• Short Summary

    A MEETING OF CHURCH LEADERS, THE PAN-ORTHODOX PRO-SYNOD, THAT MIGHT WELL BE CONSIDERED THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS A UNION OF ALL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES, OPENED IN RHODES, GREECE, ON THE 24TH SEPT 61..

  • Description

    A MEETING OF CHURCH LEADERS, THE PAN-ORTHODOX PRO-SYNOD, THAT MIGHT WELL BE CONSIDERED THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS A UNION OF ALL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES, OPENED IN RHODES, GREECE, ON THE 24TH SEPT 61.. THIS HISTORIC OCCASION WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHES, THE POPE, AND THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY HAVE MET IN CONCLAVE SINCE THE ECUMENICAL COUNCIL OF NICAEA IN 787 A.D.

    AMONG THE SUBJECTS TO BE DISCUSSED ARE QUESTIONS OF FAITH AND DOGMA, AND THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE EASTERN ORTHODOX TO OTHER CHURCHES.

    OF PARTICULAR INTEREST AT THIS MEETING IN RHODES WILL BE THE DISCUSSIONS OF FAITH AND DOGMA, FOR IT WAS DISAGREEMENT ON THE NICAEA/CONSTANTINOPOLITAN CREED AS LAID DOWN IN A SERIES OF ECUMENICAL SYNODS THAT CHRIST WAS 'CONSUBSTANTIAL' WITH THE FATHER, AND THAT HE 'HAD BECOME MAN', WHICH STARTED DISPUTES WHICH EVENTUALLY LED IN 1054 TO THE EXCOMMUNICATION BY POPE LEO IX OF THE WHOLE OF THE EASTERN CHURCH. THE OSTENSIBLE CAUSE OF THE FINALITY OF THIS EX-COMMUNICATION - AND OTHERS HAD PRECEDED IT WHICH HAD BEEN OVERCOME - WAS THE ADDITION IN THE CONSTANTINOPLE CREED OF TWO WORDS. AFTER THE WORDS "AND IN THE HOLY GHOST" OF THE APOSTLES' CREED, THE CONSTANTINOPOLITANS ADDED WHO PROCEEDED FROM THE FATHER. WITHOUT CONSULTING THE EASTERNS, THE ROMANS THEN ADDED "AND SON" THUS DENYING THE NICAEAN CONSUBSTANTIAL BELIEF.

    THE PRO-SYNOD GOT OFF TO A DISCONCERTING START WHEN INITIAL DIVERGENCIES CAUSED THE MEETING TO BE HELD BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, WITH SOME OFFICIAL OBSERVERS EXCLUDED. THESE DIFFERENCES WERE QUICKLY SETTLED, HOWEVER, AFTER IT HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED THAT THE BISHOP OF KAWALLA, THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH OF CONSTANTINOPLE BE CHAIRMAN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6V06UYKC7TCCATVY7SC2M6F6E
    Media URN:
    VLVA6V06UYKC7TCCATVY7SC2M6F6E
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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