An Honest Roman Catholic Priest in Regard to the Development of the Pope

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I sometimes talk to sincere Roman Catholics who tell me that the Orthodox Church is without the “Authority of Christ” because they are not in communion with Rome — that the Orthodox Bishops are separated from the authority of Christ established within His true Church because they do not embrace the Pope of Rome as […]

Primacy & Episcopacy

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by Charles R. Ajalat [From Word Magazine, Publication of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, January 1996, pp. 7-11] ONE OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN IN OUR FALLEN WORLD IS THIS TENSION IN CHURCH ADMINISTRATION BETWEEN POWER AND HOLINESS; BETWEEN HAVING THE EFFICIENCY OF A SINGLE HUMAN DECISION-MAKER AND ALTERNATIVELY A SYSTEM WHERE […]

A Case Study of Roman Catholic Abuse of the Fathers

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by Thomas Seraphim Hamilton A Roman Catholic argued : "Unity of Peter" = "Unity of Episcopate", and Roman Catholics already affirm this. The question arises where is the essential present source of this unity. Cyprian said it’s the Throne of Peter which is principally in the Church of Rome in the 54th Epistle. That this […]

The Seventh Orthodox (Final) Ecumenical Council (787 AD)

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Last of Seven posts. Simple Summaries of the Seven Orthodox Ecumenical Councils Held again in Nicea, Asia Minor in 787. Under Empress Irene. 367 Orthodox Bishops, representing the worldwide church, were present. The Iconoclast Controversy Iconography existed undisputed in the worldwide church until 726 AD. The controversy over icons during the eighth and ninth centuries […]

The Sixth Orthodox Ecumenical Council (680 AD)

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Sixth of Seven Posts. Simple Summaries of the Seven Orthodox Ecumenical Councils Held in Constantinople in 680. Under Emperor Constantine IV.  170 Orthodox Bishops representing the worldwide church were present.   The Monothelite Controversy The council concerned the last attempt to compromise with the Monophysites. Although Christ did have two natures (divine and human) He […]

The Fifth Orthodox Ecumenical Council (553 AD)

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Fifth of Seven posts. Simple Summaries of the Seven Orthodox Ecumenical Councils Held in Constantinople in 553. Under Emperor Justinian the Great. 165 Orthodox Bishops representing the worldwide Church were present. Nestorian and Eutychian Controversies The Council was called in hope of putting an end to the Nestorian and the Eutychian (Monophysite) controversies. The Council […]

The Fourth Orthodox Ecumenical Council (451 AD)

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Fourth of Seven posts. Simple Summaries of the Seven Orthodox Ecumenical Councils Held in Chalcedon, near Constantinople, 451. Under Emperor Marcian. 630 Orthodox Bishops, representing the worldwide church, were present. Monophysite Controversies The Council was concerned, once again, with the nature of Jesus Christ. The teaching arose that Christ’s human nature (less perfect) dissolved itself […]

Protestants, PLEASE Quit Quoting JB Lightfoot

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Misquoting J.B Lightfoot against the Office of Bishop, that is. by Richard A. Shaward Okay, .  Seriously. I was going to remain silent on this until talking to a certain individual I greatly love in the Lord and respect and am thankful to have known in my early Christian years. I want to remain a […]

The Third Orthodox Ecumenical Council (431 AD)

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Third of Seven excellent posts. Simple Summaries of the Seven Orthodox Ecumenical Councils Held in Ephesus, Asia Minor in 431 under Emperor Theodosius II (grandson of Theodosius the Great). 200 Orthodox Bishops representing the worldwide church were present. The Nestorian Controversy It concerned the nature of Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. […]

The Second Orthodox Ecumenical Council (381 AD)

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[from GOARCH SITE]  Second of Seven excellent posts. Simple Summaries of the Seven Orthodox Ecumenical Councils Held in Constantinople in 381. Under Emperor Theodos ius the Great. 150 Orthodox Bishops representing the Worldwide Church were present. Issue : The Macedonian Controversy Macedonius, somewhat like Arius, was misinterpreting Church’s teaching on the Holy Spirit. He taught […]

The First Orthodox Ecumenical Council (325 AD)

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[from GOARCH SITE]  First of Seven excellent posts. Simple Summaries of the Seven Orthodox Ecumenical Councils Held in Nicea, Asia Minor in 325. Under Emperor Constantine the Great. 318 Orthodox Bishops were present. Among whom were St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (western Santa Claus – yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus – and he was […]