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  • The Difficult Reopening of Catholic Churches in Russia

    05/02/2018 8:32:08 PM PDT · 4 of 11
    bad company to DIRTYSECRET

    when the communists took over they decided they were only going to deal with one church so whichever was most prominent was chosen and the others closed.

  • Russia's Gulag camps cast in forgiving light of Putin nationalism

    02/05/2018 9:00:42 PM PST · 6 of 21
    bad company to GoldenState_Rose
    In today’s Russia it is not fashionable to delve too deeply into Gulag history

    Hogwash, the gulag archipelago is required reading in russian high schools.

  • Do the Creeds Still Matter?

    01/20/2018 3:57:29 PM PST · 35 of 42
    bad company to tiredofallofit

    The Maasai Creed;

    We believe in the one High God, who out of love created the beautiful world and everything good in it. He created Man and wanted Man to be happy in the world. God loves the world and every nation and tribe on the Earth. We have known this High God in darkness, and now we know Him in the light. God promised in the book of His word, the Bible, that He would save the world and all the nations and tribes.

    We believe that God made good His promise by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, a man in the flesh, a Jew by tribe, born poor in a little village, who left His home and was always on safari doing good, curing people by the power of God, teaching about God and man, showing the meaning of religion is love. He was rejected by his people, tortured and nailed hands and feet to a cross, and died. He lay buried in the grave, but the hyenas did not touch him, and on the third day, He rose from the grave. He ascended to the skies. He is the Lord.

    We believe that all our sins are forgiven through Him. All who have faith in Him must be sorry for their sins, be baptized in the Holy Spirit of God, live the rules of love and share the bread together in love, to announce the Good News to others until Jesus comes again. We are waiting for Him. He is alive. He lives. This we believe. Amen.

  • India should nurture its Muslim population: Barack Hussein Obama

  • Grand jury indicts leader behind Planned Parenthood videos

    01/25/2016 7:30:53 PM PST · 138 of 186
    bad company to Washi

    “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like us.’

    St. Anthony the Great

  • The (Cardinal) Stepinac Case

    01/23/2016 8:16:25 PM PST · 13 of 27
    bad company to HiTech RedNeck

    The most likely reunification on the horizon would be an Orthodox-Coptic one. The Orthodox-Rome division Is pretty wide.


    12/11/2015 11:04:17 PM PST · 1 of 6
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  • Protesters disturb mass at Catholic churches across valley(Nevada)

    12/10/2015 9:48:21 AM PST · 1 of 27
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  • American Efficiency for Breakfast: The Example of Waffle House

    09/12/2015 8:31:54 AM PDT · 18 of 57
    bad company to Romans Nine

    Try the one in platte city.

  • Migrants crisis: Slovakia 'will only accept Christians'

    08/20/2015 4:11:37 PM PDT · 1 of 12
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  • Mideast archbishops see US discrimination against Christian refugees in grant of visas

    08/08/2015 8:55:01 AM PDT · 1 of 12
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  • Am I a Good Person?

    07/19/2015 12:34:32 PM PDT · 7 of 24
    bad company to Fiddlstix

    Thank you so much! that is readable!

  • Am I a Good Person?

    07/19/2015 12:31:07 PM PDT · 5 of 24
    bad company to WENDLE

    You do know your bible has more than that one verse.

  • Am I a Good Person?

    07/19/2015 12:26:24 PM PDT · 3 of 24
    bad company to corlorde

    Yeah. I’m a bit lacking in those skills.The website has it better.

  • Am I a Good Person?

    07/19/2015 12:19:19 PM PDT · 1 of 24
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  • What Did Your Pastor Say?

    06/29/2015 5:31:44 PM PDT · 210 of 258
    bad company to yetidog

    We were referred to this statement from two years ago by the Bishop.

    Synodal Affirmation of the Mystery of Marriage

    At the Tenth All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, held in Miami, Florida in July 1992, the Holy Synod of Bishops issued a document titled, “Synodal Affirmations on Marriage, Family, Sexuality, and the Sanctity of Life.” The Affirmations were issued after a lengthy process of study and discernment with the intention of addressing issues that, even in our time, continue to be a source of debate and division within American society.

    The first section of the Affirmations, titled, “The Mystery of Marriage,” reads as follows.

    “God creates human beings in His own image and likeness, male and female. He declares human life, with all that He makes, to be ‘very good’ (Genesis 1:27-31).

    “God wills that men and women marry, becoming husbands and wives. He commands them to increase and multiply in the procreation of children, being joined into ‘one flesh’ by His divine grace and love. He wills that human beings live within families (Genesis 1:27; 2:21-24; Orthodox Marriage Service).

    “The Lord Jesus blessed marriage in which the ‘two become one flesh’ when, by His presence with His mother Mary and His disciples at the marriage in Cana of Galilee, He revealed His messianic glory in His first public miracle, evoking for the first time the faith of His disciples (Genesis 2:24; John 2:1-11)....

    “Christ’s apostles repeat the teachings of their Master, likening the unique marriage between one man and one woman to the union between Christ and His Church which they experience as the Lord’s very body and His bride (Ephesians 5:21-33; 2 Corinthians 11:2).

    “While condemning those who forbid marriage as an unholy institution, along with those who defile marriage through unchastity (1 Timothy 4:3, Hebrews 13:4), the apostles commend as ‘the will of God’ that Christians, as examples for all human beings, abstain from unchastity [porneia] and know how to marry ‘in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like heathen who do not know God.’ They insist that ‘whoever disregards this [teaching] disregards not man but God, who gives His Holy Spirit’ to those who believe (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8).

