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« Reply #45 on: August 27, 2012, 01:28:45 PM »

Something more:
http://www.svots.edu/headlines/seminarian-jesse-brandow-gives-first-hand-account-explosion-orthodox-christianity-guatemal
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« Reply #46 on: August 27, 2012, 01:43:59 PM »

Cool story!

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« Reply #47 on: August 27, 2012, 01:50:45 PM »

Very nice to see a little more information about what is going on, after quite a period of silence.
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« Reply #48 on: August 27, 2012, 01:51:43 PM »

from a missionary there and going back:
https://sojournerinthelandofeternalspring.wordpress.com/
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« Reply #49 on: August 27, 2012, 02:19:21 PM »

Praise be to God!
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« Reply #50 on: August 27, 2012, 02:25:21 PM »

Glory to God! Awesome! I am so glad to see Orthodoxy growing in Mexico, Central, and South America. It has been making inroads in a big way in Bolivia, too, via the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Bolivia (last I heard, 450+ in attendance weekly in La Paz alone, with many more outside in the more rural regions, some of whom hadn't seen a priest in years before the Copts began their work there in 2000).
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« Reply #51 on: August 27, 2012, 02:33:09 PM »

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« Reply #52 on: August 27, 2012, 02:41:21 PM »

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These communities are mostly made up of native Mayans and have roots in the Roman Catholic Church. They first began in the 1970s and 1980s as a Roman Catholic renewal movement called the “Charismatic Renewal in the Holy Spirit.” For various reasons, including the movement's charismatic prayer practices and emphasis on music in church services, the parishes of the Charismatic Renewal became estranged from the Roman Catholic Church.

Hate to rain on this parade but that sounds problematic also from the Orthodox point of view. I hope they have forsaken their Charismatic peculiarities.
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« Reply #53 on: August 27, 2012, 03:44:33 PM »

Same is true of converts in any number...

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These communities are mostly made up of native Mayans and have roots in the Roman Catholic Church. They first began in the 1970s and 1980s as a Roman Catholic renewal movement called the “Charismatic Renewal in the Holy Spirit.” For various reasons, including the movement's charismatic prayer practices and emphasis on music in church services, the parishes of the Charismatic Renewal became estranged from the Roman Catholic Church.

Hate to rain on this parade but that sounds problematic also from the Orthodox point of view. I hope they have forsaken their Charismatic peculiarities.
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« Reply #54 on: August 27, 2012, 04:17:27 PM »

Same is true of converts in any number...

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These communities are mostly made up of native Mayans and have roots in the Roman Catholic Church. They first began in the 1970s and 1980s as a Roman Catholic renewal movement called the “Charismatic Renewal in the Holy Spirit.” For various reasons, including the movement's charismatic prayer practices and emphasis on music in church services, the parishes of the Charismatic Renewal became estranged from the Roman Catholic Church.

Hate to rain on this parade but that sounds problematic also from the Orthodox point of view. I hope they have forsaken their Charismatic peculiarities.

Well not really. The Roman Catholic Church happens to be correct in her opposition to those practices. They would have been kicked out also from the Orthodox Church.

That said, I don't want to judge them in the present situation. The past is past and I'd like to believe that our hierarchs have done their job in scrutinizing Orthodoxy of this movement.
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« Reply #55 on: August 27, 2012, 04:24:22 PM »

I meant to respond to, "I hope they have forsaken their Charismatic peculiarities."  All converts have peculiarities no matter the number.

Same is true of converts in any number...

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These communities are mostly made up of native Mayans and have roots in the Roman Catholic Church. They first began in the 1970s and 1980s as a Roman Catholic renewal movement called the “Charismatic Renewal in the Holy Spirit.” For various reasons, including the movement's charismatic prayer practices and emphasis on music in church services, the parishes of the Charismatic Renewal became estranged from the Roman Catholic Church.

Hate to rain on this parade but that sounds problematic also from the Orthodox point of view. I hope they have forsaken their Charismatic peculiarities.

