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  • St. Gregory of Narek: Was the New Doctor of the Church a Catholic?

    St. Gregory is the first Doctor of the Church to have lived outside direct communion with the Bishop of Rome.

    Left: Icon of St. Gregory of Narek Matenadaran, in Yerevan, Armenia. Right: The 10th century Armenian monastery of Narekavank (now destroyed), Lake Van, Vaspurakan (modern Turkey). (Photos: Wikipedia.org)

    On February 21, Pope Francis announced his decision to make St. Gregory of Narek (950-1003) a Doctor of the Church. Once again, Pope Francis has caught us off guard and now many people are scrambling to figure out who St. Gregory was and what the implications of the new honor bestowed upon him are. One key question that is arising is: was St. Gregory a Catholic?
    The short answer to this question seems to be no. He was a member of the Armenian Apostolic Church, which is a non-Chalcedonian Church (sometimes referred to somewhat pejoratively as a Monophysite Church), because of its rejection of the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon.
    However, the relationship of the Armenian Apostolic Church to the Catholic Church is long and complicated. I would like to provide a brief overview to help us consider the implications of the new Armenian Doctor of the Church.
    This is only a short overview of the relations between these churches, and I hope the reader will be encouraged to explore the issue further and also to discover the writings of St. Gregory of Narek.
    Armenia: The first Christian nation
    Armenians recognize St. Jude Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew as the first evangelizers of their nation. The territory of Armenia once stretched from the Ural Mountains southward across modern Turkey and even to northern Lebanon. Its first kingdom was established in the sixth century BC and remained mostly independent, even amidst the regional power struggle between Rome and the Persian Empire.
    In about the year 301 Tiridates III, the king of Arsacid Armenia, proclaimed Christianity the official religion of his state, making Armenia the first Christian nation. According to the oldest accounts, Tiridates had imprisoned St. Gregory the Illuminator for the faith for 13 years before being healed by him. He then appointed Gregory as Catholicos, or head, of the Armenian Church. Following the adoption of Christianity, the Church forged the first Armenian alphabet, which was used for a translation of Scripture and for the Armenian liturgy.
    The rejection of Chalcedon and initial reunion
    For about 450 years, from 428 to 885 AD, Armenia lost independence to the Byzantine Empire and later to Islamic conquest. It was during that time that schism ensued between Armenia and the Catholic Church. Along with the churches of Egypt and Syria, Armenia rejected the Council of Chalcedon, which took place in the year 451. Though initially repudiated, Chalcedon was officially condemned by the Armenian Church in 554 at the second council of Dvin, when communion was officially broken between churches.
    In the year 629, the Byzantine Emperor Heraclitus was able to reach an agreement with Catholicos Ezra to reunite the churches. Unfortunately, in 651 at the Synod of Manzikert, the reunion was repudiated by the Armenians. The condemnation of montheletism (the heresy that Jesus Christ has only one will) at the Third Council of Constantinople only further distanced the Armenians.
    Further reunion attempts
    Though the Armenians had much more contact with the Byzantines, the Crusades brought Latin Catholics back into contact with the Armenians. In particular, the Armenian kingdom of Cilicia, in modern-day Turkey, had favorable relations, and even a short ecclesial reunion, with the Crusaders.
    Formal attempts at reunion with Armenians more broadly occurred at the Second Council of Lyons in 1274 and the Council of Florence in 1439, though these moves did not result in a lasting reunion. The Council of Florence contains a bull of reunion with the Armenians (November 22, 1439), which, not surprisingly, sought to enforce the Christological decisions of the earlier Councils, and to enforce conformity in practice with the Church of Rome. It outlined details on the seven sacraments, and prescribes actions such as mixing water with the wine during the Liturgy and the celebration of certain feasts. It optimistically praises the Armenians:
    Rightly we hold that the Armenians deserve great praise. As soon as they were invited by us to this synod, in their eagerness for ecclesiastical unity, at the cost of many labors and much toil and perils at sea, they sent to us and this council from very distant parts, their notable, dedicated, and learned envoys with sufficient powers to accept, namely whatever the holy Spirit should inspire this holy synod to achieve.
    The creation of the Armenian Catholic Church
