July 2, 2006
"The Orthodox Church" Is Released in Spanish BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Over Forty years ago, Timothy Ware (now Bishop Kallistos Ware http://www.orthodoxwiki.org/Kallistos_%28Ware%29_of_Diokleia
) wrote what has become the standard introduction to Orthodoxy, The Orthodox Church. Now, for the first time, the classic text will be published in Spanish as La Inglesia Ortodoxa by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and South America with permission of Penguin Books in London.
In this influential text, Bishop Kallistos explains the Orthodox views on such divergent topics as Ecumenical Councils, Sacraments, Free Will, Purgatory, The Papacy and the relation between the different Orthodox Churches.
His Eminence Metropolitan Tarasios of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and South America states in his introduction that by publishing this work:
It is hoped Spanish speakers from other Christian and other faith traditions will perhaps begin to understand where our common ground lies, why we drifted apart and what needs to be done to reverse the great scandal of the fragmentation of the Body of Christ. The Orthodox Church sees itself as part of the solution in realizing the wholeness of the Body of Christ. It therefore behooves the West to know more about and better understand the Orthodox Church so that Christian unity can indeed become a reality.
The English version of La Inglesia Ortodoxa was first published in 1963. Frances Garcia translated the book into Spanish nine years ago. It is with great rejoicing that this excellent resource is made available to Spanish speaking Orthodox Christians worldwide with the hope that it will be embraced, studied and used as a source of growth. In an effort to make this a reality, His Eminence Metropolitan Tarasios has committed 1,000 copies of La Inglesia Ortodoxa be given away to people in South America who would otherwise not be able to purchase the book.
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