Well not really. The Roman Catholic Church happens to be correct in her opposition to those practices. They would have been kicked out also from the Orthodox Church.

That said, I don't want to judge them in the present situation. The past is past and I'd like to believe that our hierarchs have done their job in scrutinizing Orthodoxy of this movement.
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« Reply #56 on: August 28, 2012, 07:00:43 AM »

Since it appeared in Facebook again, is it true or what is it all about?
http://byztex.blogspot.de/2012/08/the-explosive-growth-of-orthodoxy-in.html?spref=fb
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« Reply #57 on: August 28, 2012, 10:10:09 AM »

Since it appeared in Facebook again, is it true or what is it all about?
http://byztex.blogspot.de/2012/08/the-explosive-growth-of-orthodoxy-in.html?spref=fb
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« Reply #58 on: August 28, 2012, 10:35:08 AM »

American Orthodoxy?  Is this a new term?
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« Reply #59 on: August 28, 2012, 01:16:23 PM »

OOs are planning to accept 800k.
http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2012/08/guatemalan-movement-in-dialogue-with-syriac-orthodox-church/

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« Reply #60 on: August 28, 2012, 01:56:27 PM »

Are they currently part of any canonical EO jurisdiction? What would motivate them to change to OO?
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« Reply #61 on: August 28, 2012, 02:00:19 PM »

Are they currently part of any canonical EO jurisdiction? What would motivate them to change to OO?

To be fair to the article linked to, it is no way suggests they discussions were part of them joining the Syriac Orthodox Church, but rather Metropolitan Mor Clement was meeting with some of those in the "movement" about their transition to Orthodoxy.

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The Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of the Western United States is reporting that its ruling hierarch, Metropolitan Mor Clement (Kaplan) of Burbank, has made a pastoral visit to Guatemala as part of the Syriac Orthodox Church’s dialogue with a Christian movement there wanting to be united with the Orthodox Church.

The movement reportedly has 800,000 followers. In addition to meeting with the leadership of the movement Metropolitan Mor Clement also visited the small Syriac Orthodox community already present in the Guatemalan capital.

http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2012/08/guatemalan-movement-in-dialogue-with-syriac-orthodox-church/
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« Reply #62 on: August 28, 2012, 03:47:27 PM »

There appear to be (at least) two different Guatemalan groups that have joined with or are seeking to join with Orthodox groups. The first, referenced in the Byztex blog, is led by the former Guatemalan senator and representative to the UN, an excommunicated Catholic priest now ordained as an Orthodox archimandrite in the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Fr. Andrés Girón. The visit by Metropolitan Athenagoras of Mexico, as well as the accounts from a few Orthodox missionaries from the US, make clear both the seriousness of Fr. Fr. Girón and his priests, and the fact that everyone involved realizes the very long process that is necessary for bringing the practices of their quite sizeable movement in line with Orthodox norms.

The ultimate source for the info about a Guatemalan group getting in touch with the Syriacs is this Arabic-language article-- http://www.soc-wus.org/2012News/8112012115231.htm . The group in question is distinct from Fr. Girón's group. It is led by a different excommunicated Catholic priest who was re-ordained as a bishop by the "Brazilian Church" in 2007 named Eduardo Aguirre Oestmann. Info about the break of his also-sizeable group from the Catholic Church can be found here- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1914625/posts and here (in Spanish)- http://cesmen.tripod.com/id10.html . On August 7 of this year Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Syriac bishop of the Western US traveled to Guatemala to meet with the 19 priests of this movement and had theological talks with them. According to the Arabic article, they are very eager to join the Syriac Church.
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« Reply #63 on: August 28, 2012, 04:55:05 PM »

There appear to be (at least) two different Guatemalan groups that have joined with or are seeking to join with Orthodox groups. The first, referenced in the Byztex blog, is led by the former Guatemalan senator and representative to the UN, an excommunicated Catholic priest now ordained as an Orthodox archimandrite in the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Fr. Andrés Girón. The visit by Metropolitan Athenagoras of Mexico, as well as the accounts from a few Orthodox missionaries from the US, make clear both the seriousness of Fr. Fr. Girón and his priests, and the fact that everyone involved realizes the very long process that is necessary for bringing the practices of their quite sizeable movement in line with Orthodox norms.

