ARTICLES OF INTEREST
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Of Current Interest
A Papal Calendar?
Thoughts about the Old vs New Calendar Issue
An Orthodox Schism Could Be Looming. But There Might Just Be A Catholic Solution.
The administrative dysfunction of Orthodoxy leads to many interesting solutions.
Archbishop of Canterbury and Ecumenical Patriarch Commit to Tackling Modern Slavery
Archbishop Welby has the backbone to do this?????
Cardinal Kurt Koch Proposes to Set up a Commission to Reconcile the UGCC and the ROC
The problem is that the Russians will never admit that they worked with the Soviets to absorb the Eastern Catholics, take over their churches and, if bishops and priests resisted, they shot them.
Chalcedon Canon 28: Yesterday and Today
This is an older article, but is still germaine to current events in Orthodoxy.
Communique: Any Clarification Regarding Faith must Be Made in Ecclesial Communion, Not in Disunion
This a carefully worded statement by the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church. It seeks the unity of the Church for which we pray at every Liturgy, and the truth of the Council of Crete revealed without the ulterior motives of the extremists.
Fifty Athonite Cells Cease Commemoration of Ecumenical Patriarch
“Those who have ceased commemoration have not sought to join another or form their own synod, but rather have decided to practice a ‘walling off’ as a form of protest, without committing the grave sin of schism.” These days delusion rears its head in many forms.
Formal Accusation of Heterodox Teaching by Patriarch Bartholomew Submitted to the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece
4"How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' while there is still a beam in your own eye?
5You hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
Infant Communion: The Ancient Western Tradition
This is not a new article, but definitely worth reading.
Leaders of Christianity’s East and West to come together in Egypt
Too bad the Patriarch of Moscow finds it hard to meet with the Pope of Rome…he could lend his support to this event.
Mount Athos: Microcosm of the Christian East
Please read pages 98 to 110
Orthodox Church Warns Russians Against Militaristic Rhetoric
It’s good to see that someone in the Russian Orthodox Church has a backbone.
Patriarch Filaret Calls for Union of Orthodox Churches in Ukraine
Of course there are two smaller Orthodox Churches as well….for a total of four and the Eastern Catholics.
Roots of Papacy-The Patristic Logic
Here is an article from a Roman Catholic point of view worthy of a read.
Russian Patriarch Blesses New Paris Church, a Putin Project
It is so wonderful to see the magnanimous generosity of the Roman Church to the Russian Church establishing parishes
in the canonical territory of the Roman Patriarch!
San Antonio Archdiocese Removes Priest from a Parish of Anglican Converts
The Parish has joined the Ordinariate. Here’s the latest.
Statement from His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America
This is a wonderful theological statement. How has it worked in the formerly Orthodox lands that are now Islamic?
Sympathy For The Devil
Another thoughtful article by Archbishop Charles Chaput, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia
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 Church That Stalin Couldn’t Kill: Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Thrives Seventy Years after Forced Reunification
Stalin had no great love for the Churches, Eastern Catholic or Orthodox. His plan to “reunite” the Eastern Catholics with the Russian Church avoids the fact that the Eastern Churches were united with Rome before the Great Schism! However, once “united” to the Russian Church, he and his successors proceeded to eliminate all of them, Catholic and Orthodox.
Today the Moscow Patriarchate steers clear of any discussion about this sad period of history...perhaps out of shame; but they were, and still may continue to be, used by the government.
The Ecumenism of the People in Bari in the Name of Saint Nicholas
It is nice to see some Orthodox acting like Christians…
The Patriarch of Moscow Sends a Surprising Gift to Pope Francis
It’s a relic of Saint Seraphim of Sarov.
Turkey Builds 9,000 Mosques, Bans Orthodox Christian Liturgy
This arbitrary ban seems to be yet another demonstration of the “unofficial” second-class status of Christians in Turkey.
Vladimir Putin’s Outlaw State
The silence from Komrade Kirill is deafening.
When it Comes to Liturgy, We're All Mutually-enriching Mongrels
We do wish we would go back to altar rails….not necessarily for Communion but to define sacred space.
Would it be too much to ask for rood screens?
Which Professions Are Incompatible With The Priesthood?
We hope that Komrade Kirill comes up with a plan to support to make this work.
Why Conservative Churches Grow and Liberal Churches Shrink
From the Dallas Morning News
History of Western Rite Orthodoxy
On the date of Easter/Pascha
Moscow Patriarchate to Pope: On Easter a Gesture of Goodwill, But We Will Not Overturn Old Traditions
Celebrating Easter/Pascha Together
Towards a Common Date of Easter