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  • Ukrainian Orthodox Church Controversy: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    10/18/2018 4:34:38 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Synaxis ^ | 10-18-2018 | Institute for Orthodox Unity
    The recent controversy over the Orthodox Church in Ukraine has been the subject of a lot of confusion, especially online. The following questions and answers attempt to clear up confusion in a non-partisan way that does not take sides in the dispute.Updates will be added whenever new information comes to light, so check back periodically.LAST UPDATED OCT. 18, 2018Who are the players in the current dispute and what is being disputed?The primary parties in the dispute are the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate, MP), led by Patriarch Kyrill, and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (EP), led by Patriarch Bartholomew.Directly affected...
  • The Eastern Schism: A Political Clash over Ukraine Shakes Eastern Orthodox Unity

    10/18/2018 8:47:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/17./2018 | By TYLER ARNOLD
    The patriarch of Constantinople recognizes the independence of Christians who have broken from Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church cries foul. The Russian Orthodox Church on Monday officially broke communion with the Orthodox Church of Constantinople, whose patriarch has held the title “first among equals” for nearly a thousand years, following the East–West schism of 1054 — the schism that separated Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. If communion between Moscow and Constantinople is not reinstated, the schism would be the largest in nearly a millennium. Typically, questions of church are a purely ecclesiological matter, but in this case politics seems to...
  • Far Eastern Russian Airport Could be Renamed for St. Innocent of Alaska

    10/17/2018 7:20:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/17/18
    Ten candidates were proposed yesterday for the renaming of South Sakhalin Airport on the far eastern Russian island of Sakhalin. Among the nominees was St. Innocent (Veniamin) of Moscow, the Equal to the Apostles and Enlightener of North America, reports Interfax-Religion. St. Innocent was proposed as the future airport patron by Archpriest Viktor Gorbach, a member of the Public Chamber of the Sakhalin Region, during a meeting of the organizing committee for the renaming of the South Sakhalin Airport. Documents with the proposals will be sent to the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation for consideration. St. Innocent, the Metropolitan...
  • Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

    10/15/2018 7:12:35 PM PDT · by lightman · 3 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 15 October A.D. 2018 | Department for External Church Reltgh Relaations
    Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church concerning the encroachment of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the Russian Church With profound pain the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has taken the report of the Patriarchate of Constantinople published on October 11, 2018, about the following decisions of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople: confirming the intention ‘to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church; opening a ‘stauropegion’ of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Kiev; ‘restoring in the rank of bishop or priest’ the leaders of the Ukrainian schism and their...
  • KGB ‘Christians’: Putin, Stalin, and the KGB’s History of Manipulating the Orthodox Church

    10/15/2018 3:23:17 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 2016 | Spyridon Mitsotakis
    Anyone who grew up with the Eastern Orthodox Church (in my case, the Greek Orthodox Church) will get a good laugh at Vladimir Putin pretending to be a Christian during his first Easter as Russian ruler. As recounted by the great journalist Anna Politkovskaya (1958-2006), the bravest of all the many Putin-critics to be systematically assassinated, in her book Putin’s Russia: The three men clumsily and clownishly crossed themselves, Medvedev making his crosses by touching his hands to his forehead and then to his genitals. It was risible. Medvedev followed Putin in shaking the patriarch’s hand as if he were...
  • Schism: The Russian Orthodox Church severs Eucharistic Communion with the Ecumenical Patriarch

    10/15/2018 12:16:18 PM PDT · by NRx · 28 replies
    OCP Media ^ | 10-15-2018 | various
    Breaking- Minsk- Belarus: A statement published by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church stated that it is impossible for the Russian Church to continue in Eucharistic Communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople, reports Patriarchia.ru.
  • Translation of the Holy Relic of St. Ambrose of Optina to the Convent of Kazan [Devotional]

    10/14/2018 4:16:37 PM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10-14-2018 | Optina Monastery
    Video of the translation and public veneration of a holy relic of St. Ambrose of Optina to the women's monastery of Kazan.
  • PRAYERS ANSWERED: Ukrainian Christians Greet Official Church Split from Russia With Open Arms

