First episode of brand new podcast 'According to Tradition', a collaboration between Fr Mikhail from Living Orthodox channel and Subdeacon Nektarios, editor at Orthodox Ethos, taking on the subject of Ecumenism and false unions:
They start out discussing the controversial figure "Sister Vassa" and her recent intimate meeting with Pope Francis:
By Subdeacon Nektarios, M.A. On April 26th, 2023, in Rome, the self-professed monastic, Dr Vassa Larin, publicly known as "Sister Vassa" committed yet another brazen act of heretical ecumenism, this time, in as a high profile fashion as almost anyone could get and that is with the heresiarch...
In brief, from the first paragraph:
He recently followed up on that article with a summary and overview of the rumoured upcoming 'false union' of 2025 between Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew, a year which marks the 1700th anniversary of the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea:
By Subdeacon Nektarios, M.A. In recent days, I reported on an event that scandalized the traditionalist Orthodox Christian world. In this unfortunate but very public act of heretical ecumenism, an Orthodox monastic during a brief public audience with the Pope of Rome, Francis Bergoglio, sought...
It is also worth nothing, earlier today we had the coronation ceremony of King Charles III:
How a day of pageantry and celebration unfolded as the King and Queen are crowned in a historic ceremony at Westminster Abbey
I only caught bits of it today as it was on a BBC livestream, but noted some of the ecumenical/progressive gestures. I will try to share some clips of this when i get chance. For now I will share this article i came across online where they discuss some of the modernisations of this coronation, though it was published a day before the coronation, all of the details were published online beforehand to preview:
The coronation is a Church of England service, expanded for the contemporary age.
It's notable how the Greek Orthodox representatives were present at today's ceremony, in obedience to Patriarch Bartholomew no doubt, in wanting to participate in this grand gesture of ecumenism and inter-faith relations.
Also despite some rumours several months ago, he kept the title "Defender of the Faith" (singular), i.e. the Anglican faith, though they modernised many parts of it as described above, clearly to make other religious communities feel welcome, as Christian identity in the UK is at an all-time low:
The crowning ceremony will be a deeply Christian affair. Will it be at odds with king’s desire to reflect UK’s religious diversity?
Apparently it would be a complicated legal procedure to officially transition from "Defender of the Faith" to "the Faiths
" (plural), but no doubt this has been implied today and it's only a matter of time until this tradition of defending "the Faith" slips away as the ecumenism escalates in the coming years. With less than 1% of the population actually attending Anglican church services, frankly I'm surprised there was an Anglican ceremony at all today.
Reporting an anecdote from someone I spoke to at Orthodox liturgy recently: he has some friends he visits occasionally who are Anglican, and he said everyone at today's Anglican services are elderly people, there are no young people at all, no children, no families, no babies. Just old people, living in a haze of nostalgia, by the sounds of it. I think much of today's coronation was like that, an attempt to resurrect the glory of our nation, but largely an external rite and merely symbolic, much like the King's role in this constitutional monarchy system we have in the UK. Is that better than no monarchy? I would say yes, but of course it's not ideal, it is what it is.
Let's hope the prophecies of a resurrected Russian monarchy come to pass and the world has a chance to bear witness to a truly Orthodox coronation ceremony where the grace of God would be well and truly present.