On the Issue of Feminine Modesty

Recently, some of the correspondents on Monomakhos have addressed the issue of women’s attire in church. Some of the responses to Your’s Truly off-line have taken issue with the opinions that were expressed. As for myself, I was somewhat oblivious to the original comments but once they were brought to my attention, I decided to […]

Hefner, Trump and the “New Morality”

Your’s Truly was somewhat gratified with the passing of one Hugh Hefner. Not because he finally expired and was in the process of finding out that his grand experiment in atheism and hedonism were tragic mistakes, but because there were very few encomia from the media regarding his tawdry life and pathetic death. To me […]

A Public Statement on Orthodox Deaconesses by Concerned Clergy and Laity

Thirty-nine Orthodox Christian clergymen and lay leaders, including the heads of two leading Orthodox seminaries in the U.S., have issued a public statement calling on church leaders to defend Orthodox teaching on the creation and calling of man as male and female by opposing the appointment of deaconesses in the Orthodox Church.

OK, This Makes No Sense at All

I can’t wrap my head around this one folks. Pope Francis 0 just did something that is incredible. And not in a good way. In the original sense: he did something that is hard to believe. As in finding a lost gospel which describes Jesus and the Twelve eating the Last Supper at Denny’s. Or […]

Why We Shouldn’t Have Unnecessary Councils

You see, it’s stuff like this that tees me off: http://orthochristian.com/109353.html His Eminence, Hierotheos Vlachos, Metropolitan of Nafpaktos was basically brutalized by his brother bishops while attending the Council of Crete. As he told the story, the pressure on him was so intense that he had to barricade the door to his hotel room with […]

Errata

This morning, while publishing comments, Your’s Truly accidentally deleted a very poignant comment regarding one poster’s visit to a homeless shelter. I can’t remember who it was that posted it but it was very dramatic. Please forgive me. I can’t honestly remember which one of you was the poster. If you could, could you please […]

Losing the Culture: An Example of a Perfect Storm

Every now and then events collide and give the lie to the proglibs who think those of us who are conservative are overheated in our concerns. Even better, a comment is made on this blog which is then buttressed by an incident which comes out of nowhere. By way of example, a fairly new poster […]

Church and State: An Alternative Understanding?

Recently, there has been a lively discussion about the respective roles of Church and State and their necessary separation. The predominant opinion is that unless they are separated, the detriment to the Church is always deleterious. In other words, the State will eventually deform the Church and make it do its bidding. Like most Americans, […]

Pilgrimage to Russia: 2018

A few of you have noted that I had written that I’d be going on a pilgrimage to Russia this July and have expressed an interest in coming along. It’s the centenary of the death of the Tsar-martyr Nicholas II and his wife and children. Those going on this trip will visit the various places […]

The Frankie Horror Picture Show

There is an old Russian saying: “it is better to see something once than to read about it seven times”. The American variant is “one picture is worth a thousand words”. You get the picture. Literally. I seriously don’t know what possessed the Roman Curia to come up with his “Nativity Display”. It’s wrong on […]

Did Somebody Just Let the Cat Out of the Bag?

We here at Monomakhos are greatly encouraged by the level of discourse here. We’re also gratified by the quality of many of our correspondents and the information that they bring to the table. Lately, one in particular, a Mr Greatly Saddened has provided us with a lot of information that we would not be privy […]

The Queen’s Speech: An Oldie but Goodie

Last year The King’s Speech, a movie about England’s King George VI, garnered most of the Academy Awards and deservedly so. It was a magnificent picture filled with superb performances and wonderful dialogue. But there was something more profound at work, what we could call an unapologetic Christian subtext which I believe was responsible for […]

The Long Cold Civil War: Part III –The Puritan Insurgency

INTRODUCTION: THE DEMOGRAPHIC DIVISIONS IN MODERN-DAY AMERICA First of all, I apologize for my overdue discursus on the subject of American demography. It seems that I can only do about one sequel a year. Also I ask for forgiveness for the length of these pieces. Anyway, as you can probably tell, I’m fascinated by demographics […]

What “Consensus” Is Pope Francis Talking About?

Well, they’re at it again. Ordinarily, Yours’ Truly likes to take a two to three day breather after publishing an essay or posting a news-story on Monomakhos. It gives everybody a chance to catch up on things, think about them and engage in a conversation if they feel so inclined. I especially like doing so […]

The Septuagint vs the Masoretic Text: Which is More Authentic?

For decades now, I’ve been fascinated by the Septuagint, the Old Testament as it was written in excellent Attic Greek. The story goes that King Ptolemy II Philadelphos had gathered seventy Jewish sages and gave them all the resources they needed to translate the Hebrew Scriptures into ancient Greek. One reason of course was because […]

Another City: An Early Christmas Present

Finally, some good news to report on the Orthodox front! Another City, a new Orthodox journal was just launched and in my humble opinion, may very well prove to be one of the better internet journals we’ve seen in a while. I’m very excited at its prospects, believing as I do that it will be […]

Things Aren’t Any Better in the Great White North

Well, this is definitely not good. Thanks to Greatly Saddened, one of our more prolific commentators, it has come to our attention that there is a scandal brewing in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada. You can read it for yourself here: www.torontosun.com/news/local-news/mandel-greek-community-of-toronto-lawsuit-claims-unholy-pilfering-by-greek-orthodox-church. It’s tawdry to the extreme and it plays to the worst stereotype […]

Victory in Syria?

Well, this is interesting. RT reported yesterday that President Vladimir Putin is ordering the withdrawal of some Russian troops from Syria. http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/12/11/putin-russian-troops-withdrawing-syria/ This brings up a whole lot of questions. First of all, I can’t imagine this happening if the Christian minorities were still in peril. I’m sure that Patriarch John X of Antioch must […]

Meanwhile, Over in Moscow…

…you can see something really wonderful. The primates of several autocephalous Orthodox churches recently concelebrated the Divine Liturgy at Christ the Saviour Cathedral. The chief celebrant was His Holiness Pope Theodore II, Patriarch of Alexandria and all-Africa. Conspicuous in his absence was His Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch. We can talk about the inside baseball aspects […]

Can This Archdiocese be Saved?

Buckle your seat-belts because there’s more awful news coming out of 79th St. The Pappas Post revealed today that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has defaulted on the payments to Skanska, the construction company tasked with building the St Nicholas Shrine at Ground Zero. (You can read the story for yourself here: http://www.pappaspost.com/archdiocese-defaults-payments-construction-company-work-st-nicholas-halted/) As of now, […]