The Legacy of Father Nicola Yanney


Ancient Faith Publishing recently released a wonderful biography of Fr. Nicola Yanney, the remarkable Syrian priest from Nebraska who died in 1918. I can highly recommend it -- the title is Apostle to the Plains -- but I'm hesitant to review it because I'm a bit conflicted, as I wrote...

The Ukrainian Crisis and Orthodoxy’s Impasse, by Carol Saba


Carol Saba is an attorney in France and one of the leading thinkers and writers in the Patriarchate of Antioch. Recently, he published a 5-part series in the widely-read Lebanese newspaper an-Nahar, describing the historical context for the current Orthodox crisis. This series was translated into English and published at Notes on...

The History of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, 1830-1923


The following paper, originally entitled, "Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople, 1839-1923," was written by Professor Dimitris Stamatopoulos and published in the Great Online Encyclopaedia of the Hellenic World. The original Greek text may be found at this link. The original English translation may be found at this link. I found this paper to...

The Nine Years that Almost Destroyed the Orthodox Church


Back in March, I published a 9-part series on the global Orthodox crisis of 1917-1925. I've made a few revisions to that account and added an Epilogue and a partial bibliography. Today, I'm publishing all of that -- 9,000+ words, altogether.  Orthodoxy is currently facing a global crisis of unity....

Why Fr. Raphael Morgan Should Not Be Venerated or Canonized


On September 3, I published the documents from the divorce of Fr. Raphael Morgan and his wife Charlotte. The documents are tragic and disturbing. Charlotte accused Fr. Raphael of physical abuse, verbal abuse, and infidelity. The Morgans' former landlady corroborated the abuse allegations in her testimony. Fr. Raphael himself was...

The Fr. Raphael Morgan Divorce Documents


Fr. Raphael Morgan was the first black Orthodox priest in American history. He was ordained in Constantinople in 1907 and lived in Philadelphia until his death in 1922. He's an incredibly fascinating historical figure who has captured the imaginations of many people who have learned about him. He's also not...