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  • Hail, Mary! Tabernacle of God and the Word! (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)

    12/20/2014 4:59:04 PM PST · 4 of 5
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    We chant the Akathist to the Mother of God Friday evenings during Great Lent:

    http://www.stsymeon.com/akathist.html

  • World War I in Photos: A Century Later

    12/20/2014 10:37:53 AM PST · 18 of 32
    Kolokotronis to NKP_Vet

    For my grandfather and my great uncles who barely survived the Great War. They lived decades with gas scarred lungs and carried pieces of German lead to their graves; they were my heroes and taught me to hate war! God Bless them; may their memories be eternal!

    DULCE ET DECORUM EST

    Wilfred Owen

    Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
    Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
    Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
    And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
    Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
    But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
    Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
    Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
    Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
    Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
    But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
    And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime . . .
    Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
    As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
    In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
    He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
    If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
    Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
    And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
    His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
    If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
    Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
    Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
    Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
    My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
    To children ardent for some desperate glory,
    The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
    Pro patria mori.

  • Christmas in an Iraqi Refugee Camp: Moving Pictures Show Nativity Scene Set Up by Some of The...

    12/17/2014 8:12:00 AM PST · 8 of 9
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow

    Here’s a way to help. Please consider this!

    http://www.iocc.org/countries/countries_syria.aspx

  • The Past and Present of The Russian Orthodox Church Contain Some Valuable Lessons for Roman.....

    12/16/2014 3:54:16 PM PST · 4 of 6
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow

    WOW! Thank-you very much for this!

  • Don’t Forget to Worship God! A Call to Better Liturgy from an Unlikely Source

    12/16/2014 10:57:56 AM PST · 29 of 35
    Kolokotronis to chajin

    “I never metanoia that didn’t change me “

    :)

  • Don’t Forget to Worship God! A Call to Better Liturgy from an Unlikely Source

    12/16/2014 8:04:45 AM PST · 12 of 35
    Kolokotronis to defconw

    “I realize that the Orthodox and old order Latin pushers feel the need to express their superiority over us lowly Roman Rite Catholics,...”

    Usually I catch myself before playing the pharisee, but alas not this morning! If I were Russian I’d go kneel on beans for a couple of hours, but I’m Greek so I’ll just do a few metanoias and call it good! :)

    BTW, in our parish, until a few years ago, we called the sounds emanating from the choir loft “killing cats”. God however is merciful and my mother’s generation in the choir has gone on to the bosom of Abraham and has been replaced by a group of young folks (early 60s) whose voices are actually quite good!

  • Don’t Forget to Worship God! A Call to Better Liturgy from an Unlikely Source

    12/16/2014 7:43:59 AM PST · 7 of 35
    Kolokotronis to Salvation

    It’s a shame you folks so messed up what was a beautiful liturgy. You might want to take a look at our Divine Liturgy, which very early on the Latin Church used. In the 980s, Prince Vladimir of Kiev’s envoys went to the Liturgy in Constantinople and reported back:

    “Then we went on to Greece, and the Greeks led us to the edifices where they worship their God, and we knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth. For on earth there is no such splendor or such beauty, and we are at a loss how to describe it. We know only that God dwells there among men, and their service is fairer than the ceremonies of other nations. For we cannot forget that beauty. Every man, after tasting something sweet, is afterward unwilling to accept that which is bitter, and therefore we cannot dwell longer here.”

    Every Sunday in every Orthodox parish on earth, from the Cathedrals of Russia to the village churches here in America, we have the exact same liturgy.

  • Sorry, Fido. Pope Francis did NOT say our pets are going to heaven

    12/14/2014 5:05:47 AM PST · 74 of 92
    Kolokotronis to defconw

    Christ our True God, who loves mankind, look down with mercy and compassion upon every soldier who is facing a daily struggle with war, aggression and terrorism. Each one desires to live before You, and be ever protected by Your Right Hand. Preserve them, we humbly pray, and watch over them every given hour. Guide their steps, give wisdom and discernment to all who are in leadership, that Your will may prevail, and that they may return safely to their homes and loved ones.

