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Was Pope Vitalian a Monothelite?

Though there is much debate concerning the orthodoxy of Pope Honorius (notoriously condemned for heresy in 681 by the Sixth Ecumenical Council though later popes attempted to downplay it to negligence in teaching the faith – a distinction without a difference for reasons we will discuss later, little has been written concerning Pope St. Vitalian …

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Did St. Maximus the Confessor Believe in Papal Infallibility? | Part II | Rebuttal to Catholic Apologists Erick Ybarra

In Part I of this series, we began discussing Mr. Ybarra’s claims (here and here) that St. Maximus the Confessor was actually an ardent supporter of Vatican I dogmas.  In Part II, we will respond to Mr. Ybarra’s attempts at 'interacting' with actual experts and see why he again falls flat on his face being …

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Did St. Maximus the Confessor Believe in Papal Infallibility? | Part I | Rebuttal to Catholic Apologists Erick Ybarra

Mr. Ybarra initially posted this article on February 28, 2017 but updated it to “interact” with what Prof. Ed Siecienski wrote concerning St. Maximus. Because the initial article is fairly long, the response will be broken into multiple posts for the sake of readability. In his article, Mr. Ybarra attempts to argue that St. Maximus …

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Did Rome Have Universal, Ordinary, and Immediate Jurisdiction at the Council of Ephesus? | Part III | Rebuttal to Catholic Apologist Erick Ybarra

In part I and part II (here and here), we addressed the bulk of Mr. Ybarra's article in which he oddly claimed the excommunication of Nestorius by the Roman Synod prior to the Council of Ephesus was an act of universal, ordinary, and immediate papal jurisdiction. In this third part, we will conclude with his …

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Did Rome Have Universal, Ordinary, and Immediate Jurisdiction at the Council of Ephesus? | Part II | Rebuttal to Catholic Apologist Erick Ybarra

  The Council of Ephesus Ephesus (This is the second part in a three part series, parts I and III can be found here and here) In part I, we began analyzing Mr. Ybarra's article on the role of Pope St. Celestine in the dispute regarding Nestorius prior to the Council of Ephesus in 431 …

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Did Rome Have Universal, Ordinary, and Immediate Jurisdiction at the Council of Ephesus? | Part I | Rebuttal to Catholic Apologist Erick Ybarra

  The Council of Ephesus Mr. Ybarra wrote an article (found here) stating Pope St. Celestine exercised universal, ordinary, and immediate jurisdiction in his condemnation of Nestorius. It is an attractive theory and one you could believe if all you read were quote mines and you had an agenda but we will analyze Mr. Ybarra's …

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Was the Tome of Pope St. Leo Ex Cathedra? | Rebuttal to Catholic Apologist Erick Ybarra

Mr. Ybarra has been posting articles that are being circulated online. Many people not familiar with the facts of history and ecclesiological points have been affected by it, causing their faith to be shaken. Therefore, it is necessary to provide a response. This particular post is to address this article of his, attempting to establish …

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All Bishops Are Successors of Peter (Florilegium)

Though the Pope is the successor of Peter par excellance followed by Alexandria and Antioch, all bishops hold the place of Peter, too and this is reflected in a variety of patristic sources. If you know of additional quotations related to this, please post them below and we will add them. St. Cyprian of Carthage …

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Letters of Pope Honorius to Sergius of Constantinople and other Monothelite Texts

The following is from "Sophronius of Jerusalem and Seventh-Century Heresy" by Pauline Allen, (Oxford University Press, 2009; pages 161-217). The even numbered pages have been left out as they are the Greek text. (Use of this material in this post is protected under Fair Use Laws). Document 1: Cyrus, First Letter to Sergius; p. 161-163Document …

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