Archive for tag: Orthodox

Archive pour tag : Orthodox

Storm clouds in the East

Rome — and Poland — are buzzing with rumour, counter-rumour and denial: will Pope John Paul and Patriarch Alexis of the Russian Orthodox Church meet in Vienna on 21 June or won’t they? Perhaps by the time this article is published there will have been an announcement that puts paid to the rumours, but even an eventual negative provides a timely stimulus to consider relations between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

One argument against the likelihood of a meeting between the Pope and the Russian Patriarch is obvious: there has been no preparation. The Patriarch will be in Vienna on his way to the European Ecumenical Assembly in Graz and the Pope wants to meet him. The Pope has spoken prophetically about his desire to see the reunion of East and West, to reverse the basic division in Christendom of nearly a millennium, before the year 2000. Yet his health and the ticking of the clock make this an unattainable goal, at least in human terms.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: June 14, 1997 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6590
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Catholic, ecumenism, John Paul II, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox
Transmis : 14 juin 1997 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6590
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, ecumenism, John Paul II, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox


The wound that will not heal

When Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople made a month-long tour of 16 cities in the United States in October and November, he was feted with honours at Washington’s Jesuit-run Georgetown University and greeted with splendour in Baltimore’s Catholic cathedral. As so often in inter-Church relations, however, the conciliatory declarations belied bitter realities.

Ironically, the sharp downturn in Catholic-Orthodox relations during the past six months came into the open after one of the Pope’s most impassioned appeals for Christian unity. The occasion John Paul II picked was a Eucharistic Congress held in May at Wroclaw in Poland. “In this our second millennium, when the unity of Christ’s disciples has suffered tragic divisions between East and West, prayer for the rediscovery of full unity is a special obligation”, the Pope said. “Can we bear joint and effective witness to Christ if we are not reconciled with one another? Can we be reconciled with one another without forgiving one another?”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Dec. 6, 1997 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6598
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox
Transmis : 6 déc. 1997 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6598
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox


No new dogmas please

As a child, a friend of mine used to be told by his nanny: Before you say anything, ask yourself: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? The same three questions may well be asked about the current proposal to define Mary as Co-Redeemer.

Is it true? The answer to that question depends on the way in which we interpret the title Co-Redeemer, along with the related titles Mediator of All Graces and Advocate of the People of God. As a member of the Orthodox Church I have no objection to these three titles in themselves — provided that they are rightly understood.

Indeed, closely similar language occurs in the prayers and hymns used in the Christian East. With the greatest frequency in Orthodox worship we say to the Virgin Mary, Most Holy Mother of God, save us. In our invocations to other members of the Communion of Saints, including St John the Baptist, except on very rare occasions we never say more than … pray for us.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Jan. 17, 1998 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6670
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Catholic, doctrine, ecumenism, Mary, Orthodox
Transmis : 17 janv. 1998 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6670
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, doctrine, ecumenism, Mary, Orthodox


Orthodox churches hold WCC at arms’ length

A pan-Orthodox conference that took place from April 29 to May 2, 1998, at Thessaloniki, Greece, was devoted to relations between Orthodoxy and the ecumenical movement – a topic which has caused concern among very many people not only in the Russian but also other Local Orthodox Churches.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: May 8, 1998 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Orthodox, WCC
Transmis : 8 mai 1998 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=2
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Orthodox, WCC


Lutheran-Orthodox Dialogue Issues ‘Common Statement’

[CHICAGO | ELCA News] Talks between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas have arrived at “A Lutheran-Orthodox Common Statement on Faith in the Holy Trinity.” The 13-paragraph communique explains the emphasis of both traditions on the Nicene Creed and draws attention to a
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Feb. 19, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4980
Categories: Communiqué, ELCA NewsIn this article: dialogue, Lutheran, Orthodox
Transmis : 19 févr. 1999 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=4980
Catégorie : Communiqué, ELCA NewsDans cet article : dialogue, Lutheran, Orthodox


After Many Delays, WCC Prepares to Deal with Orthodox Complaints

by Stephen Brown, Ecumenical News Service [GENEVA] A special commission set up by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in a bid to resolve complaints by its Orthodox member churches is scheduled to hold its first meeting in December. The scheduling of the meeting follows a series of delays and apparent unwillingness by some Orthodox
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Sept. 2, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4949
Categories: ENIIn this article: Orthodox, WCC
Transmis : 2 sept. 1999 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=4949
Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Orthodox, WCC


Inaugural Meeting of the Special Commission on Orthodox Participation

[WCC News] The Special Commission on Orthodox participation in the World Council of Churches (WCC) will meet from 6 to 8 December in Morges, on Lac Léman, Switzerland. At its inaugural meeting the Commission will deal chiefly with matters of planning and procedure for the series of its Protestant-Orthodox discussions to be held over the
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Dec. 3, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4986
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Orthodox, WCC
Transmis : 3 déc. 1999 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=4986
Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Orthodox, WCC


Lectures open windows to Eastern Christianity

Windows To The East, an annual public lecture series on Eastern Christianity, will take place Thursday and Friday at St. Thomas More College. Dr. Myroslaw Tataryn, associate professor of religious studies at University of Saskatchewan, is one of the organizers. As he explains, Windows To The East is part of an on-going lecture series that
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Jan. 29, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6029
Categories: NewsIn this article: dialogue, Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholic
Transmis : 29 janv. 2000 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6029
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : dialogue, Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholic


Orthodox-Catholic relations at an impasse after Baltimore talks

‘Bitter differences’ lead to dead-end, Polish ecumenist says by Jonathan Luxmoore, Ecumenical News International [WARSAW] High-level talks between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches which ended in the United States recently were marred by “methodological deficiencies” and a “polemical atmosphere,” leaving relations between the two Christian communions at a dead-end, according to an expert on
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Aug. 9, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4962
Categories: ENIIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox
Transmis : 9 aoüt 2000 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=4962
Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox


The Pope and the Orthodox

Andrew Britz, OSB, editor of The Prairie Messenger

Pope John Paul II has never made it a secret: As the first Slavic pope, as a church leader from eastern Europe, he dreamed of being God’s instrument to bridge the millennium-old schism between East and West.

Over the years, out of sensitivity to the Orthodox patriarch of Moscow, he has declined repeated invitations from the eastern Catholics in Ukraine and from the Ukrainian government to visit them.

The pope is aging quickly and the rhetoric between the Orthodox and Rome is heating up rather than calming down — the Orthodox have moved beyond complaints of proselytizing; they now speak of outright “persecution” of their people by the Latin Church. All this has led the pope to change his mind and visit the millions of Eastern-rite Christians who have paid a martyr’s price for their loyalty to the Chair of Peter.

John Paul recognizes that this is a dangerous move in terms of his long-term dream of reuniting Constantinople/Moscow and Rome. To offset, as much as possible, any ecumenically negative consequences, the Vatican is continually talking about this visit as a reaching out to full brothers and sisters (see page 4).

The Slavic pope has even made a substantial donation ($150,000) toward the building of a new Orthodox cathedral in Bucharest. His generosity, however, is not limited to this sensitive trip to the East. Back in January 1995, the pope helped build the Orthodox cathedral in Ulyanovsk, the birthplace of Vladimir Lenin.

The people of Ulyanovsk, who were sorely strapped for funds, could not have been more gracious in accepting the gift: they named the pope “an honorary member of their communion in Christ.”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Nov. 15, 2000 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=19
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox
Transmis : 15 nov. 2000 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=19
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox


Ice curtain in the East

On 7 January, Russia’s Orthodox Church celebrated the two-thousandth anniversary of the birth of Christ. Thousands attended the Christmas liturgy in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, triumphantly, and, many have averred, tastelessly, restored to the city’s skyline more than 60 years after Stalin ordered its obliteration from it. Live coverage of the event was marred, however, when Patriarch Alexis II arrived more than an hour late, delayed by his participation in the day’s informal meetings between President Putin and the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder.

As the television cameras panned in on the massed faithful awaiting their Patriarch, they picked out the emerald robes of seemingly the most senior cleric in attendance — Mufti Talgat Tadzhuddin, head of Russia’s Central Spiritual Directorate of Muslims. For the third year running, the chief representative of Russia’s Roman Catholics, Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, had not been invited.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Jan. 27, 2001 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6557
Categories: Opinion, The TabletIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox, Russian, Ukraine
Transmis : 27 janv. 2001 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6557
Catégorie : Opinion, The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox, Russian, Ukraine


The Pope steps into a Greek drama

Pope John Paul is to make a brief visit to Athens in May. Many of the Greek Orthodox clergy and the monks of Athos are up in arms. Could this nevertheless turn out to be a breaking of the ice which has lasted since the Western and Eastern Church split in 1054? An Assumptionist priest who was formerly stationed in Athens looks at the tensions.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Mar. 24, 2001 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6730
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Catholic, John Paul II, Orthodox
Transmis : 24 mars 2001 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6730
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, John Paul II, Orthodox


The Pope and the Mufti

Pope John Paul, who celebrated his eighty-first birthday this week, is a man in a hurry. In the twilight days of his long papacy, he is expanding the perspective of his by now traditional pastoral visits around the world and he is laying down markers for the future. These concern the future relations of the Roman Catholic Church both with the separated Orthodox Christian Churches, and with the other monotheistic religions, Islam and Judaism.

