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  1. melkite

    Baptism of Catholics?

    Without asking you to gossip, can you explain what some of these uncanonical shenanigans are/were? Is it something that continues in the Antiochian church? Worldwide, or just AOA? What is not in conformity with Orthodoxy about them?
  2. melkite

    Orthodoxy and predestination

    Can you explain what you mean by Orthodoxy accepting and embracing double predestination? I would have thought Orthodoxy would condemn it, and I think this is more likely an error in communication or translation.
  3. melkite

    Orthodoxy and predestination

    Anyone and everyone who is knowledgeable on this topic, please weigh in! I'm not well read on the topic, but trying to learn more as it is one that lies heavy in my mind and heart. I'm of the understanding that Orthodoxy teaches predestination, but that it really is nothing more than...
  4. melkite

    Unusual Iconostases

    That's very interesting. I thought the see-through iconostases were an Eastern Catholic "corruption" for lack of a better word.
  5. melkite

    Statement of OCA Holy Synod on War in Ukraine (March 27, 2022)

    No, I just read what was posted in the OP, I assumed that was all there was. I'm glad they were not ambiguous in the full statement!
  6. melkite

    Statement of OCA Holy Synod on War in Ukraine (March 27, 2022)

    I wish they would have said in that last like "Orthodox Christians of Russia against Orthodox Christians of Ukraine." I'm sure there are some atrocities occurring from Ukrainians directed at Russians, but to suggest it is a more or less two-way street is fallacious. They at least said in the...
  7. melkite

    For friends' pre-born

    I have some friends who just received some potentially bad news about their unborn child, pending discussion with a specialist. If you could spare them a prayer or two, please send some their way! They and their family are very dear to me.
  8. melkite

    Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

    That sounds a lot like how California Today would spin it.
  9. melkite

    Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

    In order for that analogy to fit, imagine California, New York and Illinois exterminated half of Texas' population by starvation prior to its secession. Then CA, NY, and IL took some of the survivors and "repatriated" them to Alaska. CA, NY and IL then send in their own people to repopulate...
  10. melkite

    Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

    If Ukrainians are really doing it, I have no reservations condemning it.
  11. melkite

    Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

    If it's true, sure. There's also pictures of leaked Russian orders circulating commanding Russian officers to pretend to be Ukrainian soldiers, go in and stage the videos to look like Russian POWs are being tortured, for obvious propaganda purposes. I have a feeling, though, that many Orthodox...
  12. melkite

    Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

    I don't know enough about what happened then to know if there is a good comparison or not. If there's not, I don't think it becomes wrong to call out what Russia is doing as plain evil. The Croats exterminated Serbs. So did the Serbs exterminate Croats. Same with the 4th Crusade. "The...
  13. melkite

    Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

    Ok, top dude in the MP. It's still different from a couple higher-level Vatican officials supporting evil. It isn't simply a few people in the patriarchal synod supporting evil.
  14. melkite

    Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

    Maybe we're talking about different people, but the one I'm thinking of was Carla del Ponte's accusation about 15 years ago that the Vatican had Croat war criminals in hiding in some monastery in or near the Vatican, and then come to find out they had been in Croatia and Bosnia all along.
  15. melkite

    Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

    That was debunked a long time ago.
  16. melkite

    Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

    Your top dude does, though. That's pretty consequential.
  17. melkite

    Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

    A lot of online trads are already bickering about this or that required component not being fulfilled. Some say the consecration has to be Russia and Russia alone. Others are saying it has to be all the bishops, not just the Pope. Now, with this, there are people saying that it has to be a...
  18. melkite

    Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

    The corner rad-trads find themselves in is getting increasingly smaller.
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