The Amsterdam Symposium: An Abuse of Authority?

Source: American Orthodox Institute By Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse The recent meeting in Amsterdam by various academics, one bishop, seminary faculty, priests and others (names listed below) to "to reflect on a wide range of matters concerning human sexuality" was ostensibly "not monolithic" in opinions about sexuality according to one participant. No doubt that is true given the range of participants but it is far from informative. More instructive is that only a few of the participants … [Read more...]

Orthodox Pastors, Theologians Gather In Amsterdam To Discuss Their Views On Issues Of Sexuality

Source: Orthodox Christianity From June 7 to 9, an international group of Orthodox pastors and theologians gathered in Amsterdam to discuss matters of sexuality and pastoral care, reports the Amsterdam Centre for Orthodox Theology (ACOT) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, which hosted the event. Participants reflected “on a wide range of matters concerning human sexuality as addressed by science and natural law, theological anthropology, legal issues, psychology, and pastoral … [Read more...]

Episcopalians in Amsterdam?

Word on the street is that a secret meeting is being held in Amsterdam at this minute (June 7, 2017) to discuss same-sex attraction and other issues that includes an Orthodox bishop, clergy, and academics along with four St Vladimir Seminary professors and the Chancellor of the OCA. Monomakhos does not have much detail yet on the meeting but it's troubling because 1) attendants were asked to keep the meeting secret, and 2) some attendees are social justice warriors who want to drag the … [Read more...]

Abortions Covered by Russian Mandatory Medical Insurance Greatly Reduced to cases of rape and imprisoned women

Source: Pravoslavie The accepted reasons for carrying out an abortion within the mandatory medical insurance system in Russia have been greatly reduced, a Church representative had the pleasure of announcing at an international legal forum in St. Petersburg today, Interfax-Religion reports. “Progress has been made,” said Abbess Ksenia (Chernega), abbess of St. Alexis Monastery in Moscow and head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s legal department. “The list of specific … [Read more...]

“Gorgeous Greg” Gianforte: An Orthodox Perspective?

Prince Otto von Bismarck famously said "God watches over children, drunkards and the United States of America". You could just as easily apply this aphorism to the Grand Old Party; if there's any political organization that doesn't know what it's doing and yet for some unknowable reason keeps on winning, it's the Republicans (also known as The Stupid Party). Having said that, every time I want to kick the GOP to the curb, ever time I think they've snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Russian Hacking Narrative Real!

This is huge. Ordinarily, Your's Truly does not break stories before going to church. Unfortunately, I must break this custom, simply because the news I am about to report warrants it: it's now clear that the Russian Hacking Narrative is real. I was wrong. Every now and then one has to eat some crow. It's distasteful but a little humiliation every and then is good for the soul. Now it's my turn. As you all know, Monomakhos has been very critical of those who have suggested that … [Read more...]

Mattingly — Dear Time editors: The Kremlin is not a church. Dear CNN politicos: Churches are not mosques

OK, I'm really pissed. I didn't get the memo. After all the heavy lifting I've done for Putin, I should have been informed that Russia had gone ahead and conquered America before the story broke in Time Magazine. The least that he could have done was make me Grand Duke of something or other. C'mon Vlad, give me something for all my efforts! Sheesh! I have been on the road for almost a week, joyfully busy with family life. I kept glancing at news email and, let's see, … [Read more...]

Axios! Fr Alexander Webster Confirmed as Dean of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary

Source: Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia On May 3, 2017, at a regular session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Church Abroad, the V. Rev. Archpriest Alexander Webster was confirmed by the Synod as dean of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, having been nominated by the Board of Trustees of HTOS. A priest of almost 35 years, a retired US Army chaplain with the rank of Colonel, holding degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Harvard Divinity School, and … [Read more...]

Trump Unbound? Some Thoughts

HAS THERE BEEN A COUP IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION? It's been awhile since I've commented on the political situation. Lots of exciting things have taken place at stately Monomakhos Manor and I'm just now starting to get my bearings. Truth be told, I wanted to see how things were playing out. After about five months of solid joy, things took an ominous turn (in my opinion) with the Tomahawk missile strike on Syria. There was a very real fear that the Neocons who destroyed the Bush 43 … [Read more...]

A Conversation Between Dr. Jean Claude Larchet and Archpriest Peter Heers [VIDEO]

Read the interview on Orthodox Ethos. … [Read more...]

