Pope, Patriarch Plan “Nicaea III”; Do You Remember What Happened at Nicaea I and II?

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew venerate the slab in the Holy Sepulchre where Christ's body was laid.

It was Patriarch Bartholomew who broke the news:  On his return from Jerusalem, where the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople had prayed with Pope Francis at the Holy Sepulchre, the Patriarch revealed plans for a Catholic-Orthodox get-together in Nicaea in 2025. The meeting in Jerusalem of the Roman Catholic pontiff and the leader of the Eastern church was news in itself:   It had been 50 years since the 1964 embrace between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras.  Before that, nine … [Read more...]

Behind the Scenes at Vatican II: Yves Congar Captures a Historic Moment

Yves Congar - image

Yves Congar was a complex man.  The New York Times, in his obituary, called him a “vigorous ecumenist” and a “promoter of the laity.”  His life in the Church toggled between acclaim and rejection. So who was this controversial figure who played such a large role in the Second Vatican Council? Ordained to the priesthood in France in 1930, Congar served from 1931 to 1954 as chair of theology and apologetics at the Saulchoir, the Dominican seminary just south of Paris, where he … [Read more...]

THINK THIS, NOT THAT #6: Monothelitism. Say THAT With Your Mouth Full!

Oh, the confusion! Last time in “Think This, Not That,” I talked about the Council of Chalcedon, at which the Church ironed out the controversy over the “Three Chapters” and Nestorianism (which wrongly claimed that Jesus had two distinct subsistences). In the seventh century, one of the biggest theological crises looming at the Council of Constantinople III (680-681 A.D.) was the spread of monothelitism. Say what? Well, that’s “mono” (as in “one”) and “thelitism” … [Read more...]


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