On Churches and Ecclesial Communities

A reader remarks on the tiny kerfuffle among a few Orthodox bishops who said the Catholic Church is not a real Church the other day: Gives me a chuckle as the tables are turned on us Romans. Didn’t Benedict once describe Protestants as “ecclesial communities”? Partly correct. Except it was not “Benedict” and its was [Read More…]

A small klatch of Greek Orthodox bishops meet and declare that

the Catholic Church is not a real Church.  What does it all mean? Basically nothing.  It’s a small klatch of bishops out at the end of the bell curve sounding off about the Catholic Church.  They are welcome to their opinion.  Even other Orthodox, as is their custom, clear their throats politely, look at their [Read More…]

Interesting Piece on the Re-Christianization of Russia

…over at First Things. [Read more…]

David B. Hart on The Myth of Schism

A really fine piece by an Orthodox theologian on the necessity of and prospects for reunion of the Orthodox and Catholic communions: In any event, my last remark is only this: reunion of the Orthodox and Roman Churches has become an imperative, and time is growing short. I say this because I often suffer from [Read More…]

Question from an Orthodox Reader: Why Am I Catholic?

He writes: Hi Mark – I’ve read your blog (+ articles) for many years now, and actually sent you a donation a few years back … I’ve especially appreciated what you’ve written on creation/evolution, as this has cleared up some misunderstandings for me. Thanks! One query; I’m an Orthodox Christian, to which I converted from [Read More…]

Wow! This is a Big Deal!

Orthodox leaders to hold first ecumenical council in 1200 years in Istanbul. This is going to have a big impact on the future of Catholic/Orthodox relations.  God guide them! [Read more…]

Pope to Visit Patriarch of Constantinople

which is now, of course, Istanbul. If you wondering why Constantinople got the works, I refer you to They Might Be Giants: If you don’t prefer my 12 year old sense of humor, I would check the link since it has the details. [Read more…]

Wow! When the Orthodox Make a Saint…

….they make a saint!  Meet 98 year old Dobri Dobrev, who is a character straight out of Dostoeyevsky: 98 year old dobri dobrev, a man who lost most of his hearing in the second world war, has traveled 25 kilometers every day for decades from his village in his homemade clothes and leather shoes to [Read More…]

Lovely Remarks from Orthodox Abbot Tryphon

Out in Puget Sound, there lies the lovely Vashon Island, home of Catholic coffin makers, all manner of eccentrics, a bicycle that was eaten by a tree, and some Orthodox monks.  A few years back, John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff Clavin on Cheers and all manner of PIXAR supporting roles visited Vashon and took a [Read More…]

More Good News from Rome

EP invites Pope to travel with him to Holy Land The ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople has invited Pope Francis to travel with him to the Holy Land next year to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the embrace between Patriarch Athenagoras and Paul VI, the pioneers of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue. Very cool! [Read more…]