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Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • Historic Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Agreed Statement on the Holy Spirit Published [Filioque]

    11/15/2018 6:52:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The historic Agreed Statement between Anglican and Oriental Orthodox theologians on the Procession and Work of the Holy Spirit has been published. The statement was signed last October after lengthy discussions by members of the Anglican Oriental-Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC). It was published at this year’s meeting of AOOIC, which took place last week in Lebanon. The agreed statement is part of a series of work which has helped to heal the oldest continuing division within Christianity, a schism that goes back centuries. At the core of Agreed Statement is the controversial Filioque clause – appended to the Nicene Creed...
  • Russian Church Withdraws from Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue

    11/09/2018 6:18:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 11/8/18 | John Burger
    Ecumenical expert says implications of decision are yet to be seen.The implications for Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, following the Russian Orthodox Church’s decision to withdraw from it, remain to be seen, said a Catholic member of the dialogue commission. Monsignor Paul McPartlan, the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at the School of Theology and Religious Studies of the Catholic University of America, confirmed Wednesday that the Russian Orthodox have decided to suspend their participation in the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. Monsignor McPartlan said a meeting of the...
  • Fr. Robert Taft, feisty ecumenist and liturgical historian, dies at 86

    11/03/2018 11:34:24 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 2, 2018 | John Burger
    Jesuit who became a Byzantine priest worked to help disparate parts of the Church understand one another Fr. Robert Francis Taft, preeminent historian of the Eastern Christian liturgy and an outspoken voice in relations between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, died at his home in Weston, Massachusetts, November 1, at the age of 86. Fr. Taft, who taught at a pontifical institute in Rome for several decades, is best known for his six-volume History of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Born into a family that had ties to a U.S. president and a senator from Ohio, he grew up...
  • Fight between police and Coptic monks outside Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    10/28/2018 5:19:49 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 32 replies
    JERUSALEM POST ^ | October 24, 2018 | JERUSALEM POST STAFF
    An incident between police and Coptic clerics that occurred outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre has drawn accusations of police violence against the monks, after officers tried to break up the group of protesters who would not let Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) maintenance workers into the church... Police said they initially spoke with protesters and warned them that if they did not leave the area and allow the workers to enter, they would have to be evacuated. According to police, the protesters ignored these warnings, leading one who refused to move to be arrested... Anba Angaelos, the Coptic Orthodox...
  • What’s it like being the only female cleric at the synod on young people? [Barf Alert]

    10/23/2018 3:56:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    America ^ | October 22, 2018 | Luke Hansen, S.J.
    A young priest in the Czechoslovak Hussite Church has been pleasantly surprised by the welcome and openness she has experienced at the Synod of Bishops on young people, she told America in an interview. A fraternal delegate, Rev. Martina Viktorie Kopecká, 32, has the distinction of being the only female cleric at the Synod of Bishops, which is taking place from Oct. 3 to 28 in Rome.Dressed in the liturgical vestments of the Hussite Church—a black robe with an imprinted red chalice and white stole—she delivered an address to the whole synod body on Oct. 11, emphasizing the importance...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Denies Rumors of Coming Visit of Pope Francis to Moscow

    10/22/2018 7:19:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 10/22/18
    Moscow, October 22, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has denied the alleged discussion of preparations for a visit of Pope Francis to Moscow. "As for the new armchair pseudo-insiders and other quasi-experts: the Pope of Rome's visit to Russia is not on the agenda," the head of the Synod's department for relations of the church with society and media, Vladimir Legoyda, said on his Telegram channel on Monday morning. Russian bloggers reported on Monday alleged preparations for Pope Francis' visit to Moscow, which was bound to demonstrate the high international standing of the Russian Orthodox Church after its break-up...
  • You ARE Alive in Christ Jesus[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/15/2018 11:55:55 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    You ARE Alive in Me Your situation is about to change for the better. These days are for you, For as I stand with you and beside you it is with my momentum your life is carved. Therefore your now is My Destiny "Yeah " Prophecy coming alive to accomplish The Fathers will in "Real" time. Do you understand?! I Am your Spear head and the Living breathing Force of The ( (( Active Kingdom of Zion )) ) Budding, blossoming and bearing Live fruit before the world's very eyes and existence, for you are riding in My Chariot of...
  • Russian Catholics hope ties won’t be affected by inter-Orthodox tensions