The ultimate source for the info about a Guatemalan group getting in touch with the Syriacs is this Arabic-language article-- http://www.soc-wus.org/2012News/8112012115231.htm . The group in question is distinct from Fr. Girón's group. It is led by a different excommunicated Catholic priest who was re-ordained as a bishop by the "Brazilian Church" in 2007 named Eduardo Aguirre Oestmann. Info about the break of his also-sizeable group from the Catholic Church can be found here- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1914625/posts and here (in Spanish)- http://cesmen.tripod.com/id10.html . On August 7 of this year Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Syriac bishop of the Western US traveled to Guatemala to meet with the 19 priests of this movement and had theological talks with them. According to the Arabic article, they are very eager to join the Syriac Church.

I wonder whether, when this finally happens, Metropolitan Athenagoras' see will be moved to Guatemala, given that - by far, the vast portion of his flock (probably nearly all) will be in that country.
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« Reply #64 on: August 29, 2012, 11:43:00 AM »

There are some videos from the visit of Metropolitan Athenagoras to Guatemala:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bawH09Z70uw&feature=plcp - it's nice that they sing "God grant you many years" in Spanish in slavic melody

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn4NEg3X81M&feature=channel&list=UL

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« Reply #65 on: August 29, 2012, 07:04:44 PM »

We have about 50-75 people from this movement who just made contact with our church, who live down the street! It's gonna be interesting to figure out what is really happening with them. Church politics at its best.
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« Reply #66 on: August 29, 2012, 10:12:38 PM »

Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala (Spanish: República de Guatemala), is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast. Its area is 108,890 km2 (42,043 mi2) with an estimated population of 13,276,517.

A representative democracy, its capital is Guatemala de la Asunción, also known as Guatemala City. Guatemala's abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems contributes to Mesoamerica's designation as a biodiversity hotspot. The former Mayan civilization was a Mesoamerican civilization, which continued throughout the Post-Classic period until the arrival of the Spanish. The Mayas live in Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, the southern part of Mexico and northern parts of El Salvador.

Guatemala became independent from Spain in 1821, joining the Mexican Empire. After it became an independent country in its own right, it was ruled by a series of dictators, assisted by the United Fruit Company. The late 20th century saw Guatemala embroiled in a 36-year-long civil war. Following the war, Guatemala has witnessed both economic growth and successful democratic elections. In the most recent election, held in 2011, Otto Pérez Molina of the Patriotic Party won the presidency.
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« Reply #67 on: August 30, 2012, 02:13:33 AM »

And your point is...

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« Reply #68 on: October 22, 2012, 05:14:04 PM »

Please come to hear a presentation by two dynamic priests who are at the center of this phenomenon on Wednesday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m.: "Mission to Guatemala: Receiving the Mayan People into the Orthodox Church." The Very Rev. Archimandrite Dr. Andres Girón de Leon and The Very Rev. John Chakos will be our guest lecturers, sharing first hand their missionary activities among the indigenous people of Guatemala. The presentation will be in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building on campus.


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« Reply #69 on: October 22, 2012, 06:29:50 PM »

Now no wonder the conservative cabal around the former metropolitan Jonah didn't get these Guatemalan peasants. They are part of a leftist movement for land re-distribution etc.
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« Reply #70 on: October 22, 2012, 06:55:20 PM »

Now no wonder the conservative cabal around the former metropolitan Jonah didn't get these Guatemalan peasants. They are part of a leftist movement for land re-distribution etc.

