He who places his hope on thee, O Virgin all-glorious, will prosper in all he does.

Inscription on Byzantine coin during reign of Romanus III

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Another Useless Comment, Perhaps

I don't know why I even got involved in this one. Maybe it was the sloppiness of the syllogism. Maybe it was reference to majority votes and the Will to Power. Hmmmm, do you think that the Vatican knows something about the latter?
Just Walk Away and Pretend It Didn't Happen

Och is ready to sign the commitment papers....

Monday, October 29, 2007

Folks, He's On A Roll

Gabriel has surpassed himself with his latest post. Wow, I believe that he's becoming positively visionary. Being visionary is part of being Orthodox, of course. We aren't wordsmiths; we're imagesmiths.

I don't understand his guilt thing, but as long as he sticks to the program, he'll get over that soon enough.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Ecumenism, Again

I'm glad we're just talking about it.

Get comfy; it's a long post.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Technolust Abstinence

I'm getting a little impatient with guys' hunching over computer monitors denouncing technology. Maybe by making that statement I'm presenting an unjust caricature, but sometimes the amorphously sentimental utopianism gets so thick that I can't see something more noble.

Someone diverted the issue with a reference to spousal abuse, and I took hold of that opportunity with gusto.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Potter Prattle

I couldn't resist. I had to ask Gabriel whether those popular stories are off-limits to his new flock.
Letting off Ecumenical Steam

I get so tired of the Latinist folks who profess to desire ecumenism with the Orthodox but continue to prattle on about defined doctrines, canonical validity, and such. The plain fact is that they don't understand Orthodoxy. If there's such a thing as a Latinist mindset, is its source to be found in the filioque?

Ad Orientem mentioned the Traditional Anglican Communion's talks with Old Rome. I had heard some time ago that TAC was looking for a Uniat-style relationship. Then again, maybe they need to trade in that jalopy for a wholly new model.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Just Call Me Uncle Dutch

You know, just when I've resolved to be more pleasant and charitable in my Internet interactions, someone says something that stimulates me to issue a strong response. This time, Gabriel hit a couple of my hot buttons, and I thank him for the opportunity to sort out some of these issues in my own mind.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Usually, this blog is ten leagues above my head, but I felt comfortable today, with Fr. Paul Tarazi's erudition keeping me afloat.

Yeah, it's not widely known, but Orthodox actually read the Bible.
Speculative Me

I've blessed Fr. Stephen with another comment. This time, I'm talking about finitude and scarcity. It seems obvious to me that finitude and its material counterpart, scarcity, is an inescapable part of both fallen and unfallen man's existence. I opined that fullness could signify the irrelevance of scarcity.

Monday, October 01, 2007

East is East, and West is West

Give me a break. I am so tired of the East vs. West argument that gets argued as if it's about something other than the acceptance of theological error by the Patriarch of the West. In my mind, this issue is really pretty simple.