Hence the first-ever visit this month by a pope to a mosque, the impressive Great Umayyad Mosque in Damascus. Twenty years ago it would have been inconceivable that a pope from Rome should remove his shoes, put on white slippers and traverse one of the great Holy Places of Islam for a meeting with the Grand Mufti and other clerics in the courtyard of the mosque.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: May 19, 2001 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6735
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Christian, Christianity, Islam, John Paul II, Orthodox
Transmis : 19 mai 2001 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6735
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Christian, Christianity, Islam, John Paul II, Orthodox


Common Declaration on Environmental Ethics

We are gathered here today in the spirit of peace for the good of all human beings and for the care of creation. At this moment in history, at the beginning of the third millennium, we are saddened to see the daily suffering of a great number of people from violence, starvation, poverty and disease. We are also concerned about the negative consequences for humanity and for all creation resulting from the degradation of some basic natural resources such as water, air and land, brought about by an economic and technological progress which does not recognize and take into account its limits.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: June 10, 2002 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3473
Categories: DocumentsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, Christian unity, climate change, dialogue, ecology, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, ecumenism, environment, John Paul II, Orthodox, patriarch, pope, science, statements
Transmis : 10 juin 2002 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=3473
Catégorie : DocumentsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, Christian unity, climate change, dialogue, ecology, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, ecumenism, environment, John Paul II, Orthodox, patriarch, pope, science, statements


Still waiting for goodwill

Next week Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, is due to travel to Russia to meet the Patriarch in the highest-level visit by Vatican officials in four years. The aim of the five-day trip (due to start on Monday) is to improve relations between Rome and Moscow, which are at their lowest point since before the Second Vatican Council. Two years ago a visit by the cardinal was cancelled by the Moscow Patriarchate, outraged by what it described as aggressive Catholic missionary activity in its “canonical territory”.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Feb. 14, 2004 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6709
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Catholic, ecumenism, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox, Walter Kasper
Transmis : 14 févr. 2004 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6709
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, ecumenism, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox, Walter Kasper


International Commission of the Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue

[ACNS 3847] The International Commission of the Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue met in the International Study Centre, Canterbury Cathedral, in the United Kingdom, from Monday, June 21st – Friday, June 25th, 2004. The Commission is composed of representatives of the Orthodox Churches and of the Anglican Communion. The Dialogue began its work by exploring theological and
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: June 28, 2004 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=108
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Orthodox
Transmis : 28 juin 2004 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=108
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Orthodox


Joint Declaration by John Paul II and Bartholomew I

Here is a translation of the Joint Declaration signed by John Paul II and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople and published today.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: July 1, 2004 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2204
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, ecumenism, John Paul II, Orthodox, patriarch, pope
Transmis : 1 juil. 2004 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=2204
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, ecumenism, John Paul II, Orthodox, patriarch, pope


Déclaration commune : Pour un monde plus humain

Voici le texte intégral de la Déclaration commune signée par le pape Jean-Paul II et le patriarche œcuménique Bartholomaios Ier au terme de la visite de celui-ci au Vatican.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: July 1, 2004 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2205
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Bartholomew I, Christian unity, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, ecumenism, John Paul II, Orthodox, patriarch, pope
Transmis : 1 juil. 2004 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=2205
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Christian unity, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, ecumenism, John Paul II, Orthodox, patriarch, pope


Orthodox church appeals to ex-Anglicans wanting stability

by Don Retson, Edmonton Journal EDMONTON – David Johnston says he’s been troubled for years over “compromises” on faith and doctrine by the national leadership of the Anglican Church of Canada. Last Saturday, Johnston, a former Anglican priest in Fort Saskatchewan, and seven of his former parishioners, were received as lay members of the Orthodox
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Apr. 30, 2005 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6205
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Orthodox
Transmis : 30 avril 2005 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6205
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Orthodox


Anthony Mansour: our new director

Centre canadien d'œcuménisme / Canadian Centre for Ecumenism

The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism has a new director, effective August 1st. Anthony Mansour, the successful candidate, comes to the CCE from an extensive background in management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Québec; an MBA from Southeastern University in Washington, DC; and a certificate in Orthodox theology from the Université de Sherbrooke in Longueuil, Québec. He has also served for 11 years as a reserve officer with the Canadian Air Force and holds both Canadian and US pilot licenses. He has two children, Brent (12) and Elizabeth (10). A member of the Orthodox Church in America, he serves as sub-deacon at The Sign of the Theotokos, an OCA parish in Montréal. He is fluent in both English and French.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Aug. 24, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=259
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anthony Mansour, Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Orthodox
Transmis : 24 aoüt 2006 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=259
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anthony Mansour, Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Orthodox


Anthony Mansour : directeur exécutif

Centre canadien d'œcuménisme / Canadian Centre for Ecumenism

Le centre canadien d’œcuménisme est heureux d’annoncer la nomination de Anthony Mansour au poste de directeur exécutif du Centre. M. Mansour possède une vaste expérience d’homme d’affaires. Il tient une licence dans la physique de Bishop’s University dans Lennoxville, Québec ; un MBA de Southeastern University à Washington, C.C ; et un certificat en théologie
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Aug. 25, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=260
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anthony Mansour, Orthodox
Transmis : 25 aoüt 2006 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=260
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anthony Mansour, Orthodox


Lutheran-Orthodox statement on Eucharist

[LWI] The participants of the 13th Plenary of the international Lutheran-Orthodox Joint Commission have affirmed recognition of the “broad areas of agreement” in their respective traditions with a view to the understanding of the Eucharist in the life of the church. They adopted a Common Statement titled, “The Mystery of the Church: The Holy Eucharist in the Life of the Church.” In a communiqué from the 2-9 November meeting of the Joint Commission in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, members of the international dialogue group stated that the “Orthodox and Lutherans both confess that Christ’s body and blood are united with bread and wine, to be consumed by communicants, uniting them with Christ and with each other.”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Dec. 12, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=280
Categories: Communiqué, Dialogue, DocumentsIn this article: ecclesiology, eucharist, Lutheran, Orthodox
Transmis : 12 déc. 2006 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=280
Catégorie : Communiqué, Dialogue, DocumentsDans cet article : ecclesiology, eucharist, Lutheran, Orthodox


Russian Orthodox churches to reconcile

The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) has agreed to reconcile with the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church. The schism developed following the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, and has led to the establishment of parallel jurisdictions of Russian Orthodoxy in the diaspora. The talks between ROCOR and the Moscow Patriarchate began in 2001. The reconciliation between the two church bodies is expected to occur in May 2007 when the Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate adopts the “Act of Canonical Communion” already approved by the ROCOR Synod of Bishops. The two church bodies express the hope that: “The reestablishment of canonical communion will serve, God willing, towards the strengthening of the unity of the Church of Christ, of her witness in the contemporary world, promoting the fulfillment of the will of the Lord to “gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad” (John 11:52).
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Dec. 17, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=281
Categories: DialogueIn this article: Christian unity, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox, ROCOR, Russian, statements
Transmis : 17 déc. 2006 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=281
Catégorie : DialogueDans cet article : Christian unity, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox, ROCOR, Russian, statements


Joint Declaration by the Pope and Chrysostomos II

Following this morning’s private meeting, and their exchange of speeches, the Pope and His Beatitude Chrysostomos II, signed a Joint declaration in the presence of the Catholic and Cypriot Orthodox delegations. In the declaration, Benedict XVI and the archbishop of New Justiniana and All Cyprus declare their “sincere and firm desire, in obedience to the will of Our Lord Jesus Christ, to intensify the search for full unity among all Christians. … We wish the Catholic and Orthodox faithful of Cyprus to live fraternally and in full solidarity. … Furthermore, we wish to support and promote theological dialogue which, through the competent international commission, is preparing to consider the most onerous questions that marked the historical event of division. It is necessary to reach substantial agreement over full communion in the faith, in sacramental life and in the exercise of pastoral ministry.”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: June 16, 2007 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=318
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox
Transmis : 16 juin 2007 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=318
Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox


Déclaration commune de Chrysostomos II et Benoît XVI

Après leur rencontre privée et l’échange de discours, le Pape et don hôte SB Chrysostomos II de Chypre ont signé une Déclaration commune, dans laquelle ils déclarent leur sincère et ferme engagement à obéir à la volonté du Seigneur en intensifiant leur recherche de la pleine unité entre tous les chrétiens. Le Pape et l’Archevêque désirent que les catholiques et les orthodoxes de Chypre vivent fraternellement et solidairement. “Nous voulons en outre soutenir et développer le dialogue théologique qui, par le biais de la Commission internationale s’apprête à traiter des points les plus complexes ayant marqué la division historique” des Eglises. “Nous devons parvenir à un accord substantiel en vue de la communion parfaite dans la foi, dans la vie sacramentelle et l’exercice du ministère pastoral”.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: June 16, 2007 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=319
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox
Transmis : 16 juin 2007 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=319
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox


Support and solidarity for the Ecumenical Patriarch

Bartholomeos I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople

At a time when the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople – today’s Istanbul – is facing growing hardships imposed by decisions of the Turkish judiciary, members of the worldwide ecumenical family have expressed support and solidarity to His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Aug. 30, 2007 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=343
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Conference of European Churches, Eastern churches, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, patriarch, Phanar, WCC
Transmis : 30 aoüt 2007 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=343
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Conference of European Churches, Eastern churches, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, patriarch, Phanar, WCC


De la nature sacramentale de l’Église

Aujourd’hui a été publié le Document final de l’Assemblée plénière de la Commission internationale pour le dialogue théologique catholiques orthodoxes (Ravenne, Italie, 8-14 octobre), qui avait été présidée par le Métropolite Ioannis de Pergame (Patriarcat œcuménique) et le Cardinal Kasper, Président du Conseil pontifical pour l’unité des chrétiens: “Conséquences ecclésiologiques et canoniques de la nature sacramentale de l’Eglise. Communion ecclésiale, conciliarité et autorité”.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Nov. 15, 2007 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=383
Categories: DialogueIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox
Transmis : 15 nov. 2007 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=383
Catégorie : DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox


Catholic-Orthodox document on the Nature of the Church

Made public today was the final document of the plenary assembly of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. The meeting was held in the Italian city of Ravenna from October 8 to 14 under the presidency of Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and His Excellency Ioannis, metropolitan of Pergamo. [Editor’s note: Ioannis of Pergamo is also known to theologians as John Zizioulas]

The title of the final document is: “Ecclesiological and Canonical Consequences of the Sacramental Nature of the Church. Ecclesial Communion, Conciliarity and Authority.”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Nov. 15, 2007 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=384
Categories: DialogueIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox
Transmis : 15 nov. 2007 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=384
Catégorie : DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox


Femmes orthodoxes: leur participation dans l’Eglise progresse, mais des préoccupations demeurent

Femmes orthodoxes: leur participation dans l’Eglise progresse, mais des préoccupations demeurent

[COE] Au cours des dix dernières années, les femmes orthodoxes ont franchi des étapes importantes dans leur participation à la vie de l’Eglise, mais bon nombre de leurs inquiétudes n’ont pas été totalement apaisées, a-t-il été déclaré lors d’un rassemblement de femmes orthodoxes.

Une longue décennie s’est écoulée depuis que s’est tenu le dernier rassemblement de femmes orthodoxes, à Istanbul, en Turquie, en 1997. Dans cet intervalle, la participation des femmes orthodoxes à la vie de l’Eglise a progressé. Les étapes franchies vont de la reconnaissance des thématiques féminines par les structures de l’Eglise à la participation des femmes à différents ministères de l’Eglise dans le mouvement œcuménique et dans le processus de prise de décisions.

Beaucoup de préoccupations exprimées par les femmes n’ont cependant pas été pleinement entendues. Parmi elles, on peut citer l’accès aux études théologiques – y compris leur financement – et aux possibilités d’emploi qui en découlent au sein de l’Eglise; le soutien apporté aux femmes pour l’accompagnement pastoral et d’autres ministères au sein de l’Eglise; la participation accrue au processus de prise de décisions; et l’adoption d’une nouvelle approche concernant les prières et les pratiques associées à la biologie féminine.

