Greek Hierarchs: The State Has Deceived the Church
Bad news from Greece:
“For the first time in the modern history of Greece, a law has been passed that abolishes freedom of expression and introduces legal liability for an accusatory speech, which is one of the main components of pastoral practice… At the same time, the judicial and legal protection of homosexual orientation, which is a perversion of the human nature and physiology, was introduced.
“The enacted law contradicts many clauses of the Greek Constitution…”
~ Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus
“In Metropolitan Seraphim’s view, after adoption of the new law, the Church of Greece will be obligated to abolish the Committee on Heresies of the Holy Synod; since, for calling someone a heretic one may face persecution for ‘fomenting religious strife.’
Also making statements in a similar vein is one of the most authoritative hierarchs of the Church of Greece from Thessaloniki, Metropolitan Anthimos, who said, ‘We are against an expansion of Islam in our city.’ In his interview with Greek television, made a number of tough statements:
One to One: The blog of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association provides a wealth of concrete information about the church’s relief activities in Iraq and Syria. In addition to providing tangible goals we can act on, the site also serves as an inspiration for Christians wishing to create their own aid projects.
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Longtime Touchstone supporter, Gina Danaher, visited Israel this June with a varied group of Christians, among whom was her Roman Catholic friend, Maureen. One Sunday the two set out to find a local Catholic Mass for Maureen and were shocked to discover that many churches in the city have moved their celebrations to Saturday, in conformance with prevailing local custom—they were empty. Gina was undeterred:
“At this point we had failed to locate a Catholic Church in our area of Tel Aviv, so I thought maybe we would find a Mass at St. Peter’s in Jaffa. Maureen didn’t want to trouble me, but at least I wanted to see this old church… since this church was built to commemorate Peter’s vision at Cornelius’ house in the Book of Acts. By this time Maureen had given up on a Sunday Mass, but when I went into the church, a mass was being served by a Korean priest and a Korean deacon to about 23 South Korean deacons-in-training.”
“Their worship songs were sung beautifully and accompanied by one of the young men on a small size, travel guitar. They sang “All in All”, just as we do at Grace Fellowship, but in Korean. This brought tears to my eyes as I filmed them.
As we talked to these young men after the Mass, we learned that they were completing their training as deacons and were visiting the Holy Land as a part of that training. They would then proceed to Rome. Their tender love of Christ was humbling.”
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (more…)
My soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me : and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him : throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm : he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat : and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things : and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel : as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.
(From the CD “Panagia, Orthodox Hymns to the Mother of God” by Archangel Voices.)