Το άγιο Πνεύμα στην Ορθόδοξη και την Παπική παράδοση

Α΄. Το Filioque δημιούργησε μία άβυσσο μεταξύ Ορθοδοξίας και Παπισμού.

Γράφει ο αείμνηστος αρχιμ. Σπυρίδων Μπιλάλης στο έργο του «Η αίρεσις του Filioque» τομ.1ος, σ. 15 και εξής ότι το δόγμα της εκπορεύσεως του Αγίου Πνεύματος έχει άμεση σχέση με την θεολογία της Αγίας Τριάδος. Συνεπώς η αίρεση του Filioque, επειδή διαστρέφει την κατ’ εξοχή θεολογία περί Αγίας Τριάδος, δεν είναι μία απλή δογματική διαφορά αλλά άβυσσος μεταξύ Ορθοδοξίας και Παπισμού. Όπως παρατηρεί ο Vladimir Lossky «Ολόκληρη η τριαδολογία κρέμεται από το θέμα της εκπορεύσεως του Αγίου Πνεύματος». Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Archimandrite Placide Deseille: «Cenni di storia dell’Ortodossia»

Archimandrite Placide Deseille

Traduzione dal francese del prof. G. M. – Palermo 2005. Riveduta e ampliata nel 2007 a cura della Parrocchia Ortodossa di san Giovanni Battista in Torino.

La Chiesa indivisa del primo millennio

I primi tre secoli della Chiesa sono stati contrassegnati da fatti importanti: la notevole espansione del cristianesimo nell’Impero romano, e la feroce persecuzione dei cristiani in determinati periodi, fino alla convenzione di Milano (313) con cui l’imperatore Costantino il Grande concedeva libertà di culto ai seguaci di Cristo. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

St. Photios the Great: On the Filioque and the Confusion of Trinitarian Persons and the Divine Nature

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Behold the excessiveness of this impiety. If the Father is a cause of the Spirit just as He is a cause of the Son, then the generation and the procession occur at the same time, because the Son is not begotten in an interval of time and the Spirit likewise proceeds without any interval of time. But if one says, as this impious and idle chatter does, that the “Spirit also proceeds from the Son” as if from the same cause, it could lead one to conceive of the nature as mutable and changing.

62.

Do you see the manifold flexibility of this ungodly thing? If, in accordance with the theological principles of the incorporeal and supernatural nature, the Son is begotten from the Father at the same time as the Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, then the former procession and the latter procession each belong to a completely different person of the eternal Trinity. But if this is so, then how are the distinctions of the causes, and the divine operations of the persons maintained? And why is division induced against the indivisible, simple and unitary Person of the Spirit? For the person comes before the distinctions in energies and operations, especially because it is supported by the evidence of the superior and supernatural Word. . . .

63.

In all that is said above if something is said of one thing in the

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Vladimir Lossky (1903-1958), un des plus grands théologiens orthodoxes de notre temps

Né le 8 juin [26 mai calendrier Julien] 1903, le lundi de la Pentecôte. Son père, Nicolas Lossky, philosophe renommé, refuse de quitter la Russie pendant la période révolutionnaire.

Novembre 1922 : le gouvernement soviétique expulse Nicolas Lossky et sa famille, qui séjournent à Prague de la fin 1922 à octobre 1924. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Διάλογος Ορθοδόξων και Ρωμαιοκαθολικών

Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης
Θεολογική Σχολή
Τμήμα Θεολογίας
Τομέας Δογματρικής Θεολογίας
Καθηγητής Δημήτριος Τσελεγγίδης
Θεσσαλονίκη 10-9-2009

Παρακολουθώντας με βαθύ αίσθημα ευθύνης την εκκλησιαστική κατάσταση της εποχής μας ως απλός πιστός αλλά και ως Πανεπιστημιακός Καθηγητής της Δογματικής Θεολογίας της Εκκλησίας, θα ήθελα να απευθυνθώ ευλαβώς προς εσάς, για ένα σοβαρότατο θεολογικό θέμα.

Τον Οκτώβριο του τρέχοντος έτους θα γίνει στην Κύπρο, ως γνωστόν, η κρισιμώτερη ίσως έως τώρα Συνέλευση της Μικτής Διεθνούς Επιτροπής για τον Θεολογικό Διάλογο Ορθοδόξων και Ρωμαιοκαθολικών Επειδή το Κοινό Κείμενο, που θα προκύψει από τη Συνέλευση αυτή. Θα έχει καταλυτική σημασία στην εξέλιξη των σχέσεων των δύο διαλεγομένων μερών, θεωρώ χρέος μου να σας παρακαλέσω θερμώς να επιληφθείτε του σοβαρού αυτού θεματος και ειδικότερα να ασχοληθείτε επισταμένως με το συγκεκριμένο περιεχόμενο του Θεολογικού αυτού Διαλόγου. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

“These Truths We Hold” (Part VI)

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Continued from (Part V)

Other Orthodox Communities in America.

