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Papal Infallibility Becomes Dogma

by Michael Whelton ( Excerpt taken from the book Two Paths ) Republished from: http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/inquirers/papaldogma.aspx On September 8th, 1713, Pope Clement XI issued a Bull, Unigenitus, which among other things condemned the proposition that reading of the bible is for everyone, 1 and seemed to exalt the efficacy of grace to the point of destroying…

The difference between Orthodox and heretics

The difference between Orthodox and heretics in… medical terms And why common prayers are senseless Source: “Empirical Dogmatics of the Orthodox Catholic Church according to the oral lessons of Fr. J. Romanides” – Vol.B By His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Saint Vlassios Source: http://www.oodegr.com/oode/thriskies/genika/airesh_or8odoksia_1.htm A previous article had shown that, just as there…

CHRIST’S LOVE IN US

By Roshan Thomas (Chief-Editor’s Note: Roshan Thomas is a young college graduate who delivered this spritual address at St. Thomas Orthodox Church in Chicago. He is also an acolyte assisting the priest in the santuary duing the Holy Liturgy. We thought his efforts need to be encouraged and would becme beneficial to our youth; and…

CHARACTER

by John G. Panagiotou Global: Growing up in my hometown, I fondly remember Mr. MacNamara’s corner drug store. There the kindly old pharmacist Mr. MacNamara would not only own a pharmacy, but he would have for sale all kinds of candy and nicknacks that only an old-fashioned drug store would offer. As kids, we knew…

Christians beat FEMA, and in so doing, tame Big Government

By Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Times – Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Faith-based groups — Christian nonprofits, specifically — have been busy bees of late, providing more aid to hurricane victims than even FEMA, the federal agency that’s supposed to swoop to the scenes of natural disasters, assess the situation and speed the recovery…

POROSHENKO AGAIN CALLS FOR CONSTANTINOPLE TO CREATE AUTOCEPHALOUS UKRAINIAN CHURCH Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has said that Ukraine has the right to an autocephalous Local Orthodox Church, and that he will push for its establishment. However, he also stressed that the presence of an autocephalous Church in Ukraine will not mean the banning of any other Orthodox confession within the country, reports Interfax-Religion. “The recognition of Ukrainian autocephaly by the Ecumenical Patriarch that we are expecting will in no way mean the emergence of a state Church or a banning on the activities of other Orthodox confessions,” the president said in his annual address to parliament on Thursday. Note that the Verkhovna Rada’s agenda yesterday included eleven bills that relate to Church life, several of which would directly affect and hinder the activities of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate, including legislation that would, in effect, legalize church raids and seizures, which are already regularly happening, often with the participation or consent of local authorities. About 50 churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church have been seized by radicals and schismatics over the past three years. The Union of Orthodox Journalists reports that the president also recalled that the Verkhnova Rada had earlier approved an “historical appeal” to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and that he had also personally written a letter to the patriarch in Constantinople. In 2016, the Ukrainian parliament called upon Patriarch Bartholomew to invalidate the act of 1686 according to which the Kiev metropolitan was, allegedly “in violation of canons,” attached to the Moscow Patriarchate. “Every citizen chooses his faith and Church, and the state, although separate from the Church, cannot just stand by as other states use the Church institutions dependent on them to achieve their geopolitical goals,” Poroshenko added. “I want to again draw the attention of His Holiness to the high seriousness of our intentions, to the Ukrainian leadership’s firm political will to solve this problem, which has been on the agenda since 1991. Ukraine has the right to a local Church,” the president affirmed. Meanwhile, within the Moscow Patriarchate, which includes the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Poroshenko’s words on creating a local Church with the help of the Ecumenical Patriarch are considered an attempt to gain political capital. “It is obvious that efforts to solve ecclesiastical problems without the participation of the Church itself are doomed to failure, as Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has already stated many times. Perhaps those politicians who are trying to gain political capital should listen to the opinion of the primate sof the local Orthodox Churches and cease interfering in the Church’s internal affairs,” Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, secretary for inter-Orthodox relations stated today. For his part, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew told Archbishop Philaret of Lviv and Galicia of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church at an international theological conference in Bose, Italy yesterday that he will do everything possible to preserve the canonical order of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Reports do not include any clarifications indicating how the patriarch intends to help. The Ecumenical Patriarchate had earlier established a commission for the purpose of examining the Verkhovna Rada’s request for an autocephalous Church. In March of this year, Pat. Bartholomew also told Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, “We pray that the Ukrainian people would be united in one Church. The Mother Church of Constantinople will help you find such a united Church.” The patriarch met with former Ukrainian presidents Leonid Kravchuk and Viktor Yuschenko in September of last year, who brought him a petition with 5,000 signatures asking for an autocephalous Church. The Russian Orthodox Church has previously expressed its concern over Constantinople hierarchs meeting with Ukrainian schismatics and their activities within the territory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church without the blessing of the latter Church’s hierarchs. In November of last year the schismatic Patriarch Philaret of the “Kiev Patriarchate” visited the spiritual center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA in South Bound Brook, New Jersey, which falls within the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. It should also be noted that a 2016 poll revealed that a small minority of Ukrainians feel that the creation of an autocephalous Ukrainian Church is necessary. Source: OCP/ theorthodoxchurch.Info

