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Christian Unity and the Russian Orthodox Church

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, May 9, 2011.

  1. Michie

    Michie Perch Perkins. Catholic reporter. ;) Supporter

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    The miraculous post-Soviet revival of the Russian Orthodox Church, all but destroyed by the end of the Stalinist purges in the 1930s, is one of the great stories of 21st Century Christianity. This revival is now focused on the restoration of church life that saw its great institutions and spiritual treasures — churches, monasteries, seminaries, libraries — more or less obliterated by an aggressively atheist regime. Many of the Church’s best and brightest monks, clergy and theologians were martyred, imprisoned or forced into exile. Yet, plans are now underway to build 200 churches in the Moscow area alone.

    The Church’s renewal is set against Russia’s steep population decline and grave social ills including alcoholism, the disintegration of the family, what amounts to an open season on journalists, and an immense and growing corruption problem at all levels of government and society. Building new churches is one thing; getting believers to fill them and then effect a social transformation by following the Great Commandment will be a more difficult climb. “Acquire a peaceful spirit, and around you thousands will be saved” — St. Seraphim of Sarov.

    Continued- http://blog.acton.org/archives/23065-christian-unity-and-the-russian-orthodox-church.html
     
  2. MoNiCa4316

    MoNiCa4316 Totus Tuus

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    I went to a music concert composed by Metropolitan Hilarion at a Catholic Basilica, last year :) he was there, as well as the Catholic bishop I think. I remember they were talking after the concert. The music was really good :) (it was the Passion according to St Matthew)