Author : Fr Gregory Jensen

Together with my wife Mary, I entered the Orthodox Church on the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (15 August) in 1991. On the feast of st Nicholas (6 December 1996) I was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Metropolitan MAXIMOS at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA.

Written on Sep, 02, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

You might have some imperfect obligation to speak out against some issue. (It can’t be a perfect obligation, can it? Does anyone think you are literally obligated to speak out for or against some issue at all times you’re awake?) Even if so, it doesn’t follow that other people have permission to make you speak out on demand. For instance, even if …

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Writing at The Ludwig von Mises Center (Why we are Where we are – Part One) Duncan Whitmore observes that … it is all too easy for us to overlook the brevity of our current epoch that is distinguished by economic, intellectual, cultural and scientific advances that are far in excess of anything that has been seen before. Those who …

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Written on Aug, 28, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

John Horvat writing at The Imaginative Conservative, has a great article on the philosophical underpinnings of our current situation (The Stunning Triumph of Thomas Hobbes in the COVID Crisis).Let me preface what I’m about to say that I have since the pandemic began I have continued to serve Liturgy, hear confessions, and bring people Holy Communion. While I’ve taken basic …

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Written on Aug, 25, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

Imaginative Conservative has a good article on the philosophical underpinnings of our current situation (The Stunning Triumph of Thomas Hobbes in the COVID Crisis) Let me preface what you’re about to read by saying that I have since the pandemic began continued to serve Liturgy, hear confessions, and bring people Holy Communion. While I’ve taken basic precautions (mask, hand washing, …

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Follow the science, follow the data, can’t simply be limited to the findings of epidemiology. This listening not only to economists, political scientists and other social scientists but also philosophers and theologians especially those who specialize in morality and public policy. Following the science also means understanding, as the article below points out, the correlation between political orientation and risk …

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The technocratic and managerial is perhaps the only unquestioned problem-solving common idiom we have, and in it we experience the world as put in order by us and therefore manipulable. In morality we experience the world as binding desire and announcing an order to which we must be conformed. This order is not as a factual given like “we only …

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Written on Jul, 31, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

While the destruction of property is not as morally serious as homicide, neither are morally acceptable. The inability–or what is worse, unwillingness–to acknowledge that both are wrong is a sin against both justice and charity. The open assault on property taking place in cities across the country is clearly a campaign of violence. After all, a standard dictionary definition of …

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Ballor and Hurchinson highlight something I see lacking in our politics not only internationally and nationally but also (and maybe most importantly) locally. What is this forgiveness. They write: A society without forgiveness is like hell on earth. This is as true for societies on a smaller scale like marriage as it is for larger political communities. Marriages that last …

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Written on Jul, 28, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

When surveying the tremendous complexity of racial disparities, it’s simply wrong to presuppose all whites are “privileged,” let alone racist. Using the despicable actions of a few to judge an entire group of people is never sound reasoning. Just because some white people (who were kids) weaponized their whiteness and harassed me for the color of my skin, doesn’t mean …

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Written on Jul, 27, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

We are surrounded by many who are fearful and even angry. The temptation we face is to turn our backs on them, to withdraw from society, to close our hearts to others in their weakness.

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