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Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
It’s good to see that there’s conservatives who believe in, well, conservation.

Comment on "Wild Europe" by Bruce from Orlando, Fl on Wednesday, July 16, A.D. 2014


Goetta is one of the few things that I miss after having become a vegetarian in the 90’s. I remember waking up to its aroma on cold school mornings. Deliciously spiced, warm, filling goodness with an enjoyable texture—it smells and tastes like breakfast should!

Does your family eat mush, too? Yum.

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Joseph on Tuesday, July 15, A.D. 2014

By the way, we still (occasionally) eat Goetta in my family.

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Bruce from Orlando, Fl on Monday, July 14, A.D. 2014

I knew where you meant. Still, it would be quite cool to live in Avalon. Consider my patron saint!

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Joseph on Tuesday, May 6, A.D. 2014

Oops. I meant North Avondale.

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Bruce on Friday, May 2, A.D. 2014

My grandfather grew up in the North Avalon neighborhood. My great-grandfather sold the house there in the 1960’s I believe.

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Bruce from Orlando, Fl on Tuesday, April 22, A.D. 2014

Such a strange coincidence.  I was just thinking about that postcard a couple of days ago.  😊

Comment on "Put Food to Good Use" by Andrew on Monday, December 30, A.D. 2013

What a great insight!

Comment on "Development within the Church" by Ian on Thursday, December 5, A.D. 2013

Awesome!  I loved it so much that after hearing one time, and then not again for 15 years, it was still so stuck in my head that I had to track it down.  So beautiful!  😊

Comment on "Now the Green Blade Riseth" by Andrew from Cincinnati on Tuesday, May 14, A.D. 2013

Dear Bruce,


I am not sure what the Anglican position or reasoning was when they relaxed their canons on contraception. I am also no expert on the Church’s historical teaching on the matter, as it has never much interested me. For some reason, I just don’t care much for the issues of sexual morality that apparently fascinate most thoughtful Christians. I have always been perplexed by the obsession with contraception among traditionalist Latins. Let the whole theological edifice go up in flames, but hold the line, by Jove, on condoms! That is not to say that I don’t object to barrier or chemical contraception. It’s just that the topic seems to me to have a much lower level of importance than more fundamental and prior issues—like metaphysics (which inevitably “trickles down” and affects everything else). In this way, I couldn’t disagree more with Dr. Charlton.

However, I find it alarming how certain modernist Orthodox teachers exploit and abuse the Church’s economy and pastoral approach to moral correction. Instead of seeing the wisdom of the Church’s traditional shepherding character, they present economy as a justification for jettisoning whatever moral rule they happen to find inconvenient or “archaic.” Such gives the legalist Latins a reason for their inflexibility, where they see a pastoral approach to correcting sin as wishy-washy gobbledygook. That is a shame. The Church’s methods are medicinal, and a good physician must recognize when a certain course of treatment will be more harmful to a patient than the affliction from which he suffers. The Moscow Patriarchate’s statement appears to keep this in mind. The high road is clear, but sometimes we need to pave certain lower paths for the survival of weaker souls.

It is interesting that the Roman Church draws such a line in the sand for certain aspects of sexual morality. Perhaps, the Roman authorities agree with Dr. Charlton that the attack on family life is the center of modernity’s demonic character, and they have fortified their positions accordingly. I believe that C.S. Lewis notes somewhere the different emphases—and levels of ecclesial discipline—regarding various sins throughout the history of the Church. A millennium ago or so, gluttony was treated as an abomination. Today, we casually group it among the seven deadly sins without paying much attention to it. Yet, when there is widespread famine, gluttony is a worse sin than in a society where even the poor look like manatees. Maybe, the sexual revolution and the crisis of the Western family present a need for more absolute dealings with sexual morality. Such is in accord with the West’s more political approach to Christianity, wherein it is worth it to sacrifice pastoral sensitivities in dealing with individuals for the sake of the common good.

Comment on "Personhood in Theology and Anthropology" by Joseph on Saturday, May 11, A.D. 2013

It sounds like they’re where the Anglicans were in 1930.

Some people tell me that contraception-as-a-sin was a universal teaching of the Church until recent times i.e. there was agreement on this among Papists, the EO and Protestants. Do you have any idea if this is true?

Comment on "Personhood in Theology and Anthropology" by Bruce on Thursday, May 9, A.D. 2013

Dear Bruce,

Christ is risen!

You may read the following from the Moscow Patriarchate’s Basis of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church

XII. 3. Among the problems which need a religious and moral assessment is that of contraception. Some contraceptives have an abortive effect, interrupting artificially the life of the embryo on the very first stages of his life. Therefore, the same judgements are applicable to the use of them as to abortion. But other means, which do not involve interrupting an already conceived life, cannot be equated with abortion in the least. In defining their attitude to the non-abortive contraceptives, Christian spouses should remember that human reproduction is one of the principal purposes of the divinely established marital union (see, X. 4). The deliberate refusal of childbirth on egoistic grounds devalues marriage and is a definite sin.

