From Catholic To Orthodox

By Thom Nickels The word ‘orthodoxy’ can conjure up foul associations. There’s Bertrand Russell’s famous quote, "Orthodoxy is the grave of intelligence," which covers any sort of rigid or right thinking at the expense of creative thought. Orthodoxy (lower case) implies a strict adherence to tradition against which Modernism doesn’t stand a chance. In Judaism, Orthodoxy is seen as that religion’s supreme, most traditional expression, its un-reformed essence. In Christianity, Orthodoxy which has never had a Second Vatican Council or anything approaching a Novus Ordo - Divine Liturgy with lay ministers and Protestant-style hymns - … [Read more...]

Renowned Swiss Catholic Theologian Becomes Orthodox

Fr. Gabriel Bunge was until this week a prominent Roman Catholic patristic scholar, and monastic. He was received into the Orthodox Church on the eve of the Dormition. Fr. Gabriel was a renowned Benedictine hermit and considered a master of Patristic thought. Moscow, August 31, Interfax – A well-known Swiss theologian, hieromonk Gabriel (Bunge) became an Orthodox before the divine service at the church of the “Joy to All the Afflicted” Icon on Bolshaya Ordynka Street in Moscow. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations cordially greeted Fr. Gabriel who has lived a … [Read more...]