    Efforts at reunion with Rome were begun in Armenia by a group of friars (related to the Dominicans, according to CNEWA), called the Friars of Reunion. Groups of Armenians also were brought into the Catholic Church beginning in the 1630s within the borders of the Polish-Lithuanian Empire. This is in accord with the acts of union at Brest in 1595 and Uzhhorod in 1464, which were undertaken with groups of Eastern Orthodox in the same territories.
    In 1755 Pope Benedict XIV wrote extensively on questions pertaining to Eastern Catholics, noting clearly that some Armenians were observing the unions of Lyons and Florence (On the Observance of Oriental Rites). In his mind, the former acts of union had had an effect. Earlier in 1742, he had created a Patriarch of Cilicia for Armenians based in Lebanon and appointed a former bishop of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Abraham Ardzivian as first Patriarch. Bishops remained in Lebanon and were added to Constantinople and Armenia itself in 1850.
    The Armenian Catholic Church was devastated by the Armenian Genocide of 1915, and the Church was suppressed in Armenia during the Communist regime. Numbers in 2008 placed the population of Armenian Catholics at just over 500,000.
    Common declaration
    On December 13, 1996, Pope St. John Paul II issued a common declaration with the Armenian Apostolic Catholicos Karekin I, which spoke of a common faith in Christ, which has been obscured by different linguistic expressions:
    The reality of this common faith in Jesus Christ and in the same succession of apostolic ministry has at times been obscured or ignored. Linguistic, cultural, and political factors have immensely contributed towards the theological divergences that have found expression in their terminology of formulating their doctrines. His Holiness John Paul II and His Holiness Karekin I have expressed their determined conviction that because of the fundamental common faith in God and in Jesus Christ, the controversies and unhappy divisions which sometimes have followed upon the divergent ways in expressing it, as a result of the present declaration, should not continue to influence the life and witness of the Church today. They humbly declare before God their sorrow for these controversies and dissensions and their determination to remove from the mind and memory of their Churches the bitterness, mutual recriminations, and even hatred which have sometimes manifested themselves in the past, and may even today cast a shadow over the truly fraternal and genuinely Christian relations between leaders and the faithful of both Churches, especially as these have developed in recent times.
    The declaration expresses the hope that the divergence of Christological language should no longer be an obstacle to seeking reunion. This is an important point in light of St. Gregory of Narek’s new honor as a Doctor of the Church.
    St. Gregory of Narek
    St. Gregory is the first Doctor of the Church to have lived outside direct communion with the Bishop of Rome. From the history of the relations between the churches and the common declaration, it seems that we should say that he belonged to a church that was apostolic and in possession of genuine sacraments. The question remains of his adherence or rejection of Chalcedon. I do not have any definitive evidence one way or another, but many people are claiming that St. Gregory upheld Chalcedon. Here is one example: “The hieromonks of the monastery of Narek, from among whom we have the remarkable mystic St. Gregory of Narek, are indisputably for the two natures in Jesus Christ” (citing J. Mecerian, La Vierge Marie dans la Littérature médiévale de l’Arménie [Beyrouth, 1954], 9).
    St. Gregory has recently shown up a couple of times in Magisterial writings. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, for instance, contains a reference to him:
    Medieval piety in the West developed the prayer of the rosary as a popular substitute for the Liturgy of the Hours. In the East, the litany called the Akathistos and the Paraclesis remained closer to the choral office in the Byzantine churches, while the Armenian, Coptic, and Syriac traditions preferred popular hymns and songs to the Mother of God. But in the Ave Maria, the theotokia, the hymns of St. Ephrem or St. Gregory of Narek, the tradition of prayer is basically the same. (

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  • NEW SJG MARKETING DIRECTOR

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    “Brian has been a significant source of support and has made life easier for me since he first joined Steve Jackson Games,” said SJG CEO Phil Reed. “I’m personally excited to see him step into a leadership position and assume control of our increasing marketing efforts.”
    Engard joined SJG in August 2013 as Marketing Assistant, and has previous industry experience as an independent game designer and writer working for companies including Green Ronin Publishing, Evil Hat Publications and Galileo Games.