At the same time, spouses are responsible before God for the comprehensive upbringing of their children. One of the ways to be responsible for their birth is to restrain themselves from sexual relations for a time. However, Christian spouses should remember the words of St. Paul addressed to them: «Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency» (1 Cor. 7:5). Clearly, spouses should make such decisions mutually on the counsel of their spiritual father. The latter should take into account, with pastoral prudence, the concrete living conditions of the couple, their age, health, degree of spiritual maturity and many other circumstances. In doing so, he should distinguish those who can hold the high demands of continence from those to whom it is not given (Mt. 19:11), taking care above all of the preservation and consolidation of the family.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in its Decision of December 28, 1998, instructed the clergy serving as spiritual guides that «it is inadmissible to coerce or induce the flock to… refuse conjugal relations in marriage». It also reminded the pastors of the need «to show special chastity and special pastoral prudence in discussing with the flock the questions involved in particular aspects of their family life».

As far as I know, the bishops of the Russian Church Abroad have positively assessed this social teaching document from Moscow’s local council in A.D. 2000.

Comment on "Personhood in Theology and Anthropology" by Joseph on Wednesday, May 8, A.D. 2013


What does ROCOR teach about contraception? Some Catholics criticize the EO for taking a permissive attitude towards contraception in modern times.

Comment on "Personhood in Theology and Anthropology" by Bruce on Tuesday, May 7, A.D. 2013

Here’s something to contemplate. Soviet society was dystopic but the Russian people survived the experience.
The West is destroying itself, demographically through mass immigration and chosen sterility. So we may not be able to imitate their revival.

Comment on "Annunciation Church in Sokolniki" by Bruce on Wednesday, May 1, A.D. 2013

This still seems objectionable from the reactionary point of view: “nothing wrong with women pursuing careers, politics, business and many other spheres”

Comment on "Feminism: Enemy of Russia" by Bruce on Monday, April 29, A.D. 2013

Though I left the Russian Church decades ago, I have always respected how truly spiritual and fearless many of the monks and hierarchs have been in criticizing the demonic forces that assail men in these dark days. I believe that the centrality of podvig in traditional Orthodox Christianity gives these men the spiritual insight and steadfastness so lacking in most of Western Christianity, especially since Vatican II.

Comment on "Feminism: Enemy of Russia" by Vighnesh on Saturday, April 27, A.D. 2013

Such a loss for us.

Comment on "Etiology of Cultural Suicide" by Bruce from Orlando, Fl on Wednesday, April 3, A.D. 2013


I address that “recognition” of orders in the linked story about Joseph Julian Overbeck.

The Russian Church began to offer a Western rite in the nineteenth century. The Patriarchate of Antioch is the other Orthodox Church to have a Western rite. I don’t think that it is as old, but I suspect that it is bigger, at least in the Anglosphere. It is odd to think that the Arabs, who have suffered dhimmitude for thirteen centuries, have not succumbed to parochialism. They as well as the Copts are extraordinarily evangelical when they are allowed to be. If it were not for bans on proselytism and apostasy laws in the Middle East, I suspect that they would have succeeded in converting most of their ethnic peers to the faith. In the West, they have no such restrictions, and they are doing good work.

The Greeks and the O.C.A. have been quite hostile to the Western rite. I have written about the Western rite in “What Could We Salvage in the West?” and “Saint Patrick.”

As far as Rome goes, I am quite pleased with Anglicanorum Coetibus. I just wish that the return of the Church of England to the apostolic faith would be corporate rather than piecemeal. A century ago, that seemed possible. Alas, no more . . .

Comment on "The Anglican Itch" by Joseph on Friday, March 8, A.D. 2013

Very timely post for me. I am a continuing Anglican in the Traditional Anglican Communion (no connection other than an historic one to Canterbury.) I am in the process of converting to the Anglican Ordinariate. I had no idea there was a Western Rite in the ROCOR.
Some of the priests in the Anglican Continuum claim that a few generations ago, the Orthodox recognized the validity of Anglican Holy Orders and that Orthodox Christians were allowed to take sacrament at Anglican Churches. I don’t which group of EO they are referring to.

Comment on "The Anglican Itch" by Bruce from Orlando, FL on Thursday, March 7, A.D. 2013

Yeah, nothing new here. We’ve understood for a long time that dogs are remarkably good (better than we are) at reading body language.

Comment on "Your Dog Really Does Understand You" by Bruce from Orlando, FL on Wednesday, March 6, A.D. 2013
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