57. Saint Patrick: Celtic, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican – and Coptic!

OK, so March 17 was last week. The article on Other Faiths took longer than I expected. But all times are right for Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick of Ireland, claimed by everybody except the Aztecs. No matter, those were the days when Christians were united, so he belongs to everybody. We’ll talk about all that […]

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56. Orthodoxy and Other Faiths: Roman Catholicism, Part Three – The Great Schism and What Followed

Results of the Great Schism in the West Rome, cut off from the other 4 traditional Patriarchates, now saw herself as the One True Church. In isolation her authoritarian and legalistic tendencies were magnified. Some examples: 1 Purgatory where after death peoples’ sins “are purged away through torment or ‘purifying’ punishments”. Catechism of Pope Paul VI, 1967. […]

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55. Orthodoxy and Other Faiths: Roman Catholicism, Part Two – The Great Schism

“Cardinal Humbert [of] the holy, primary, and apostolic see of Rome, to which the care of all the churches…pertains… [to] the glorious emperors, clergy, senate, and people of this city of Constantinople…I find great evil” [in this city… Therefore] know…that we thus subscribe the following anathema… unless they should repent. AMEN, AMEN, AMEN.” Please remember […]

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54. Orthodoxy and Other Faiths: Roman Catholicism, Part One – How We Began to Grow Apart

Here’s the humorous question with the obvious answer: “Is the Pope Catholic?” The Orthodox answer (to be uttered with a slight air of mystery in your voice) is ”Well… …?” Or sometimes we hear this from non-Orthodox folks: “You’re almost like the Catholics.” The proper Orthodox response (to be offered as humbly as possible) is […]

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