(Jud 1:17-21) But you, my dearly beloved, be mindful of the words which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who told you that in the last time there should come mockers, walking according to their own desires in ungodlinesses. These are they who separate themselves, sensual men, having not the Spirit. But you, my beloved, building yourselves upon your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto life everlasting.
CATHOLIC JOURNAL: The Church: Always in Need of Reform
NEWS EXCERPT: “Catholics are at a crossroads, as they have been many times before,” said Alistair Sear, a retired church historian living in London. “Sometimes the crossroads split the church. There have been times when two or even three different figures claimed to be the legitimate pope at the same time. But most of the time, one side makes a lot of noise for a while, and then it fades away.”
COMMENTARY: The Ugly Politics Of Orthodoxy
INSIDE THE VATICAN: Letter #46, 2018: Ukraine
NEWS REPORT: Constantinople’s Actions in Ukraine Alarming for All Local Churches
All local Orthodox churches have taken the recent actions of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in Ukraine with concern, Archpriest Mykolay Danylevych, deputy chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC DECR), said Tuesday.
“I know that in all the local churches are concerned about this development of events, and I want to say that, in fact, it will not benefit anyone, because the schism does not legalize it,” Danylevych said.
In his opinion, the actions of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople on the establishment of autocephaly in Ukraine can only lead to a break in relations and Eucharistic communion between the churches.
“It will breed a schism, and everyone will lose from this,” he said.
UOC spokesman explained that none of the local churches recognized any Ukrainian church organizations that are in schism today.
“Because no one wants to enter this conflict, that is, there will not be a real recognition,” Danylevych said.
Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem has expressed his support to the believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, who, during a meeting with Ukrainian pilgrims led by Metropolitan Luka of Zaporizhzhya and Melitopol, urged them to “hold on to their leader.”
In addition, Archbishop Joachim of the Church of Czech Lands and Slovakia, wished Metropolitan Onufry and all his flock of firmness “in all trials.”
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 25- “On the destroyer of the pasions, most sublime humility”
20. He who has humbled himself within will not be cheated by his lips; for what is not in the treasury cannot be brought out through this door.
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