Il s’agit là de quelques-unes des principales conclusions qui ont été présentées à l’issue du rassemblement de cinq jours, qui a réuni plus d’une quarantaine de femmes des Eglises orthodoxes d’Europe, du Moyen-Orient, d’Asie, d’Australie et d’Amérique du Nord. Réunies du 8 au 12 juin à Volos, en Grèce, elles ont évoqué la participation, le ministère et les préoccupations des femmes orthodoxes dans l’Eglise et dans le mouvement œcuménique.

Les participantes à la consultation ont recommandé de réaliser une évaluation complète de la situation actuelle et des besoins des femmes orthodoxes, en prenant en compte les nombreux changements qui sont intervenus au cours des dix dernières années, et d’élaborer un cadre pour l’action. “Nous voyons la nécessité de déterminer, en collaboration avec les dirigeants de nos Eglises, les moyens et les instruments permettant de mettre en œuvre dans nos Eglises les décisions et les recommandations prises lors des rassemblements de femmes”, ont indiqué les participantes dans un rapport sur les délibérations.

Le rassemblement s’est tenu à l’Académie d’études théologiques de Volos. Il a été soutenu par le Programme du Conseil œcuménique des Eglises pour les femmes dans l’Eglise et la société et organisé par le diocèse de Dimitrias.

Ressources :

• Texte intégral du rapport du Rassemblement interorthodoxe (en anglais)
• Programme du COE pour les femmes dans l’Eglise et la société
• Diocèse de Dimitrias, Eglise de Grèce (en grec)
• Académie d’études théologiques de Volos (en grec)
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: June 26, 2008 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=473
Categories: NewsIn this article: Orthodox
Transmis : 26 juin 2008 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=473
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Orthodox


Orthodox women: church participation improved but concerns remain

Orthodox women: church participation improved but concerns remain

[WCC News] Over the last decade, Orthodox women reached significant milestones regarding their participation in church life, but many of their concerns have not yet been fully addressed, an international gathering of Orthodox women stated.

A long decade has passed since the last inter-Orthodox women’s consultation took place in Istanbul, Turkey in 1997. In the intervening years, the participation of Orthodox women in the life of the church has improved. Significant milestones range from the recognition of women’s issues by church structures to women’s participation in some church ministries and decision-making processes.

Many of the concerns of women, however, have not yet been fully addressed within the life of the church. A list of them includes: access to and funding for theological studies and subsequent employment opportunities within the church; supporting and equipping women for pastoral care and other church ministries; broader participation in church decision-making processes; taking a new look at prayers and practices associated with women’s biology.

These were amongst the main findings of a five-day long consultation, which brought together some 45 women from Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and North America. Meeting from 8-12 June in Volos, Greece, they discussed the participation, ministry and concerns of Orthodox women in the church and in the ecumenical movement.

Participants at the consultation recommended undertaking a full assessment of the current situation and needs of Orthodox women, given the many changes that have taken place over the last decade, as well as the development of a framework for future action. “We see the need to identify, together with our church leadership, the ways and instruments to implement decisions and recommendations of women’s consultations in our churches”, the participants stated in a report on the deliberations.

The consultation took place at the Volos Academy for Theological Studies and was sponsored by the World Council of Churches Programme for Women in Church and Society and hosted by the Diocese of Dimitrias.

Resources

• Full text of the Report of the Inter-Orthodox Consultation
• WCC Programme for Women in Church and Society
• Diocese of Dimitrias, Church of Greece (in Greek)
• Volos Academy for Theological Studies (partially in Greek)
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: June 26, 2008 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=474
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Orthodox
Transmis : 26 juin 2008 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=474
Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Orthodox


Communiqué: Orthodox-Roman Catholic International Dialogue

The Coordinating Committee of the Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church met in Elounda, Crete, Greece from 27 September to 4 October 2008.

At the opening session, the two Co-Presidents of the Commission, His Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper (President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) and His Eminence Metropolitan John of Pergamon (Ecumenical Patriarchate), expressed their joy and thankfulness to God for the continuation of the theological dialogue between the two Churches. They reaffirmed the goal of the dialogue as stated at its beginning in 1980: “The purpose of the dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church is the re-establishment of full communion between these two churches. This communion, based on unity of faith according to the common experience and tradition of the early Church, will find its expression in the common celebration of the Eucharist.”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Oct. 3, 2008 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=506
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox
Transmis : 3 oct. 2008 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=506
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox


The Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Church in the First Millennium

The Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Church in the First Millennium
Joint Coordinating Committee for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church
Aghios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece, September 27 – October 4, 2008
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Oct. 3, 2008 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=507
Categories: Dialogue, DocumentsIn this article: Catholic, church, communion ecclesiology, koinonia, Orthodox, papacy, petrine ministry, pope, primacy
Transmis : 3 oct. 2008 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=507
Catégorie : Dialogue, DocumentsDans cet article : Catholic, church, communion ecclesiology, koinonia, Orthodox, papacy, petrine ministry, pope, primacy


Eastern Orthodox leaders recommit themselves to dialogue

Patriarchs, primates and representatives of Eastern Orthodox churches recommitted themselves to overcome intra-Orthodox conflicts as well as to continue theological dialogues with Christians from other confessions at a 10-12 October meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. …
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Oct. 15, 2008 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=509
Categories: NewsIn this article: Orthodox
Transmis : 15 oct. 2008 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=509
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Orthodox


Des leaders orthodoxes renouvellent leur engagement au dialogue

Des patriarches, primats et représentants des Eglises orthodoxes (chalcédoniennes) ont réaffirmé leur engagement à surmonter les conflits intra-orthodoxes et à poursuivre les dialogues théologiques avec les chrétiens d’autres confessions lors d’une réunion qui s’est tenue du 10 au 12 octobre à Istanbul, en Turquie. …
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Oct. 15, 2008 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=510
Categories: NewsIn this article: Orthodox
Transmis : 15 oct. 2008 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=510
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Orthodox


Bartholomew: Address to the Roman Catholic Synod of Bishops

Bartholomeos I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople

Address of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch BARTHOLOMEW to the XIIth Ordinary General Assembly of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church (The Vatican, 18 October 2008)
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Oct. 18, 2008 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=512
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, patriarch, Vatican
Transmis : 18 oct. 2008 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=512
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, patriarch, Vatican


Moscow Patriarch Alexei II has died

Patriarch Alexei II of the Russian Orthodox Church has died at his residence in Peredelkino, 40 kilometres from central Moscow, the church’s Moscow Patriarchate has announced.

No cause was given for the death on 5 December of the 79-year-old patriarch.

The previous evening Alexei held a church service in one of Moscow’s central cathedrals to mark a major religious holiday, the RIA-Novosti news agency reported. It said the church’s ruling body, the Holy Synod, was to gather for an urgent meeting in Moscow on 6 December following the death of its leader.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Dec. 5, 2008 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=531
Categories: NewsIn this article: Orthodox
Transmis : 5 déc. 2008 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=531
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Orthodox


Metropolitan Kirill elected Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad was elected in 2009 as the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
Le métropolite Kirill de Smolensk et Kaliningrad a été élu à la tête du Patriarcat de Moscou de l'Eglise orthodoxe russe

The delegates to the Church Council meeting under way in Moscow have elected Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Metropolitan Kirill garnered 508 (72%) out of the 702 votes during the election on Tuesday. To be elected Patriarch, a candidate had to be supported by more than half of the delegates.

… continued
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Jan. 27, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=546
Categories: NewsIn this article: Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox, patriarch, Patriarch Kirill
Transmis : 27 janv. 2009 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=546
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox, patriarch, Patriarch Kirill


Le métropolite Kirill est élu à la tête du Patriarcat de Moscou

Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad was elected in 2009 as the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
Le métropolite Kirill de Smolensk et Kaliningrad a été élu à la tête du Patriarcat de Moscou de l'Eglise orthodoxe russe

C’est le métropolite Kirill de Smolensk et Kaliningrad qui a été élu à la tête du Patriarcat de Moscou de l’Eglise orthodoxe russe, par une victoire écrasante. Le métropolite Kirill occupait déjà par intérim la fonction laissée vacante par le patriarche Alexis II, décédé en décembre 2008.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Jan. 28, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=548
Categories: NewsIn this article: Orthodox
Transmis : 28 janv. 2009 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=548
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Orthodox


Le nouveau patriarche russe Kirill Ier promet de maintenir l’unité de l’Eglise

Le métropolite Kirill de Smolensk et Kaliningrad, qui a été intronisé à Moscou 16e patriarche de l’histoire de l’Eglise orthodoxe russe sous le nom de Kirill Ier, a souligné qu’il est de son devoir d’assurer l’unité au sein de l’Eglise afin de préserver la foi. Cependant, certains observateurs considèrent qu’il a davantage les qualités d’un “leader politique” que son prédécesseur.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Feb. 3, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=550
Categories: NewsIn this article: Orthodox
Transmis : 3 févr. 2009 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=550
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Orthodox


Russian Orthodox pick Oxford-educated cleric for ecumenical post

Sophia Kishkovsky, Ecumenical News International
Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev

Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev, an Oxford-educated cleric who served as the Moscow Patriarchate’s representative to European organizations in Brussels, has been appointed as head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Department of External Church Relations.

… continued
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Apr. 1, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=568
Categories: ENIIn this article: Orthodox
Transmis : 1 avril 2009 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=568
Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Orthodox


Orthodox-Catholic Consultation Studies Nature of Communion, Authority

Orthodox-Catholic Consultation Studies Nature of Communion, Authority

[Washington • USCCB] The seventy-sixth meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation took place at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York, June 1 to 3. The session, hosted by the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), was co-chaired by Metropolitan Maximos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh and Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: June 26, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=587
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox
Transmis : 26 juin 2009 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=587
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox


Orthodox Patriarch wants Euro-body with Catholics, Protestants

Stephen Brown, Ecumenical News International
Bartholomeos I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I, a spiritual leader who represents Eastern Orthodox Christianity, has called for the creation of a churches’ umbrella body in Europe to include Roman Catholics alongside Anglicans, Orthodox and Protestants.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: July 19, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=592
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Bartholomew I, Catholic, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Europe, Orthodox, patriarch, Protestant
Transmis : 19 juil. 2009 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=592
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Bartholomew I, Catholic, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Europe, Orthodox, patriarch, Protestant


Le patriarche œcuménique souhaite une organisation rassemblant catholiques, protestants et orthodoxes

Stephen Brown, Nouvelles Œcuméniques Internationales
Bartholomeos I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople

Le patriarche œcuménique Bartholomée Ier, “premier parmi ses pairs” dans la hiérarchie de l’Eglise orthodoxe, a appelé de ses vœux la création d’une organisation rassemblant anglicans, orthodoxes, protestants et catholiques romains.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: July 20, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=593
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Europe, Orthodox, patriarch, Protestant
Transmis : 20 juil. 2009 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=593
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Europe, Orthodox, patriarch, Protestant


Communiqué from the International Commission of the Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue

The International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue met in Chania, Crete, from Tuesday, 15th September to Sunday 20th September 2009, as guests of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, at the Metropolis of Kydonia and Apokoronos.

