duel Over Ukraine, Meet With Pope Francis
The Pope directs the Greek Catholics to stay out of this fray as it is between the Orthodox Churches.

Patriarch Repeats Stance on Autocephaly of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Prayers Answered: Ukrainians Greet Church Split With Open Arms, Despite Moscow’s Warnings

Regarding the granting of Autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine
From Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Russian Church Spokesman Falsely Compares Ukrainian Church to Nazis

Russian Church Suspends Commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew and Concelebration with Constantinople Hierarchs, Eucharistic Communion Not Broken

Russian Orthodox Church Issues Warning to Orthodoxy’s Leader
What is the heresy that would make Moscow break communion? Anyone who reads the decisions of the Ecumenical Councils knows
 that the Patriarch of Constantinople (New Rome) was equal in dignity and second to the Patriarch of old Rome.
  This appears to be far more political than theological or ecclesiological.

Russian Orthodox Church a ‘National Security Threat’ to Ukraine, Says President

Statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Concerning the Uncanonical Intervention
 of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the Canonical Territory of the Russian Orthodox Church

The Geopolitical Divorce of the Century: Why Putin Cannot Afford to Let Ukraine Go

The Heresy of Papism

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem Believes the Decisions of the Phanar Concerning the Ukraine Must Be Coordinated
with the Russian Orthodox Church

Ukraine Asks Constantinople to Allow Creation of Independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church
There appears to be no response from the Moscow Patriarchate.The Orthodox in Ukraine were forced into the Moscow Patriarchate by the Soviets.

Ukraine Wants to Cut Ties with the Russian Orthodox Church — Here’s Why

What Comes Next As Ukrainian Orthodox Church Pushes For Independence From Moscow?

What Do Tensions Among Orthodox Believers Mean for Modern Christianity?

“Who Was Supposed to Get the Glass?” Video from Constantinople Talks Raises Questions Amid Novichok Fears
Could something like this still happen in the 21st Century? We thought the KGB was gone.

Why Ukraine Needs a Free and Recognized Orthodox Church

With Belarus Seeking Autocephaly, Moscow Is Even More Isolated Among Orthodox
Dominoes anyone?

World Orthodoxy Divides Over Ukrainian Question
This article shows that these are national churches and have no sense of a worldwide anything.
Furthermore, politics always seems to trump things in Orthodoxy.

Articles of Interest from the Anglican Communion

Church of England Seeks Revival in Newer Christian Faiths

Episcopal Church Considers Making God Gender Neutral

We invite those who are tired of all these shenanigans to consider the Orthodox Church.

Articles of Interest from THE MOSCOW TIMES

Head of Russian Orthodox Church Proposes Exorcism As Cure for Mental Illness
Exorcism should only be carried out after all other psychological and physical causalities have been ruled out.
It is very dangerous to the patient and the priest to do otherwise.

Patriarch Kirill: From Ambitious Reformer to State Hardliner
Russia’s top Orthodox cleric has led the Church into the heart of the state.

The Russian Orthodox Church and the Impact of Bolshevism

Articles of Interest from the Past

1054: History, Myth, and the Making of a Schism (Part I)

1054: History, Myth, and the Making of a Schism (Part II)

1054: History, Myth, and the Making of a Schism (Part III)

A Cassock: Work Clothes, Not a Dress Uniform

A Church Of Empire: Why the Russian Church Chose to Bless Empire
From 2015, but still relevant

A Christian Understanding of Homosexuality

A Papal Calendar?
Thoughts about the Old vs New Calendar Issue

Against Ethnocentrism and Nationalism in the Church

Anamnesis, Not Amnesia: The ‘Healing Memories’ and the Problem of ‘Uniatism’

Chalcedon Canon 28: Yesterday and Today
Germaine to current events in Orthodoxy.

Devotion to the Mother of God: The Orthodox Rosary

Disputed Athonite Statement on Crete Council Sparks Controversy

How the East and West Begin Lent

How To Become An Orthodox Christian | Journey To Orthodoxy

In Search Of A Father

Is Orthodoxy the Same Everywhere?: Understanding Theological Controversy Within the Church

Miracle? American Orthodox Bishop’s Body Did Not Decay After 5 Years of Burial in Dallas

On Becoming and Remaining an Orthodox Christian

On Canonicity - Whatever That May Be

Orthodox Liturgists Issued a Statement of Support for the Revival of the Order of Deaconess
by the Patriarchate of Alexandria

Patriarchate vs Papal Primacy -- Fr. Joseph Ratzinger

Petrine Primacy: Who Can Speak on Behalf of the Orthodox Church?

Pope Francis Confirms Finality of Ban on Ordaining Women Priests

Presiding in Charity: Ecumenical Dialogue Looks at Pope’s Role

Questioning the Prospects of Catholic-Orthodox Unity

Relations of the Orthodox Church with “Uniates”

Russian Byzantine Catholic Church: Caught Between the Vatican and Russian Orthodox

Synodality and Primacy During the First Millennium:
Towards a Common Understanding In Service to the Unity of the Church

The Catholic-Orthodox Joint Commission Reaches Agreement on Synodality and Primacy
A significant breakthrough has been made by studying the practice of the first millennium on the subject of Primacy.
This removes one more obstacle to the unity of the Church.

The Church and the Holy and Great Council
Commentary on a lecture on the Holy and Great Council delivered at the March 2017 Clergy Retreat
 of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
The lecture is ROCOR ignorance at its best.

The Didascalia: A Sometimes Humorous Look at the Liturgy of the Early Church

The Ever-Virginity of the Theotokos

 The Filioque in the Dublin Agreed Statement 1984

The First Test for Orthodox Unity after the Holy and Great Council: The Chieti Document

The Icon: Point of Unity Between Catholics and Orthodox

The Myth of Unity
There is a bit of interpretation and editorializing here but the thrust of the article is clear:There never was Orthodox unity in this country.
 And, if one was in a strict interpretation of the canons, nor was there canonicity among the churches which were started here.

The Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Churches in the First Millenium

The Secret Roots of Liberation Theology
Why are we not surprised that Komrade Kirill was involved?

The Way Forward After the Catholic-Orthodox Agreement on Primacy and Synodality

United from Above

Why We Fast Before Christmas

Why We Need an All-English Liturgy

World Meeting of Russian Catholics Hailed as ‘Last Hurrah’ for Movement

History of Western Rite Orthodoxy

Catholic Orthodoxy and Anglo-Catholicism:
A Word about Intercommunion Between the English and the Orthodox Churches

From Catholic Priest to Orthodox Pioneer

In Defense of Western Rite Orthodoxy

Infant Communion: The Ancient Western Tradition

On Celtic Orthodoxy

What Do We Make of the Western Rite?

On the date of Easter/Pascha

Moscow Patriarchate to Pope: On Easter a Gesture of Goodwill, But We Will Not Overturn Old Traditions

Pope Francis to turn Tridentine?!?! The Date of Easter

What Makes Orthodox Easter Different

Will Pope Francis Change the Date of Easter?

Background Information

Celebrating Easter/Pascha Together

Towards a Common Date of Easter


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