    We beg You to hear the cry coming from our hearts, dear Lord Jesus Christ. We know that we are surrounded by many dangers. We are frightened as destruction; pain and death seem so near. We hurt with those who are hurting, and grieve with those who grieve, whether on the battlefield or in their homes.

    Draw us closer to You, we pray. Grant to us and to each soldier the desire to say as the Psalmist did, “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’ He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge.” (Psalm 91)

    In Your righteousness forgive them as they continue in the defense of our beloved country. Watch over those whom they love, their wives, their children, relatives, and friends, as well as all civil authorities. May Your guiding Spirit be with those who govern us. Bless our country America, our allies, and all those who love freedom, peace, and good will among all men.

    May Your mercy be ever granted to us, for without fear but with love, humility, and obedience we to turn to You, that we may be strengthened, stand firm, and live.

    Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

  • The Return of the Prayer to St. Michael

    12/13/2014 6:48:31 AM PST · 128 of 150
    Kolokotronis to Elsie

    :)

  • Leading Orthodox Theologian Hopes for 'Quick Progress' Toward Full Christian Unity

    12/12/2014 8:59:25 AM PST · 50 of 51
    Kolokotronis to piusv

    I in all honesty haven’t looked at our exchange as a debate or an argument. I was simply curious about your understanding.

    “Pre-Vatican II schismatics were not allowed to receive Catholic sacraments.”

    Latins still are not allowed to receive sacraments in the Orthodox Church precisely because they are schismatics, but not because they are not Catholic. It has been observed that the Latin Church these days looks at allowing me, for example, to receive communion as a “means towards unity” while we look at such reception by me, or you for that matter were it allowed by us, as a false symbol of a unity which does not yet exist.

  • Leading Orthodox Theologian Hopes for 'Quick Progress' Toward Full Christian Unity

    12/12/2014 6:37:13 AM PST · 48 of 51
    Kolokotronis to piusv

    “According to Catholic teaching, the Orthodox is in schism. I don’t expect you to agree.”

    Of course there’s a schism, and you folks are welcome back anytime....

    The foregoing notwithstanding, what does the schism have to do with who is or is not a member of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church? The fact that our bishops and your bishops are not in communion has nothing, from a theological stand point, to do with the validity of your sacraments or ours. Indeed, as I am informed, I am welcome to receive any sacrament from your priests. If I am not “Catholic”, how can that be?

  • Leading Orthodox Theologian Hopes for 'Quick Progress' Toward Full Christian Unity

    12/11/2014 2:42:48 PM PST · 44 of 51
    Kolokotronis to cloudmountain

    “It is wonderful to hear positive feedback from Orthdox Metropolitan Ioannis. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything like that before from the East.”

    He and +BXVI are and have been close for years. He is the EP’s point man in the dialogs with the Church of Rome. I ahve been told by a member of the synod at Constantinople that he is also close to and re3spects +Francis, as do most Orthodox I know.

  • Leading Orthodox Theologian Hopes for 'Quick Progress' Toward Full Christian Unity

    12/11/2014 2:38:38 PM PST · 43 of 51
    Kolokotronis to piusv

    “Francis doesn’t speak the Truth and tell anyone they must be Catholic.”

    Why, pray tell, would anyone, Pope or otherwise, think it necessary to tell an Orthodox Christian, a member of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church (our term, by the way), that he or she must become a “Catholic”?

  • Leading Orthodox Theologian Hopes for 'Quick Progress' Toward Full Christian Unity

    12/11/2014 1:13:24 PM PST · 39 of 51
    Kolokotronis to Claud

    “I haven’t seen any Latin catechetical manual that does not have the filioque.”

    I don’t doubt it. Now that I think about it, the idea of using the ancient version for catechesis came out of a joint commission made up of hierarchs and theologians years ago, maybe in the early 90s, as a recommendation. I remember that when it happened, one of our hierarchs announced excitedly that they had solved the filioque problem and that reunion was imminent!

