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March 18th, 2017

Fundamental Errors: A Response to "Tradition Without Fundamentalism" by George Demacopoulos

Fr. John Whiteford

In a recently posted lecture on the topic of Fundamentalism, George Demacopoulos (hereafter "GD") fell into many of the same errors evident in his original article that began this discussion. He continues to make sweeping and unsubstantiated assertions, and he alleges connections between some of...


March 3rd, 2017

The Difference between the Action of the Holy Spirit in Creation and in the Church

An excerpt from "The Ecclesiological Renovation of Vatican II" by Fr. Peter Heers

Have you ever wondered how to explain - in an Orthodox manner - what is the difference between spiritual life before and after reception and initiation into the Church?

Have you been confused by various ecumenical theories of "partial communion" or "common baptism" and what the Orthodox view says with regard to the clerical ministrations done in heterodox confessions?

You'll want to watch this new 6 minute video offering from Gregory Decapolite, which includes an excerpt from:

The Ecclesiological Renovation of Vatican II: An Orthodox Examination of Rome's Ecumenical Theology Regarding Baptism and the Church


December 27th, 2016

FINAL DECISION OF THE CHURCH OF GEORGIA on the Council of Crete (SUMMARY)

The Holy Synod Rejects the Council of Crete as Pan Orthodox and its Texts as Reflecting Orthodox Teaching

The Holy Synod of the Church of Georgia has met and discussed the "Council of Crete." We are now in possession of a summary* of the Decision which the Holy Synod of the Church of Georgia issued at its recent meeting regarding the Cretan gathering.

It was initially reported that the Holy Synod had "tabled" a conclusive decision...


Tagged In: Council, Ecumenism
December 19th, 2016

Intervention and Text in the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece (November 2016) regarding the Cretan Council

Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and St. Vlassios

In the last meeting of the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece (23-24 November 2016), Metropolitan Theologos of Serres, read his presentation, titled "Briefing on the works of the Holy and...


December 9th, 2016

Blessed Father Seraphim: The Orthodox Must Avoid Fanaticism and Sectarianism and Stay United in the Face of the "Council"

Prophetic and Wise Words Which are So Very Relevant to Today's Church

Blessed Father Seraphim Rose has bequeathed much to the Church, not least of all his tireless witness to the royal path of the Fathers in the face of the general apostasy of our age and the particular heresy of our day, syncretistic ecumenism. In the following excerpt, from a letter her wrote on the feast of the translation of the relics of St. John Chrysostom, Jan 27/Feb. 9, 1977, Fr. Seraphim...


December 9th, 2016

Μακαριστός πατήρ Σεραφείμ Ρόουζ: Οι Ορθόδοξοι πρέπει ν’ αποφύγουν τον φανατισμό και σεκταρισμό και να παραμείνουν ενωμένοι εν όψει της ‘Συνόδου’

Προφητικά και σοφά λόγια, μεγάλης συνάφειας με τα δρώμενα στην Εκκλησία, σήμερα

Ο μακαριστός πατήρ Σεραφείμ Ρόουζ έχει κληροδοτήσει πολλά στην Εκκλησία και όχι λιγότερο σημαντική, μεταξύ αυτών, είναι η άοκνη μαρτυρία του της βασιλικής οδού των Πατέρων, ιδίως εν όψει της μεγάλης αποστασίας της εποχής μας και της επίμαχης αιρέσεως των ημερών μας, του συγκρητιστικού οικουμενισμού.

Στο παρακάτω απόσπασμα, από μία επιστολή την οποία έγραψε ο ίδιος ο π. Σεραφείμ κατά την εορτή της...


December 1st, 2016

Saint Paisios the Athonite on the Pan-Orthodox Council and Discernment

The Elder Warned that Holy Tradition would be Rejected and Replaced by Innovation

"At that time the Pre-Conciliar Conferences began in order to prepare a new Pan-Orthodox Synod, and among the issues discussed there were many proposals contrary to Orthodox tradition. When the Elder learned of them he was very worried and spoke with a pain of soul: "Do you understand what will happen?," he would ask. "Tradition will leave and all that will remain is the offense (evil-doing). [Θὰ φύγη ἡ...


Tagged In: Council, Ecumenism, Tradition
November 29th, 2016

The Final Decision of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church on the Council in Crete

"The Council in Crete is neither Great, nor Holy, nor Pan-Orthodox"

(The following is a summary of the Decision based upon an automatic translation and separate summary, and not the final and official translation. We expect a full English translation soon.)

The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has issued its final decision on the Council in Crete and the text "Relations of the Orthodox Church with rest of the Christian world." In a...


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

INTRODUCTION

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


November 19th, 2016

Η Πανορθόδοξη Συνεργασία θα ανθίσει όταν ξεπεραστεί η βαθύτερη αιτία των διαιρέσεων.

Συνέντευξη με τον Πρωτοπρεσβύτερο Πέτρο Χιρς, από τον Sergei Chapnin για το περιοδικό "Λοδκα" (Μόσχα)

http://lodka.sreda.org/

1) Πώς αξιολογείτε, σε γενικές γραμμές, τα αποτελέσματα της ‘Πανορθόδοξης Συνόδου’; Ανταποκρίνονται στις προσδοκίες σας;

Δυστυχώς, η αποτυχία αυτής της Συνόδου προκαθορίστηκε από την αντι-συνοδική, ανορθόδοξη μεθοδολογία, η οποία ακολουθήθηκε πριν...