On the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitar, I, on behalf of half a million Imams of Mosques of India, extend the message of peace and goodwill to all my sisters and brothers in Faith and global fraternity. May This Eid create new avenues of working together with all communities to create a new world order in … Read more “Peace and Goodwill” – Eid Message from Chief Imam of India
The Holy Synod of the Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide (ŒCOCW) following its review of the well-intended United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention) discourages the Congress of the United States and President Obama from ratifying this particular international convention. The ŒCOCW finds several aspects of this Convention discomforting based … Read more ŒCOCW Responds to UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Holy Synod of the ŒCOCW joins the multitude of Orthodox and Catholic jurisdictions worldwide in requesting that Archbishop Jovan, leader of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric, be released by the government of the FYR Macedonia. The synod views the arrest and detention of Archbishop Jovan as continued harassment, initiated as a result of an ongoing … Read more The Holy Synod of the Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide (ŒCOCW) Calls on the Government of FYR Macedonia to Release Archbishop Jovan from Imprisonment
From the ŒCOCW Office of Morals, Doctrine and Spirituality The Holy Synod of the Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide has continually petitioned for the release and humane treatment of Patriarch Antonios of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewhado Church. In response to complaints from various international human rights groups, the United Nations has attempted to mediate through … Read more The Holy Synod of the ŒCOCW Encourages Eritrean Government to Receive UN Special Rapporteur
The rightful occupant of the Episcopal throne of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewhado Church is widely known to have been unlawfully detained in an undisclosed location within the general confines of Amasra, Eritrea for approximately 7 years and an uncanonical claimant has been occupying the Patriarchal throne. Reliable sources have indicated that while His Holiness is … Read more Patriarch Antonios of Eritrea: An Icon of St. Paul in Chains
In response to the religious and moral insensitivity of the recently publicized federal mandate requiring religious institutions to include life terminating and contraceptive procedures as part of employer provided healthcare the face of the conscientious objector has changed. This change has resulted in many of the most charitable religious and social organizations such as Catholic … Read more The Church as Conscientious Objector?
Defenders of infants’ right to life recognize January 23, 2012 as a reminder of the day when the US judicial system ceased to defend the truly innocent. It was on this day 39 years ago that our highest and most respected judicial institution, the United States Supreme Court handed down the decision that made wholesale, … Read more 39th Anniversary of US Supreme Court Ruling on Abortion: “Roe vs Wade”
With the establishment of a second Ordinariate in America – recently announced as the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter – the process of healing the wounds of the Reformation continues. But along with the joy of welcoming Anglicans into the Church there have been a few cries of dissent. Various onlookers see the … Read more Policy to Unite Christians in Catholicism “A Truly Ecumenical Act” – William Johnstone
The Anglican Ordinariate that was created by the Roman Catholic Church as a means of permitting the conversion of disaffected Anglicans and Episcopalians to the Church of Rome is ethically and morally questionable. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Vatican, the Anglican Ordinariate for the U.S. is scheduled to be established … Read more The United States Anglican Ordinariate and Conversion of Anglicans to Catholicism
One of the many sentiments reverberating across the American continent following the painful economic collapse and lost feelings of security is the matter of responsibility. Considering the widespread suffering that followed in the wake of this global catastrophe such sentiments appear only reasonable, after all it is only logical that we adults should be completely … Read more Why a Plan B? – Archbishop Gennadius on The Morning After Pill
Representations of the Holocaust have been debated for a long time, almost since the end of World War II in 1945. For some representations per se are problematic, because they aestheticise a horrible subject, because they try to convey experiences which are deemed uncommunicable, because they appropriate other people’s experiences, because they are voyeuristic of … Read more Visual Representations of the Holocaust and Religion
As America struggles to extricate herself from the enormous accumulated debt that bought the country to a financial standstill and the threatening precipice of economic ruin, many of our most experienced senior legislators have surrendered their wisdom to the political power of newly elected junior legislators to create and support the myth of undeserved governmental … Read more The Myth of Entitlements and Class Warfare
The Islamic Council of Victoria (‘ICV’) is the peak body for Muslim organisations in Victoria, Australia. The ICV represents Victoria’s more than 120,000 Muslims; through its 41 member organisations located throughout metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria. The ICV takes this opportunity to wish Australia Ramadan Mubarak, a blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is the holiest month of … Read more Ramadan – A Time to Consider the Poor and Needy
Those who enjoy the blame-game prefer it not to be a multiple choice question. A problem has to be all the fault of religion; for example the headline is “religious riots” if the criminals burning down churches and mosques happen to belong to different religions. Or, alternatively, the problem is all about land, ethnicity or nationalism; nothing to do … Read more Faith: Is Religion the Real Problem in the Middle East?
The Westboro Baptist Church first gained notoriety after it protested outside the funeral of Matthew Shepherd, murdered because he was gay. In recent times the church has picketed at various locations, including the funerals in the US of soldiers killed in action and public figures. They are most well known for their prolific anti-homosexuality stance. On … Read more Supreme Court Ruling Handed Down to Westboro Baptist Church