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    2012 Patriarchal Christmas Encyclical

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    By the Mercy of God Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome
    And Ecumenical Patriarch

    To the Plenitude of the Church
    Grace, Mercy and Peace
    From the Savior Christ Born in Bethlehem

    “Christ is born, glorify Him; Christ is on earth, exalt Him.”

    Let us rejoice in gladness for the ineffable condescension of God.The angels precede us singing: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will among all people.”

    Yet, on earth we behold and experience wars and threats of wars. Still, the joyful announcement is in no way annulled. Peace has truly come to earth through reconciliation between God and people in the person of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, however, we human beings have not been reconciled, despite God’s sacred will. We retain a hateful disposition for one another. We discriminate against one another by means of fanaticism with regard to religious and political convictions, by means of greed in the acquisition of material goods, and through expansionism in the exercise of political power. These are the reasons why we come into conflict with one another.

    With his Decree of Milan issued in 313AD, the enlightened Roman emperor, St. Constantine the Great, instituted freedom in the practice of the Christian faith, alongside freedom in the practice of every other religion. Sadly, with the passing since then of precisely 1700 years, we continue to see religious persecution against Christians and other Christian minorities in various places.

    Moreover, economic competition is spreading globally, as is the pursuit of ephemeral profit, which is promoted as a principal target. The gloomy consequences of the overconcentration of wealth in the hands of the few and the financial desolation of the vast human masses are ignored. This disproportion, which is described worldwide as a financial crisis, is essentially the product of a moral crisis. Nevertheless, humankind is regrettably not attributing the proper significance to this moral crisis. In order to justify this indifference, people invoke the notion of free trade. But free trade is not a license for crime. And criminal conduct is far more than what is recorded in penal codes. It includes what cannot be foreseen by the prescription of statutory laws, such as the confiscation of people’s wealth by supposedly legitimate means. Inasmuch, therefore, as the law cannot be formally imposed, the actions of a minority of citizens are often expressed in an unrestrained manner, provoking disruption in social justice and peace.

    From the Ecumenical Patriarchate, then, we have been closely following the “signs of the times,” which everywhere echo the “sounds” of “war and turmoil” – with “nation rising against nation, dominion against dominion, great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues, alongside dreadful phenomena and heavenly portents.” (Luke 21.10-12) In many ways, we are experiencing what St. Basil wrote about “the two types of love: one is feeling sorrow and concern upon seeing one’s beloved harmed; the other is rejoicing and striving to benefit one’s beloved. Anyone who demonstrates neither of these categories clearly does not love one’s brother or sister. (Basil the Great, Shorter Rules, PG31.1200A) This is why, from this sacred See and Center of Orthodoxy, we proclaim the impending new year as the Year of Global Solidarity.

    It is our hope that in this way we may be able to sensitize sufficient hearts among humankind regarding the immense and extensive problem of poverty and the need to assume the necessary measures to comfort the hungry and misfortunate.

    As your spiritual father and church leader, we ask for the support of all persons and governments of good will in order that we may realize the Lord’s peace on earth – the peace announced by the angels and granted by the infant Jesus. If we truly desire this peace, which transcends all understanding, we are obliged to pursue it palpably instead of being indifferent to the spiritual and material vulnerability of our brothers and sisters, for whom Christ was born.

    Love and peace are the essential features of the Lord’s disciples and of every Christian. So let us encourage one another during this Year of Global Solidarity to make every conscious effort – as individuals and nations – for the reduction of the inhumane consequences created by the vast inequalities as well as the recognition by all people of the rights of the weakest among us in order that everyone may enjoy the essential goods necessary for human life. Thus, we shall indeed witness – at least to the degree that it is humanly possible – the realization of peace on earth.

    Together with all of material and spiritual creation, we venerate the nativity of the Son and Word of God from the Virgin Mary, bowing down before the newborn Jesus – our illumination and salvation, our advocate in life – and wondering like the Psalmist “Whom shall we fear? Of whom shall we be afraid?” (Ps. 26.1) as Christians, since “to us is born today a savior” (Luke 2.11), “the Lord of hosts, the king of glory.” (Ps. 23.10)

    We hope earnestly and pray fervently that the dawning 2013 will be for everyone a year of global solidarity, freedom, reconciliation, good will, peace and joy. May the pre-eternal Word of the Father, who was born in a manger, who united angels and human beings into one order, establishing peace on earth, grant to all people patience, hope and strength, while blessing the world with the divine gifts of His love. Amen.
    http://www.patriarchate.org/document...mas-encyclical

    Not very clear on what is meant by the Year of Global Solidarity but it certainly implies something very congenial to advocates of similar global movements. Lots of references in this proclamation to peace on earth. Interesting too is their seeming link to Rome - the 'New Rome' probably with reference to the enlightened Roman emperor, St. Constantine the Great.