    10/04/2018 3:49:21 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Oct 2018 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    As plans to establish an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church encounter complaints from Russia, Catholic leaders hope ecumenical ties will not be affected. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, who holds honorary primacy among the world’s 14 main Orthodox churches, plans to grant autocephaly, or independence, to Christians in Ukraine, many of whom have been linked to the Russian Orthodox Church’s Moscow Patriarchate. Calls for a single independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church intensified after Russia’s 2014 forced annexation of Crimea and military intervention in eastern Ukraine. Some observers have cautioned that Catholic-Orthodox relations could be set back by inter-Orthodox feuding. Victor Khroul, ,...
  • ...Francis omits “Papal” Benediction because it could offend Non-Catholics

    09/16/2018 3:32:48 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 23 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | September 16, 2018 | Editor
    The Francis Show in Palermo… The Blessing that Wasn’t: Francis omits “Papal” Benediction because it could offend Non-Catholics On Saturday, Sep. 15, the Francis Show made a stop in Sicily, with the “Pope” visiting the dioceses of Piazza Armerina and Palermo. As always, Francis had a lot to say, cranking out such incredible nuggets of wisdom as, “Those belonging to the mafia are not living as Christians”, and, “…those who give themselves find the meaning of life and win” (source). The Vatican web site has posted the entire program of the trip to Sicily here. One of the highlights of...
  • The Religious Typology

    09/09/2018 12:03:07 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 12 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | August 29, 2018 | Pew Research Center
    Most U.S. adults identify with a particular religious denomination or group. They describe themselves as Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Jewish, Mormon or Muslim– to name just a few... The new typology sorts Americans into seven groups based on the religious and spiritual beliefs they share, how actively they practice their faith, the value they place on their religion, and the other sources of meaning and fulfillment in their lives... Sunday Stalwarts are the most religious group. Not only do they actively practice their faith, but they also are deeply involved in their religious congregations. God-and-Country Believers are less active in church...
  • The miraculous continuity of Scripture

    09/07/2018 12:35:23 PM PDT · by boatbums · 7 replies
    WND ^ | September 4, 2018 | Joseph Farah
    One of the blessings and curses of the internet is the ability it provides us to read many sermons by both contemporary pastors and those of the past. It’s a blessing because there is great wisdom and insight to be discovered. It’s also a curse because of the immense amount of error to be found – especially in teachings found in today’s sermons. Sometimes I find dogmatic statements by teachers that are wholly untrue. Usually, they are written or spoken to make the erroneous point that something shockingly new, unprecedented and unpredicted in the New Testament – something that represented...
  • Thousands of Christians defy own churches' 'social justice' campaigns

    09/07/2018 7:21:44 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 19 replies
    wnd ^ | 9/6/18 | wnd
    A relatively unpublicized and unpromoted online statement for Christians to affirm that they are defying the “social justice” agenda of some American churches, and rejecting “values borrowed from secular culture,” is surging. Introduced only days ago, by Thursday afternoon it had nearly 5,000 signatures from individuals and groups, including churches. The Daily Wire said the “Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel” even is attracting opposition, such as the criticism from Ryan Burton King, of Grace Baptist in the United Kingdom, who charged that the signers are “not at all ‘getting’ what those whom it primarily addresses are saying.” WND...
  • [Ecumenical]: Bible reading: Ecclesiasticus Ch 1

    09/06/2018 9:37:44 PM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Bible gateway ^ | 175 BC | Yeshua Ben Sira
    In Praise of Wisdom 1 All wisdom comes from the Lord,    and Wisdom is with him forever.2 Who can count raindrops or the sand along the shore?    Who can count the days of eternity?3 How high is the sky? How wide is the earth?    How deep is the ocean? How profound is Wisdom?    Can anyone find answers to these questions?4 Wisdom was created before anything else;    understanding has always existed.[b]6 Has anyone ever been shown where Wisdom originates?    Does anyone understand her subtle cleverness?[c]8 There is only one who is wise,    and we must stand in awe before his throne.9 The Lord himself created Wisdom;    he saw her...
  • Benedict XVI and the Jews: New Ratzinger Essay on Judaism causes Controversy

    09/06/2018 11:53:12 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 48 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | September 6, A.D. 2018 | Editor
    In his self-created role as the “contemplative member” of an “expanded papacy”, Fr. Joseph Ratzinger — aka “Pope Emeritus” Benedict XVI — has a lot of time on his hands these days, and he uses some of it to write on theological matters. Back in 1972, Fr. Ratzinger was very busy with a lot of things, such as arguing for the permissibility of public adulterers to receive Holy Communion in “individual cases”. At the time he also co-founded the theological journal Communio, together with such unsavory characters as Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar, Fr. Karl Lehmann, and others. Last year,...
  • You’ve Seen One Elohim, You’ve Seen Them All? A Critique of Mormonism’s Use of Psalm 82