  • Leading Orthodox Theologian Hopes for 'Quick Progress' Toward Full Christian Unity

    12/11/2014 9:19:05 AM PST · 18 of 51
    Kolokotronis to Fester Chugabrew
    "What I am unable to ascertain, however, is how this pays out down the line in exercising faith and piety." For the average lay person, I doubt it has much effect at all in the exercise of The Faith. But then again, the Nestorian controversy, it was argued by some, was much ado about nothing, Christotokos, Theotokos; who cares? And yet the distinction touches on the very nature of the Son. Similarly, the distinction between the Greek "ἐκπορευόμενον" and the Latin "procédit" touches upon the "nature" (what can we say about "Ο ΩΝ"?) of The Father in our monotheistic system. Orthodox lay people are and always have been very prickly about these questions even if in fact saying in English "Proceeds from the Father" as opposed to "proceeds from the Father and the Son" likely won't determine our Theosis. We believe that we live out the dogmas of The Church in our day to day lives and so any change is almost immediately rejected unless it appears to be "of God" and that will only happen as a result of an Ecumenical Council.
  • Leading Orthodox Theologian Hopes for 'Quick Progress' Toward Full Christian Unity

    12/11/2014 7:19:20 AM PST · 8 of 51
    Kolokotronis to Fester Chugabrew

    The filioque denies the monarchy of the Father as the origin of everything, including existence itself. It changes the Church’s understanding, such as it is, of the very nature of God. To that extent it is heretical unless the 2 local Latin Councils which proclaimed it are in fact ecumenical councils, which Orthodoxy and so far as I know at least one Eastern Church in communion with Rome. hold. Many people understandably argue that it is too fine a theological point to stand in the way of a reunion, that the Laity simply doesn’t care or understand. Personally, I think that in the East that is demonstrably untrue and in the end it will be up to the Orthodox laity as to whether or not any reunion succeeds. You know, some Nestorians argued that the term Christotokos was as appropriate for Panagia as Theotokos, claiming the distinction between “Christ bearer” and “God bearer” was a distinction without a difference. We know what happened to the Nestorians.

    I don’t believe that Rome is overly wedded to the filioque. In fact, the normative form for the Creed when being used for catechesis or when prayed in Greek is without the filioque. That said, I simply don’t see this being overcome short of a new Ecumenical Council.

  • On Giving Communion to Pro-Abortion Politicians

    12/10/2014 11:34:03 AM PST · 16 of 27
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    Interesting article and interesting responses.

    Suppose the pro baby killing politician approaches for communion deeply remorseful for his or her sins? Here are prayers from +John Chrysostomos which we say before communion:

    “O Lord my God, I know that I am not worthy or sufficient that Thou shouldest come under the roof of the house of my soul, for all is desolate and fallen, and Thou hast not with me a place fit to lay Thy head. But as from the highest heaven Thou didst humble Thyself for our sake, so now conform Thyself to my humility. And as Thou didst consent to lie in a cave and in a manger of dumb beasts, so also consent to lie in the manger of my unspiritual soul and to enter my defiled body. And as Thou didst not disdain to enter and dine with sinners in the house of Simon the Leper, so consent also to enter the house of my humble soul which is leprous and sinful. And as Thou didst not reject the woman, who was a harlot and a sinner like me, when she approached and touched Thee, so also be compassionate with me, a sinner, as I approach and touch Thee, and let the live coal of Thy most holy Body and precious Blood be for the sanctification and enlightenment and strengthening of my humble soul and body, for a relief from the burden of my many sins, for a protection from all diabolical practices, for a restraint and a check on my evil and wicked way of life, for the mortification of passions, for the keeping of Thy commandments, for an increase of Thy divine grace, and for the advancement of Thy Kingdom. For it is not insolently that I draw near to Thee, O Christ my God, but as taking courage from Thy unspeakable goodness, and that I may not be long abstaining from Thy communion become a prey to the spiritual wolf. Therefore, I pray Thee, O Lord, Who alone art holy, sanctify my soul and body, my mind and heart, my emotions and affections, and wholly renew me. Root the fear of Thee in my members, and make Thy sanctification indelible in me. Be also my helper and defender, guide my life in peace, and make me worthy to stand on Thy right hand with Thy Saints: through the prayers and intercessions of Thy immaculate Mother, of Thy ministering Angels, of the immaculate Powers and of all the Saints who have ever been pleasing to Thee. Amen.”

