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Preparing the Orthodox for the Date of Pascha
Church Life and Pastoral Care

Preparing the Orthodox for the Date of Pascha

Both Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox commentators continue to note the interest expressed by Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in finding a common date for the celebration of Easter/Pascha by 2025. The 1700th anniversary of the first Ecumenical Council of Nicaea in 325 appears at first an auspicious opportunity to settle the vexed problem…

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Crisis in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church
Ecclesiology

Crisis in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church Sobornost or Authoritarianism?

In the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (BOC), elections are taking place: in the coming months the metropolitan of one of the largest seaside dioceses, Sliven, and then the Bulgarian patriarch, will be elected. Of course, the election of a diocesan bishop cannot be called a unique event in the life of the BOC, but this time…

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Bishops’ Conference – The Major Outcome: Resentment against the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Inter-Orthodox Relations

Bishops’ Conference – The Major Outcome: Resentment against the Ecumenical Patriarchate

What problems are of concern to Patriarch Kirill and the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church? This question, in particular, is answered by the documents of the Bishops’ Councils of the Russian Orthodox Church, one of the highest authorities of Church governance. However, the difficulty is that Patriarch Kirill has been unable to convene another…

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The Conspiratorial Cleric
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Orthodoxy and Modernity

The Conspiratorial Cleric

Read part one of this two-part essay In 2020, Orthodox Church in America (OCA) Archbishop Alexander (Golitzin) of Dallas and the South warned his flock in a diocesan letter about the teachings of Fr. Peter Heers, which His Grace noted were “sanctioned by no canonical jurisdiction.” While the focus on Heers’s canonical status has demanded…

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John Zizioulas: An Ecumenical Appreciation
Theology

John Zizioulas: An Ecumenical Appreciation

  It was the Cambridge philosopher of religion Donald MacKinnon who first introduced me to John Zizioulas’s work, passing to me (some time around 1978) a couple of French offprints. Donald was not someone who handed out praise readily, but he was obviously intrigued and impressed—I suspect because these essays on the eucharist and the bishop…

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Do the Gospels Really Worry about Supporting the Nuclear Family?
Ethics

Do the Gospels Really Worry about Supporting the Nuclear Family?

This essay was originally published by Religion News Service (RNS) and is republished here with permission. In the Orthodox Christian world, few places are better known or more lovingly venerated than Mount Athos, the 10th-century Greek monastery legendarily dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Composed of 20 citadels scattered over a peninsula of exceptional beauty in…

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Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi? Ukraine and the Second Sunday of Pentecost in UOC and OCU Liturgies
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Religion and Politics

Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi? Ukraine and the Second Sunday of Pentecost in UOC and OCU Liturgies

Most people who have written about the tensions between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) and the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) after the Russian invasion tend to focus on one thing: who is commemorated. This is not surprising. Accepting the authority of this bishop, but not that one, is an easy shorthand for where one…

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The Sacrament of Adoption and the Orphan Crisis in Romania
Liturgical Life, Theology

The Sacrament of Adoption and the Orphan Crisis in Romania

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский |  Српски Recently, a newspaper article brought to the attention of the public a rather unusual request made by an Orthodox believer to his bishop in Romania. The believer asked the bishop why the Church is not doing anything about the situation of the thousands of…

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Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter
Liturgical Life

Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter

This essay was originally published in 2017. It was updated for 2021. A common misperception among Orthodox Christians is that Orthodox Easter (i.e. Pascha) often occurs so much later than Western Christian Easter because the Orthodox Church abides by the rules for calculating the date of Pascha issued by the 1st Ecumenical Council at Nicaea…

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Human Beings or Human Persons?
Holy and Great Council, Theology

Human Beings or Human Persons?

One of the liveliest exchanges at the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church in June 2016 concerned which Greek words should be used in Council documents to refer to humans: anthrōpos (“human being”); or anthrōpino prosōpo (or simply prosōpon) (“human person”). The main protagonists in this debate were, in the anthrōpos corner, Metropolitan…

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Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter
Liturgical Life

Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter

by John Fotopoulos There is a common misperception among Orthodox Christians that the reason why Orthodox Easter (i.e. Pascha) often occurs so much later than Western Christian Easter is because the Orthodox Church abides by the rules for calculating the date of Pascha issued by the 1st Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in 325 AD and […]

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Civicness and Orthodoxy in Romanian Protests
Religion and Politics

Civicness and Orthodoxy in Romanian Protests

In December 2016, Romania’s political landscape changed following the parliamentary elections. The Social Democratic Party (PSD, successor to the Romanian Communist Party) won a plurality of seats (around 44%) in both the upper and lower chambers of Parliament, but fell short of securing a simple majority. With the help of the Alliance of Liberals and…

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After the Yarovaya Laws: The Russian Orthodox Church and the “Traditional Values” International at a Crossroads
Religion and Politics

After the Yarovaya Laws: The Russian Orthodox Church and the “Traditional Values” International at a Crossroads

One of the strangest aspects of Vladimir Putin’s third term as president of the Russian Federation has been the emergence of Russia as the global standard bearer for so-called “traditional values.” Many commentators, pundits, scholars, and Russia watchers have had difficulty coming to terms with this shift. While certain left-wing commentators such as Stephen F….

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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Pope Francis’s Visit to Armenia: A Bridge Out of Isolation

Ahead of Pope Francis’s recent visit to Armenia (June 24-26), there was much speculation as to whether he would again use the word “genocide” in reference to the massacres of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915. The prepared remarks, released by the Vatican, appeared to omit that politically charged designation—instead opting for…

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Holy and Great Council, Liturgical Life

On Consensus: A Canonical Appraisal

This essay was sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America’s Special Project on the Holy and Great Council and published by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. A key component of the document “Organization and Working Procedure” is the requirement for unanimity for the approval of any texts or amendments. The primates…

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Church Life and Pastoral Care, Holy and Great Council

Response to the Pre-Conciliar Document on Marriage and Its Impediments

This essay was sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America’s Special Project on the Holy and Great Council and published by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. The document on marriage does not refer to its long and complex history and accompanying theology. What is offered to the faithful and to the…

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Church Life and Pastoral Care, Holy and Great Council, Liturgical Life

Reflections on the Document “The Sacrament of Marriage and Its Impediments”

This essay was sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America’s Special Project on the Holy and Great Council and published by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. According to the theological vision of the Church, the bond of love is to be found at the core of marital life. Marriage is viewed…

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Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ethics, Gender and Sexuality, Holy and Great Council

Life-Bearing Love: A Too Risky Vision

This essay was sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America’s Special Project on the Holy and Great Council and published by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. The upcoming Great Council, decades in the making, is an opportunity for Orthodoxy to present to the world a vision of the fruitfulness of love…

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Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Liturgical Life

Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter

  There is a common misperception among Orthodox Christians that the reason why Orthodox Easter (i.e. Pascha) often occurs so much later than Western Christian Easter is because the Orthodox Church abides by the rules for calculating the date of Pascha issued by the 1st Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in 325 AD and thus the…

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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Holy and Great Council

The Great and Holy Council of Crete and Orthodox-Catholic Relations

This essay was sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America’s Special Project on the Holy and Great Council and published by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. The forthcoming Pan-Orthodox Council of Crete, planned for June 2016, will ratify several important documents, including “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of…

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Global Orthodoxy

Ownership by All, Control by None

This post is excerpted from a speech given at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary on January 31, 2016. A recording of the speech can be found at Ancient Faith Radio. The Orthodox Church, the second largest Christian tradition, if it is not to remain a footnote in the annals of modern history, needs a governance system…

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