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    A dad known for his creative pancakes has outdone himself with Disney princess pancakes for his own little princess.
    A professional illustrator, math teacher and father of two, Nathan Shields has previously made “Star Wars” and Angry Birds pancakes for his children. But this latest batch features Cinderella, Jasmine, Tiana and more, hot off the griddle, served to the priceless reaction of his daughter, Alice.

    Shields has also created a host of figures ranging from the Beatles to Kurt Cobain for his kids.
    “It started out as a way to entertain my kids, which it still is, but now it’s a fun artistic challenge as well,” Shields told TODAY in September. “I’m still learning through trial and error — which are still delicious.”

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    Lego’s sales grew 13 % in 2014 to 28.6 billion krona (3.8 billion euro) and its net profit even grew 15 % to 7 billion krona (nearly 1 billion euro). The Lego Friends collection, the pastel-coloured figurines Lego has used to conquer little girls’ hearts for years, has been performing well for a while now.

    The huge success of The Lego Movie, which drew in huge crowds the world over, also helped grow profit and turnover. The movie cost 50 million dollars, but raked in 468 million dollars and has resulted in a sequel which should hit theaters in 2018 according to publisher Warner Bros.

    5 % growth in 2015
    For 2015 and the years after, Lego expects the toy market to grow 5 % per year. Financial director John Goodwin expects the company to slightly outpace the market’s average growth, which is why the company will erect a new Lego factory in China. The new factory should be fully functional by 2017 and the Asian region represents some 10 % of the company’s turnover, which means it still has plenty of growth potential there.

    Lego’s excellent results are in stark contract with its major competitor Mattel, which produces Barbie, Fisher-Price and Hot Wheels. Its turnover not only dropped 7 % last year, but has also fired its CEO Bryan Stockton in January. It has tried to manufacture more technological toys, like a talking Barbie with artificial intelligence or a contemporary version of the legendary View-Master (a Google collaboration), to buckle the trend.