    and

    “I am not worthy, O Lord and Master, that Thou shouldest enter under the roof of my soul; but since Thou in Thy love for men dost will to dwell in me, I take courage and approach. Thou commandest: I will open wide the doors which Thou alone didst create, that Thou mayest enter with love as is Thy nature, enter and enlighten my darkened thought. I believe that Thou wilt do this, for Thou didst not banish the Harlot who approached Thee with tears, nor didst Thou reject the Publican who repented, nor didst Thou drive away the Thief who acknowledged Thy Kingdom, nor didst Thou leave the repentant persecutor (Paul) to himself; but all who had been brought to Thee by repentance Thou didst set in the company of Thy friends, O Thou Who alone art blessed always, now and to endless ages. Amen.”

    and

    “Lord Jesus Christ my God, remit, forgive, absolve and pardon the sins, offences and transgressions which I, Thy sinful, useless and unworthy servant have committed from my youth, up to the present day and hour, whether with knowledge or in ignorance, whether by words or deeds or intentions or thoughts, and whether by habit or through any of my senses. And through the intercession of her who conceived Thee without seed, the immaculate and ever-Virgin Mary Thy Mother, my only sure hope and protection and salvation, make me worthy without condemnation to receive Thy pure, immortal, life-giving and dread Mysteries, for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life, for sanctification and enlightenment and strength and healing and health of soul and body, and for the blotting out and complete destruction of my evil reasonings and intentions and prejudices and nocturnal fantasies of dark evil spirits. For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory and the honour and the worship, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen”

    and finally

    “I believe, O Lord, and I confess that Thou art truly the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the chief. And I believe that this is Thy pure Body and Thy own precious Blood. Therefore, I pray Thee, have mercy on me and forgive my transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, in word and deed, known and unknown. And grant that I may partake of Thy Holy Mysteries without condemnation, for the remission of sins and for life eternal. Amen.”

    Apparently +John anticipated some pretty depraved sinners approaching the Cup.

  • Magical Thinking in the Orthodox Church

    12/10/2014 7:18:14 AM PST · 23 of 30
    Kolokotronis to redgolum

    “The issue that my bride ran into (and I think it is common on Catholicism) is that the laity have very limited recourse in situations like this.”

    That is one of the main, let us say practical, differences between Orthodox and Latin ecclesiology.

  • Magical Thinking in the Orthodox Church

    12/10/2014 6:38:36 AM PST · 19 of 30
    Kolokotronis to redgolum

    “When a priest, on Christmas, gets up and says that Jesus was not “a god” till maybe after the Resurrection, you have a problem. Such things don’t happen overnight though, and I had noticed this years ago.”

    I’ve never seen anything even hinting at this sort of heresy in the Orthodox Church. You want to remember that in Orthodoxy, the People, the Laity, are the guardians of Orthodoxy. A priest or a hierarch starts preaching heresy and the People of God rise up and solve the problem. I’ve seen it myself. There is a danger with some converts, especially early in their life as Orthodox. Many of them, it seems especially the ones who go on to become priests in some jurisdictions, can be described as suffering from a sort of spiritual PTSD. They can be dangerous. Recently there was a big dust up about an OCA convert priest at base supporting the gay lifestyle, including gay marriage. When the complaints started, the OCA top metropolitan, another convert, seemed to support the priest. Both were condemned across the Orthodox world. In another instance, another convert priest, from Episcopalianism I think, announced that it was his job and purpose to “demystify” Orthodoxy. He got slapped down hard by the People across his jurisdiction.

