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Palamas, Aquinas and the “Metaphysical Wordwebs of the Athenians”

October 9, 2013

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Two Views: David Bradshaw and W. N. Williams The Epistemology of Language and the Pentecostal Church In the year of our Lord 565, the emperor (St.) Justinian died. This man is loved by Chalcedonian Orthodox for his imperial piety, hated by Latin Christians for his imperial ambition, esteemed by secular historians for his architectural achievements, […]

Reforming the Papacy – Further Considerations

June 4, 2013

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In Nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, amen. Suscipe, Sancte Pater. Having discussed briefly some of the spiritual concerns that seem to be important when considering the reform of the papacy (the salvific efficacy of obedience and humility) and taking note of the wickedness among us not only in common world views (secular democracy […]

Reforming the Papacy – a Few Considerations

February 4, 2013

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In Nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, amen. Suscipe, Sancte Pater. Some say that the Ecumenical Struggle (‘Movement’) has reached an impasse. Much consensus has been made on many issues, but without an ecclesiastical organ with enough authority to bring everyone together to assent to these consensi, division will continue. More Christians may be […]

Is the Papacy a Constitutive Element of the Church?

January 14, 2013

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In Nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, amen. Suscipe, Sancte Pater. This is the question that arises from the ecclesiastical affirmations of Vatican II’s Unitatis Redintegratio and the subsequent post-conciliar magisterial teachings. This is because, on the one hand, when referring to the Protestant ‘ecclesiastical communities,’ the CDF interprets Unitatis Redintegratio as saying that […]

Sanctity: the Whole Basis for and Telos of Christian Unity (and all of Christian life, especially dogma)

May 28, 2012

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In Nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, amen. Suscipe, Sancte Pater. Wondrous is God in his Saints, the God of Israel.  The purpose of the Church is to worship God. In order to worship Him truly, we must become Saints—to subject our whole being to Him in worship. When Christians do this, there is […]

The Procession of the Holy Spirit – Approaching with the right Spirit

May 21, 2012

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In Nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, amen. Suscipe, Sancte Pater. In our class ‘Survey of the Eastern Tradition’ in a program devoted to Ecumenical studies, it is inevitable that the wearying question of the Filioque would need to be addressed. I dreaded this, not because of its divisive nature per se, but especially […]

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: straight talk from an Englishman goes a long way towards mutual understanding

February 28, 2012

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In 1904, Ecumenical Patriarch Joachim III the Magnificent was writing letters to his Orthodox brother bishops. He was seeking to bring the Orthodox churches together in order to engage the Western churches in ecumenical endeavors. In his encyclical of that year, he wrote: Lest we be charged with indifference for our [non-Orthodox] brethren who are […]

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