Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I Criticises Orthodox Nationalism

ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW OF CONSTANTINOPLE PICTURED IN 2009 PHOTO

This amazingly candid address, which openly criticises the nationalism and philetism, as well as the anti-ecumenical spirit that is prevalent in some majority Orthodox contexts was read by the Ecumenical Patriarch on 24 April 2014 in the Old Catholic cathedral in Utrecht, Netherlands (the emphases are mine).

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Address By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew At The Old Catholic Cathedral

Your Eminences,
Your Excellencies,
Dear brothers and sisters,

Christ is Risen!

Orthodox Christians experience the Lord’s Resurrection as the crowning event of the divine economy, as the ultimate revelation of the eschatological glory intended for humankind and creation in its entirety. Easter constitutes “an explosion of joy,” as the late Father Dimitru Staniloae once described it, the indescribable joy for the triumph of life over death. The light of Christ’s Resurrection illumines all aspects of life, infusing as it does the Orthodox faith and spirituality, divine worship, ministry, the daily life of the faithful people, the whole of Church life, and the entire creation. “Now all things are filled with light: heaven and earth, and the nethermost regions. So let all creation celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, whereby it is established.” Continue reading “Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I Criticises Orthodox Nationalism”

Christos Yannaras despre filetism, academism si pietism

Situl web Gindire ortodoxa reproduce intr-un articol un fragment din cartea teologului ortodox grec Christos Yannaras Adevarul si Unitatea Bisericii (Sophia, 2009) in care autorul se apleaca asupra unor concepte discutate rareori in literatura ortodoxa.

Prumul dintre acestea, etnofiletismul, sustine ca Biserica trebuie sa fie organizata pe baza etnicitatii si a rasei, nu a geografiei si a traditiilor/canoanelor stablite.

A vorbi despre filetism in spatiul ortodox este ca si cum ai aminti de funie in casa apinzuratului. Aceasta erezie, condamnata de un sinod ortodox organizat la Constantinopol de Patriarhul Ecumenic Antim VI, in 1972, continua sa faca ravagii in spatiile in care ortodoxia este majoritra (si, trebuie sa recunoastem, de asemenea in anumite spatii majoritar catolice sau protestante). Cu toate acestea, prea putini teologi ortodocsi au curajul de a ataca acest subiect delicat, iar cei care o fac risca sa intre in dizgratia ierarhiei.

Yannaras nu are insa asemenea temeri si vorbeste fara ocolisuri.

Iata cum defineste si analizeaza el cele trei ‘erezii’: Continue reading “Christos Yannaras despre filetism, academism si pietism”