… continued
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Sept. 23, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=600
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, Orthodox
Transmis : 23 sept. 2009 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=600
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, Orthodox


Orthodox-Catholic Commission Studies Primacy of Peter

[Paphos, Cyprus • Zenit.org] The International Mixed Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church has progressed in its reflection on the role of the bishop of Rome. The commission issued a joint communiqué reporting on its progress at the end of its 11th plenary session, ended today in Paphos. The
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Oct. 23, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=604
Categories: Communiqué, Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox, papacy, petrine ministry, primacy
Transmis : 23 oct. 2009 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=604
Catégorie : Communiqué, Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox, papacy, petrine ministry, primacy


As some protest, Catholic-Orthodox dialogue discusses role of papacy

In the midst of a protest by a small number of Orthodox monks and faithful, the official Catholic-Orthodox dialogue commission met in Cyprus Oct. 16-23. The meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church focused on a key factor in the ongoing division between Catholic and Orthodox: the role of the pope as bishop of Rome. The protesters — who were arrested Oct. 20, the third day of their demonstration — claimed that the ongoing dialogue between the two churches was aimed at getting the Orthodox to submit to papal authority. According to a statement released by the dialogue commission Oct. 23, the commission’s Orthodox members discussed “the negative reactions to the dialogue by certain Orthodox circles and unanimously considered them as totally unfounded and unacceptable, providing false and misleading information.” The Orthodox delegates “reaffirmed that the dialogue continues with the decision of all the Orthodox churches and is pursued with faithfulness to the truth and the tradition of the church,” said the statement released in Cyprus and at the Vatican.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Oct. 23, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=606
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox, papacy
Transmis : 23 oct. 2009 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=606
Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox, papacy


Orthodox-Catholic Consultation Responds To ‘Ravenna Document’

The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation finalized a joint response to the international dialogue’s 2007 “Ravenna Document” at their 77th meeting, held at Saint Paul’s College in Washington, October 22-24. Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh and Roman Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans presided over it.

… continued
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Nov. 4, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=611
Categories: DocumentsIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox
Transmis : 4 nov. 2009 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=611
Catégorie : DocumentsDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox


Orthodox leader ‘resists opposition’ with call for church unity

Orthodox leader ‘resists opposition’ with call for church unity

The Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomeos I, a key leader for the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians, has written a Lenten encyclical that stresses the need for greater unity for churches, and counters accusations from some of his bishops that ecumenism is heresy.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Feb. 19, 2010 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=625
Categories: ENIIn this article: Bartholomew I, Christian unity, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, encyclicals, Orthodox, patriarch, Phanar
Transmis : 19 févr. 2010 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=625
Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Christian unity, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, encyclicals, Orthodox, patriarch, Phanar


Patriarchal Encyclical On the Sunday of Orthodoxy

Patriarchal and Synodal Encyclical On the Sunday of Orthodoxy (February 21, 2010)
+ BARTHOLOMEW By God’s Grace Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch
To the Fullness of the Church, Grace and Peace From our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Our most holy Orthodox Church today commemorates its own feast day, and – from this historical and martyric See of the Ecumenical Patriarchate – the Mother Church of Constantinople directs its blessing, love and concern to all of its faithful and dedicated spiritual children throughout the world, inviting them to concelebrate in prayer.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Feb. 21, 2010 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=626
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Christian unity, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, encyclicals, Orthodox, patriarch, Phanar
Transmis : 21 févr. 2010 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=626
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Christian unity, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, encyclicals, Orthodox, patriarch, Phanar


Communiqué: Catholic-Orthodox dialogue considers papal primacy

[Vienna, Austria] The twelfth meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church took place in Vienna, Austria, a city with a long history, a bridge between West and East, with a rich ecumenical life. The meeting, generously and fraternally hosted by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna, from 20-27 September 2010, in the Kardinal König Haus.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Sept. 26, 2010 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=642
Categories: Communiqué, DialogueIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox, papacy, petrine ministry, primacy, synodality
Transmis : 26 sept. 2010 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=642
Catégorie : Communiqué, DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox, papacy, petrine ministry, primacy, synodality


Celebrating Easter/Pascha Together

Celebrating Easter/Pascha Together
The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
October 1, 2010

The center of our faith, the center on which all Christians agree, is the kerygma that Jesus is Risen, Jesus is Lord:

Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship the Holy Lord Jesus, the only Sinless One. We venerate Your Cross, O Christ and we praise and glorify Your Holy Resurrection. You are our God. We know no other than You, and we call upon Your Name. Come, all faithful, let us venerate the holy Resurrection of Christ for behold, through the Cross, joy has come to all the world. (Matins of the Resurrection)

Despite this agreement Catholics and Orthodox in fact celebrate Easter on different days, fracturing the proclamation of this Good News of the Resurrection.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Oct. 1, 2010 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=644
Categories: Dialogue, DocumentsIn this article: Catholic, Easter, Orthodox
Transmis : 1 oct. 2010 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=644
Catégorie : Dialogue, DocumentsDans cet article : Catholic, Easter, Orthodox


Steps Towards a Reunited Church

Steps Towards a Reunited Church:
A Sketch of an Orthodox-Catholic Vision for the Future
The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
October 2, 2010

… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Oct. 2, 2010 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=645
Categories: Dialogue, DocumentsIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox, papacy, petrine ministry
Transmis : 2 oct. 2010 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=645
Catégorie : Dialogue, DocumentsDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox, papacy, petrine ministry


Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue Lays Out a Vision of Unity in Unprecedented Document

Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue Lays Out a Vision of Unity in Unprecedented Document

Representatives of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches have issued two new documents outlining immediate steps they can take to overcome their thousand-year separation.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Oct. 7, 2010 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=646
Categories: Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Easter, Orthodox, papacy, petrine ministry
Transmis : 7 oct. 2010 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=646
Catégorie : Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Easter, Orthodox, papacy, petrine ministry


An Orthodox response to The Nature and Mission of the Church

An inter-Orthodox Consultation in Cyprus on the WCC's Faith & Order text

“Without any doubt, ecclesiology remains in our times the crucial issue for Christian theology in ecumenical perspective.” This was one of the conclusions drawn by a week-long consultation in Cyprus at which forty Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox representatives provided a common response to The Nature and Mission of the Church, a 2005 ecumenical text published by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Mar. 14, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1792
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Orthodox
Transmis : 14 mars 2011 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=1792
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Orthodox


Orthodox churches find it difficult to overcome differences

Diptychs, an arcane liturgical term that describes the order in which Orthodox churches commemorate each other at their services, is one of the tangled issues blocking plans for what could be the first great church council in 1,200 years.

Some Orthodox leaders say the churches need to get together to discuss common issues and speak with one voice on such important topics as bioethics, sexuality and the environment, but differences over arcane church issues such as diptychs and autocephaly (the independent status of Orthodox churches) run deep.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Mar. 22, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1793
Categories: ENIIn this article: Orthodox
Transmis : 22 mars 2011 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=1793
Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Orthodox


Baptists, Orthodox consider formal dialogue

Teams from the Baptist World Alliance and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople held exploratory talks Oct. 30-Nov. 2 that could lead to formal dialogue between Baptist and Orthodox Christians internationally.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Nov. 11, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1823
Categories: NewsIn this article: Baptist, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox
Transmis : 11 nov. 2011 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=1823
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Baptist, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox


Lutheran-Orthodox Commission Explores Understanding of Ministry/Priesthood

Lutheran World Information

A preparatory meeting for the 16th session of the Lutheran-Orthodox Joint Commission identified areas of agreement and a considerable number of open questions and differences between the two traditions on their understanding of ministry/priesthood in the Church.

Meeting in London 5-10 May, representatives from The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Ecumenical Patriarchate began a new phase in the commission’s work by exploring the topic “The Understanding of Ministry/Priesthood in the light of the Holy Scriptures and the early Church,” which had been agreed at their 2011 meeting.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: June 4, 2012 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2259
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran, ministry, Orthodox
Transmis : 4 juin 2012 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=2259
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran, ministry, Orthodox


Ecumenical Patriarch reaffirms commitment to the vision of the WCC

WCC News
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew addressing the WCC Central Committee

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I publicly reaffirmed the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s commitment to the vision and mission of the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 3 September. He was addressing participants of the WCC Central Committee meeting in Crete, Greece. “The commitment of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the vision and mission of the WCC – from the early formative and creative years through even the more difficult and contentious moments – has always been unwavering and paramount,” said Bartholomew I.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Sept. 4, 2012 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2240
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, patriarch
Transmis : 4 sept. 2012 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=2240
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, patriarch


Communiqué: Anglican-Orthodox Dialogue

Members of the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue gather in the Diocese of St Asaph in the Church of Wales

In the name of the Triune God, and with the blessing and guidance of our Churches, the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD) met at the University of Chester, United Kingdom during 3-10 September 2012. The Commission is grateful for the hospitality extended by the Anglican Communion. The ICAOTD is continuing in its in-depth study of Christian anthropology, particularly in regard to what it means to be a human person created in the image and likeness of God. The Commission discussed the draft of its joint theological work on this subject, developed through the collaborative studies of previous meetings and enriched by presentations at this meeting on nature and grace, marriage, celibacy and friendship, and creation. Recognizing the need for our churches to address the urgent issues of contemporary humanity, the Commission explored the application of its study, particularly in the area of ecology.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Sept. 10, 2012 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2241
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, Orthodox
Transmis : 10 sept. 2012 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=2241
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, Orthodox


Bartholomew I: Statement on Religious Tolerance and Violence

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople holds his St. Andreas sceptre at the beginning of the Easter Divine Liturgy in Aya Yorgi church in Istanbul

The Ecumenical Patriarchate expresses profound sorrow as the world has rushed into a confusing and volatile time of religious protests turning violent, and a grievous lack of consideration for religious differences. When we act disrespectfully and violently in the name of our religious prejudices or our religious beliefs we are undermining our own lives and faith, while creating an atmosphere of anger, hatred, and distrust which unravels the very thread that has woven humanity together since our creation. The Ecumenical Patriarchate issued last August a communiqué “On the resurgence of Violence spreading throughout the World” and called for all people engaged in violence to lay down their weapons. Given the events of the past weeks, this call for peaceful engagement and mutual respect for all humanity is even more critical. Holy Scripture teaches us in Proverbs 10.12 “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.” Hence, let us love one another because we know that true love comes from God who created every living person, and He loves every individual in His Divine Providence. We who profess to know God must recognize the Divine miracle of life within each human being and respect that seed of Divine creation. We who name God as our sovereign must nurture human life and reach out with honour to that person with whom we disagree.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Sept. 29, 2012 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2278
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, patriarch
Transmis : 29 sept. 2012 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=2278
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, patriarch


Barthélemy I : Témoigner ensemble de l’Evangile du salut

Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
SS le Patriarche oecuménique Barthélemy I de Constantinople

En ces lieux, il y a cinquante ans, une cérémonie solennelle a conquis le cœur et l’esprit de l’Eglise catholique, la faisant entrer dans le monde contemporain. L’ouverture d’un concile fut inspiré par la réalité fondamentale que le Fils et Verbe de Dieu incarné se trouve là où deux ou trois sont réunis en son nom et que l’Esprit, qui procède du Père, nous guidera vers la vérité complète… Au cours des cinquante dernières années, les fruits de cette assemblée ont été variés, dont témoigne une série de constitutions importantes, de déclarations et de décrets. Nous avons vu le renouvellement de l’esprit et un retour aux sources dans la recherche liturgique, biblique et patristique.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Oct. 11, 2012 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2270
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, patriarch
Transmis : 11 oct. 2012 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=2270
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, patriarch


Bartholomew I: Witnessing Together to the Message of Salvation

Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
SS le Patriarche oecuménique Barthélemy I de Constantinople

During the course of this morning’s ceremony in St. Peter’s Square for the opening of the Year of Faith, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I pronounced an address, extracts of which are given below.