    10/14/2018 9:01:59 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Christopher Miller
    Patriarch Bartholomew I -- considered the leader of roughly 300 million Orthodox Christians, or "first among equals" of Eastern Orthodox clerics -- to "proceed to the granting of autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine" marked a clear step closer to another remarkable break from Moscow and its reach into Kyiv's affairs. After taking a moment to say a prayer, Natalia, a retired schoolteacher and parishioner of St. Volodymyr's, told RFE/RL that her previous prayer -- for her church to be legitimized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and broken free from Russia -- had been answered. The push for independence, "was our...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Proposes Extraordinary Pan-Orthodox Council to Depose Patriarch Bartholomew

    10/12/2018 5:01:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/12/18
    Moscow, October 12, Interfax - A member of the Moscow Patriarchate Synodal Biblical-Theological Commission, Archpriest Andrey Novikov, has reacted to Constantinople's decisions on Ukraine by proposing a number of countermeasures. "In view of the secession of the former Patriarchate of Constantinople from the Church, the Russian Orthodox Church [should] create dioceses and parishes on Turkish territory, including Istanbul," Father Andrey wrote on his Facebook page on Friday. A pan-Orthodox council could be held in Moscow to depose Patriarch Bartholomew and members of his Synod, he wrote. He also suggested severing eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople and "anathematizing the...
  • The Howling Abyss [On the danger of an Orthodox schism over Ukraine]

    10/12/2018 1:44:36 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Notes on Arab Orthodoxy ^ | 10-12-2018 | Jad Ganem
    It's one thing to read about schisms in the Church in history-books. Watching the brisk steps being taken toward it in your own time is something else entirely. For years, stubbornness has been in control of the situation. Voices of caution are raised, but no one wants to listen. Theology is transformed into points of view or, you could say, into arguments justifying the slow crawl towards the abyss of schism. We have witnessed a solid engineering to create an Orthodox papal ideology and sabotage true conciliarity. We have experienced the disavowal and destruction of all the rules that guided...
  • Muslims Defied the Islamic State to Save Two Ancient Christian Manuscripts in Mosul

    10/11/2018 5:54:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 10/9/18
    A family, who wants their identity protected, hid for three years two books containing Syriac Orthodox rituals. The head of the family recently entrusted them to a former Christian neighbour, with whom they have been friends for years. For Chaldean priest, many Muslims view Christians as brothers and are ready to risk their lives for a book.Mosul (AsiaNews) – A Muslim family hid for three years two ancient Syriac Orthodox books in Mosul during the city’s occupation by the Islamic State (IS) group to prevent their destruction at the latter’s hands. They did so, putting their own lives at risk....
  • Ecumenical Patriarch Grants Recognition to Schismatics- Asserts Jurisdiction over Ukraine

    10/11/2018 2:11:39 PM PDT · by NRx · 19 replies
    The Ecumecial Patriarchate ^ | 10-11-2018 | Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Announcement (11/10/2018). Presided by His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened for its regular session from October 9 to 11, 2018, in order to examine and discuss items on its agenda. The Holy Synod discussed in particular and at length the ecclesiastical matter of Ukraine, in the presence of His Excellency Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon and His Grace Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton, Patriarchal Exarchs to Ukraine, and following extensive deliberations decreed: 1) To renew the decision already made that the Ecumenical Patriarchate proceed to the granting of Autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine. 2) To reestablish,...
  • Ukraine's Orthodox Church officially granted Independence from Russia

    10/11/2018 10:31:42 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 11 October 2018 | Roman Olearchyk, Henry Foy
    The head of global Orthodox Christianity has decided to grant Ukraine its own church independent of Russia’s patriarchate, in a politically charged move that defies sharp warnings from Moscow. The decision is a victory for Ukraine in a wider struggle against Russia that encompasses Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its continued support for separatists fighting against Kiev in the east of the country. But it has been condemned by Russian officials, who have warned it threatens to trigger the biggest Christian schism in a millennium. While both Ukraine and Russia share the same orthodox Christian roots that date back...
  • Russia-Ukraine Tensions Set Up the Biggest Christian Schism Since 1054