    “Husbands are commanded to be the heads of their wives as Christ is the head of the Church. They are called to love their wives as their very selves, as Christ loves the Church, giving themselves in sacrifice to their brides as to their own bodies. And wives are called to respect and reverence their husbands as the Church devotes herself to Christ with Whom she too, like the wife with her husband, is ‘one flesh’ (Ephesians 5:21-33; Orthodox Marriage Service).

    “The ‘great mystery’ of marriage (Ephesians 5:32) is the most used image and symbol in the Bible for God’s relationship with His People in the Old and New Testaments where the Lord is the husband and His people are His wife—so often unfaithful and adulterous (cf. Hosea, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Song of Songs, Corinthians, Ephesians, et. al.). And the ultimate union between the Lord and those saved by Christ for eternal life in God’s kingdom by the indwelling Holy Spirit is likened to the communion of marriage (Revelation 21-22).”

    In light of the decisions rendered on June 26, 2013 by the Supreme Court of the United States of America with regard to same-sex marriage, we, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, reaffirm that which had been stated in June 1992, namely that marriage involves the union of one man and one woman, as divinely revealed and experienced in the sacramental life of the Church. As such, the Church does not, and can not, condone or accept marriages apart from those involving one man and one woman who seal their relationship in the all-embracing love of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

    We exhort the clergy and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America not to have fear or anxiety in the face of the decisions of the civil authorities of our lands, but to bear witness to the timeless teachings of Christ by striving for purity and holiness in their own lives, by instructing their families and communities in the precepts of the Holy Gospel, and by placing their trust in our Lord Who “has overcome the world.”

  • Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

    06/28/2015 4:52:54 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    bad company to lightman

    June 26, 2015
    Statement by the Chancery of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America on the Issue of Homosexual Marriage to the Clergy and Flock of the Diocese

    Statement from the Diocesan Chancery on the Contemporary Question
    of Homosexual Marriage to the Clergy and Flock of the Diocese

    March 16/29, 2013 Martyrs Sabinus and Papas

    Updated November 8/21, 2014 Archangel Michael and All the Bodiless Powers

    Updated June 13/26, 2015 Martyr Aquilina of Byblos in Syria

    Today the United States Supreme Court ruled that homosexual marriage is a constitutional right in the United States of America. Given the ubiquitous coverage the news media is providing on this issue it is important that our clergymen and parishioners fully understand the position of the Church in this regard.

    Living in a free society as we do, we should first be thankful that we have the opportunity to practice our Orthodox Faith without inordinate interference from the government. In recent history this was not the case in Russia, and is still not the case in many countries throughout the world. In a free society all views can be shared in the public arena – both views we agree with as Orthodox Christians and those we disagree with. We call upon our flock to be guided first and foremost by the Holy Tradition of the Church in discerning whether any contemporary question is something that is compatible to the Orthodox faith. If an Orthodox Christian chooses to engage in public political discourse this should be done with moderation and with a firm intention and watchfulness not to fall into extremism. Extremism is not conducive to softening hearts or bringing others to the faith. Laymen who choose to engage in political speech should not state that they speak on behalf of the Church. Strictly speaking such an authoritative statement can be made only by a bishop or with a bishop’s specific blessing.

    It should also be made clear that living a homosexual or any other sinful lifestyle is not compatible with Christianity and this has always been the teaching of the Church. That being stated, it is also crucial to state that the Church is a Spiritual Hospital and all those wishing to receive the healing freely offered by God through their repentance and God’s Grace are fully welcome. This includes those who have participated in immoral or unnatural acts of any kind as well as those who are tempted by such sins. The Church is empathetic to those who suffer in such a way and offers them support, healing, and Christian love. Those actively engaging in any immoral or unnatural pursuits cannot live a full sacramental life within the Church. However, this does not mean that we seek to drive away or ostracize those who have transgressed in such a way. Rather, we must make all efforts to draw those in such an unfortunate situation back to chastity and the opportunity to again partake in the Life-Giving Mysteries of the Church and to engage the struggle for their salvation within the parish community.

    Today’s Supreme Court ruling makes homosexual marriage legal in the United States. It should be made clear that under no circumstances will the Church recognize homosexual marriage, accord it the status of traditional marriage, or bless such unions. However, this is not to state that those who have entered into such a union have stepped beyond a line from which they cannot return. The Church has always strongly condemned heresies (such as Novatianism, Montanism, and Donatism) which deny the possibility of repentance for those having committed certain sins. It is crucial that our clergymen not shy away from the position of the Church as regards the sinfulness of homosexuality and other unnatural expressions of the God-given gift of human sexuality – but it is also crucial that such statements be made with love and with a corresponding invitation to repentance and reconciliation with the Church.

    We call upon all to pray for our land – that the Lord will forgive us our collective societal sins as well as our personal sins and provide us a safe haven which allows us to work out our salvation in peace.

  • Dostoevsky and the Sins of the Nation

    06/27/2015 11:07:35 AM PDT · 1 of 8
    bad company
  • Letter to a Newly Ordained Priest

    06/06/2015 5:36:13 AM PDT · 3 of 3
    bad company to circlecity

    Sorry about that. I should have previewed it.

  • Letter to a Newly Ordained Priest

    06/05/2015 9:53:55 PM PDT · 1 of 3
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