BLOGGERS TO BE SUED ON BEHALF OF GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE by Theodore Kalmoukos

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and John Catsimatidis, Vice Chairman of Archdiocesan Council
Orthodoxy in Dialogue occasionally publishes articles and letters critical of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Patriarch Bartholomew, and Archbishop Elpidophoros. Are we next among the “low-life people…writing negative conversations on Web Sites about…the Archbishop, and the Archdiocese” after whom Mr. Catsimatidis will decide to “go after?” 

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ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE DECLARES OPEN WARFARE ON TRANSGENDER CHILDREN & TEENS

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Bishop Thomas Paprocki

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield IL has issued a directive entitled PASTORAL GUIDE: Regarding Policy §650 Gender Identity, which became binding throughout the diocese and its institutions on January 13, 2020:

It is the policy of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois that all Catholic agencies, including parishes, schools, institutions, departments, or other entities, shall respect the biological sex with which a person is born and shall apply all policies and procedures in relation to that person according to that person’s biological sex at birth. 

We share below some of the more salient excerpts from the Pastoral Guide. Only seven pages long, it can be read in its entirety here

If you wish to communicate your concerns to Bishop Paprocki on this matter—whether you are Catholic, any other kind of Christian, not Christian, LGBTQ, or an ally—the contact information for phoning, faxing, emailing, and an online contact form can be found on the diocesan website. Read More


ON JOSIAH TRENHAM: LAST & FINAL EMAIL TO ENGLEWOOD

The following letter was emailed on January 29, 2020 to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, all his suffragan bishops, Father Thomas Zain, Father Nicholas Belcher, several other staff members in Englewood, and Father Josiah Trenham. 
The deafening silence from the Patriarchate and the Archdiocese compels us to share this letter publicly. 
For context see the Josiah Trenham: The Scandal section in our Archives 2020.

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Metropolitan Joseph (Al-Zehlaoui) and Archpriest Josiah Trenham of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese

To whom it may concern:

Christ is in our midst.

The more the Josiah Trenham débâcle drags on, the worse it gets:

1). According to Orthodoxy in Dialogue’s analytics for yesterday, January 28, several people found us by googling “metropolitan joseph girlfriend”—which is interesting, given that we have never mentioned “metropolitan joseph” and “girlfriend” in the same article. In fact, I don’t recall that we’ve ever used the word “girlfriend” in any article at all. Yet, this is what people are googling, and they’re finding us and our articles about Metropolitan Joseph and Josiah Trenham, and here we are today.

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ON JOSIAH TRENHAM: OPEN LETTER TO PATRIARCH JOHN OF ANTIOCH

The following letter was emailed to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch on January 18, 2020, with copies to Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, all his suffragan bishops, Father Thomas Zain, Father Nicholas Belcher, several other staff members in Englewood, and Father Josiah Trenham. 
The deafening silence from the Patriarchate and the Archdiocese compels us to share this letter publicly. Tomorrow we will share our Last & Final Email of January 29 to the individuals named above.
For context see the Josiah Trenham: The Scandal section in our Archives 2020.

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Patriarch John X of Antioch

Your Beatitude, Patriarch John:

Master, bless.

I am writing as editor of Orthodoxy in Dialogue, perhaps the Orthodox world’s most widely read internet forum for the discussion of important questions pertaining to contemporary Orthodox Christianity. It is my humble plea that you will give your prayerful attention to the following matter and deem it sufficiently urgent to intervene directly.

For a number of years, Father Josiah Trenham of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of America has brought incalculable spiritual harm to the Orthodox Church’s most vulnerable children, teens, women, and men, both within and beyond the Archdiocese, and incalculable shame to the Archdiocese’s reputation and that of the wider Orthodox Church.  Read More


THE LGBT MOVEMENT: DEMONIC, MARXIST, AND FREUDIAN by David Ford

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Dr. David Ford

Thank you very much for The Ten LGBTQ Commandments (TransExodus 666 [The Queen James Bible]), Jennifer Davis. So sad and tragic this is what we’ve come to in our land. May your brilliant satire jolt many into seeing the demonic—and Marxist and Freudian—undergirding of the LGBT movement.

To add to my previous comment, some might think that this satire is too extreme—that it doesn’t accurately depict the beliefs of many people who identify with the LGBT movement. That may be true, but I think it is a pretty fair representation of the beliefs of most of the LGBT political activists of our day. And often, the more deeply committed people are to any erroneous ideology, the stronger the message has to be to shake them out of their confusion and delusion. May this satire be an example of such tough love—loving people enough to risk their displeasure in trying to touch their conscience for what is right and good and true in the sight of our Creator and Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ.

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WE’RE BACK ON PATREON!

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In September we suspended our Patreon account when two or three factors combined to make Orthodoxy in Dialogue’s future uncertain. 

Thanks be to God, and to the encouragement and moral support of many of you, we surmounted that roadblock stronger than ever—and more determined than ever to provide a voice for the voiceless within and beyond the Orthodox Church. Read More


COMMENTS: A TEST

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In Orthodoxy in Dialogue’s Facebook group we are discussing whether to begin allowing comments on the blog.

So far the polling has overwhelmingly opposed the idea. Those proffering reasons for their opposition basically agree with our original decision in August 2017 to disallow comments: experience shows that comments descend so quickly to the level of rank incivility—especially when commenters hide behind fake names—that it cheapens the publication and focuses readers’ attention more on the comments than on the actual substance of the articles. 

Be that as it may, as an interesting experiment we have opened comments on the following four posts: Read More