An Orthodox Priest Reflects on Pope Francis and Orthodox/Catholic Relations

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By Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse Source:  Catholic Online Pope Francis is faithful to moral tradition and also appears to be courageous (these days there is no faithfulness without courage). He understands the moral crisis in Christendom and appears to be as committed to the restoration of the Christian foundations of culture as his predecessors were. This portends a good future for Orthodox-Catholic relations and will hopefully make more Orthodox aware of the grave crisis facing … [Read more...]

The Extraordinary Historical Significance of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s Presence at Pope Francis’ Installation as Bishop of Rome

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America by George E. Demacopoulos, PhD Amid the crush of news reports in the past month that followed Pope Benedict's unprecedented resignation from the papacy, one of the most intriguing was the decision by His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, to attend Pope Francis' installation as Bishop of Rome. The occasion is being presented in the media as something that has not happened since the ecclesiastical schism that separated Christian … [Read more...]

Sunday of Orthodoxy (April 1974): “Faith or Commitment?” – Archbishop Iakovos at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Sunday April 1974…Sunday of Orthodoxy…Why the failure to unite the Orthodox Church in the United States?  The Assembly of Bishops has this task in 2013.  Let us pray that they have the strength and courage to work in synergy with the Holy Spirit to do God’s Will for His Church.  “It is high time that the Orthodox Christians in America rise to the demands of the time, look ahead and endeavor to respond to the unanswered questions of a whole generation - the … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI Honored by Eastern Orthodox Hierarchs

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Another look at the Constantinople-Rome schism and a way forward for reconciliation Source: The Catholic World Report by Christopher B. Warner Following the announcement of Benedict XVI’s retirement, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the chief hierarch of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, issued a statement expressing his profound respect and friendship to Benedict. Bartholomew honored Pope Benedict as an eminent theologian and reaffirmed his desire to keep dialogue open between Catholic … [Read more...]

ORTHODOX ANGLICANISM AND CHRISTIAN REUNION

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Source: Virtueonline The Time Is Now by Fr. Victor E. Novak Special to Virtueonline ONE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH For the first millennium of Christianity there was only one Church. Denominationalism as we know it today did not exist. The Church was one. No matter where a Christian lived, whether in Jerusalem, Antioch, Asia Minor, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, Ireland, Russia, Africa, or anywhere else, everyone belonged to the same Church and believed the same thing. The … [Read more...]

Healthy and Sick Monasticism – by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos [A lesson for North America?]

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Source: MYSTAGOGY The following essay was recently written by His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos in response to a scandal that has been occurring in his Metropolis which also recently brought him to break communion from one of his local monasteries, the well-known Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration in Nafpaktos. Yet it still provides an excellent template to distinguish generally what healthy and sick monasticism is according to Orthodox tradition. By Metropolitan … [Read more...]

Church must speak for human unity, says Greek Orthodox theologian

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Source: Ekklesia By agency reporter “It is impossible to speak exclusively for the unity of the church and be indifferent about the unity of humankind,” said Dr Petros Vassiliadis, at an academic gathering held in his honour in Thessaloniki, Greece. Vassiliadis, a Greek Orthodox theologian and formerly a representative of the Church of Greece on the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission for World Mission and Evangelism (CWME), called for a broader understanding of ecumenical … [Read more...]

Michael Jaharis’ Forceful Speech about Issues Affecting Archdiocese

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Council Vice Chair is Diligent in Providing Detailed Comments By Theodore Kalmoukos Translated from the original Greek BOSTON, MA – Michael Jaharis, Vice Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, addressed the body in its last meeting in diligent and documented way about the essential and serious administrative problems of the Archdiocese. Initially, Jaharis had planned to deliver his speech at the 41st Clergy-Laity Congress in Phoenix, AZ last … [Read more...]

Ecclesiology of Community and the Need for Tangible Unity in North America

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Keynote Address by Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevic) of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America at OCL’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, Washington DC – October 27, 2012 I take this paper as an opportunity to clarify the question of ecclesiology of community, which can provide more tangible unity in the Orthodox Church in North America. But before I begin, I must take a moment to express my gratitude to the OCL for inviting me and for its energetic input … [Read more...]

“OCA. We are a city on a hill” – Svetlana Vais interviews Mark Stokoe

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  Source: Portal-Credo.Ru 1. With your permission, Mark, tell me, based solely on your personal experience, to what extent can the internal life of the church can be presented for public discussion? I do not mean the parish meetings and Council -- the issue is specific to the press. Especially the Internet - with its almost instantaneous reaction. Do you personally have any criteria? St. Mark the Evangelist - not Mark Stokoe - said: "There is nothing hidden that will not be … [Read more...]