Metropolitan Jonah (AFAIK he is not laicised) had nothing in common with those Guatemalans. They were got by Archbishop Athenagoras.
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« Reply #71 on: October 22, 2012, 06:56:36 PM »

Now no wonder the conservative cabal around the former metropolitan Jonah didn't get these Guatemalan peasants. They are part of a leftist movement for land re-distribution etc.

Your posts are so inspiring.  Everytime you write it is like an onion has cut himself and everyone around starts crying. 
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« Reply #72 on: October 22, 2012, 07:15:11 PM »

Now no wonder the conservative cabal around the former metropolitan Jonah didn't get these Guatemalan peasants. They are part of a leftist movement for land re-distribution etc.

Your posts are so inspiring.  Everytime you write it is like an onion has cut himself and everyone around starts crying. 
With a little lemon juice to assuage the hurt.
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« Reply #73 on: October 22, 2012, 07:15:18 PM »

Now no wonder the conservative cabal around the former metropolitan Jonah didn't get these Guatemalan peasants. They are part of a leftist movement for land re-distribution etc.

Metropolitan Jonah (AFAIK he is not laicised) had nothing in common with those Guatemalans. They were got by Archbishop Athenagoras.
There were reports a couple of years ago that the metropolitan sent some clergy to enter negotiations. But, given his record, it wasn't leftist Guatemalan peasants that he was most likely to get involved with. He was seen around Mormon millionaires IIRC.
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« Reply #74 on: October 22, 2012, 07:16:55 PM »

Now no wonder the conservative cabal around the former metropolitan Jonah didn't get these Guatemalan peasants. They are part of a leftist movement for land re-distribution etc.

Your posts are so inspiring.  Everytime you write it is like an onion has cut himself and everyone around starts crying. 
Shouldn't you be saying the pavecernitsa father, around this time?
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« Reply #75 on: October 22, 2012, 07:23:17 PM »

Here, about Fr. Andres de Giron:
http://www.nytimes.com/1988/12/27/world/guatemalan-priest-s-daring-crusade.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm
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« Reply #76 on: October 22, 2012, 07:26:01 PM »

Now no wonder the conservative cabal around the former metropolitan Jonah didn't get these Guatemalan peasants. They are part of a leftist movement for land re-distribution etc.

Your posts are so inspiring.  Everytime you write it is like an onion has cut himself and everyone around starts crying. 
Shouldn't you be saying the pavecernitsa father, around this time?

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« Reply #77 on: October 23, 2012, 10:53:43 PM »

Now no wonder the conservative cabal around the former metropolitan Jonah didn't get these Guatemalan peasants. They are part of a leftist movement for land re-distribution etc.
parishoners from your favorite parish are busy at work in Guatemala.
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Now no wonder the conservative cabal around the former metropolitan Jonah didn't get these Guatemalan peasants. They are part of a leftist movement for land re-distribution etc.
parishoners from your favorite parish are busy at work in Guatemala.
United Fruit Company?
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« Reply #79 on: October 23, 2012, 11:45:48 PM »

Now no wonder the conservative cabal around the former metropolitan Jonah didn't get these Guatemalan peasants. They are part of a leftist movement for land re-distribution etc.
parishoners from your favorite parish are busy at work in Guatemala.
United Fruit Company?
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« Reply #80 on: October 23, 2012, 11:47:15 PM »

I meant, are they agents of United Fruit in Guatemala?
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« Reply #81 on: October 23, 2012, 11:53:26 PM »

I meant, are they agents of United Fruit in Guatemala?

You're assuming that poor Isa knows something about Guatemala.
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« Reply #82 on: October 24, 2012, 01:01:14 PM »

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« Reply #83 on: October 25, 2012, 12:18:52 PM »


Thanks for the background info.  I read the whole article.  What I don't understand is why he is shopping around for another church?  His main interest is political justice and social justice so why doesn't he become a layman and start a political reform movement or his own political party. 
I don't like seeing Orthodox priests involved in politics.  So let him become a layman.
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« Reply #84 on: October 25, 2012, 12:36:29 PM »

Hmm.. just read the article.