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    First, there was the young man who rolled down his window to ask what I was driving as his Mustang passed “my” Charger SRT in a parking lot. Then there was the pair of similarly aged men who gawked with envy as they unlocked the doors to their Nissan Sentra. And finally, the valet, who grinned after admitting he “stepped on it” before delivering Dodge’s newest to me curbside.
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    Born from the Street & Racing Technology division of Dodge, the Charger SRT 392 is the lesser of the two beasts that will be unleashed on the driving public this year. The more potent, supercharged SRT Hellcat version of the Charger, which makes 707 horsepower, reaches a top speed of 204 mph and transforms the muscle car into something so overblown even a Mr. Olympia comparison fails to suffice.
    The naturally aspirated SRT 392 is less feral. Its 6.4-liter V-8 HEMI delivers a more humble 485 horses to its rear wheels which is still likely to inspire trouble, despite Dodge’s billing as a family sedan as much as a muscle car.
    Four doors does not a family car make. I suspect most buyers of the Charger SRT 392 who pack kids in the back seat will buy it, instead of the two-door Challenger, to haul friends, and that whatever offspring may end up buckled into the back seat will be acquired after first luring the lady friend with his hot wheels.
    And by hot, I mean smoking. The Charger is truly one of the more handsome muscle cars on the road, with a bulging aluminum hood and six-pack abs that summon images of Mark Wahlberg from his Calvin Klein modeling days. With a design inspired by the second-generation Charger of the late ’60s, the 2015 version has a more dramatic fastback. But it is most striking from the front, with its mouth breather of a grille and new heat extractors to effectively pull the HEMI’s warmth from under the hood.
    It takes little effort to accomplish that task. In my week with the Charger, the scantest touch of the accelerator was enough to make the car not only pounce but do so with a take-heed soundtrack. Its low-level grumble yields to a low-grade Hemi hum as it charges through its eight gears, whether I was letting the car do it for me automatically or I took over with the paddle shifters.
    I felt large and in charge gripping the sporty, flat-bottomed steering wheel that was beefed up with a thicker rim that also housed some of the car’s most salient controls. Using various buttons, I could switch between dashboard layouts. SRT performance pages allowed me to control my horsepower, traction and suspension settings.
    In the wrong hands after unfortunate circumstances that could very well involve a tree or guard rail, the Charger’s UConnect system is outfitted with roadside assistance. It’s also equipped with a theft alarm notification system – another perfect amenity for a sporty car that could be quite the target. Finally, there is the UConnect WiFi hotspot for the driver’s passengers to amuse themselves on whatever devices they’ve brought along, in case they’re not entertained enough by the exhilarating performance.
    While the side mirrors are equipped with blind-spot monitors that engaged each time I whizzed past fellow commuters, the steering wheel is home to another safety feature in the Charger that is optional yet well advised. In the Charger, collision warning was so effective as to be alarming. The few times the Charger realized before I did that my pretty metal face was about to be uglied by another car’s rear bumper, “BRAKE!” flashed on my dashboard in bright red – a message that was underscored with beeps, which inspired me to brake hard. The Charger happily obliged.
    Slowing things down are the largest brakes on a Chrysler. Ever. First offered on the Challenger SRT Hellcat last year, the 15.4-inch Brembo rotors are serving platters, dishing up amazing stopping power with six-piston calipers putting the clamps on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels. To avoid scraping those gorgeous rims, the side mirrors automatically cast their gaze downward when the Charger is in reverse helping to avoid unsightly cosmetic damage. Far better for the rims to show off the Pirelli performance rubber.
    That rubber is, of course, most satisfying when gaining speed. And at that, the 2015 Charger SRT 392 excels as well as it accels.
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    Published: 11:46 EST, 26 February 2015 | Updated: 12:10 EST, 26 February 2015

    As a former footballer’s wife Danielle Lloyd knows a thing of two about fast cars.
    But slowing things down a little as she did her weekly grocery restock on Thursday in Sutton, Lloyd traded in her wheels for a shopping trolley.
    Cutting a casual figure as she ran her errands, the 31-year-old opted to ditch the glamour by stepping out make-up free.
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    Hot wheels… Make-up free Danielle Lloyd cut a casual figure on Thursday in Sutton on a grocery run

    Dressed down: The 31-year-old put on a sporty display in a matching two piece and zip detail jumper

    Making a low key appearance, Danielle wore a pair of black leggings which featured a leopard print waist band with a matching top.

    Rocking a black headband, Lloyd allowed her brunette locks to fall at her shoulders while strutting along in a pair of black trainers.
    Keeping covered up, the mother-of-three topped her sporty ensemble with a zip detailed jumper.

    Ditching the glamour: Danielle smiled as she pushed her trolley which was full of shopping

    On the move: The mother-of-three held her hand to her face headed through the car park as the rain fell

    Casually coordinated: Lloyd wore her brunette hair back out of her face with the help of black headband

    Following her store run, Danielle then took her oldest son Archie, four, to football training.
    Documenting the event on her Instagram account, the proud mother uploaded a snap of the blonde haired boy dressed in his kit.
    The caption on the image read: ‘Footy training with this little man love him the world’.

    Out and about: Danielle clutched onto her car keys as she strutted along in all black trainers

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    Since her divorce from her cheating ex husband Jamie O’Hara, Danielle has been completely focused on her three little boys – Archie, Harry and James.
    On Monday morning, Lloyd was spotted cradling her youngest boy while running a few errands near her home in Birmingham.
    As the young tot wrapped his little arms around his mother, a rather proud Danielle couldn’t help but smile to herself while walking along.

    Doting mother: On Monday, Danielle spent the day with her youngest son 18-months-old James

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