18 February 2016

Remember This When You Hear from Your Orthodox Friends that Rome Broke Away from Them

"We define that the Holy Apostolic See and the Roman Pontiff have primacy over the entire universe; that the same Roman Pontiff is the successor of Blessed Peter, Prince of the Apostles; he is the authentic Vicar of Christ, Head of the entire Church, Father and Doctor of all Christians; that Our Lord Jesus Christ has transmitted to him, in the person of Blessed Peter, full power to nourish, sustain and govern the Universal Church, as is attested also in the Acts of the Ecumenical Councils’ and in the Sacred Canons” (Conciliorum Oecumenicorum Decreta, Centro Editoriale Dehoniano, Bologna 2013, pp. 523-528).

This is a dogmatic declaration signed by the Patriarchs of the Eastern Sees, including those of Constantinople and Moscow, at the Council of Florence in 1439-- a Council in which the Emperor of Constantinople himself participated.

This passage, as part of a very interesting discussion of the history of the schism and eastern churches that chose the path of fidelity to Rome, in light of the recent joint statement of schismatic patriarch Kirill and the Patriarch of the West, comes from Rorate Caeli.


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