Monday, May 01, 2006

A silk purse

From a sow’s ear. Katie doesn’t give us much to work with today, just a little homily about a resurgence of the Orthodox churches in the United States. This is the kind of column that separates the dogs from the pups. Here goes.

Katie has apparently never heard of the Great Schism, which can be roughly summarized as My bishop is bigger than your bishop.
The East-West Schism, known also as the Great Schism (though this latter term sometimes refers to the later Western Schism), was the event that divided Chalcedonian Christianity into Western Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. Though normally dated to 1054, when Pope Leo IX and Patriarch Michael I excommunicated each other, the East-West Schism was actually the result of an extended period of estrangement between the two Churches.

The two Churches have never kissed and made up, although they did recently have a hostage exchange:
The Catholic-Orthodox Joint Declaration of 1965 was read out on 7 December 1965 simultaneously at a public meeting of the Second Vatican Council in Rome and at a special ceremony in Constantinople. It addressed an exchange of excommunications between prominent ecclesiastics in the Roman see and the Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1054. It did not end the East-West Schism but showed a desire for greater reconciliation between the two churches, represented by Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I.

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On November 27, 2004, in an attempt to "promote Christian unity", Pope John Paul II returned the bones (relics) of Patriarchs John Chrysostom and Gregory Nazianzen to Istanbul. Chrysostom's remains were taken as war booty from Constantinople by Crusaders in 1204, and many believe that Nazianzen's were taken then as well. However, the Vatican says the bones of the second saint were brought to Rome by Byzantine monks in the 8th century.

Katie, of course, pledges fealty to the Bishop of Rome and the Holy Roman Catholic Church. The rest of us are just heretics, flammable at any moment, and it is hard to understand Katie promoting the lake of fire.

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