    09/05/2018 10:41:16 AM PDT · by fishtank · 53 replies
    You’ve Seen One Elohim, You’ve Seen Them All? A Critique of Mormonism’s Use of Psalm 82 Michael S. Heiser FARMS Review 19/1 (2007): 221–66. 1550-3194 (print), 2156-8049 (online) Heiser discusses Psalm 82 and the interpretations of Elohim that Latter-day Saints and evangelicals derive from that scriptural passage. Heiser then offers alternative interpretations from his own study. "Over the course of the last eight years I have read several papers dealing in one way or another with that feature of Israelite religion known as the divine council. Anyone doing serious research in Israelite religion is soon confronted with the powerful evidence...
  • Pew’s New Analysis: 42% of US Jews Reject their Religion

    09/04/2018 3:20:04 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 46 replies
    BIN ^ | 9/2/18 | JNI Media
    The Pew Research Center on Wednesday published an analysis of beliefs and behaviors across denominations that identifies important traits that unite people of different religious affiliations—or divide people who share the same affiliation – producing a new and revealing classification of religion in America (The Religious Typology – A new way to categorize Americans by religion). The survey divided the US population, represented by 4,699 respondents in late 2017, into seven groups: Sunday Stalwarts – the most religious; God-and-Country Believers – less active in church hold traditional religious beliefs and tilt right politically; Diversely Devout – believe in God “as...
  • Bartholomew I tells Russia's Patriarch Kirill about plans to grant autocephaly to Ukrainian church

    09/01/2018 8:42:33 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Unian ^ | Aug 31, 2018
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has informed Patriarch Kirill of Moscow of his plans to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian church. Their meeting took place in Istanbul, Turkey. "First, there was a meeting in front of all the members of the Synod. Then there were tete-a-tete talks, only with translation," Kyiv Archbishop Yevstratiy (Zorya), wrote on Facebook on August 31. Later, Metropolitan of France Emmanuel came out to reporters. He represented Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the celebration of the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyiv Rus in Kyiv in July 2018. "He made a short statement, "We have informed...
  • Flashback: Pastor Ted Haggard and his Wife talk about the Gay Sex Scandal

    08/19/2018 5:28:46 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 93 replies
    Ted Haggard was once one of the most power evangelical leaders in America. New Life Church leader Ted Haggard was once one of America's most charismatic and powerful evangelical leaders, with an audience of more than 30 million people. Ted began counseling foreign dignitaries and consulting on a weekly basis with President George W. Bush. By 2005, Time magazine named him one of the most influential evangelicals in America. But no one—not even his devoted wife, five children and his Colorado Springs, Colorado-based congregation—suspected that Ted was paying an admitted male escort for crystal meth. In November 2006, Mike Jones...
  • The Humiliation of the Southern Baptist Convention [Sexual Abuse]

    08/18/2018 9:39:49 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 68 replies
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | May 23, 2018 | Albert Mohler
    Sexual misconduct is as old as sin, but the avalanche of sexual misconduct that has come to light in recent weeks is almost too much to bear. These grievous revelations of sin have occurred in churches, in denominational ministries, and even in our seminaries. We thought this was a Roman Catholic problem. The unbiblical requirement of priestly celibacy and the organized conspiracy of silence within the hierarchy helped to explain the cesspool of child sex abuse that has robbed the Roman Catholic Church of so much of its moral authority. When people said that Evangelicals had a similar crisis coming,...
  • Brothers and Blades. The Risky Ecumenism of Pope Francis. With a Postscript

    08/12/2018 4:26:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    L'Espresso ^ | August 12, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    On the ecumenical terrain as well, Pope Francis is breaking new ground.No pope before him would have put a Protestant at the head of “L'Osservatore Romano.” And he did it, appointing as the director of the Argentine edition of the Holy See’s official newspaper the Presbyterian Marcelo Figueroa, his longtime friend.No pope had ever been able to arrange a meeting with the Orthodox patriarch of Moscow. And he succeeded, with an appointment at the airport of Havana.In the dialogue with non-Catholic Christians, Jorge Mario Bergoglio doesn’t overlook anyone at all. He shows a friendly face to even the toughest interlocutors,...