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Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956 - File 011. 1956-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 25, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/640.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date December 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Energy & Sustainability Research Collection
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Transcript In "What Religion Can Do to Defeat Communism," J. Anthony Marcus, noted authority on Russia and the Soviet Communist menace, raises grave questions concerning the over-all results of "exchange visits" between the peoples of the United States and the Soviet Republic. Don"t miss bis article on page 4 of this issue. 'ol-A untV It is in the context of the Christian gospel, and the bearing of that gospel upon the conduct of men and of nations that we embark upon these tonxe-rsations." Metropolitan Nicolai responded in a similar vein. He said he was quite pleased with Dr. Blake's statement and would see to it that each of the Russian conferees was given a copy. "We speak as Christians," he said, basing our opinions on Christian grounds. If you are here' without political instructions, so also are we. Our conversations xvill forge closer ties between us." The State of the Churches On this question Metropolitan Nicolai speike as follows: "In 1918 the Church was separated from the State. This was the- beginning of a new epoch. Up to that time the Church xxas connected with the State, not in harmony, but in disharmony. 'hi' activities of the Church were tramped thereby. For us separation of Church anel State means that the Christian Church docs not mix in the affairs of the- State, nor the- Stale in the affairs of the Church. The- Church is pee of any financial aid from the State. Our churches anel our tlexei- tional activities are paid for by the contributions of the faithful. The Church is separated from the school. Religion is not a subject in the school curriculum. "How, then, do children receive feligious instruction? In their homes, and in the churches where special discissions an- held, particularly on Sun- flay afternoons. Preaching is .1 regular Part of the Orthodox service, but on Sunday evenings there are special discissions on the meaning of the Chinch. Believing parents can invite I'n'csts lo their hoincs in order to gixe- ■Nigfcms instruction to children. "The Church has no care of invalids °r orphans or thc aged. The State does 195C j 1"a, , s Forum News, December, 1956 this. We do have, however, a special department to care for aged priests and for widows of priests. "We have theological schools. There are eight .seminaries for priests in towns and villages, and two academics comparable to your theological colleges and universities. Candidates for Study in the- theological schools come .liter completing the secular schools. The secular schools have both believers and unbelievers. Those who enter the- theological schools arc believers. The- number ol applicants exceeds the places available. The theological schools prepare priests. The academies prepare theologians anel teachers, and engage in theological research, "On the matter of relations to the State, the government has created two Councils, one- on the affairs of the Russian Orthodox Church, the- other to ele-al with all other religious bodies. Both of these- Councils arc under the Council of Ministers of the USSR. There are- no clergy on these- Councils, Thex provide the means for intercourse between the- Church and the State. For example, if a church re- quires materia] for new construction or repairs, the Council arranges for tin procurement of the material at State prices. "The- Russian Orthodox Church has about 20,000 parishes. 35,000 priests. 69 monasteries (including convents for women). The principle applying in the nionstciics is 'ora et labora' — prayer and work. The nuns make embroidery for vestments and other items for the church. "The Russian Orthodox Church has a certain number of churches abroad. There- is the Exarchate in North America xxith about twenty parishes. In Western Europe there are churches under the Patriarchate in France. England, Holland, Finland, and elsewhere. There are also Russian churches in China. "The Patriarchate has five depart- (Continued on page 36) The la(e Rev. Dr. Walter W Van Kirk, Mai Vernon, N. Y., Execu. live Director, Department of Internal Affairs, National Council of Churches. Roswell P.b\ Rev. Dr Barnes, New York sociale General Secretary, National Council of Churches. rork, Newton Center, Mass., President, Ando- ver Newton Theological Seminary. Rev. Dr. Franklin ClorkrX Fry, New Rochelle.V N Y„ President of the United Lutheran Church of America. km Rt. Rev. Henry Knox*\ Sherrill, Greenwich,-/ Conn., presiding Bishop, Protestant Episcopal Church (former President of the National Council of Churches). Rev. Dr. Eugene Canon Blake, Philadelphia, Penn., President, National Council of Churches. Bishop D. Ward Nichols, New York, Presiding Bishop, First Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church. Paul B. Anderson, New York, Associate Executive Secretary, International Committee of YMCA's. A Charles Coolidge Por- V lin, Englewood, N. J., Methodist layman. Page 9
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