Milwaukee Priest Excommunicates Parish Council Treasurer

Source: The National Herald MILWAUKEE, WI – Rev. John Ketchum, priest of the Annunciation Church in Milwaukee, WI, excommunicated Parish Council Treasurer Patricia Galanis at the beginning of Holy Week, on April 8, the Saturday of Lazarus, for reasons, he said, of “disobedience to the Ecclesiastical Authority, the priest of the parish.” Galanis is the wife of former AHEPA Supreme President John Galanis. The parish is upset and nine of the fifteen members of the parish council including the … [Read more...]

Bully Pulpit (and Pen)

A few of you have asked Your's Truly why he hasn't waded in on the conversion of Hank Hanegraaff to the Orthodox Church. More specifically, the scabrous essay written by the purveyors of the Pulpit and Pen blog. But first, a caveat. As you may know by now, I have been very charitable in the past to all Christian confessions. I've never viewed it as my job to castigate other denominations, especially when we've got enough problems of our own. You know, beam, splinter, eye. I will … [Read more...]

Three Trojan Horses: Insider Attempts to Disorient the Orthodox

Source: Touchstone Magazine Reprinted with permission of the author. By Fr. Alexander F.C. Webster The benighted Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete in June 2016 reminded Orthodox Christians that the rock of Orthodox faith and practice has been splitting for decades. The fissures are particularly evident among the approximately one million Orthodox Christians in the United States. What is unconventional about the tone of the conflict is the aggressive ad hominem rhetoric of the … [Read more...]

Good and Holy Friday

I know that I said we here at Monomakhos would be going dark until after Easter. But I came across this picture on Breitbart today. It moved me, so much so that I felt the need to post it this morning. I pray that your spiritual struggle is profitable and that we will all experience a renewed joy in three days' time. http://www.breitbart.com/faith/2017/04/14/christians-celebrate-good-friday/ Kali Anastasi! … [Read more...]

As We Prepare for Holy Week…

...please take the time to watch this short video. It's about the life in a men's monastery in Abkhazia. Serenity abounds. The silence, the sounds of nature permeates everything. It's life as it should be (instead of the interminable white noise of our electronic devices and roar of motors going off non-stop). No wonder men and women are flocking to the monasteries, whether as pilgrims or as novices. With this post, Monomakhos goes dark until after Easter. Kali Anastasi! to … [Read more...]

Gorsuch: An Unalloyed Victory

I was going to post this essay on Friday afternoon when it became clear that Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate. Instead, I was moved (shaken really) to write my thoughts on the Tomahawk missiles that were launched against the Assad regime the night before. I will write more about that incident and what it means for Russo-American relations as well as Trump's nationalist agenda at a future time, shortly after Easter. This is because I plan on going dark early this week in honor of … [Read more...]

Lord Have Mercy

This is not good. One of the many reasons I voted for Trump was because he saw the folly of Neoconservatism and the folly of endless war. Running in a Republican primary, he did the unthinkable and called out the last Republican president (George W Bush) for removing Saddam Hussein. If nothing else, he saw that the instability that was unleashed by Saddam's removal led to the destabilization of Europe. And now --this. I'm hoping (praying actually, and fervently) that yesterday's … [Read more...]

“The Patriarch’s Room”

This is the title of an excellent Israeli documentary. It was produced by Danae Elon and it won he New York Jewish Film Festival award. I received this trailer from two of my sources (one in Greece). Honestly, I don't know what it was that necessitated the removal of the previous Patriarch of Jerusalem but given all the instability and chaos in the world, I'm not sure we can take most things at face value. Like the recent sarin attack in Syria, it's possible that in the case of Patriarch … [Read more...]

Fixing the Seminary: Holy Cross Students Go Public With Complaints

We here at Monomakhos have been approached again by concerned students at Holy Cross. As you know, there has been a festering situation there involving members of the faculty and administration. In order to be more fair, we have now decided not to take sides in this issue as it is our opinion that it is more complex that we previously believed. From our earlier reportage, it appeared that we took the side of the students and in this sense, we erred. And thus, apologize. To put our … [Read more...]

Yevgeny Yevtushenko: RIP

Just a little over an hour ago, I found out that Yevgeny Yevtushenko, the acclaimed Russian poet, passed away. I beg everyone's forbearance for the hurried nature of what follows but there's no way I can do justice to such a larger-than-life figure in so short a time. But here goes: Several years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the Yevtushenko who had recently taken up residency at the University of Tulsa. Shocked, really when I thought about it. Here was the world's greatest living … [Read more...]