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Saturday, 22 November 2014

22 November 2014. More Cabinet Vox Pop on Fatso…

01 +Jonah and the Whale cartoon

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Just got this in from one of the Cabinet:

I surely can’t be the only person to find a great deal of humour in JP calling his Facebook page Free Metropolitan Jonah. Given that he’s about the size of a whale, it puts me in mind of “Free Willy”.

This requires no comment from me… it DOES take all kinds…

BMD

22 November 2014. Update on JP’s Goofy Facebook Page

00 Grumpy Cat Cartoon. 02.09.13

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There’s an image posted on JP’s Facebook page posted by Jo Anne Head. A friend of mine wrote:

That’s Fr Dcn Alexander and Matushka Joanna Laymon, at Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church, OCA, which is now St Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, ROCOR. That parish is the former OCA mission that, along with their priest, Alexander Webster, Tikhon released to the ROCOR. Maybe, it’s one of the smartest things he’s done.

Another friend wrote me (independently):

If it were up to Tikhon, JP would be in the ROCOR yesterday. X and Y are adamantly opposed… JP has to drop his demand that the OCA continue to pay him even after release. That’s the holdup… besides which, JP treats the OCA Holy Synod with contempt. This internet foolery won’t help him.

Keep tuned… the situation continues to simmer away like Thursday’s turkey. Trust me, nothing will surprise me (or you)… it might sadden us or anger us, but it won’t surprise us, will it? Pass the jug…

BMD

Cardinal Koch Sez the End of Communism Wasn’t All Good for Christianity

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On Monday, Cardinal Kurt Koch, the top Roman Catholic official for inter-church relations, said that the end of communist rule in Europe, which began 25 years ago this month, wasn’t all positive for Christianity because it brought tensions between Rome and Russia back to the surface. He said that the re-emergence of Uniates in the Ukraine and Romania after decades of suppression created major tensions with the Russian Orthodox Church. Russian Orthodox leaders accused the Vatican-aligned Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGKTs) of trying to take back churches and woo away believers from the MP. The UGKTs and the Vatican deny this. MP bishops cited this as a hurdle to closer ties between Orthodox and Catholics, which for decades prayed for the conversion of the USSR, only to see the newly resurgent Russian Orthodox Church become a difficult partner. Koch told Vatican Radio, “The changes in 1989 weren’t advantageous for ecumenical relations. Eastern Catholic churches banned by Stalin re-emerged, especially in the Ukraine and Romania, and the Orthodox brought out old accusations about Uniate churches and proselytism”. “Uniate” refers to Eastern (sic) churches with Orthodox-style liturgies that recognise the pope as their spiritual leader.

Later this month, Pope Francisco Bergoglio will meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Archontonis in Istanbul. Bartholomew supports more cooperation with Rome, but can’t ignore the wary Russians, who make up two-thirds of the world’s 300 million Orthodox. Koch, who spoke a week after the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall, and on the same day as Czechs marked the start of their democratic revolution, noted that talks on closer ties between Catholic and Orthodox theologians were suspended between 2000 and 2006 because of tensions between the two sides, saying, “There are always setbacks, but I’m convinced that we can make more progress”. He noted that persecution of Christians in the Middle East brought Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants there together, but the Ukrainian crisis heightened tensions among churches, saying, “We’ve repeatedly heard major complaints from the Russian Orthodox. This is unfortunate because churches are supposed to be a factor for unity and reconciliation”. Last month, Metropolitan Ilarion Alfeyev, the Number Two man {not so… it’s a common ignorant Western misconception: editor} in the Moscow Patriarchate, used his guest presentation to a Vatican synod on the family to accuse the UGKTs of trying to poach Orthodox believers.

17 November 2014

Tom Heneghan

Kevin Liffey

Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/end-communism-not-good-christianity-vatican-190929295.html

Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society to Create White Book Commemorating All the Christians Killed and Tortured in the Middle East

00 The face of the Syrian opposition. 27.10.13

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On Friday, Yelena Agapova, Vice-Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS), stated that the IOPS would create a White Book containing the names of all the Christians killed and tortured by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation and other radical militant groups, saying at a press conference at Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, “The IOPS community centre for the protection of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa has begun preparing a White Book, where we give the names of victims, glaring instances of harassment and persecution of Christians, and which we’d pass to UN structures and present for the judgement of the world public”. She spoke of the situation in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which now has almost no Christians, despite the fact that under former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein they accounted for 40 percent of the population. Agapova said, “Today, for the first time in 16 centuries, there are no worship services in Mosul’s churches”. She stated that IS militants forced local Christians either to convert to Islam, or pay a special tax of 250 USD (11,450 Roubles. 1,530 Renminbi. 15,400 INR. 280 CAD. 288 AUD. 202 Euros. 160 UK Pounds) per month for each family member, or leave the city. The IS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has fought the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, the group extended its attacks to northern and western Iraq, declaring a caliphate over the territory that it controls.

28 October 2014

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/world/20141003/193619967/Russian-Religious-Society-to-Issue-White-Book-of-Persecuted.html

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