Ecumenism: December 2009 Archives

Turkey can't be trusted

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The same old problems can't be resolved in Turkey between the Turkish government and the Orthodox Church. Since 1971 the Halki Orthodox School of Theology (which operated within the guidelines of the Turkish department of education in the running of a high school and college/seminary) has been closed under specious claims.

Asia News reports today that problems persist and reciprocity is not an adequate avenue for a peaceful end to the Muslim-Orthodox Christian problem.

The head of the Turkish government and his ministers can't be trusted. Their words are not matched by their actions, and certainly they don't perceive facts in the same way as reasonable do. In short, they are duplicitous. Why is religious freedom for Christians in a Muslim country such as Turkey or Saudi Arabia  is impossible and Muslim religious freedom in Christian countries (USA, Greece, Italy) is possible, even with the extraordinary fanaticism that exists in many Islamic quarters?
Rowan Williams.jpgThe Most Reverend Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury will be lecturing in Yonkers, NY, on  Saturday, 30 January 2010, 12:30 p.m.

Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary is hosting the event at which the archbishop will speak and receive an honorary doctorate.

The Archbishop will speak on the topic "Theology and the Contemplative Calling: The Image of Humanity in the Philokalia." 

Dr. Williams is the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, elected, confirmed and enthroned in 2002.

For more information visit the seminary website

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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