Posts Tagged ‘Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’

Orthodox Internet Radio Ministries In the News

April 23, 2009

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It’s been my belief that the newly emerging Orthodox Internet radio ministries of Ancient Faith Radio  and Orthodox Christian Network  are one of the most dramatic and relevant forces for change, growth and unity in American Orthodoxy today.  Here’s a very nice piece by Amy Rogers  at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the phenomenon of Orthodox Internet media.  Poor Amy seems to have been knocked around a teeny bit  over her one sentence history of Orthodoxy when she boiled down the Great Schism to “Orthodoxy developed in Eastern Europe and Asia when Christianity split into Orthodoxy and Catholicism in 1054, primarily due to conflict over papal authority”.   Well, I’ll take exception to the characterization of the Orthodox Church “developing” only after the split.  I think we were pretty well formed in  AD 33 and only improved with age, but really, it’s nothing we all haven’t done trying to give the condensed version of Orthodoxy to an inquirer.  If we’re Orthodox, though, I think our take on it is that ‘the Roman Catholic Church split from us primarily over the issue of papal authority’.    Amy does what a good journalist should do – she tries to relay the story with a minimum of bias.   If she was writing about Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses, she couldn’t very well say “founded on false historical premises by nut jobs” or “not Christian despite their claims to the contrary”. 

Whoever left whom, that’s what makes a schism.  As a very devout Roman Catholic friend and former co-worker told me on more than one occasion, “You’re not a heretic, you’re just a schismatic”.   Woohooo!  I love being a schismatic.

Go listen to some good Orthodox Internet radio today.  And while you’re at it, if you feel it’s done you some good and you can help financially with their ministries, please think about making a donation.  For the good of the American Orthodox Church, these are resources we can’t afford to neglect.

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News Article on Metropolitan Jonah

November 13, 2008

As promised, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has put out a more detailed news article  today on Metropolitan Jonah, that not suprisingly, highlights his status as a convert.  It’s a great article, I just wish they’d interviewed more ‘ordinary’ folks.  Come on.  Out of 700 people in that ballroom, Mark Stokoe of Orthodox Christians for Accountability is not just your average “Joe layman”.  Listen to Ancient Faith Radio’s coverage of last night’s banquet at the All American Council; Fr.  Alexander Garklavs’ has a great ‘gotcha’ for the Accountability site’s ‘news’ reporting.

Video of Metropolitan Jonah

November 13, 2008

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This is so awesome – the first video  I’ve seen of the Council proceedings and the announcement of the election of Metropolitan Jonah.   (I even thought I caught a glimpse of our priest, but men with grey hair dressed in black all look the same on a 1 second glance).  Here are also a couple of photos taken by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this afternoon.  Right now I’m ready to follow his Eminence from city to city like an Orthodox Deadhead, just for the chance to hear every word that comes out of his mouth.jonah-2 

The Post-Gazette has promised a longer follow-up article to today’s news piece.  Will post when that comes out.