I am speechless and a little punch drunk with all the news from Rome, so I will report this to you without much comment. I don't think I've got this wrong but I've not seen anybody else pick up on it. According to Sputnik in Moldova (and I have to say I find them quite a reliable newsagency), the Ecumenical Patriarch is about to announce in a formal manner that Orthodox priests will be allowed to take a second wife, under certain circumstances.
You can read it here for yourselves (stick Romanian through google translate if you must): https://sputnik.md/religion/20180904/21652131/decizie-istorica-preoti-a-doua-casatorie-patriarhia-ecumenica.html
How can Orthodoxy undo itself like this? Our common heritage is that priests do not marry. In the Orthodox tradition a man may marry before he becomes a priest, BUT priests do not marry. There is a sound scriptural basis for this. How can Orthodoxy cease to be?
The Universal Church is under attack in all quarters.....
And the Russian Orthodox Church declares the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople to be uncanonical
And they are right.
Meanwhile, the Eucmenical Patriarch is sending legates to Ukraine to prepare for the Ukranian Church to become Autocephalous. The spiritual break-up of the Rus' should not be dismissed lightly, this is a terrible thing and holier souls than me are saying it is purely politically motivated and should not happen. There is a terrible sadness in my heart over all this.
Orthodox schism does not seem far off .
Meanwhile here in Romania the Orthodox use the Milanković calendar (basically the Gregorian only arguably slightly more accurate and devisd by an Orthodox Serb) and so Catholic and Orthodox have been deep in commemoration of the Birth of the Mother of God, even the electronic billboards on the high street have been showing icons of the Birth of the Virgin.... and the Church is only One in Her. It is only with Her that the Enemy of the Church is defeated. Today is such a special feast.
The Antiphon of the Magnificat for today's Vespers is also the Orthodox Troparion, and may we never forget our common joy:
Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, brought us the gift of life everlasting.
And here it is being sung in Romanian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYExemVu6dQ#action=share