    We know, inherently, what is Orthodox and what is not by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We know when a dogma is true when we live it out in our lives individually and collectively. We react to the World in an Orthodox way. You may have seen flashes of that here on FR. But none of it is as a result of “Magical Thinking”. It is the result of 2000 years of living Orthodoxy.

  • The Return of the Prayer to St. Michael

    12/10/2014 4:15:51 AM PST · 42 of 150
    Kolokotronis to Grateful2God

    Akatheist means “not sitting” and indeed when we chant the Akatheists, we stand.

    Here’s a link to chanting of the Akatheist to the Holy Theotokos which we chant on Fridays in Great Lent:

    http://lent.goarch.org/akathist_hymn/listen/

  • Magical Thinking in the Orthodox Church

    12/09/2014 4:49:30 PM PST · 10 of 30
    Kolokotronis to bad company

    The author is a convert priest from Anglicanism. They are an odd bunch, so many of these convert priests. They carry terrible baggage into Orthodoxy with them. They know all the rules, or what they think are rules, but sadly and even after many years, never come to understand Orthodoxy or our Orthodox phronema. It’s not magical thinking, it’s our mindset, our particular worldview.

  • The Return of the Prayer to St. Michael

    12/09/2014 2:38:14 PM PST · 7 of 150
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    From the Akathist to the Archangel Michael:

    O Holy and Great Archangel of God Michael, who standest, as the first of the Angels, before the ineffable and super-substantial Trinity; who art placed as a watcher and keeper over the human race; who hast with thine armies crushed the head of the proud Lucifer in the heavens and brought forever to shame his wickedness and treachery on earth!

    To thee we have recourse in faith, and thee we entreat with love: be thou an indestructible shield and firm rampart for the holy Church and the Orthodox Christians, guarding them by the lightning power of thy sword from all enemies visible and invisible.

    Be thou a guardian Angel, a wise counsellor and companion of the Christian people, bringing them enlightenment, strength, joy, peace and consolation.

    Be thou a leader and a companion in battle to those who strive for the Orthodox Faith, so that all who fight against us may know that God and His holy Angels are with us.

    Forsake us not, O Archangel of God, with thy help and protection, who today glorify thy holy name: for behold, even if we are have sinned greatly, nevertheless we would not perish in our misdeeds, but rather turn to the Lord and be enlivened by Him unto good works.

    Illumine our minds with the light of God, which ever shineth on thy lightning-like brow, that we may come to understand what the good and perfect will of God for us is, and know all that we must do, and all that we must despise and shun.

    Strengthen, by the Lord’s grace, our weak will and infirm intention, so that, confirmed in the law of the Lord, we may cease to be cast about by worldly thoughts and lusts of the flesh, or like thoughtless children to be drawn by the perishing glamour of this world, lest by corruptible and earthly things we foolishly forget the eternal and the heavenly.

    And above all these things, ask for us from on high the spirit of true repentance, unfeigned sorrow before God, and contrition for our sins, so that we may spend the days that remain of this passing life, not in pleasing ourselves and serving our passions, but rather in effacing the evils we have committed, by the tears of faith and heartfelt contrition, by striving for purity and the holy works of mercy.

    And when the time of our demise shall approach, and of our liberation from this body of clay, leave us not, O Archangel of God, without defense against the spirits of evil under heaven, who surround us to close off the ascent on high for human souls; so that, guarded by thee, without stumbling we may attain unto those glorious habitations of Paradise, where there is neither sadness nor sighing, but life without end, and may be granted to see the light-filled Face of our all-good Lord and Master, falling with tears at His feet, crying out in joy and gladness:

    Glory to Thee, our most dear Redeemer, Who for Thy great love toward us unworthy ones hast seen fit to send Thine Angel as a minister of our salvation.

    Amen.