“Fifty years ago in this very square, a powerful and pivotal celebration captured the heart and mind of the Roman Catholic Church, transporting it across the centuries into the contemporary world. This transforming milestone, the opening of Vatican Council II, was inspired by the fundamental reality that the Son and incarnate Logos of God is ‘where two or three are gathered in his name’ and that the Spirit, Who proceeds from the Father, ‘will guide us into the whole truth’.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Oct. 11, 2012 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2250
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, patriarch
Transmis : 11 oct. 2012 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=2250
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, patriarch


My brother Andrew: Relations between the Churches of East and West

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Pope Francis greet each other at the inaugural Mass for Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ reference to himself as the ‘Bishop of Rome’ was music to the ears of Orthodox leaders for whom the question of papal primacy has long been a problem for reunion. Their attendance at the new Pope’s inaugural Mass was a sign of their hopes for closer communion. A statement from the patriarchate explained Bartholomew’s decision to attend Pope Francis’ inauguration personally: the need for “a profoundly bold step … that could have lasting significance”. It is the first time the Bishop of Constantinople has attended the inauguration of the Bishop of Rome ever, let alone since the great schism of 1054. According to the patriarchate ­website: “after such a long division … authentic reunion will require courage, leadership and humility. Given Pope Francis’ well-­documented work for social justice and his insistence that globalisation is detrimental to the poor … the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic traditions have a renewed opportunity to work collectively on issues of mutual concern … But such work requires a first step and it would appear as though Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is willing to take such a step.” In one of those seemingly informal but resonant gestures that we are beginning to expect from Francis, the response was immediate and commensurate. The successor of Peter greeted the successor of the other Galilean fisherman as “my brother Andrew”.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Mar. 30, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3515
Categories: Opinion, The TabletIn this article: Bartholomew I, Christian unity, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, ecumenism, Orthodox, patriarch
Transmis : 30 mars 2013 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=3515
Catégorie : Opinion, The TabletDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Christian unity, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, ecumenism, Orthodox, patriarch


Jewish and Orthodox church leaders meet in Greece

Leading Orthodox Christian and Jewish interfaith officials, scholars and clerics discussed the crucial importance of protecting the environment and religious values and condemned growing incidents of anti-Semitism and religious prejudice around the world during a three day conference to help improve relations between these two ancient faith communities. Co-sponsored by the Liaison Office of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Office of Interreligious and Intercultural Affairs, and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), a Jewish umbrella group, the meeting was the latest in an on-going effort to improve relations and dialogue between Orthodoxy and Judaism.

Noting that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has declared 2013 the Year of Global Solidarity, Metropolitan Emmanuel said: “It is well documented that Greeks living in Thessaloniki at the time of the Shoah stood with their Jewish neighbors and friends. Today, more than ever, we must stand together to battle the evils of anti-Semitism, religious prejudice and all forms of discrimination.”

Schiffman said: “These meetings are extremely important for both the Jewish people and Orthodox Christianity because we share a long history and common roots. We are committed to building mutual respect and better understanding between our two faiths.”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: June 12, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6490
Categories: NewsIn this article: IJCIC, interfaith, Judaism, Orthodox
Transmis : 12 juin 2013 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6490
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : IJCIC, interfaith, Judaism, Orthodox


Pope open to Orthodox synod structure

Pope Francis, who recently spoke of a need to increase the common responsibility all bishops hold for the universal church, told a delegation of Orthodox leaders that the Catholic Church can learn from the synod structure of the Eastern Christian churches.

Dialogue for Christian unity is not a theoretical exercise for theologians, but an essential, practical tool for growing in faith and for evangelization, Pope Francis told a delegation from the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople.

“This is not merely a theoretical exercise, but one of getting to know each other’s traditions in order to understand and even learn from them,” the pope said during the meeting June 28.

Pope Francis said he was referring particularly “to the reflection of the Catholic Church on the meaning of episcopal collegiality and the tradition of synodality, so typical of the Orthodox churches,” in which the synods function as a symbol of the unity of the local churches and as a governing body united to the patriarch or spiritual leader of the church.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: June 28, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6448
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, church reform, collegiality, dialogue, Orthodox, Pope Francis, synodality
Transmis : 28 juin 2013 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6448
Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Catholic, church reform, collegiality, dialogue, Orthodox, Pope Francis, synodality


Dialogue doesn’t distance us from truth but leads us to whole truth

“Your presence is the sign of the profound bond that unites the Church of Constantinople with the Church of Rome in faith, in hope, and in charity,” Pope Francis said this morning on receiving the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarch, which had arrived in Rome to celebrate the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. The tradition of exchanging visits for the occasions of the respective patronal feasts dates back to 1969. The Pope emphasized that “fraternal gathering is an essential part of the journey towards unity.”

“The search for unity among Christians is an urgent task—you have said that ‘it is not a luxury, but an imperative’—from which, today more than ever, we cannot prescind. In our world that hungers and thirsts for truth, love, hope, peace, and unity, our witness demands that we should at last be able to proclaim, with one voice, the good news of the Gospel and celebrate together the Divine Mysteries of our new life in Christ. We are well aware that unity is primarily a gift from Gift that we must pray for unceasingly, but we all have the task of preparing the conditions, of cultivating the soil of the heart so that this extraordinary grace may be received.”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: June 28, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6298
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, Pope Francis, Vatican
Transmis : 28 juin 2013 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6298
Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, Pope Francis, Vatican


Ecumenical Patriarch reaffirms power of faith for social justice

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the WCC Central Committee meeting in Geneva, Switzerland

Faith can be a powerful ally in addressing issues of social justice, said Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. He called faith a bearer of unique perspectives on eradicating poverty, balancing amidst globalization, combating fundamentalism, racism, and developing religious tolerance during conflicts.

Bartholomew I was interviewed for Independent Balkan News Agency on 1 July, speaking on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, a founding member of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

“It is precisely the role of religion to respond to the needs of the world’s poor as well as to vulnerable and marginalized people. In fact, it is a rare instance where a faith institution is not a defining marker of the space and character of a community,” he said.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: July 1, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6637
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox
Transmis : 1 juil. 2013 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6637
Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox


Communiqué from the Anglican-Orthodox Theological dialogue

International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue meeting in Novi Sad, Serbia, September 4-11

In the name of the Triune God, and with the blessing and guidance of our Churches, the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD) met in Novi Sad, Serbia during 4-11 September 2013 at the invitation of Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Commission is grateful for the generous hospitality extended by Bishop Irinej and the Diocese of Backa of which Novi Sad is the see city.

Continuing its focus on Christian anthropology, specifically what it means to be a human person created in the image and likeness of God, the Commission devoted significant efforts to the review of the draft of its joint theological work on the subject. Reflection on the theology of the glory of creation and the uniqueness of humanity in the created order drew the Commission into deep discussion. Further, the Commission worked at length on the specific expression of image and likeness, considering the thematic components of the subject, with particular attention to its scriptural basis. As part of the discussion of human relationships, the Commission observed that it is the teaching of all the Orthodox and Anglican churches that marriage is between a man and a woman. The draft text, which was developed through the studies of previous meetings, was enhanced at this meeting by contributions on the subjects of the human being in society; the human being as a social being; attaining personhood through community from a traditional African perspective; and repentance, transformation and holiness. The Commission agreed that a newly appointed drafting group would work with the existing draft for the next meeting, taking into account the many pertinent comments and theological considerations presented at this meeting.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Sept. 10, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6796
Categories: ACNS, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, dialogue, Orthodox, theological anthropology
Transmis : 10 sept. 2013 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6796
Catégorie : ACNS, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, dialogue, Orthodox, theological anthropology


Papal primacy key to Eastern, Western Church unity

The only route to reuniting Eastern and Western Christianity is to strengthen the primacy of the pope, according to Orthodox theologians.

And in Pope Francis they detect signs that a window to unity may be opening.

For Catholics used to Orthodox objections to the pomp and presumptions of the Catholic papacy, talk of beefing up Roman primacy — the doctrine that gives the Successor of St. Peter authority over the entire Church — may come as a surprise. But that’s exactly what Orthodox theologians will be discussing with their Catholic counterparts when the North American Catholic-Orthodox Theological Consultation meets Oct. 24 to 26 in Mississauga, Ont.

“Both the North American and the international dialogues have been dealing with issues of primacy and synodality. They are two sides of the same coin,” said Paul Meyendorff, Orthodox delegate to the North American dialogue. “From the Orthodox perspective, synodality is absolutely essential for a proper primacy to function.”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Oct. 18, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7040
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox
Transmis : 18 oct. 2013 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7040
Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox


The Plight of Christians in the Middle East – Revisited

In 2011 we, the members of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation deplored the devastating losses in the Christian communities of the Middle East in the aftermath of the “Arab Spring.” Today the situation of many of the Christian communities in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine has become catastrophic.

Together with the 2013 Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, we repudiate all violence and demand action by responsible authorities to end the kidnapping, torture, and killing of Christians and all civilians. We also appeal for the release of Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Boulos Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim, both of Aleppo, Syria.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Oct. 26, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7030
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox
Transmis : 26 oct. 2013 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7030
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox


Communiqué: North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation

The North American Orthodox Catholic Theological Consultation issued a statement on the plight of Christians in the Middle East at their meeting in Mississauga, Ontario, October 24-26, calling for the release of a Greek Orthodox Metropolitan and a Syriac Orthodox Archbishop, both from Aleppo, Syria, and repudiating the kidnapping, torture and killing of not only Christians but all civilians. The full statement is available here.

The group meets every five years in Canada. Hosted by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, this year’s meeting was at the Mary Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga.

