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The Libellus of Hormisdas and the Failure of Policy

The following letter is a translation of Pope St. Hormisdas's Epistle 80 and was written to Patriarch Epiphanius of Constantinople. The letter, which was written in 521, is essentially Pope Hormisdas accepting that even with imperial force (detailed in other letters), only Constantinople and its suffragan bishops were willing to sign the Libellus of Hormisdas. …

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Divorce and Remarriage in the Church Fathers and Patristic Era Writers

This is the first part of our video "Divorce and Remarriage in the Church Fathers," which can be found here. Catholic apologists have repeatedly made the accusation that the Orthodox Church, despite its staunch conservatism in regard to liturgy, fasting, and social issues, has caved on the topic of remarriage after divorce. They argue that …

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Sacramental Rigourism: Tradition or Modern Phenomenon?

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While much of the research in this has been done through my own reading of primary sources, the vast majority of the quotes found here were produced by compilations done by others. My goal was to take the essence of their content and produce it through a theoretical lens dedicated to the specific question of heterodox sacraments. I would like to thank Codex Justinianus, Seraphim Hamilton, Ubi Petrus, the late Archimandrite Ambrosius Pogodin, Sergei Fedorov, Petr Pashkov, as well as the folks at Aletheia for the wealth of research they have provided, as well as those among them who have discussed, engaged, and refined my thoughts on the matter. I would like to thank Juan, whose initial disagreements sharpened me considerably, and later agreements provided a wealth of knowledge and resources. For convenience, many of their compiled sources I have cited according to the primary source for the…

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The Dogmatic Definitions of the Palamite Councils (1341-1351)

Known also as Constantinople V, the Palamite Councils were a series of councils, which took place between 1341 and 1351 and resulted in the codification of the essence-energies distinction defended by St. Gregory Palamas and the monks of Mount Athos. The distinction is found in the New Testament, the Three Cappadocians (4th century), St. Maximus …

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The Synod of Blachernae (1285) on the Procession of the Holy Spirit

This Synod was cited in the confession of faith given by St. Gregory Palamas and ratified at the Palamite Councils (1341-1351) and is the official statement of the Orthodox Church on the topic of the Filioque as well as the official repudiation of the Reunion of the False Reunion of Lyon II in 1274, which …

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The Confession of Patriarch Dositheos of Jerusalem (1672)

Many thanks to the blog Maximologia for posting this here, we are merely reposting it. We have also included the original Greek text of the Confession (which was originally posted here) following each chapter and question. This Confession of Faith has been ratified by all of the autocephalous Churches (Jerusalem, Russia, and Georgia in 1672; …

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The Orthodox Confession of St. Peter Mogila (St. Petro Mohyla) (1638–1642)

Many thanks to the blog Maximologia which originally posted the Confession of St. Peter Mogila here, we are merely reposting it. Prefatory Letter of Patriarch Nectarius of Jerusalem. NECTARIUS, By the mercy of God, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and of all Palestine, to all Orthodox readers, by beloved brethren, and children in …

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The Eastern Orthodox Mission to China

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1OcPlOnZd0 [The following is from the larger video "A History of Eastern Orthodox Missions Part II" and can be found here] In the 1680s, a small group of Cossacks residing in Siberia settled along the Amur River and named their settlement “Albazin” When the Chinese invaded the area, they captured several hundred of the Albazinians …

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The Eastern Orthodox Mission to the Assyrian Christians

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S9veNhGjUM [The following is the transcript for the video embedded above and is taken from the larger video "A History of Eastern Orthodox Missions Part II" which can be found here]In the early 1800s, just over 100,000 Nestorians lived in the region inside the red rectangle on-screen. Due to encroachments by Muslim Kurds, Turks, and …

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Contraception, NFP, and Humanae Vitae in Christian Historical Thought and the Orthodox Church

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGO8sXtlHd4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGO8sXtlHd4 In the following video, we explore the patristic witness concerning contraception, natural family planning, and birth control in general. The full version of the video can be found on our SubscribeStar page found here On July 25th, 1968, Pope Paul VI, the same Pope who gleefully ransacked the traditional Latin Mass and replaced …

