The following is a paper given by doctor of theology Jean-Claude Larchet (France) at the international conference, “Rus’—Holy Mount Athos: A thousand years of spiritual and cultural unity,” as part of the 1000-year anniversary celebration of Russian monasticism on Mount Athos (Moscow, September 21-24, 2016). It was published first in Russian translation on the website of the Synodal department for monasteries and monasticism of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Monasticism is basically a way to live the Christian life with a total commitment to renouncing the world and self-dedication to God. From this point of view, monasticism is the same everywhere, and each monastery, skete or hermitage is a privileged place, a center of reference for the monastic life and for Christian way of life. To a great extent, what can be said of monasticism can be said of
December 10th, 2016
Patriarch of Constantinople's Letter to the Archbishop of Greece: Defrock and Sever Communion with those Opposed to our Council in Crete
Troubling and Divisive Intervention into the Internal Affairs of another Local Church latest show of Papal Pretentions
In divisive fashion the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, is demanding that the Archbishop of Athens and the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece depose and excommunicate leading hierarchs and clergy of the Church for their opposition to the "Council" of Crete and its innovative organization and decisions. The Patriarchal letter names first of all, the one-time representative of...
December 7th, 2016
The Example of Saint Ambrose of Milan and the Contemporary Theories of Obligatory Cessation of Communion with those in Communion with Hierarchs Preaching Heresy "Bare-Headed"
By Protopresbyter Peter Heers
Today, December 7th, we celebrate the memory of our Father Among the Saints Ambrose of Milan. The Life of the Saint, written by his close disciple Paulinus, relays important information on the state of the Church at the time and the way in which the Saint was elected bishop which is quite relevant to our contemporary situation and very instructive for us vis-a-vis how the Fathers of the Church dealt with...
November 24th, 2016
EXCLUSIVE: The 1998 Synodical Decision of the Orthodox Church of Georgia on the Chambessy and Balamand Agreements, Branch Theory and more
A Milestone and Major Precedent for the Struggle for Orthodox Ecclesiology now Translated into English
Among the milestones of contemporary Orthodox ecclesiastical history with regard to the Church's struggle to maintain "the faith once delivered" and Her belief in the "one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church," the 1998 Synodical Decision of the Apostolic Orthodox Church of Georgia is of especial importance. Echoing the earlier
June 16th, 2016
Metropolitan Onufry: “This meeting already won’t be a Great and Holy Pan-Orthodox Council”
In this interview with the Synodal
Information-Education Department of the UOC, His Beatitude
Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine answered
questions about why the Russian Orthodox Church is not
participating in the Pan-Orthodox Council which should
begin its acts on June 19. He also expressed his view on
whether the crisis of Council preparations will influence
the situation of religious life in Ukraine and worldwide
—Your Beatitude, what was the final reason
the Russian Orthodox Church
not to participate in the
Council planned for the feast day of the Holy
—Today the world is developing in a new format.
Political and economic borders are gradually disappearing,
which by themselves restricted...
June 14th, 2016
Athonite Monks on the Pan-Orthodox Council
- Athanasios Zoitakis
Athonite monasticism has always stood on guard for the purity of Orthodoxy. Athonites have actively participated in the work of Church councils and came out against the unions of Lyons and Florence. Ecumenical contacts have repeatedly come under criticism from Athonites (letters to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, proclamations, reports of the Holy Kinot), however most Athonite monks throughout the whole...
June 10th, 2016
Is the Phanar about to Fall into Schism?
Source: Orthodox England
Two Local Orthodox Churches, Bulgaria and Antioch, have withdrawn
from the Crete meeting, organized by Phanar bureaucrats in
Constantinople. The Georgian Church, savagely insulted by the Phanar
(just as it also insulted the Bulgarian Church, causing a diplomatic
incident, and the Church of Greece, whose canonical territory it
invaded) for its faithfulness to Orthodoxy, may not attend. The Serbian
June 4th, 2016
A Press Release From the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Bulgaria: Clarification