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Essence – Energies Distinction in the Church Fathers – Part II

The distinction between God's essence and his uncreated energies are found in (but not limited to) the following patristic writers. It is pertinent to note that in these quotes the terms "operation", "activity", "work" signify "energy". The first part of this series can be found here. We have taken a selection of quotations from each, …

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The Council of Trullo was Ecumenical in the West

The following pages demonstrate the Quinisext Council, known more commonly as "Trullo," was accepted by the Western Church as part of the fifth and sixth ecumenical councils and its canons carried the same weight and authority as those from other ecumenical councils in both the East and the West. The source is Nicolae Dura, "The Ecumenicity …

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Essence – Energies Distinction in the Church Fathers

The distinction between God's essence and his uncreated energies are found in (but not limited to) the following patristic writers. It is pertinent to note that in these quotes the terms "operation", "activity", "work" signify "energy". We have taken a selection of quotations from each, these do by no means exhaust the number of quotations …

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Episcopacy & Apostolic Succession according to Hincmar of Rheims

Despite his praise-filled language for the Apostle Peter and Roman See, the Frankish Archbishop Hincmar of Reims (d. 882) had a turbulant relationship with Rome and was no believer in Vatican I's universal and immediate jurisdiction of the Pope. This was due to his exceeding expertise in canon law. In this paper, Tavard analyzes Hincmar's …

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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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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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Divorce and Remarriage in the Church Fathers and Patristic Era Writers (Florilegium)

This is a repost of a florilegium compiled by someone else who has given their permission to repost it and requests they remain unnamed. A nice collection of additional quotations on saints and patristic era writers who allowed divorce and remarriage but specifically in the West have been kindly compiled by Alura at Shameless Orthodoxy …

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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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