  • The Speech of His Eminence Joseph at His Enthronement [shortened per FR posting limits]

    12/09/2014 2:27:49 PM PST · 3 of 3
    Kolokotronis to lightman
    ΑΧΙΟΣ!
  • The Speech of His Beatitude Patriarch John X at the Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph

    12/09/2014 2:17:53 PM PST · 3 of 3
    Kolokotronis to lightman
    ΑΧΙΟΣ!
  • Prayers needed for liver transplant success today 12/5

    12/05/2014 8:29:01 AM PST · 35 of 51
    Kolokotronis to jmaroneps37

    O Lord Almighty, the Healer of our souls and bodies, You Who put down and raise up, Who chastise and heal also; do You now, in Your great mercy, visit our sister, Your servant Irena, who is sick. Stretch forth Your hand that is full of healing and health, and get her up from her bed, and cure her of her illness. Put away from her the spirit of disease and of every malady, pain and fever to which she is bound; and if she has sins and transgressions, grant to her remission and forgiveness, in that You love mankind; yea, Lord my God, pity Your creation, through the compassions of Your Only-Begotten Son, together with Your All-Holy, Good and Life-creating Spirit, with Whom You are blessed, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen

  • Recent Mars Images (Marvin the Martian throws down the kaboom in a guest zot)

    11/26/2014 10:56:22 AM PST · 2,971 of 4,265
    Kolokotronis to Tax-chick

    May his memory be eternal!

  • Please Pray for a Brother Knight and his 20 year old Son

    11/25/2014 7:37:38 AM PST · 115 of 190
    Kolokotronis to infool7

    O Lord our God, Who by a word alone did heal all diseases, Who did cure the kinswoman of Peter, You Who chastise with pity and heal according to Your goodness; Who are able to put aside every sickness and infirmity, do You Yourself, the same Lord, grant aid to Your servant Drew and cure him of every sickness of which he is grieved; and send down upon him Your great mercy, and if it be Your will, give to him health and a complete recovery; for You are the Physician of our souls and bodies, and to You do we send up Glory: to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Both now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

  • Prayer needed for newborn

    11/25/2014 7:31:30 AM PST · 37 of 89
    Kolokotronis to Heart of Georgia

    Heavenly Father, physician of our souls and bodies, Who have sent Your only-begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ to heal every sickness and infirmity, visit and heal also Your new born servant from all physical and spiritual ailments through the grace of Your Christ. Grant him strength of body and spirit, and recovery of health. Lord, You have taught us through Your word to pray for each other that we may be healed. I pray, heal Your servant and grant to him the gift of complete health. For You are the source of healing and to You I give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

  • Cardinal Would Refuse Communion to Pro-Gay Marriage Catholic Legislators

    11/17/2014 3:50:06 PM PST · 50 of 52
    Kolokotronis to nanetteclaret
    Well, where to begin with a heretic like Burke? Quite aside from inviting child molester priests into his diocese and turning them loose on the public, for which there is no canonical prohibition that I am aware of but civil law can deal with that(maybe he and Bernie Laqw would like to move back here), for starters take a look at Canon 14 of the Apostolic Canons. Then there is Canon VIII of Nicea, Canon II of the Second Ecumenical Council, Canon V of the Fourth Ecumenical Council. There are other earlier ones.

    Burke is also noted for his extravagance in dress. This violates Canon XVI of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, though to be fair, a number of Orthodox bishops are guilty of this one. I can likely find other disciplinary canons even from the West, but I have a meeting to go to. Were I a Latin, I'd pick another hill to die on in my fight with the Pope.

  • Cardinal Would Refuse Communion to Pro-Gay Marriage Catholic Legislators

    11/16/2014 4:33:45 PM PST · 33 of 52
    Kolokotronis to Romulus; Mrs. Don-o; Arthur McGowan

    Burke is a canon violating heretic and the subject of numerous complaints from Orthodox patriarchs on down and has been for years. I don’t doubt that you Latins are happy to disregard the canons of the early Church but I am surprised that you will go to mattresses for a hierarch whose was notorious for hiding child molesting pederast priests, quite aside from his reputation as a diocesan tyrant, a man willing to intrude himself in violation of the canons on a regular basis into the affairs of other dioceses. Why do you think he was removed from St. Louis and sent to Rome a la Bernie Law? You’ll rip the Latin Church apart for such a creature?