In its statement on the Middle East, the group wrote, “We urge the leadership of our Churches to continue to intervene vigorously in behalf of the Christians of the Middle East, who live in fear for their lives, their communities, and the very future of Christianity in the region.”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Oct. 30, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7034
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox
Transmis : 30 oct. 2013 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7034
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox


Vienna Archdiocese defends giving churches to Orthodox

Austria’s Vienna Archdiocese has defended its gifts of Catholic churches to Orthodox communities, as part of a current reorganization.

“Our own church is receding in Vienna, whereas other Christian confessions are on the rise because of immigration,” Michael Pruller, the archdiocese spokesman, told Catholic News Service Dec. 19.

“Many large churches were built in the 19th century for parishes numbering tens of thousands. As in other countries, we’re now having to get rid of churches, which can’t be maintained by their small congregations.”

He said the archdiocese had tried to find an “alternative Catholic use” for unwanted churches, to prevent them being turned into “supermarkets and cafes,” but would otherwise hand them over to other Christian denominations. No money is given as compensation, he said.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Dec. 19, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7171
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, ecumenism, Orthodox
Transmis : 19 déc. 2013 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7171
Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Catholic, ecumenism, Orthodox


Moscow Patriarchate on the problem of primacy in the Universal Church

The problem of primacy in the Universal Church has been repeatedly raised during the work of the Joint International Commission on Theological Dialogue Between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. On March 27, 2007, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church instructed the Synodal Theological Commission to study this problem and draft an official position of the Moscow Patriarchate on the problem (Minutes, No. 26). Meanwhile, the Joint Commission at its meeting on October 13, 2007, in Ravenna, working in the absence of a delegation of the Russian Church and without consideration for her opinion, adopted a document on the Ecclesiological and Canonical Consequences of the Sacramental Nature of the Church. Having studied the Ravenna document, the Russian Orthodox Church disagreed with it in the part that refers to synodality and primacy on the level of the Universal Church. Since the Ravenna document makes a distinction between three levels of church administration, namely, local, regional and universal, the following position taken by the Moscow Patriarchate on the problem of primacy in the Universal Church deals with this problem on the three levels as well.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Dec. 26, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7189
Categories: DocumentsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox, papacy, petrine ministry, primacy
Transmis : 26 déc. 2013 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7189
Catégorie : DocumentsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox, papacy, petrine ministry, primacy


Ecumenical Patriarch calls for Orthodox, Anglican student swap

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople

The Ecumenical Patriarch said today he hoped for a continuing exchange of Orthodox and Anglican students to aid the two Churches’ relationship.

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who occupies the First Throne of the Orthodox Christian Church, was speaking today during his welcome of the Anglican Communion’s spiritual head Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

He said, “In the past, the rapprochement between our two Churches has been greatly assisted by the exchange of students, and we trust that this will continue. Our Theological School at Halki used to offer scholarships to Anglicans, and when it is reopened – as will happen in the near future (so it may be hoped) – we shall certainly wish to revive this tradition.

“These exchange students have frequently gone on to become leaders in their respective Churches, and their early inter-Church experience has enabled them to further the cause of Christian unity in highly constructive ways.”

Archbishop Welby is on what has been described as an ‘intensive two-day visit’ that will include official reception in the Chamber of the Throne, and a discussion with the Synodical Committee for Inter-Christian Affairs.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Jan. 13, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7176
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican, Bartholomew I, dialogue, Justin Welby, Orthodox
Transmis : 13 janv. 2014 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7176
Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican, Bartholomew I, dialogue, Justin Welby, Orthodox


Archbishop of Canterbury meets Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby meets with Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople

The Archbishop of Canterbury affirmed his commitment to the reconciliation of Eastern and Western churches during a meeting with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew yesterday.

The Most Revd Justin Welby was meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew during a two-day visit to Istanbul.

During their meeting Archbishop Justin said that Patriarch Bartholomew had been “an example of peace and reconciliation, politically, with the natural world, and in your historic visit to the installation of His Holiness Pope Francis I.

“Such reconciliation [is] very dear to my heart and is one of my key priorities. It is the call of Christ that all may be one so that the world may see. I will therefore be taking back with me the warmth of your hospitality and also, after our discussions today and tomorrow, a renewed and refreshed focus for greater unity and closer fellowship. We want to carry the cross of our divisions, but be filled with the hope and joy that comes from the grace and the love of Jesus.”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Jan. 14, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7181
Categories: ACNS, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, Bartholomew I, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Justin Welby, Orthodox
Transmis : 14 janv. 2014 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7181
Catégorie : ACNS, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, Bartholomew I, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Justin Welby, Orthodox


Long divisions that plague the Church

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Pope Francis

There are many reasons to be hopeful about the direction of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue but it is threatened by tensions emerging within the Orthodox Church. As the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity gets under way today, a leading ecumenist gives his assessment.

In 1923, a schoolteacher priest of Lyons started devoting his spare time to helping the 10,000 refugees from Bolshevism camped and lodged around the city and its suburbs. It was his first encounter with a Christianity that was not Roman Catholic. Thus he learned the friendship of receiving as well as giving, finding great respect for the Orthodox clergy and people in their moment of destitution, as his heart opened to their faith and the beauty of their worship. He was astonished to find Catholics from the old Russian Empire who were not Latins, but Eastern Christians who maintained their unity with the Bishop of Rome with roots to before the Great Schism. Over the next decade, Paul Couturier became convinced of the need for Christian unity, and in 1935 he took hold of the Catholic Church Unity Octave, founded in 1908, and developed it into a “Universal Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians in the charity and truth of Christ”. Inspired by the holiness of the Orthodox, beyond this world he imagined an “invisible monastery”, in which all could unite in prayer to God in Heaven, in the hope of seeing the same union realised in the Church here. He took for his motto the saying of Metropolitan Platon Gorodetsky of Kiev: “The walls of separation do not rise as far as Heaven.”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Jan. 16, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7184
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, ecumenism, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox
Transmis : 16 janv. 2014 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7184
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, ecumenism, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox


Orthodox to hold Holy & Great Synod in 2016

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew convened the Synaxis of the Primates of Orthodoxy, March 6-9 at the Phanar

By the grace of God, the proceedings of the Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches concluded today, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The Synaxis took place at the Phanar from 6-9 March, 2014, at the invitation and under the presidency of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and was attended by all the most venerable Primates in person, with the exception of His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch, who, due to illness, was represented by Hierarchs of his Church.

The proceedings of the Synaxis were carried out in a very fraternal spirit; the Hierarchs discussed maters concerning the life of the Orthodox Church in the contemporary world, and particularly in regions where Orthodoxy and Christianity in general face serious problems and difficulties; the Hierarchs also expressed their support and profound interest of the Orthodox Church in its entirety concerning their fellow human beings suffering in those regions. Above all, the Synaxis considered the prevailing situation in the Middle East and recent developments in Ukraine, as well as the ongoing uncertainty about the fate of the bishops, Metropolitan John of Aleppo, and Yuhanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Church, who were kidnapped by unknown persons a very long time ago.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Mar. 9, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7540
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Orthodox, synods
Transmis : 9 mars 2014 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7540
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Orthodox, synods


Baptisms mutually recognized in European and American churches

In an ecumenical harvest, a spate of European and North American church bodies are entering agreements recognizing each other’s baptisms. On the day after Easter, a day on which many Christian traditions receive catechumens through the rite of baptism, the Swiss churches (Roman Catholic, Reformed, Methodist, Old Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran) will sign an agreement on the mutual recognition of baptism. The signing ceremony, the culmination of an intense ecumenical interchange sponsored by the Council of Christian Churches in Switzerland, will take place in Riva San Vitale, Ticino, site of the oldest Christian building in Switzerland. Among the many divisive historical issues about baptism have been the essential elements of the rite and its sacramental character, the baptismal formula, the validity of infant baptisms, and the question of rebaptism.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Apr. 17, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7569
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Anglican, baptism, Europe, Orthodox, Protestant
Transmis : 17 avril 2014 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7569
Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Anglican, baptism, Europe, Orthodox, Protestant


Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

The kiss of peace: Sts Peter and Andrew. An icon written to commemorate the meeting in 1964 of Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras in Jerusalem

Like our venerable predecessors Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras who met here in Jerusalem fifty years ago, we too, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, were determined to meet in the Holy Land “where our common Redeemer, Christ our Lord, lived, taught, died, rose again, and ascended into Heaven, whence he sent the Holy Spirit on the infant Church” (Common communiqué of Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, published after their meeting of 6 January 1964). Our meeting, another encounter of the Bishops of the Churches of Rome and Constantinople founded respectively by the two Brothers the Apostles Peter and Andrew, is a source of profound spiritual joy for us. It presents a providential occasion to reflect on the depth and the authenticity of our existing bonds, themselves the fruit of a grace-filled journey on which the Lord has guided us since that blessed day of fifty years ago.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: May 26, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7666
Categories: Communiqué, Vatican NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox, Pope Francis
Transmis : 26 mai 2014 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7666
Catégorie : Communiqué, Vatican NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox, Pope Francis


Bartholomew and Francis call a joint synod at Nicaea in 2025

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople held a private meeting at Little Galilee, the summer residence of the Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem

On his return from Jerusalem, where he met with Pope Francis at the Holy Sepulchre, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, has revealed an important appointment for unity between Catholics and Orthodox: a gathering at Nicaea in 2025, where the first real ecumenical council of the undivided Church was celebrated.

Speaking exclusively with AsiaNews, Bartholomew says that together with Pope Francis “we agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries, the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was first promulgated”. The Council of Nicaea (now Iznik, 130 km south-east of Istanbul), brought together more than 300 bishops from East and West in 325 and is considered the first true ecumenical council. It was there that the formula of the Creed was decided, similar to the one recited during the liturgy today, saying that Jesus “is consubstantial to the Father,” to counter the Arian ideology.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: May 29, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7670
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, Orthodox, Pope Francis, synods
Transmis : 29 mai 2014 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7670
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, Orthodox, Pope Francis, synods


International Anglican-Orthodox dialogue meets in Jerusalem

The International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue met at St George's Anglican Cathedral, Jerusalem, from 17 to 24 September 2014

In the name of the Triune God, and with the blessing and guidance of our Churches, the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD) met at St George’s Anglican Cathedral, Jerusalem, from 17 to 24 September 2014. The Commission is grateful for the generous hospitality extended by Bishop Suheil Dawani and the Diocese of Jerusalem. The Commission was presented with resources both Anglican and Orthodox on issues concerning the beginning and end of life, and it was agreed that these matters will be discussed in the next phase of its work. The Commission discussed at length the draft of an agreed statement on the theological presuppositions of the Christian understanding of the human person, created in the image and likeness of God. At its next meeting it intends to consider the practical implications and the ethical questions, of pressing concern in today’s world, that follow from these presuppositions.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Sept. 24, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7822
Categories: ACNS, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox, theological anthropology
Transmis : 24 sept. 2014 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7822
Catégorie : ACNS, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox, theological anthropology


Francis and Bartholomew issue resounding, historic calls for church reunification

In this photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Patriarch Bartholomew I, right, kisses Pope Francis' head during an ecumenical service at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Saturday, November 29, 2014

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, leaders of the millennium-long separated Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, have issued resounding and historic calls for the reunification of their global communities. Speaking to one another after a solemn Orthodox divine liturgy in St. George, an historic Christian center, Sunday, both leaders pledged to intensify efforts for full unity of their churches, saying such unity already exists among Christians dying in conflicts in the Middle East. For his part, Francis made what appears to be the strongest and most encompassing call yet from a Catholic pontiff for unity. Seeking to assure Orthodox leaders that restoration of full communion between the churches would respect Eastern traditions, he said reunion would “not signify the submission of one to the other, or assimilation.” “I want to assure each one of you here that, to reach the desired goal of full unity, the Catholic church does not intend to impose any conditions except that of the shared profession of faith,” said the pope.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Nov. 30, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7921
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, pope, Pope Francis
Transmis : 30 nov. 2014 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7921
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, pope, Pope Francis


Catholic, Orthodox leaders urge ‘unity against aggression’ in Ukraine

Ukrainians walk past symbolic crosses set up by protesters in front of the Russian embassy in Kiev, Ukraine

Catholic and Orthodox archbishops in Ukraine appealed for national unity against pro-Russia separatists as calls mounted for the United States to help arm Ukrainian forces.

