Browsing All Posts filed under »The Idea of Ecumenism«

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 […]

Understanding the Spirituality of Christian Epistemology

July 9, 2012

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In Nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, amen. Suscipe, Sancte Pater. He does not deserve the name of philosopher, seeing that he publicly criticizes what he does not understand…his object being to win the favour and applause of the deluded masses. If he lashes out at us without studying Christ’s teachings he is most […]

Myopia: what the Ecumenical Struggle Seeks to Overcome

July 2, 2012

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In Nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, amen. Suscipe, Sancte Pater. The word myopia comes from the Greek muein “to shut” and ops “eye.” It refers to a failure—deliberate or otherwise—of any person to see the true reality of any thing beyond its face value. This is precisely what the Ecumenical struggles seeks to […]

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 […]

Christian Ecumenism: the Royal Road of Moderation

April 22, 2012

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Between [“open” relativism and “closed” fanaticism]- which are both unfaithful to the present Orthodox responsibility — lies the road of a conscious and sober participation in the ecumenical movement, implying no compromise, but much love and understanding. This road is the right one, not simply because it is the “middle” road, but mainly because it […]

The Sons of the Parisian Russian Orthodox Intelligentsia Justify their Ecumenism

March 20, 2012

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During the terrible days of the Bolshevik take over, the Orthodox Church of Russia and Eastern Europe was faced with excruciating decisions which threatened the salvation of Christians. The hierarchs of Russia were forced to either compromise some what to the Soviets and receive a certain amount of spiritual freedom, or resist and suffer the […]

Fr. Sergei Bulgakov illuminates the most salient point of Ecumenism

March 5, 2012

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“We experience it as a breathing of God’s Spirit in grace, as a revelation of Pentecost, when people begin to understand one another in spite of the diversity of tongues.” –Fr. Sergei Bulgakov[1] Fr. Sergei Bulgakov, a Russian refugee from Soviet Russia in the 1920s, can be called in many ways a key founder of […]

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