An EU committee has approved two new copyright rules that campaigners warn could destroy the internet as we know it. The two controversial new rules – known as Article 11 and Article 13 – introduce wide-ranging new changes to the way the web works. Article 13 has been criticised by campaigners who claim that it could force internet companies to “ban memes”. It requires that all websites check posts against a database of copyrighted work, and remove those that are flagged. That could mean memes – which often use images taken from films or TV shows – could be removed by websites. The system is also likely to go wrong, campaigners say, pointing to previous examples where automated systems at YouTube have taken down a variety of entirely innocent posts. Smaller sites might not even be able to maintain such a complicated infrastructure for scanning through posts, and therefore might not be able to continue to function, activists claim. Some companies and sites have already had to shut down as a result of the EU’s new GDPR data rules. It has been opposed by a whole host of internet experts, many of them involved with the creation of the central technologies and services of the internet. An open letter published last week was signed by more than 70 experts, including web creator Tim Berners-Lee, WikipediaRead more

Are there canonical grounds for issuing of Tomos to Ukrainian dissenters? On January 5, 2019, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople announced to the whole world his three important Decisions: • the restoration of his exarchate on the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church; • the reinstatement of Filaret Denysenko and Makariy Maletich to their hierarchical or priestly ranks; • the granting of autocephaly (Tomos) under the auspices of the Constantinople Patriarchate to a new church structure – the HCU, that is, the Holy Church of Ukraine. This announcement stirred up the whole Orthodox world. The media and some politicians started talking about it. Everyone was waiting for the announced Decisions to be presented to the public in the form of signed documents. But the expectations were vain. Yet the documents were not made publicly available. The Fanar limited itself to a verbal “announcement” of the alleged Decisions. The website of the Patriarchate of Constantinople very succinctly announced that such Decisions had been made somewhere and by someone. Further events came to resemble a detective TV series. A group of active believers, through a human rights organization, appealed to Patriarch Bartholomew and each member of the Holy Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate with a request to provide full official texts of these crucial Decisions. However, their request was rejected. At thatRead more

After the information (of 26.3.2019) that the Italian translation of the Patriarchal Letter of 9.3.2019 was inserted within the “category of texts of Dogmatic and Symbolic Theology” it was decided to make the related answer of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania (21.3.2019) public. The first pages of the lengthy discourse (didachi) of the above-mentioned Patriarchal Letter did not refer in the least to the query raised in the first responding Letter of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania (14.1.2019). For this reason, in the second reply there was not any reference to these pages. This particular text gives the impression of an Encyclical directed towards many recipients; and already has created related discussions. Click Here to read the Letter of  21 Mars 2019 Your Holiness Most Divine Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch, Most Beloved and Dearest Brother in Christ God and Co-celebrant of our Humbleness in Christ our God, B a r t h o l o m e w, kissing Your Most Divine All-Holiness we address You in a most amiable manner. Having awaited with great anticipation the reply of Your Venerable Prominence, on the question of overcoming the concerns of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, regarding the Primate of the new Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Ukraine, we received the Letter of Your ProminenceRead more

Really, are the Ukrainians this gullible? What did they expect would happen when they began treating with the Phanar? Are they unaware of the history of that long-ago, storied capital, a “New Rome” which hasn’t existed for half a millennium? Or, did they decide to play along with the fake autocephaly in order to mutiny afterward? Both are good questions. Regardless, it looks like the mutiny-after-the-mutiny is spreading (many thanks to Greatly Saddened): As grieved as I am for the Orthodox Ukrainians who are having to witness the division of both their Church and their country, I am particularly concerned as to the geopolitical ramifications of the chaos that is engulfing Ukraine at present. As a non-interventionist (who voted for Donald Trump as a peace candidate vis-a-vis Russia), I am not at all happy to see Mike Pompeo and John Bolton trot out the old NATO, neoconservative line. That, however, is a story for another day. As an Orthodox Christian, I am very concerned as to what this all means as far as Orthodox unity in the Diaspora. Clearly, Patriarch Bartholomew’s hyper-papalism is not sitting well with the other local Churches. As reported here yesterday, Moscow proceeds apace creating new dioceses throughout Asia. And it is on the verge of accepting the “dissolved” Russian Exarchate of Western Europe under itsRead more