Citing constant danger to Ukraine, the church leaders called the war “a crime against life” that brings “suffering and death, grief and injustice” in a Feb. 4 statement.

Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki of Lviv, president of Ukraine’s Catholic bishops’ conference, and Ukrainian Orthodox Archbishop Filaret Kucherov of Lviv within the Moscow Patriarchate were among those making the appeal.

“But Ukraine, tired and tested, remains unbowed in its faith and dedicated effort of will,” the religious leaders said. “Before our eyes, a new state is being born, a new generation of heroes willing to sacrifice life, forget comfort and tranquility and be the first to respond to the homeland’s cry for help.”

The appeal was published as fighting intensified after a new separatist offensive in the self-proclaimed rebel republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Feb. 6, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8044
Categories: CNSIn this article: Orthodox, peace, Ukraine, Ukrainian Catholic
Transmis : 6 févr. 2015 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=8044
Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Orthodox, peace, Ukraine, Ukrainian Catholic


Response of Orthodox bishops to US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America strongly disagrees with the United States Supreme Court decision of June 26, Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court invents a constitutional right for two members of the same sex to marry, and imposes upon all States the responsibility to license and recognize such “marriages.”

The Supreme Court, in the narrowest majority possible, has overstepped its purview by essentially re-defining marriage itself. It has attempted to settle a polarizing social and moral question through legislative fiat. It is immoral and unjust for our government to establish in law a “right” for two members of the same sex to wed. Such legislation harms society and especially threatens children who, where possible, deserve the loving care of both a father and a mother.

As Orthodox Christian bishops, charged by our Savior Jesus Christ to shepherd His flock, we will continue to uphold and proclaim the teaching of our Lord that marriage, from its inception, is the lifelong sacramental union of a man and a woman. We call upon all Orthodox Christians in our nation to remain firm in their Orthodox faith, and to renew their deep reverence for and commitment to marriage as taught by the Church. We also call upon our nation’s civic leaders to respect the law of Almighty God and uphold the deeply-rooted beliefs of millions of Americans.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: July 2, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8605
Categories: NewsIn this article: human sexuality, Orthodox, USA
Transmis : 2 juil. 2015 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=8605
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : human sexuality, Orthodox, USA


A move towards unity among Ukrainian Orthodox

On June 8, 2015 in the Academic Hall of Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy at St. Michael's Monastery, a joint meeting of the Committees for Dialogue of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church took place, which resulted in the acceptance of the formal statement, addressing the importance of the joint efforts towards unity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, especially the unity of the UOC-KP and UAOC

The number of Orthodox jurisdictions in Ukraine may be about to shrink. Since the end of the Soviet era, the Ukrainian Orthodox churches have been divided into competing jurisdictions and affiliations. Although relations between the groups is somewhat fluid, the recent conflict in eastern Ukraine and Crimea has raised the importance of forming a single indigenous Orthodox church. The coming Pan-Orthodox Council also provides a strong initiative to resolve jurisdictional disputes. The major groups are the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP), and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC). The members of each of these churches are Ukrainian, but the UOC-MP is under the larger jurisdiction of the Patriarch of Moscow. The others have sought recognition from canonical Orthodox churches. In a major development, the Kyivan and Autocephalous churches have agreed to convene a Unification Council or Sobor in September. If all goes well, the two will elect a single primate and establish a permanent Sobor for the new united church.

A joint meeting of representatives from the two churches was held on June 8 at the Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy at St. Michael’s Monastery in Kyiv. In addition to the delegations from both churches, there were observers from the Ukrainian diaspora as well. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA are both under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. With the approval of Patriarch Bartholomew, Bishops Ilarion and Daniel participated in the discussions about unification and signed the agreement as observers. The observers will also be invited to participate in the unification Sobor on September 15.

Press releases issued by the churches in Canada and the USA celebrated the news as a move towards the eventual establishment of a single Orthodox Church in the Ukraine.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: July 10, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8636
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Orthodox, Ukraine
Transmis : 10 juil. 2015 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=8636
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Orthodox, Ukraine


International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue Communiqué 2015

The International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue met in Buffalo, New York

In the name of the Triune God, and with the blessing and guidance of our Churches, the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD) met in Buffalo, New York, from 19 to 25 September 2015. The Commission is deeply grateful for the generous hospitality extended by the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Buffalo (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople).

Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit formally welcomed the Commission to its meeting in his diocese. He offered praise and encouragement for the work of the dialogue. He stressed the urgent need for expressions of Christian unity in light of the deep challenges and crises before the global community, mindful of events unfolding even as the Commission undertook its deliberations.

The Commission brought to completion the first section of its work on the theological understanding of the human person, with the adoption of its agreed statement, In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology. The report, shortly to be published, is the culmination of six years of study on what Anglicans and Orthodox can say together about the meaning of human personhood in the divine image.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Sept. 25, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10154
Categories: ACNS, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican Communion, dialogue, Orthodox, theological anthropology
Transmis : 25 sept. 2015 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=10154
Catégorie : ACNS, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican Communion, dialogue, Orthodox, theological anthropology


Trinity College’s new degree a ‘great benefit’ to Orthodox Church

The Rev. Fr. Geoffrey Ready and the Rev. Canon David Neelands outside Trinity College, Toronto

A new Master of Divinity program at Trinity College is helping to prepare students for ordained or lay ministry in the Orthodox Church.

The post-graduate degree – the only one of its kind in Canada – is often a requirement for those seeking ordination in the Orthodox Church. Previously, students who wanted the degree had to travel to seminaries in the United States, usually a prohibitively expensive undertaking.

“It was really quite a barrier, so the opportunity we’ve been given here at Trinity College is amazing,” says the Rev. Fr. Geoffrey Ready, an Orthodox priest and director of the program. “It’s a great benefit to the Orthodox Church across Canada.”

Trinity College’s faculty of divinity has been offering courses in Orthodox Christianity for the past 10 years and the new degree, established last year, is an extension of that, says Fr. Ready. “We decided to take it to the next level,” he says.

Three students were enrolled in the program in its first year and Fr. Ready is hoping for up to 12 when the next school year begins in September. The degree includes courses in Biblical studies from an Orthodox perspective, liturgics and pastoral ministry.

The Rev. Canon David Neelands, dean of divinity, says the enhanced Orthodox curriculum and the new students it will attract will benefit the college. “I think it’s a great development,” he says. “It will benefit us and a new population.”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Jan. 4, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8921
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Canada, Orthodox, theological education
Transmis : 4 janv. 2016 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=8921
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Canada, Orthodox, theological education


Communiqué of the Ecumenical Patriarchate about the Synaxis of the Primates in Geneva

St. George's Cathedral in the Phanar district of Istanbul is the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople. Behind the church are the offices of the Patriarchate and the Patriarchate Library

The Ecumenical Patriarchate announces that, following an invitation by His All-Holiness to Their Beatitudes the Primates of the local most holy Orthodox Churches, he will chair a Synaxis at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva, from January 21st to 28th, 2016.

All of the Primates have declared that they will attend the Synaxis in person, with the exception of Their Beatitudes Patriarch John X of Antioch and Metropolitan Sawa of Poland, who are prevented for health reasons, and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, for personal reasons, while all three will be represented by officially authorized representatives.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Jan. 18, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9243
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Great and Holy Council, Orthodox
Transmis : 18 janv. 2016 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=9243
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Great and Holy Council, Orthodox


The official announcement of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches

The Synaxis of the Orthodox Churches, meeting at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy-Geneva

The Primates of the Orthodox Churches convened to finalize the texts for the Holy and Great Council. In the framework of the Synaxis, on Sunday, 24th January, a Divine Liturgy was held at the Holy Stavropegic Church of St. Paul. Along with the Ecumenical Patriarch, who presided, Their Beatitudes and Heads of the delegations of the Orthodox Churches concelebrated the Liturgy, with the exception of the Head of the delegation of the Patriarchate of Antioch.

During the Synaxis, whose sessions were held in the apostolic spirit of “speaking the truth in love” (Eph. 4.15), in concord and understanding, the Primates affirmed their decision to convene the Holy and Great Council. The Council will be held at the Orthodox Academy of Crete from June 16th to 27th, 2016. To this end, the Primates humbly invoke the grace and blessing of the Holy Trinity and fervently invite the prayers of the fullness of the Church, clergy and laity, for the period leading to and the sessions of the Holy and Great Council.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Jan. 27, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9247
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Great and Holy Council, Orthodox
Transmis : 27 janv. 2016 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=9247
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Great and Holy Council, Orthodox


Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and Pope Francis meeting in Havana, Cuba. This was the first meeting between a reigning pope and a patriarch of Moscow

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13).

1. By God the Father’s will, from which all gifts come, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the help of the Holy Spirit Consolator, we, Pope Francis and Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, have met today in Havana. We give thanks to God, glorified in the Trinity, for this meeting, the first in history.

It is with joy that we have met like brothers in the Christian faith who encounter one another “to speak face to face” (2 Jn 12), from heart to heart, to discuss the mutual relations between the Churches, the crucial problems of our faithful, and the outlook for the progress of human civilization.

2. Our fraternal meeting has taken place in Cuba, at the crossroads of North and South, East and West. It is from this island, the symbol of the hopes of the “New World” and the dramatic events of the history of the twentieth century, that we address our words to all the peoples of Latin America and of the other continents.