  • Cardinal Would Refuse Communion to Pro-Gay Marriage Catholic Legislators

    11/16/2014 3:01:20 PM PST · 12 of 52
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow

    Luckily it seems that Bully Burke the heretic, will have increasingly less frequent opportunities to deny anyone anything!

  • Seal of confession is absolute, even after penitent dies, officials say

    11/15/2014 2:24:19 PM PST · 9 of 239
    Kolokotronis to OneWingedShark

    Good for SCOTUS. Such a ruling does not apply in the courts where I practice.

  • US bishops elect delegates to synod: Kurtz, Chaput, DiNardo, Gomez

    11/15/2014 2:19:16 PM PST · 4 of 7
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    The Latins complicate everything and in the West politics of one stripe or another, ecclesiastical or otherwise dominate their faith and at least from a read here on FR, seem destined to rip the Latin Church apart. Read The Fathers. Here is what you need to know3 about marriage as The Church has always seen it in the East and as you should see it in the West:

    http://orthodoxchurchfathers.com/fathers/npnf113/npnf1126.htm#P1356_727848

  • Seal of confession is absolute, even after penitent dies, officials say

    11/15/2014 2:03:04 PM PST · 5 of 239
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    The same rule applies to client communications with attorneys.

  • Israel Most Hated Country in Turkey

    11/02/2014 2:35:14 PM PST · 22 of 38
    Kolokotronis to fieldmarshaldj

    “Turkey could use Ataturk these days... badly”

    Oh yeah, lovely man. Presided over the massacre of 250,000 Greek Orthodox civilians in Smyrna in September 1922. Of course, they were Eastern Christians so who on FR cares about them?!

  • [St.] Teresa of Ávila: Slayer of Dragons

    10/31/2014 2:29:43 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    Kolokotronis to Salvation

    One of my favorite Latin saints!

  • Jerusalem Arabs Rioting as Hamas Official Declares Third Intifada

    10/26/2014 2:54:49 PM PDT · 10 of 10
    Kolokotronis to 2ndDivisionVet

    And of course there’s always this:

    http://electronicintifada.net/content/christianity-palestine-misrepresentation-and-dispossession/6280

    But what would FReepers care about Arab Christians?

  • A Hegelian Papacy?

    10/25/2014 4:38:38 AM PDT · 9 of 13
    Kolokotronis to NKP_Vet

    “Freemasonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church”

    Yeah, right. Panagia warned against Freemasonry in 1611. Frankly, this Panagia story, like so many from the West, sounds more like Cassandra than the Most Holy Theotokos, the Mother of our God and the “Bride Unwedded” we sing praises to in the Akathist!

  • Goats are shrinking because of climate change, researchers warn

    10/22/2014 6:15:19 PM PDT · 57 of 65
    Kolokotronis to Tax-chick

    The kri-kri are fine. Like all Greeks, they have seen this before!

  • Goats are shrinking because of climate change, researchers warn

    10/22/2014 6:15:18 PM PDT · 56 of 65
    Kolokotronis to Tax-chick

    The kri-kri are fine. Like all Greeks, they have seen this before!

  • The Day The Pussycat Roared

    10/17/2014 6:14:52 PM PDT · 15 of 16
    Kolokotronis to ebb tide

    No apologies needed.

  • The Day The Pussycat Roared

    10/17/2014 6:13:16 PM PDT · 14 of 16
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow; ebb tide

    Thank-you, though Burke’s violations of Canon 2 are a bit more extensive than trying to tell a brother bishop what to do with Pelosi and his presumption of knowing better than his brothers regarding enforcement of your Canon 915.

  • The Day The Pussycat Roared

    10/17/2014 2:48:18 PM PDT · 7 of 16
    Kolokotronis to ebb tide

    The second canon of the Second Ecumenical Council provides:

    “The bishops are not to go beyond their dioceses to churches lying outside of their bounds, nor bring confusion on the churches;...”

