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  1. JamesRottnek

    Ethiopian teenage girls receive prison sentence for distributing Christian books

    Or the ceaseless persecution of the non-Chalcedonians by the Byzantine Orthodox empire.
  2. JamesRottnek

    Ethiopian teenage girls receive prison sentence for distributing Christian books

    I've pointed out a number of times to rakovsky that I have literally never met any Anglican clergy who do not confess the Lord's body in the Eucharist.  And I am in agreement with them.
  3. JamesRottnek

    Ethiopian teenage girls receive prison sentence for distributing Christian books

    If you want to talk apostolic, like talk St. Basil.  In his great letter in which he differentiates schism from heresy, referring to the Holy Spirit among schismatics he says: for it ceased to be imparted when the continuity was broken. Or you could look at the Council of Carthage, where such...
  4. JamesRottnek

    Ethiopian teenage girls receive prison sentence for distributing Christian books

    Do you, at the very least, see how language like this suggests you don't actually want a conversation?
  5. JamesRottnek

    Ethiopian teenage girls receive prison sentence for distributing Christian books

    And here's the evidence that you don't want an actual discussion.
  6. JamesRottnek

    Ethiopian teenage girls receive prison sentence for distributing Christian books

    Also, I'd much prefer to belong to the kind of church that Mor's photos depict, than I would to a church whose monks get into fist-fights every Pascha, and whose priests and monks support violence against gay people.
  7. JamesRottnek

    Ethiopian teenage girls receive prison sentence for distributing Christian books

    Are you primarily talking to Orthodox in the US?  Because if so, I'd agree.  Most of them seem to support reunion between the EO and OO.  But, I'm not so certain that holds elsewhere. And as to the Episcopalians being whatever you and Mor think they are, what relevance does that have to...
  8. JamesRottnek

    Ethiopian teenage girls receive prison sentence for distributing Christian books

    I will, I keep meaning to.  But I want to wait until I have time to craft a truly thoughtful response.
  9. JamesRottnek

    Ethiopian teenage girls receive prison sentence for distributing Christian books

    And yet, from the stand point of your church, they are sects.  And a great many in your church think they hold heretical dogmas and theology (such as a large number of those on Mt. Athos).
  10. JamesRottnek

    Ethiopian teenage girls receive prison sentence for distributing Christian books

    You say you're GOARCH.  You are aware that the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church are not in communion, right?
  11. JamesRottnek

    Ethiopian teenage girls receive prison sentence for distributing Christian books

    The prevailing evangelical/hardline Protestant view about the Oriental Orthodox (and also the Assyrians) is summed up in one word: Who?
  12. JamesRottnek

    Romfea.gr - The Patriarchate of Alexandria for Female Deacons and Holy Council

    That's how St. Nektarios used female decaons, IIRC.
  13. JamesRottnek

    Would you attend an RC university over a secular one?

    Yeah, but this is a Godless papist religious institution.
  14. JamesRottnek

    Random Postings

    A while back, I became acquainted with Metropolitan Mykhayil Javchak Champion of the Ukrainian Autochephalous Orthodox Church in the Americas, via Facebook.  He offered to ordain me.
  15. JamesRottnek

    singles?

    And it seems rather opposed to the Gospel as declared by Paul to think that anything matters except for Christ.
  16. JamesRottnek

    Fr Josiah Trenham in Tbilisi: Homofascists not Welcome

    I think my words were fairly obvious.  When Graham is attacking gay people, he is assuming that one who is gay has sex with someone of the same gender as them, and that one who has sex with someone of the same gender of them is gay.  This is not the case. Fr. Seraphim Rose, for instance, was...
  17. JamesRottnek

    Fr Josiah Trenham in Tbilisi: Homofascists not Welcome

    I think 'need' is an overstatement.
  18. JamesRottnek

    Fr Josiah Trenham in Tbilisi: Homofascists not Welcome

    But isn't the more telling point: No one objects to the claim that in the Resurrection, there won't be sexual activity?  I've always understood the Orthodox understanding of humanity in the age to come as being that humanity will be most truly human.  If that's the case (and if one accepts that...
  19. JamesRottnek

    Fr Josiah Trenham in Tbilisi: Homofascists not Welcome

    He seems to actually think one shouldn't step into A church, as in a church building, or even a person's home, if one is 'gay' (and, here, he seems to be confusing person and action - as he does over and over again everywhere; though, in either case, it's an absurd and dehumanizing proposition).
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