Saturday, August 21, 2004

Olympics-related Eastern churches news
The Olympics: pagan? Some priests think so
Of course I agree with the Church of Greece's official position that the Games are harmless - and a good way to acquaint Westerners with their tradition - but the priests have a point, believe it or not. I'm uncomfortable with the Greeks emphasizing the classical period in their history (as in 'come here, little boy') - yes, I recognize the Hellenes' gifts to humanity - while seeming to downplay the Catholic aspect of their culture, which has far more to do with who Greeks are today, as one of several Christian Balkan countries. Today's Orthodox Greek isn't a Hellene, a pagan, but a Rhomaios, a Roman, 'Rome' being the metaphor east and west for the Church Catholic.

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