    10/10/2018 5:48:29 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege
    New York Times ^ | Oct 7, 2018 | Neil MacFarquhar
    MOSCOW - Vyacheslav Gorshkov, who teaches the catechism at a Kiev cathedral, was among the majority of Orthodox Christians in Ukraine who had reconciled themselves to the fact that their church answers to the Russian Orthodox patriarch in Moscow. No longer. Mr. Gorshkov does not want to break with the faith, but does want to split with the Russian Orthodox Church, incensed by what he sees as the Kremlin using the church as an instrument of its old imperial control. He is among the majority of the faithful hoping that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader for the estimated...
  • Moscow vs. Constantinople: An Orthodox Fracture with Major Consequences

    10/10/2018 10:29:55 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 11 replies
    First Things ^ | Sep 2018 | George Weigel
    While Catholicism has been embroiled in a crisis of sexual abuse and episcopal malfeasance reaching to the highest levels of the Church, Eastern Orthodoxy may be on the verge of an epic crack-up with major ecumenical and geopolitical consequences. The Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople has indicated that it is considering a proposal to recognize the autocephaly, or independence from Moscow, of Ukrainian Orthodoxy. The Moscow Patriarchate has responded with fury. First, the Moscow Patriarchate is terrified. Moscow's claim to be the “third Rome” would be gravely imperiled. Russian Orthodoxy would shrink drastically by the loss of the large Orthodox population...
  • Broken Faith: Ukrainian Church Fights For Independence From Moscow

    10/08/2018 9:47:56 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege
    RFE/RL ^ | Oct 8, 2018 | Christopher Miller
    Kostyantynivka, an industrial city of roughly 80,000 in Ukraine's east, sits not only a little more than a rocket shot from the front lines of the simmering war between the Ukrainian Army and Russia-backed separatist forces. It is also one of many at the center of a politically charged spiritual conflict that is pitting Eastern Orthodox Christians against each other and setting the stage for a religious schism of historic proportions. The dispute at hand centers around granting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church autocephaly, or the right to be ecclesiastically independent. The designation would strike a serious blow to the heart...
  • Bulgarian Orthodox Church turns down Russia's call for debate on Ukraine

    10/07/2018 7:11:29 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Oct 2018 | Reuters - Sofia
    The Bulgarian Orthodox Church on Oct. 5 turned down a call by the Russian Patriarch to hold talks to discuss a bid by the Ukrainian church to break away from Moscow’s orbit. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church under Patriarch Filaret is leading a drive to establish a national church independent of the Russian Orthodox Church in the face of strong opposition from Moscow. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill wrote to all branches of the Orthodox world, calling for talks to discuss the situation around church life in Ukraine. The Bulgarian Church’s Holy Synod, its top executive body, however, said in a statement...
  • Statement of the Holy Synod of Antioch on the Ukrainian Crisis [Orthodox Caucus]

    10/06/2018 11:30:33 AM PDT · by NRx
    Notes on Arab Orthodoxy ^ | 10-06-2018 | Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch
    Statement of the Holy Synod of Antioch Concerning the Current Developments in the Orthodox World The Holy Synod of Antioch met in the Our Lady of Balamand Patriarchal Monastery, Lebanon, (October 3-6, 2018) and made the following statement: The fathers examined the general orthodox situation. They stressed that the Church of Antioch expresses Her deep worries about the attempts to change the boundaries of the Orthodox Churches through a new reading of history. She considers that resorting to an unilateral reading of history does not serve Orthodox unity. It rather contributes to the fueling of the dissentions and quarrels within...
  • 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, ,...
  • Foundation Stone of Church of Romanov Doctor St. Eugene Botkin Consecrated in Ekaterinburg Diocese

    10/03/2018 6:03:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/2/18
    This is the second Church of St. Eugene being built in the Ekaterinburg Diocese in four months.In this year of the centenary of the martyric podvig of the Royal Martyrs and their faithful servants, the building of another church dedicated to Dr. Eugene Botkin was begun yesterday. His Eminence Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhotursky celebrated the rite of the consecration of the foundation of the new church—the second named in honor of the Romanovs’ doctor in the Ekaterinburg Diocese—yesterday in the city of Pervouralsk in the Sverdlovsk Province, reports the site of the Ekaterinburg Diocese. Met. Kirill also consecrated...