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Speaking the Truth in Love

Theological and Spiritual Exhortations of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Publication Year: 2010

The second of three volumes of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's writings, this book includes a selection of major addresses and significant statements by the first among equalsand spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians. Whereas the first volume covered global and interfaith issues, this volume represents the inter-Christian initiatives and theological outreach of the Patriarch, covering a range of topics, such as ecumenism and theology. It also contains various ecclesiastical declarations, such as occasional pastoral encyclicals and extraordinary patriarchal exhortations.His All Holiness was trained and experienced in inter-Christian relations, having pursued studies in Roman Catholic theology at the Gregorian University of Rome, Protestant thought at the University of Munich, and the ecumenical movement beside the World Council of Churches in Geneva. Moreover, he has lectured widely on the significance and role of Orthodox theology in contemporary society, having received honorary doctoral degrees from esteemed academic institutions throughout the world. Unafraid to address sensitive, and even controversial issues - such as papal primacy, divisions within Christianity, and inter-Orthodox unity - His All Holiness balances Orthodox doctrine and canon law with open-mindedness and open-heartedness.His official visits to Rome as the personal guest of Pope John Paul II marked the first occasions in history that an Ecumenical Patriarch met with the Roman Catholic Pope in Rome. His invitation to Pope Benedict XVI marked the opening of the Pontiff's ministry and his first visit to a Christian minority within a Muslim nation.Over the last two decades, he is also the first Ecumenical Patriarch to have traveled throughout the world and to have convened meetings of all Orthodox primates of autocephalous Churches as well as of all bishops directly within the Ecumenical Patriarchate. This book reveals the spiritual depth and profound doctrine of the Orthodox Church from the unique perspective of a Christian leader speaking the truth in love.

Published by: Fordham University Press

Series: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought

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p. v

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pp. vii-x

There is one aspect of the rich deposit of theological writing from His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch, that is particularly striking and valuable in our day. He shows an absolute consistency in his commitment to an understanding of Christian identity...

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pp. xi-xii

This is the second of three volumes of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s writings. The first volume spoke to a contemporary world about human rights, religious tolerance, international peace, and environmental awareness...

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pp. 1-21

The Ecumenical Patriarch was trained and experienced in inter-Christian relations, having pursued studies in Roman Catholic theology at the Gregorian University of Rome, in Protestant thought at the University of Munich, and in the ecumenical...

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1. Patriarchal Proclamations: Encylicals for Easter, Christmas, and Great Lent

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pp. 22-105

Having arrived again this year through intense prayer and fasting—and through the blessed devotional piety that they instill—at Easter, the feast of feasts and celebration of celebrations, it is natural that, despite the joyfulness of the occasion...

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2. Patriarchal Exhortations: Addresses to Orthodox Hierarchs and Faithful, Clergy and Laity

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pp. 106-192

With gratitude we offer glory above all to the holy God of our Fathers for having deemed us worthy of manifesting, through this fraternal synaxis, 1 ‘‘the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace’’ (Eph. 4.3) and of witnessing to our world the...

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3. Ecumenical Addresses: Presentations at Ecumenical Gatherings

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pp. 193-313

Our most holy Orthodox Church today commemorates its own feast day,1 and, from this historical see of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which has been touched by the suffering of martyrdom, the Mother Church of Constantinople directs its blessing...

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4. Academic Discourses: Occasional Lectures at Scholarly Institutions

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pp. 314-381

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the holy and one in essence, the life-giving Trinity, for the joy and excitement of this blessed congregation today, of all the alumni of this sacred school from the west, and the north...

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5. Messages and Declarations

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pp. 382-426

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 1. Gathered together in the Holy Spirit in consultation at the Phanar, today, the fifteenth day of March 1992, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, by the initiative and invitation...


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pp. 427-452

E-ISBN-13: 9780823248810
Print-ISBN-13: 9780823233373
Print-ISBN-10: 0823233375

Page Count: 464
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought
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OCLC Number: 780646244
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  • Theology.
  • Orthodox Eastern Church -- Doctrines.
  • Spiritual life -- Orthodox Eastern Church.
  • Christian union -- Orthodox Eastern Church.
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