    On the surface of it, it would appear to be a proclamation for some kind of world unity and governance.

    The following article critiques the proclamation with similar queries as to what it means and its possible reference to global governance:

    Phanar Proclaims 2013 the “Year of Global Solidarity”
    Posted on December 24, 2012 by HmkEnoch

    The Ecumenical Patriarch’s recent new calendar Christmas encyclical has proclaimed this upcoming year, the “Year of Global Solidarity”.

    In the context of the encyclical, we are not entirely sure why he did this. Perhaps Pat. Bartholomew (Archontonis) feels the need to mimic the Roman Popes in their proclamation of naming years and times. That could be very true, since Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said, “This is why, from this sacred See and Center of Orthodoxy, we proclaim the impending new year as the Year of Global Solidarity.”

    Of course, Patriarch Bartholomew believes Constantinople (which, as a see, has been devoid of an Orthodox hierarch for some decades, since Bartholomew, and his predecessors have been heretics from a traditional Orthodox view) is an equivalent of a Roman Vatican.

    Yet, while the high sounding words of Pat. Bartholomew are critical of the world financial crisis, and what he has perceived to be its causes, he does not seem to adequately explain why he would make such a proclamation. Why? Because, if the problems of the global economy are a result of globalism, confiscation of the property of the majority, and the over-arching power of global financial elite, then, what is his solution? By “Global Solidarity” does he mean “Global Governance” or something that approaches that in other words? Is the answer to centralization of power and wealth by elites who control all major political institutions, parties, governments, media, to be sought by giving the same institutions, parties, governments, even more control?

    Yet, while it is laudable to say that the financial crisis is a result of a moral crisis, Pat. Bartholomew has refused in any encyclical to condemn and seek for legal means to officially prohibit abortion ‘rights’. While he earnestly seeks some solution by governmental/legal means to our financial woes, he seems to not see the other glaring moral problem: life. When Greece has the highest abortion rate of any European Union nations, why has the Patriarch been strangely silent in his public proclamations against abortion Indeed, he has been actually supported the aborting of mentally retarded children and disabled children, at least when he was Metropolitan of Chalcedon. Will he be silent about more horrors?
    http://nftu.net/phanar-proclaims-201...al-solidarity/

    The following is information about the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople from the website:

    About the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

    The Ecumenical Patriarchate is the highest see and holiest center of the Orthodox Christian Church throughout the world. It is an institution with a history spanning seventeen centuries, during which it retained its see in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul). It constitutes the center of all the local Orthodox Churches, heading these not by administration but by virtue of its primacy in the ministry of pan-Orthodox unity and the coordination of the activity of the whole of Orthodoxy.

    See more info at link: http://www.patriarchate.org/patriarchate/about

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    I'm getting so sick of the word "solidarity". It's been hijacked by seemingly every sketchy, evil group in the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePenguin View Post
    I'm getting so sick of the word "solidarity". It's been hijacked by seemingly every sketchy, evil group in the world.
    Kind of a double edged sword really. On one hand it's heartbreaking to see so many lost folks falling for every deception that comes along, but at the same time these types of proclamations help show how really close we are to the 7 year tribulation and the A/C's reign of terror, and closer yet to our redemption.

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    Good find $teve.

    I predict a worldwide push for peace as people are getting sick of these senseless wars. Then when they say "peace and safety" .....well, we know what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterEd View Post
    Good find $teve.

    I predict a worldwide push for peace as people are getting sick of these senseless wars. Then when they say "peace and safety" .....well, we know what happens.
    I agree. We will definitely continue to see an even stronger push for global peace and unity in the near future. My guess, is once the rapture has occurred, the people left behind will demand it.
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    Exactly and I think it can all be set up at very short notice following a major crisis and the rapture. A number of parliaments around the world are already ratifying varying declarations and policies toward global governance. This means that once the time arrives when it is needed to be exercised, governments around the world will have already signed and given their formal consent to it and bam - world government prepared and ready to elect their world leader.

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