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The Theology of Marriage in Orthodox Christianity

In our previous video, we had gone over the patristic evidence indicating that in certain cases, remarriage, after divorce and while the first spouse was alive was a practice accepted by many Church Fathers and thereby the Catholic position on the indissolubility of marriage was not the consensus of the Church. The evidence we reviewed …

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What’s Wrong with Papal Infallibility? | Answering Elijah Yasi

In this video we respond to a Uniate apologist who has done a response to our video on the Tome of Leo and one of our pragmatic arguments against Papal Infallibility. Needless to say, this Uniate cedes all our points, contradicts himself and makes big historical blunders regarding the Tome and St. Cyril + Nestorius. …

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Do Eastern Orthodox Evangelize? A History of Orthodox Missions Vol. 2 (1601-1917)

https://youtu.be/_nImg9C9Xsw “Do Eastern Orthodox Evangelize? A History of Orthodox Missions. Vol. 2 1601-1917” Welcome to the second video we are doing in a series on the history of Orthodox missions in the second millennium. As a significant amount of research, editing, materials, and time go into these videos, your support on Patreon is greatly appreciated …

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Do Eastern Orthodox Evangelize? A History of Orthodox Missions Vol. 1 (1054-1600)

  https://youtu.be/2KslrBGk2-I Hello and welcome to the first video we are doing in a series on the history of Orthodox missions in the second millennium. As a significant amount of research, editing, materials, and time go into these videos, your support on Patreon is greatly appreciated and allows us to create more content like this …

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Debate: the Role of the Pope in the 1st Millenium – John Collorafi vs. Ubi Petrus

In this debate on whether or not the Pope had a role in line with Vatican 1 within the first millennium, the Catholic apologist who goes by the pen name "John Collorafi" joins us to debate the question. Mr. John Collorafi has translated books on Fatima and Padre Pio from French and Latin and is …

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Debate: Pope St. Agatho, the 6th Ecumenical Council, and Papal Infallibility

Papacy Debate: Pope St. Agatho, the 6th EC & Papal Infallibility | Dr. James Likoudis vs. Ubi Petrus - YouTube We host Catholic Apologist Dr. James Likoudis for an informal debate on whether or not Pope St. Agatho's letters to the 6th Ecumenical Council prove papal infallibility. The free half ends moments after Ubi begins …

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Orthodox vs. RC Papacy Debate Review | Erick Ybarra vs Fr. Ramsey on Matt Fradd’s Pints With Aquinas

In this video, we do a review of the debate Erick Ybarra had with Fr. Patrick Ramsey on @Pints With Aquinas concerning whether or not the Vatican I Papacy was present in the first millennium Church. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sheHT61StVg Mr. Ybarra’s states openly he is trying to prove the First Vatican Council’s Pastor Aeternus is part and …

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DEBATE: Is the Papacy Biblical? | Suan Sonna vs. Ubi Petrus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFXEb4MSyU8&lc=UgzvLHuiAQECHPTY7Mp4AaABAg We host Catholic Apologist Suan Sonna for a discussion/debate on whether or not there is a link between Isaiah 22 and Matthew 16, as well as other Biblical evidence to determine whether or not these prove the Roman Catholic teachings on the Papacy. Suan has gladly accepted our invitation and we are very honoured …

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Rebaptism, Chrismation and Reception of Converts

The Various Positions Baptism by pouring is a valid form of baptism: Didache, St. Hippolytus of Rome Heretics do not have valid baptisms (or sacraments) and thus must be rebaptized upon entering the Church: St. Cyprian and the Council of Carthage +257, St. Firmilian of Caesarea, Patriarch Philaret of Moscow, Council of Constantinople +1756, St. …

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The First See is Judged by No One” and the Pseudo-Symmachian Forgeries. Response to Erick Ybarra

This is part of a much larger video we did entitled "Papal Forgeries, A Road to Schism" and can be found here. On November 16, 498, Pope Anastasius II, a sympathizer with the Byzantine Emperor’s policy on the Henotikon, died. In his two years as pope, he had created a controversial legacy by re-entering communion …

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