The Council of Florence is a nebulous thing. It took place at the climax of two historical epochs—the western struggle through schism and civil war and the eastern struggle through civil war and Turkish invasions. The divisions that these epochs led to—the western division into Protestant and Catholic, and the eastern division into Eastern Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Russian … [Read more...] about The Council of Florence: No Scholarly Consensus?
In Nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, amen. Suscipe, Sancte Pater. Since 1964 and before, the near-longest division in the history of the Church—between the Chalcedonian Orthodox and the Miaphysites, dated from c. 500—has had promising developments. These events challenge Chalcedonian Orthodoxy in its own self-understanding and can lead individual Orthodox … [Read more...] about 10 Lessons the Chalcedonians can learn from their rapprochement with the Miaphysites
This post was originally published here where the original comments are retained. It was written in 2012 when I was Eastern Orthodox, but before I had come to the conclusion that I was in schism (and there are other views expressed I may no longer hold). For an explanation of why I reject the Greek schism entirely, see my article I Left Eastern Orthodoxy for the Church Led by … [Read more...] about Holy Father
The Procession of the All-Holy Spirit – Again and Again on Bended Knee If any man studies the Greek schism, it is inevitable that the wearying question of the Filioque will need to be addressed. I always dread this, not because of its divisive nature per se, but especially because I feel extremely uncomfortable speaking about the inner workings and eternal identity of the Holy … [Read more...] about The Filioque: Again and Again on Bended Knee