If that is the case I am afraid this initiative will have the same destiny many other, smaller ones in Latin America had: decline into some sort of popular folk syncretism.

Basically this is the routine:

Liberal Roman Priest tries for years to change the Roman Church into an agent of social change. Some are more political, others work more on the cultural side, but they feel there is a "social issue" and the Vatican should be more political (aka leftist). Meeting with stubborn resistance along the years they either leave or are expelled. Some deffect to political movements, others seek churches which they assume to have weaker leadership, which they hope to transform into the real church. When this church is the Orthodox church they eventually find out that it can resist their plans pretty well, thank you. Initially, Orthodox bishops give them support, enchanted by their often charismatic personalities and superficial appearance of achievers, the many followers they bring with them, unaware of the political nature of the group. The leader of the group insists in mixing local folk rites and beliefs with Orthodox rites using alleged similar "pastoral" measures in the 1st millenium. Eventually, the bishop notices that it is a man who wants to use the Church to advance his personal political agenda and not to serve it and discretly retrieves support, even to not fall in discredit with the other bishops. Unsupported institutionally and financially, they either fade away immersed in some sort of syncretism or move to the next "church", often some obscure schismatic group in a far away country, again seeking leadership who will not disturb them this side of the world. Ordained priests left behind are financially and institutionally relegated to ostracism, dying in poverty, sorrow and solitude. The initiator of the movement has either died or moved on, and the Orthodox bishops avoiding them to not be associated with that now stigmatized group, waiting and hoping for the silent demise.

Because this group is so huge, I hope that at least some hundreds truly convert to Orthodoxy and will stay behind as the rest simply leaves.

In fact, I wish a miracle happened and a true conversion has happened. But I saw it too many times to believe it. The worst that could happen is that the sheer size of the group had an active corrupting impact in the Church with their radical leftist leanings. All that I do not want to see in the Orthodox Church is the disgrace that Liberation Theology caused in the Roman Church.
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« Reply #85 on: October 25, 2012, 12:52:27 PM »

I meant, are they agents of United Fruit in Guatemala?

You're assuming that poor Isa knows something about Guatemala.
and you assUme I don't.
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« Reply #86 on: October 25, 2012, 12:55:10 PM »

I meant, are they agents of United Fruit in Guatemala?
No.  The Orthodox Church, at and through the Hogar Raphael Orphanage.
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« Reply #87 on: October 25, 2012, 03:18:34 PM »

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has happened. But I saw it too many times to believe it. The worst that could happen is that the sheer size of the group had an active corrupting impact in the Church with their radical leftist leanings. All that I do not want to see in the Orthodox Church is the disgrace that Liberation Theology caused in the Roman Church.
Your class bias is showing mister. But, in a way, you are in the wrong place if you think the orthodox have anything compared to the organized reaction to leftist politics the upper class Catholics in Latin America or USA have. Nada, I'll tell you. So it is a smart move for those Mayans. it probably gives them more wiggle room as we are not bound by Leo the thirteen's dogmatic teachings about "class harmony' and all that reactionary nonsense.
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« Reply #88 on: October 25, 2012, 03:22:05 PM »

You know true Christians first kill their kings etc and then might put them up in the calendar if they were somehow churchy.
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« Reply #89 on: October 25, 2012, 03:32:47 PM »

Augustin717 has a point.... at least since Archbishop Macarios III of Cyprus, the Greek Orthodox have a pretty good track-record of supporting anti-colonial struggles. One might be able to draw parallels between these Mayans and the groups in Kenya who found Orthodoxy out of a desire to find an authentic Christianity with no colonialist associations (well, at least in their region...). If Orthodoxy and the Mau Mau can work well together, there's pretty good precedent for Orthodox cooperation with indigenous and land reform movements in Latin America.
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