Albanian.

Albanian Orthodox immigrants had been arriving in America for some time and, after some troubles with the local Greek Priest in Boston, Massachusetts, the Albanians there selected Theophan (Fan) Noli to be their own Priest. Accordingly, on February 9,1908, Fan Noli was ordained to the Priesthood by Archbishop Platon in New York and the first Liturgy in the Albanian language was celebrated by Fr. Theophan in Boston on March 18, 1908. After serving for some years, organizing Albanian parishes, Fr. Theophan returned to Albania, where he was consecrated Bishop, on November 21,1923, subsequently becoming Prime Minister of that country in 1924. After a coup-d’etat, Bishop Theophan was forced to leave Albania, eventually returning to America as Bishop of the Albanian Orthodox Church in America. At his death in 1965, he was succeeded by Bishop Stephen (Lasko), who joined the Albanian Church to the newly-autocephalous Orthodox Church in America in October, 1971. Another tiny Albanian Diocese in America is under the spiritual care of the Patriarch of Constantinople.

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“These Truths We Hold” (Part V)

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Continued from (Part IV)

Orthodoxy in America.

In the 18th Century, the great Orthodox Christian missionary work which began with Pentecost in Jerusalem, so many centuries before, finally crossed from the continent of Euro-Asia into North America. The first missionaries traveled with the explorers Vitus Bering and Alexei Chirikov, who formally claimed Alaska and the Aleutian Islands in 1741. For the next fifty years, together with the exploration and economic development of this new outpost of the Russian Empire, the first attempts were made to bring the Orthodox Faith to the natives of that region (the Aleuts, the Athabascan Indians, the Tlingits, and the Eskimos).

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“These Truths We Hold” (Part IV)

Enthroned Mother of God and Child with Archangels.Circa 1600

Enthroned Mother of God and Child with Archangels.Circa 1600

Continued from (Part III)

World Orthodoxy Today.

Constantinople.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople again, at least nominally, became independent after World War I and the rise of modern, secular Turkey, although greatly reduced in size. At present the Patriarch’s jurisdiction includes Turkey, the island of Crete and other islands in the Aegean, the Greeks and certain other national groups in the Dispersion (the Diaspora) — in Europe, America, Australia, etc. — as well as the monastic republic of Mt. Athos and the autonomous Church of Finland. The present position of the Patriarchate in Turkey is precarious, persecution still exists there, and only a few thousand Greek Orthodox still remain in Turkey.

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“These Truths We Hold” (Part III)

Fathers of the Orthodox Church. Fresco from the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi in Mount Athos (Holy Mountain)

Fathers of the Orthodox Church. Fresco from the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi in Mount Athos (Holy Mountain)

Continued from (Part II)

Notable Fathers of the Early Period.

St. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage († 258).

St. Cyprian, commemorated on August 31, was Bishop of Carthage during the persecu-tions of the Emperor Decius (250). He died as a martyr in 258, and among his many writings concerning Church life, the most important is On the Unity of the Catholic Church, which sets forth the role of the Bishop in the ecclesiastical structure.

St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch († 107).

St. Ignatius was the second Bishop of Antioch and is commemorated on December 20 and January 29. Martyred in the Arena at Rome, while on his way to martyrdom, he wrote seven letters to Christian communities, as well as to St. Polycarp, which contain valuable information on the dogmas, organization and liturgy of the early Church.

St. Irenaeus of Lyons († 202).

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“These Truths We Hold” (Part II)

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Continued from (Part I)

Other Apostles.

St. Barnabas.

St. Barnabas, a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith (Acts 11:24), was a Jew from Cyprus, closely associated with the work of St. Paul. It was Barnabas who was sent to the Christians at Antioch, fetching Paul from Tarsus to help him. Later, he and Paul were sent on the first missionary journey, which began on the island of Cyprus, of which Church St. Barnabas is said to have founded. According to Church tradition, he was martyred on Cyprus at Salamis. He commemorated together with St. Bartholomew on June 11.

St. James the Brother of the Lord.

St. James was a half-brother (or perhaps a cousin) of the Lord, and was the first Bishop of the Church at Jerusalem, being called by St. Paul a pillar of that Church, together with Peter and John (Gal. 2:9). At the first general Church council, the Council of Jerusalem, James is depicted as having a leading role (Acts 15:12-21). Having ruled the Church in Jerusalem wisely (for which reason he is often called the Just), St. James was martyred there. Being taken to the top of the Temple wall, he was commanded to convince the people to turn away from Christ, which he refused to do, speaking to them in quite the opposite manner. Thereupon he was thrown down from that high point to the ground, where he was stoned and beaten to death. The Epistle of St. James is attributed to him and his Feast Day is celebrated on October 23.

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