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Other Topics / Re: W.A.G.-word association game
« Last post by Avdima on Yesterday at 05:22:21 PM »
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The Photian and Palamite synods, councils of Jassy, Jerusalem, etc are not called ecumenical councils as some said, but they are referred to as "councils of universal authority."

What's the difference? Isn't the point of ecumenical council to be exactly the council of universal authority?
Pan-Orthodox is not infallible, so it does not stand as the standard, but rather held as in conformity with the standard. A slight difference, but it does come up.

If a council is both pan-Orthodox and of universal authority I fail to see how it's not Infallible. If it looks like a duck, flies etc. like a duck, it is most certainly a duck.

I don't really see how the word "infallible" is helpful to tack on in any case. The teaching of a council is true or it isn't. Infallibility implies some special property preventing councils of a certain level from making any errors, which seems to be disproven both by the existence of robber councils and the errors that crop up even in those recognized as authoritative (e.g. "We have read Ibas' letter and found him orthodox").

I assume the point of Infallibility is to counter various various thrologians who might suggest something like "No, this is against the Fathers because I have this or that degree" or "No this is against the Fathers because Fr, Seraphim said do." IMO both are legit use for infallability. If we are to believe that the Church is the pillar of truth it must have some practical meaning for normal Christians.
Faith Issues / Re: A "Psalter" commentary?
« Last post by Carl Kraeff (Second Chance) on Yesterday at 05:07:17 PM »
I think Father Alexander Schmemann's books on the Holy Mysteries and the Great Lent are among the best.

Great Lent: Journey to Pascha (1969; revised ed. 1974)
For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy (1970)
Of Water and the Spirit: A Liturgical Study of Baptism (1974)

In addition, many of his sermons and essays are accessible on the Internet at

Some that address your interest may be:
Confession and Communion
Forgiveness Sunday
Great and Holy Saturday
On Forgiveness
Saturday of Lazarus
Sunday of Orthodoxy
Theology and Eucharist
This is the Blessed Sabbath
Other Topics / Re: W.A.G.-word association game
« Last post by HaydenTE on Yesterday at 05:00:24 PM »
Faith Issues / Re: A "Psalter" commentary?
« Last post by Dominika on Yesterday at 04:58:27 PM »
How many commentaries been written on Orthodox prayers? Are there any online resources like biblegateway for that sort of thing?
How many? Probably it's not soe asy to count, as there are plenty of them, in various languages from various epoques. Whole books and small articles...

Finally, I found the way certain bishops appear to have signed their names to be curious.  It seems that "diaspora" bishops who are not under the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed as "(Name) IN (Place)" rather than "(Name) OF (Place)".  So, for instance, under the Patriarchate Church of Serbia we see the names of "Maksim in Western America" and "Irinej in Australia and New Zealand", and under the Patriarchate Church of Romania "Siluan in Italy" and "Timotei in Spain and Portugal", but under the Ecumenical Patriarchate, "Isaiah of Denver" , "Emmanuel of France", and "Amvrosios of Korea".  Is this really how the diaspora Serbian and Romanian bishops sign their names?  Is it how they are required to sign from now on?  Or did they sign as bishops of their sees and someone later "corrected" it for the official version?     

Wow, I wasn't aware of these "correction". Can't believe this :(, but it's true: And it's even in the Russian version:

Surely, Serbian bishops in English have titles "of" (just see this site and in Serbian it's adjective (e.g Western American), Romanians have e.g Episcop ortodoxe romane a Italiei (that's like English "of").
Reviews / Re: What's everyone listening to?
« Last post by Olivia on Yesterday at 04:55:26 PM »
Adventures in Odyssey
You seem to put yourself above other sinners by demanding your church is the "One". And putting yourself in position of God to judge who is a bad Christian.

Mina doesn't have a Church, but Christ does. 

Galatians 1

6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, If any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed.

10 Am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ.

St Paul didn't see a contradiction between firm adherence to the true faith (and indeed, cursing other "perverted" versions) and considering himself the chief among sinners (cf. I Tim 1.12-17).  Why do you?

I also read where Jesus went to the Church where he was brought up, I wonder if he should have never gone there and proclaimed the Gospel fulfilled, since he already knew they would reject him.

I believe God still loves them too.

Or he should have condemned us all for crucifying His Son, before we even did it, but no, He said forgive them because they know not what they do, as we should do here, and have faith in God in saving the One True Church.

I do not believe any Christian Church has been abandoned by God, and I believe he loves us all equally, I will try to do the same by loving them as myself.

I hope that we can love one another too, Mor.

I do not feel qualified to say they are not true.

 Similar to Bishop Ware saying we cannot claim to know the truth about other Churches, even while knowing the true Church.

I have to point out that with any consistency you'd need to extend the same sensibility to any religion. If God cannot abandon mankind whom he loves in any "Christian" sect, then by extension how could he abandon mankind that is Jewish, Hindu, &c.?

But I think the question under discussion is more accurately "What is the Christian Church" than "Does God love, or abandon, so-and-so." At some point, the Gospel must become some other message -- this is plain, observable fact -- whether that happens within Baha'i, Mormonism, or some mainline sect. As others have pointed out, even as early as the Twelve, the Church was comfortable to draw certain lines. The Church today is justified, and responsible, to do so too.
Other Topics / Re: W.A.G.-word association game
« Last post by RandomGalOnTheNet on Yesterday at 04:31:19 PM »
Religious Topics / Re: Gay Community Pens Open Letter to the Council
« Last post by Nephi on Yesterday at 04:30:25 PM »
So are they advocating...that gender identity is an artificial construct, or that it can literally change from day to day?
I don't think they are.

I don't know about European LGBT movements, but the American LGBT movement most certainly does include nonbinary and fluid genders in its fold, ipso facto including those that claim that it's a construct and/or can change fluidly.

So unless by "gender identities" they exclusively meant binary transgenders and cisgenders, then they are advocating those positions alongside the rest.
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