Oprah, "The Last Temptation of Christ", and Fr. Pavlos

In August of 1988, Fr. Pavlos Stratigeas appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show as a member of the studio audience. He had been requested to be on the panel of clergy sitting on the riser, but his flight to Chicago was delayed. He barely made it in time for the program's taping. He was too late for the panel, but he was given a seat in the audience. When he finally spoke (at 25:50) he powerfully, and succinctly articulated the Orthodox position regarding that most unfortunate film. The Latin and Lutheran clergymen on the panel were made to look foolish when faced with the Orthodox theology of Fr. Pavlos.

Orthodox Awareness

A Brief History

In the early 20th century, the idea of promoting the union of Churches (Orthodox and heterodox) began to gain ground among circles in the Eastern Orthodox Church by establishing a "Communion of Churches" modeled on the League of Nations.

The Patriarchal Encyclical of 1920 foresaw a series of steps toward the “union of the Churches,” of which the first was the change of the calendar for the simultaneous celebration of feast days by all the “Churches.” The content of the encyclical was kept secret from the faithful and only after a few years became known. Read more...

Missions

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Mission, Tucson, Arizona

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Tucson, AZ, is a beautiful mission parish near downtown Tucson, a city in southern Arizona. It was started in 1997 by Father John Bockman, who was a missionary priest formerly serving missions in Tennessee and Massachusetts since 1990. Read more...