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 on: Today at 08:26:30 AM 
Started by Skydive - Last post by sakura95
Where does lust come from? Why do we lust? Is lust a sin? What is worse of a sin to have lust and continue to lust or to have lust and satisfy your lust?

I would postulate that "lust" is the product of humanity's Fall when Adam and Eve partook of the Fruit in the Garden. It is a manifestation of humanity's Sinful Nature.

Personally, I don't think that "Lust" is a Sin but rather, giving into the sensation of it is. Hence it is better to lust and continue to lust than to lust and strive to satisfy it.

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 on: Today at 08:20:18 AM 
Started by Opus118 - Last post by kijabeboy03
Primarily local news: Fourteen priests and monks suspended for desertion.

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/oct/22/church-suspends-chaldean-priests-across-western-un/
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/22/patriarch-sako-chaldean-isis-decree-suspension/

"In his decree, Sako named a dozen monks and priests living outside Iraq who, he said, dishonorably left the country and abandoned their posts. “The objective of our decree is to end the illegal exit of the priests from their eparchies.” An eparchy is equivalent to a diocese.

In an interview published Wednesday in the Christian news outlet Aleteia, Sako condemned the departure of priests to the West. “A priest has given himself to the Lord and to service. He shouldn’t seek his freedom, his security. His future is found in fidelity to Christ and his people, not in America or Australia,” Sako said."



This raises a series of troubling questions. Are Chaldean priests married? What are they to do if their flock has fled? Should  they stay to be martyred? Is there an Orhodox counterpart these congregations could turn to? If there are 250,000 here in the USA that would make them probably the largest Eastern Catholic group here. Keep them in our prayers, life has been difficult for certain. Lord have mercy.

Good point Pod! Sako, like John Ireland, could end up becoming a father of Orthodoxy in the USA if he doesn't backtrack.

The Chaldean Catholic Church uses the East Syrian Rite, also known as the Thomasine Rite which is most commonly associated with the Church of the East. As far as I know, there aren't currently any Orthodox (EO or OO) churches that use it, but there is no reason why it couldn't be used in an Orthodox setting, and I for one hope it gets revived in Orthodoxy alongside the Western Rites. The Antiochians have already set up a Western Rite Vicariate (AWRV). Maybe they could set up an Antiochian Far Eastern Rite Vicariate (AFERV?) for any Chaldeans who want to come over?

Who at the Archdiocese would one need to contact to suggest such an option, I wonder? I do think this is a big opportunity and the Orthodox really ought to reach out to the Chaldeans who are affected by this order.

If not Antioch, maybe the EP or OCA would be open to such an option? The Russian Orthodox Church received a few "Nestorians" in the 19th century while allowing them to keep their existing liturgy, so there seems to be precedent for allowing the East Syrian Rite, at least within the Russian tradition of which OCA is a part.

If Chaldean Catholicism in metro Detroit is anything to go off of the rite used by the Chaldean Catholic Church has been reformed since Vatican II. The parishes in Michigan feel more like modern Roman Catholic churches than Assyrian ones...

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 on: Today at 08:18:21 AM 
Started by wainscottbl - Last post by Arachne
Today is Nemzeti ünnep and Chulalongkorn Day. Cheers!

Today is also Diwali. Light up! Wink


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 on: Today at 08:13:04 AM 
Started by wainscottbl - Last post by Arachne
I voted for a complete non-celebrating this 'holiday', because I don't see any reason, why an Orthodox Christian should celebrate something like that. Why do the people dress like something dead? What are the beginnings of this feast? Does it have any Christian roots?

Dressing up as anything is not an integral part of the holiday.

As for origins, etc, I posted a few links here. There is also this.

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 on: Today at 08:10:21 AM 
Started by wainscottbl - Last post by LBK
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We should only celebrate holidays that were made glorify Christ and the Saints and none other.

What about national holidays like Veterans' Day? Should the memory of those who gave their lives in service to their country be done away with?

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 on: Today at 08:03:22 AM 
Started by qawe - Last post by Jonathan Gress
I think priesthood isn't an option for women in the Orthodox Church simply because it goes against Tradition and the idea that Priest are to be a living representation of the Bridegroom, as someone else mentioned earlier.

The thing is, the Catholics also use this argument for why they insist on their priests being celibate. How can a priest be like the Bridegroom, who is married to the Bride, the Church, and yet also have a wife of his own?

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 on: Today at 07:57:20 AM 
Started by qawe - Last post by iman_allen
I think priesthood isn't an option for women in the Orthodox Church simply because it goes against Tradition and the idea that Priest are to be a living representation of the Bridegroom, as someone else mentioned earlier.

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 on: Today at 07:53:35 AM 
Started by wainscottbl - Last post by iman_allen
Given Halloween's strange Pagan background, I don't believe that we, as Christians, should really celebrate it. Silly holidays like Halloween and Valentines (which really has nothing to do with the beloved Saint Valentine) are quite irrelevant to the Faith. We should only celebrate holidays that were made glorify Christ and the Saints and none other.

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 on: Today at 07:39:15 AM 
Started by wainscottbl - Last post by Zois
because I don't see any reason, why an Orthodox Christian should celebrate something like that.

Every reason is a good reason to party.

Today is Nemzeti ünnep and Chulalongkorn Day. Cheers!

I am no enemy of parties. I just think, that you shouldn't party with this kind of occasion. Wink

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 on: Today at 07:35:11 AM 
Started by andrewlya - Last post by Zois
I don't think there is a verse in the Bible, separating big from little lies, which isn't ever a reason to think, that something is legal. Still, I think that lying is ever sinful, but I don't know if something is a bigger or smaller sin. Being silent may be the best choice ever - I don't know.

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