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Sack of Constantinople (1204) & Unknown Byzantine Atrocities [1998]

Response to an Orthodox Critic Concerning My Supposed Ignorance of Orthodoxy & Illegitimate Apologetic Methodology (vs. Perry Robinson) [7-7-04] *

Critique of Orthodoxy (John McAlpine) [7-21-04] *

Discussion on Orthodox Caesaropapism & Proper Historiography (vs. “Theophan” & Joel Kalvesmaki) [8-19-04] *

Overview of Theological and Ecclesiological Catholic-Orthodox Disagreements / The Unique Case of the Oriental Orthodox [11-28-07] *

Orthodoxy & Catholicism Read by Czech Bishops & Priests [6-16-11]

Exchange with an Anti-Catholic Orthodox: Originally on the Papacy (vs. Richard A. Shaward) [Facebook, 12-2-11]

Further Thoughts on Catholic-Orthodox Discussion [Facebook, 12-20-13] [+ earlier, humorous installment: about someone trashing me because I made a “patristic typo”: Facebook, 12-19-13]

Preface to 3rd Revised 2015 Edition of Orthodoxy and Catholicism: A Comparison [6-11-14]

Orthodoxy & Catholicism: A Comparison: Reply to Introduction (Fr. Deacon Daniel Dozier) [8-18-14]



Filioque: Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue (William Klimon) [July 1997]

The Holy Spirit, Procession, and the Love Between the Father and the Son (Church Teaching) [7-3-09] *

“Western” View of the Holy Trinity, Monarchia, Procession, Etc. (vs. David Waltz and Drake Shelton) [3-5-12]



Pope St. Leo the Great, the “Robber” Council of 449, and the Council of Chalcedon in 451 (Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman) [1993; re-posted to Facebook on 1-27-17]

50 New Testament Proofs for Petrine Primacy & the Papacy [1994]

Pope Silvester and the Council of Nicaea (vs. James White) [August 1997]

The Development of the Papacy (John Henry Cardinal Newman) [1997] *

Bible on Papal & Church Infallibility [2007]

Council of Nicea: Reply to James White: Its Relationship to Pope Sylvester, Athanasius’ Views, & the Unique Preeminence of Catholic Authority [4-2-07]

The Orthodox Formally Recognize Papal Primacy in High Level Ecumenical Talks [12-17-07] *

Papal Participation in the First Seven Ecumenical Councils [4-22-09]

The Nature of Papal Leadership: “Servant of Servants” [from Karl Adam; Facebook, 2-2-12]

Quick, Highly Effective Argument for the Existence of the Papacy in the First 200 Years [Facebook, 3-13-13]

The Papacy & Conciliarity (or, Collegiality): How Popes Routinely Consult Bishops, Priests, and Laity Prior to Momentous Decrees [9-13-14]

Did Pope Gregory the Great Deny Papal Primacy & Supremacy? [9-16-17]

Pope St. Leo the Great (r. 440-461) and Papal Supremacy [9-19-17]

Shock! Former Catholic Rod Dreher Loves Lawler’s Pope-Bashing Book (Sin in the Church and Dreher’s Inadequately Explained Rejection of Catholic Doctrine) [2-22-18]



Divorce: Early Church Teaching [Oct. 1998]

Dialogue on Annulment & Divorce: Essentially Different? [1997-1999]

Biblical Evidence for Annulments [2002]

Biblical Evidence for Prohibiting Divorce [2004]

Annulment is Not “Catholic Divorce” [11-17-15]



Contraception: Early Church Teaching (William Klimon) [1998]

Dialogue: Contraception vs. NFP: Crucial Ethical Distinctions [2-16-01]

Biblical Evidence Against Contraception [5-3-06]

Dialogue on Contraception & Natural Family Planning (NFP) (vs. Grubb) [5-16-06] *

Does Orthodoxy Allow Contraception Or Not? [1-29-05; rev. 6-22-06] *

The Bible on the Blessing of [Many] Children [3-9-09]



Group Discussion on Eastern vs. Western Conceptions of Original Sin (with Eastern Catholics and Orthodox) (+ discussion on a second continuing Facebook thread) [Facebook, 6-28-14 and 6-30-14; note: later portions of the long initial thread become a more general Catholic-Orthodox discussion, mostly between myself and John Fiscus] 



A New (?) Argument in Favor of Mandatory Celibacy of Catholic Priests in the Western / Latin Rite [11-16-12] [see also vigorous Facebook discussion with Orthodox participants: 7-31-14]



Eucharist: Orthodox and Catholic Views [5-3-13 and 15 and 20 September 2016] 



A Response to Orthodox Critiques of Catholic Apostolicity [1997] *

Indefectibility and the Claim of Various Anti-Ecumenical Orthodox to Exclusive Apostolic Succession [2004] *

Orthodox-Catholic Reunion: Some Preliminary Thoughts [7-5-05] *

The Orthodox Formally Recognize Papal Primacy in High Level Ecumenical Talks [12-17-07] *

Orthodox & Catholic Ecclesiology: Possible Synthesis? [11-23-11]



Theosis and the Exalted Virgin Mary [7-11-04]

St. Bonaventure on Deification / Theosis [Facebook, 3-11-14]

St. Teresa of Avila on Deification / Theosis [Facebook, 4-11-14]



Is Purgatory a “Place” or a “Condition”?: Misconceptions From [Eastern Orthodox] Fr. Ambrose About My Opinion (and the Church’s View) / Also: Development and Alleged Historical Revisionism [7-24-05]

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