The leaders of Christianity’s two largest churches met face to face in Cuba — for the first time since the year 1054. Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church and Patriarch Kirill of the Eastern Orthodox Church meet for first time in nearly 1,000 years. And this is what you call a moment in time – I have another moment in time for you today as I speak to Danish Journalist Iben Thranholm. She is a former editor and radio host at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation – her focus is on the political and social implications in the christian community. She has been awarded for her investigative research and coverage of religious issues in her home country. She is on a mission to open up the minds and hearts of people everywhere to understand the implications of a divided church.
The persecution of Christians and all religious minorities – many believe this was the impetus for this discussion and coming together of these two religious leaders!
In your column you say: This means that the meeting springs from the need and desire of the churches to form a joint front, or Catholic Church joint ministry to a world disintegrating before our eyes: moral decay, political depravity and dissolution of values. World War III looms like darkness threatening to engulf us all with the rising tension in Syria and Turkey, Western proxy wars and Russia’s intervention. Not to mention the growing tensions between the West and Russia springing from the crisis in Ukraine.
Further you say: The ability of the patriarch and the pope to rise above their disagreements to address the far more serious problem of persecution of Christians offers an example to be emulated by politicians. Uniting to overcome a greater evil is the solution the global community ought now to pursue. A fragmented Western world will be fatally unable to stand up to radical Islam. Which other Christian voice can now speak with the authority needed when liberal democracy is becoming increasingly feeble in its struggle against radicalized Islam? Isn’t this our very undoing?
I also spoke with Iben while in Rome, Italy a couple of months back. We sat down for an interview – which you can find on the Malcolm Out Loud TV platform. Is Russia The New West? Is The United States The New East?
Could Red Square feel more open and free than Manhattan? Is it even possible? Denmark Journalist Iben Thranholm believes there is something to this new paradigm. “I experienced a fantastic energy, a moral energy similar to America in the ’50s with the old moral values. I met helpful, poetic and cultured people with a spirit of self-sacrifice I have not seen before.”
In the west we can divorce with ease on-line. We prioritize work and career above family responsibilities especially raising children. We favour euthanasia, abortion on demand, homosexual rights and same-sex marriage while our cities are submerged in Islam and growing segregation.