    Violation of this canon and the counseling of violation of this canon is heresy. The priest Burke is a heretic who should be removed from any episcopal office or function and sent to a monastery for the rest of his life to ponder his sins. It of course goes without saying that any disobedient priest supporting Burke’s violations of the canon or supporting disobedience to the Primus inter Pares of the Latin Church should be immediately defrocked. The Latin Church seems thoroughly infected with covert priests who think their former proddy practices are acceptable for a priest of The Church.

    Other than the foregoing, your bishops are sounding and acting positively Orthodox.

  • Pray for 4 lb 2 oz preemie .. unabashed prayer request

    10/11/2014 7:56:04 AM PDT · 9 of 97
    Kolokotronis to knarf

    My youngest was born 31 years ago with Downs and almost the same heart defect. It was touch and go for a year, much of which was spent in the hospital in Boston. But he’s been fine since. He called me at 6:30 this morning to remind me that I was to take him out to breakfast today. K, we were young when he was born, terrified and wondering if we had been cursed. We were so wrong. He has been the greatest blessing to us, our family and our community. Tell those young parents it will be fine.

    O Lord our God, the Physician of our souls and bodies, look down upon Thy little servant Bryson Paul and cure him of all infirmities of the flesh, in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, with Whom Thou art blessed, together with Thy Most Holy, Gracious, and Life-giving Spirit, always, now and forever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

  • Franciscan priest, Christian villagers abducted by Syrian militants

    10/09/2014 2:56:58 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon the old, the young, the needy, the orphans and the widows, and on all that are in sickness and sorrow, in distress and affliction, in oppression and captivity, in prison and confinement. More especially have mercy upon Your servants who are under persecution for Your sake and for the sake of the Orthodox Faith at the hands of heathen nations, of apostates, of Mohammedans and all heretics: remember them, visit, strengthen, keep, and comfort them, and make haste to grant them, by Your power, relief, freedom, and deliverance.

  • Kasper and Burke: the Real Clash

    10/08/2014 3:03:01 PM PDT · 14 of 21
    Kolokotronis to NKP_Vet

    We have crazy, disobedient, convert priests too. I feel for you folks but am a bit mystified as to why any of you listen to them....

  • Turkey: NATO has plan to defend the country

    10/06/2014 3:14:48 PM PDT · 9 of 11
    Kolokotronis to colorado tanker

    Remember May 28, 1453! It was a Tuesday. One ancestor was killed on the walls at the side of the God Ordained Emperor Constantine XI Paleologus. The women were raped in our Cathedral of Agia Sophia when the demonic Turks rushed in. These were my bedtime stories. We never forget!

  • Turkey: NATO has plan to defend the country

    10/06/2014 3:01:32 PM PDT · 7 of 11
    Kolokotronis to colorado tanker

    Damn the Mohammedan Turks!

  • Divorce-proof your Marriage by Emulating Servant of God Elisabeth Leseur

    10/05/2014 2:39:13 PM PDT · 3 of 11
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    You Latins, here is all you need to know and what has been taught by The Church in the East since the 4th century:

    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf113.iii.iv.xxi.html

    This in particular is important:

    “And again, never call her simply by her name, but with terms of endearment, with honor, with much love. Honor her, and she will not need honor from others; she will not want the glory that comes from others, if she enjoys that which comes from thee. Prefer her before all, on every account, both for her beauty and her discernment, and praise her. Thou wilt thus persuade her to give heed to none that are without, but to scorn all the world except thyself.” John Chrysostomos Homily XX on Ephesians.

  • ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ unarmed on the front lines, standing up to ISIS

    10/04/2014 1:26:52 PM PDT · 8 of 10
    Kolokotronis to omega4412; Mrs. Don-o; don-o; NYer; Biggirl; The_Reader_David

    International Orthodox Christian Charities; www.iocc.org/