It is a source of joy that the Christian faith is growing here in a dynamic way. The powerful religious potential of Latin America, its centuries–old Christian tradition, grounded in the personal experience of millions of people, are the pledge of a great future for this region.

3. By meeting far from the longstanding disputes of the “Old World”, we experience with a particular sense of urgency the need for the shared labour of Catholics and Orthodox, who are called, with gentleness and respect, to give an explanation to the world of the hope in us (cf. 1 Pet 3:15).
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Feb. 12, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8982
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox, patriarch, pope, Pope Francis
Transmis : 12 févr. 2016 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=8982
Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox, patriarch, pope, Pope Francis


Catholics, Orthodox meet to discuss synodality, papal primacy

Pope Francis greets Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of external relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, at the Vatican. Between Sept. 15-22 leading Catholic and Orthodox bishops will come together in Italy to discuss key issues that are keeping their churches apart

Leading Catholic and Orthodox bishops were meeting in Italy to continue discussions on the key issue keeping their Churches apart: the role of the bishop of Rome, the pope.

The Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church was meeting in Chieti, September 15-22.

Participants were to discuss the draft document, “Towards a common understanding of synodality and primacy in the service to the unity of the Church,” which was finished during a meeting in Rome in 2015, the Vatican press office announced September 15.

Participants were being asked “to determine whether the draft accurately reflects the current consensus on the delicate question of the theological and ecclesiological aspects of primacy in its relation to synodality in the life of the Church or whether it will be necessary to continue to delve deeper into the issue,” said the Vatican communique.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Sept. 16, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9566
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox, petrine ministry, primacy, synodality
Transmis : 16 sept. 2016 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=9566
Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox, petrine ministry, primacy, synodality


Orthodox-Anglican dialogue explores “complex ethical concerns”

An extract from the cover of <i>In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology</i> - last year's agreed statement from the International Commission for Anglican–Orthodox Theological Dialogue. The statement formed the basis for a new exploration of bioethical and moral issues

Members of the official Anglican-Orthodox dialogue have met this week to discuss a range of bioethical and moral issues. The discussion was “a practical follow-up” to their agreed statement In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology, which was published last year after their talks in Buffalo, New York. At this week’s talks in Armagh, Northern Ireland, the International Commission for Anglican–Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD) began to explore issues including contraception, abortion, reproductive technology, stem cell research, organ transplants, artificial life support, assisted dying and euthanasia.

The Commission studied four papers unpacking the themes: “Christian Ethics and the Beginning and End of Life: Themes in Anglican Reflection”, by the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams; “Bioethical Themes: Transplants and Euthanasia”, by Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Kition; “Survey of Anglican Church Documents on Beginning and End of Life Issues”, by the Revd Canon Philip Hobson; and “Medical Bioethics: An Orthodox Christian Perspective for Orthodox Christians”, by Protodeacon Basil Andruchow.

“What is new for Anglican-Orthodox dialogue is the discussion of morals, and the practical outworking of the common vision of the human person finalised last year in the agreed statement,” the Anglican Communion’s director for unity, faith and order, the Revd Canon John Gibaut, said. “This year’s meeting signals a new direction, which is both theological and deeply pastoral.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Sept. 30, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9557
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Consultative Council, dialogue, ethics, moral discernment, Orthodox
Transmis : 30 sept. 2016 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=9557
Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican Consultative Council, dialogue, ethics, moral discernment, Orthodox


Europe’s Catholic, Orthodox leaders say they’ll stand against terrorism

People kneel during a Paris Mass for the 129 victims of coordinated terrorists attacks

Catholic and Orthodox leaders have pledged to stand together against fundamentalism and terrorism, as well as resisting forces working to erode and destroy religious belief in Europe.

“Terrorist violence against people considered unbelievers or infidels is the extreme degree of religious intolerance — we unreservedly condemn it and deplore that such acts have developed in the soil of a misguided religious culture,” the church representatives said in a joint message Jan. 13.

“The constitutions of our states guarantee the fundamental rights of the human person. Nevertheless, in our societies, forces are always at work to marginalize or even erase religions and their message from the public space. We believe Europe needs more than ever the breath of faith in Christ and the hope it provides.”

The 14-point message was published after a Jan. 9-12 meeting of the European Catholic-Orthodox Forum, co-chaired in Paris by Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo, former president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, and Metropolitan Gennadios of Sassima for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

It said Catholic and Orthodox bishops deplored “crimes that may have been committed in the name of religion,” but believed their churches should not be blamed “for attitudes of intolerance that are inadmissible nowadays, but used to be shared by societies in the past.”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Jan. 17, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9617
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox, terrorism
Transmis : 17 janv. 2017 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=9617
Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox, terrorism


Batholomew, ”Ukraine has the right to be granted autocephaly”

After the vespers in honour of St Andrew, patron saint of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Patriarch Bartholomew received an international Orthodox interparliamentary delegation of which 24 States are members, presided over by the Russian Gavrilof, who took part to the festivities.

The Patriarch told those present that the work of the Synod had just been completed and that the Tomos is being prepared for granting the autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church. In this context the new statute of the Ukrainian Church was discussed, a subject that will continue during the Ukrainian Synod in December during which it is hoped that all the Orthodox parties will participate, to arrive at the election of the primate and grant the so-called Tomos. A new church will thus be added to the existing 14: “It is a purely administrative fact that does not affect the magisterium of the Orthodox Church”, Bartholomew explained.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Dec. 1, 2018 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10311
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Orthodox, Ukraine
Transmis : 1 déc. 2018 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=10311
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Orthodox, Ukraine


Ukrainian Catholic leader sees new possibilities for ecumenism

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople kisses Metropolitan Epiphanius, head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Jan. 6, as he hands him a decree granting the Orthodox Church of Ukraine independence, at the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George in Istanbul, Turkey

The formal recognition of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine brings “a wind of hope” that new opportunities will be created for dialogue and concrete cooperation in the search for Christian unity, said the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, major archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, said he already has agreed with the Orthodox Church’s newly elected Metropolitan Epiphanius of Kiev to draw up a “road map” to examine where the two churches could work together. The archbishop made his comments in a long interview with Glavcom, a Ukrainian news site; the Ukrainian Catholic Church’s website published the English translation of the interview Jan. 10.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Jan. 11, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10440
Categories: CNSIn this article: Bartholomew I, Epiphanius, Orthodox, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Ukraine, Ukrainian Catholic
Transmis : 11 janv. 2019 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=10440
Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Epiphanius, Orthodox, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Ukraine, Ukrainian Catholic


Bulgarian Orthodox prelate gives icy response to Pope Francis’ quest for church unity

Pope Francis meeting with Bulgaria's Catholic Community in Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Rakovsky in southern Bulgaria

Pope Francis has appealed for the care of migrants in Bulgaria which has not recently been welcoming of them, but his words during a trip seeking church unity riled a senior cleric in the dominant Orthodox Church in the eastern European nation.

A consistent message of the Pope since the migrant crisis of 2015 has been for the need to welcome refugees, whom he has said been scorned by fear-mongering European nationalists, The New York Times reported as the papal visit began.

“But rarely has he delivered it in a nation that has so few Roman Catholics — they make up less than one percent of the seven million people in a country that is mostly Bulgarian Orthodox,” said the Times, noting that migrants in Italy have also faced hostility.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: May 6, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10597
Categories: Ecumenical NewsIn this article: Bulgaria, Orthodox, Pope Francis
Transmis : 6 mai 2019 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=10597
Catégorie : Ecumenical NewsDans cet article : Bulgaria, Orthodox, Pope Francis


New Greek Archbishop of America: Elpidophoros of Bursa

Axios, Church! Receive this news from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. On Saturday May 11 2019, “the Holy and Sacred Synod, continuing its work, proceeded to fill the vacated seat of the Archdiocese of America following the voluntary resignation of its shepherd, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America.

Therefore, following the suggestion, permission and exhortation of His-All Holiness, the holy synodical members upon invocation of the Holy Spirit, duly casted their votes and unanimously elected as Archbishop of America His Eminence Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Halki and Professor of the Theological School of the Aristoteleian University of Thessaloniki.”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: May 15, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10553
Categories: NewsIn this article: bishops, Greek Orthodox, Orthodox, USA
Transmis : 15 mai 2019 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=10553
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : bishops, Greek Orthodox, Orthodox, USA


Pope Francis: Goal of ecumenism is unity, not leveling differences

Pope Francis walks with Orthodox Archbishop Job of Telmessos as they leave Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 29, 2019. Archbishop Job was representing the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

At the end of Mass on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis and Orthodox Archbishop Job of Telmessos walked down the stairs under the main altar in St. Peter’s Basilica and prayed together at the apostle’s tomb. The archbishop was representing Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople at the pope’s celebration of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, who were martyred in Rome and are the patron saints of the Roman church.

Greeting the archbishop in his homily June 29, Pope Francis told him, “Your presence reminds us that we can spare no effort in the journey toward full unity among believers, in communion at every level. For together, reconciled to God and having forgiven one another, we are called to bear witness to Jesus by our lives.” Meeting members of the Orthodox delegation June 28, the pope said Sts. Peter and Paul are exemplars of “the apostolic courage of proclamation, which also entails a commitment to respond to the new challenges of the present time.” Patriarch Bartholomew and his longstanding theological and pastoral concern about climate change is one example of that, the pope said, and “has been a source of inspiration for me.”
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: July 1, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10744
Categories: CNSIn this article: Orthodox, Pope Francis
Transmis : 1 juil. 2019 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=10744
Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Orthodox, Pope Francis


New Orthodox-Catholic statement on the Vocation and Mission of the People of God

The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation has released a new agreed statement entitled, The Vocation and Mission of the People of God: “A Chosen Race, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation”. The document was finalized at the most recent meeting of the Consultation which took place in late May of this year at the Saint Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Contoocook, New Hampshire. The Consultation is co-chaired by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, the Catholic Archbishop of Newark, and by Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Methodios of Boston.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Aug. 6, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10594
Categories: Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, mission, Orthodox, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, vocation
Transmis : 6 aoüt 2019 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=10594
Catégorie : Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, mission, Orthodox, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, vocation


Anglican-Orthodox dialogue will be focus of third WCC webinar on bilateral dialogues

Anglican and Orthodox delegations at the First World Conference on Faith and Order in Lausanne

A 9 March webinar – the third in a series of seven on bilateral dialogues – will focus on “Anglican-Orthodox Dialogue: History, Results, Reception” as well as the Canterbury Statement “Stewards of Creation: A Hope-Filled Ecology,” a statement on ecology jointly published by the Anglican Communion and the Orthodox Churches in October 2020.

Presentations will be offered by the two co-chairman of the International Commission for Anglican–Orthodox Theological Dialogue.
… Read more » … lire la suite »

Posted: Mar. 3, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10897
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Anglican Communion, Orthodox
Transmis : 3 mars 2021 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=10897
Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Orthodox