Orthodox Christians Face Modern Mores

GARY STERN THE JOURNAL NEWS (Original publication: June 23, 2004) http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/062304/b04w23marriage.html

(Original publication: June 23, 2004)

The age-old notion of Christian marriage between man and woman is under siege by loosening sexual mores, commonplace divorce and the reality that homosexual relationships will soon be commonly recognized, several Orthodox Christian scholars agreed yesterday.

Speaking at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, these scholars wrestled with how to reconcile traditional church teachings with a culture that they say is often well-meaning, but losing touch with basic Christian beliefs.

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Patriarchate to lift sanctions

Athens News
04 June 2004

Bartholomeos set to restore communion with Christodoulos and recognise three
northern Greece bishops
By George Gilson

The expanded Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is meeting to restore
communion with Archbishop Christodoulos of Greece after the full hierarchy
of the Church of Greece backed down and recognised the patriarchate’s rights
over its New Territories dioceses in northern Greece. The patriarchal synod,
comprised of about 40 Metropolitans and Archbishops from Turkey, Europe and
America, was also poised to recognise three new Metropolitans elected to New
Territories dioceses without the patriarchate’s consent in March. A similar
patriarchal synod had declared those elections null and void on April 30.
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Turkey’s ancient Christians seek to resettle villages

Syriac archbishop: ‘It is our pleasure to have our people back from different parts of the world’
By Agence France Presse (AFP)
Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Turkey: The ancient Syriac Orthodox monastery outside this southeastern city is praying for a brighter future as Christians, forced out of their ancestral lands by economic hardship and an armed Kurdish insurgency, start trickling back to their villages.

“It is our pleasure to have our people back from different parts of the world,” said Archbishop Filuksinos Saliba Ozmen at the Deyrulzafaran Monastery, which dates back to the 5th century and sits on a bluff overlooking an extensive plain.
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Turkey hints Orthodox seminary could reopen


TURKISH Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul on May 7 said his government was not opposed to the reopening of a Greek Orthodox seminary in Istanbul, seen as an important gesture in Turkey’s efforts to boost its EU bid.

Turkey is racing to meet the European Union’s political criteria before the end of the year to win a date from the bloc to begin accession talks sometime next year.
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Ecumenical Patriarch, Vatican condemn Libya death verdict

Sofia (ENI). Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I
has, along with the Vatican, called for the rescinding of the
death sentence a Libyan court meted out on a group of foreign
medical workers, ruled by the court to have deliberately infected
several hundred Libyan children with HIV. Bartholomeos, widely
seen as the spiritual leader of the world’s mainstream Orthodox
Christians, said in a statement made during a visit to Turkey by
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passi, that he hoped the
sentences would not be carried out.

Ecumenical News Service