POROSHENKO AGAIN CALLS FOR CONSTANTINOPLE TO CREATE AUTOCEPHALOUS UKRAINIAN CHURCH  Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has said that Ukraine has the right to an autocephalous Local Orthodox Church, and that he will push for its establishment. However, he also stressed that the presence of an autocephalous Church in Ukraine will not mean the banning of any other Orthodox confession within the country, reports Interfax-Religion. “The recognition of Ukrainian autocephaly by the Ecumenical Patriarch that we are expecting will in no way mean the emergence of a state Church or a banning on the activities of other Orthodox confessions,” the president said in his annual address to parliament on Thursday. Note that the Verkhovna Rada’s agenda yesterday included eleven bills that relate to Church life, several of which would directly affect and hinder the activities of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate, including legislation that would, in effect, legalize church raids and seizures, which are already regularly happening, often with the participation or consent of local authorities. About 50 churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church have been seized by radicals and schismatics over the past three years. The Union of Orthodox Journalists reports that the president also recalled that the Verkhnova Rada had earlier approved an “historical appeal” to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and that he had also personally written a letter to the patriarch in Constantinople. In 2016, the Ukrainian parliament called upon Patriarch Bartholomew to invalidate the act of 1686 according to which the Kiev metropolitan was, allegedly “in violation of canons,” attached to the Moscow Patriarchate. “Every citizen chooses his faith and Church, and the state, although separate from the Church, cannot just stand by as other states use the Church institutions dependent on them to achieve their geopolitical goals,” Poroshenko added. “I want to again draw the attention of His Holiness to the high seriousness of our intentions, to the Ukrainian leadership’s firm political will to solve this problem, which has been on the agenda since 1991. Ukraine has the right to a local Church,” the president affirmed. Meanwhile, within the Moscow Patriarchate, which includes the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Poroshenko’s words on creating a local Church with the help of the Ecumenical Patriarch are considered an attempt to gain political capital. “It is obvious that efforts to solve ecclesiastical problems without the participation of the Church itself are doomed to failure, as Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has already stated many times. Perhaps those politicians who are trying to gain political capital should listen to the opinion of the primate sof the local Orthodox Churches and cease interfering in the Church’s internal affairs,” Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, secretary for inter-Orthodox relations stated today. For his part, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew told Archbishop Philaret of Lviv and Galicia of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church at an international theological conference in Bose, Italy yesterday that he will do everything possible to preserve the canonical order of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Reports do not include any clarifications indicating how the patriarch intends to help. The Ecumenical Patriarchate had earlier established a commission for the purpose of examining the Verkhovna Rada’s request for an autocephalous Church. In March of this year, Pat. Bartholomew also told Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, “We pray that the Ukrainian people would be united in one Church. The Mother Church of Constantinople will help you find such a united Church.” The patriarch met with former Ukrainian presidents Leonid Kravchuk and Viktor Yuschenko in September of last year, who brought him a petition with 5,000 signatures asking for an autocephalous Church. The Russian Orthodox Church has previously expressed its concern over Constantinople hierarchs meeting with Ukrainian schismatics and their activities within the territory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church without the blessing of the latter Church’s hierarchs. In November of last year the schismatic Patriarch Philaret of the “Kiev Patriarchate” visited the spiritual center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA in South Bound Brook, New Jersey, which falls within the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. It should also be noted that a 2016 poll revealed that a small minority of Ukrainians feel that the creation of an autocephalous Ukrainian Church is necessary. Source: OCP/ theorthodoxchurch.Info

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 9/9/17 A few days ago, His Excellency Dr. Bashar Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic, visited the temporary site of the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Saydnaya. He was accompanied by the members of his family. His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency at the entrance…

POROSHENKO AGAIN CALLS FOR CONSTANTINOPLE TO CREATE AUTOCEPHALOUS UKRAINIAN CHURCH

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has said that Ukraine has the right to an autocephalous Local Orthodox Church, and that he will push for its establishment. However, he also stressed that the presence of an autocephalous Church in Ukraine will not mean the banning of any other Orthodox confession within the country, reports Interfax-Religion. “The recognition…

Pan-Orthodox Conference – “Renewing the Male and Female Diaconate in the Orthodox Church”

SVOTS – St. Phoebe Center – June 2017 October 6, 2017 – October 7, 2017 St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church 4949 Alton Parkway Irvine, CA 92604 This Pan-Orthodox Conference—dedicated to examining diaconal ministry in the Orthodox Church—will include among its presenters one trustee, two professors, and two alumni from St Vladimir’s Seminary. In four sessions,…

Metropolitan Eusebius Resigned from His Office as the Hierarch of South-West America

It has been reported that Catholicos-Patriarch of the East His Holiness Mar Thoma Basilios Paulos II demanded the resignation of Metropolitan Eusebius due to allegations against him which are detrimental to his public witnessing as a bishop. The charges against the bishop have not been sustained in a civil court or ecclesiastical court. With the…

Holy Qurobo at the Basilica of Brussels

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at the Basilica in Brussels. During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences Mor George Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar in Belgium, France and Luxemburg, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates as well as the priests of the Archdiocese. The…

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