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September 4, 2016 Vol. 8 No. 52
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THE EAST-WEST SCHISM: CATHOLIC OR EASTERN ORTHODOX
History is interesting thing. Sometimes it teaches us something. Sometimes it shows us the consequences of previously made decisions, even if they were centuries ago.
Perhaps I already mentioned a town I love in West Ukraine, Lviv. Before the 13th Century fall Kievan Rus, a few parts of West Ukraine were still Eastern Orthodox. But that ended when Ukraine Prince Danylo married a Catholic. From that time forward, there was antagonism between the two religions.
Why write about something that happened several hundred years ago? Well, for one thing, we are facing the same thing today. My better half, whom I once met in Lviv, is Christian but belongs to “the other” religion.
Here is how wikipedia.org describes the East-West Schism
“The East–West Schism, also called the Great Schism and the Schism of 1054, was the break of communion between what are now the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches, which has lasted since the 11th century. It is not to be confused with the Western (which is also sometimes called the “Great” Schism).
But if my Orthodox church doctrine is based rather on intuitive experience of God (theoria), then my heart feels upset to follow the same pattern. If we have one God who taught Love why should there be the requirement that both partners be of the same religion?
There is no logic behind this. They were rules made hundreds of years ago to fit people and times that no longer exist. People made those rules and people can change them into something which works much better.
The time for that change, for the uniting of two religions or the acceptance of both, is clearly now and nearly a thousand years late in coming.
As a quick note on a slightly different subject, we were delighted to hear that Mother Teresa is to be canonized despite some apparent controversy regarding the details of her life and saintly acts.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Stay warm, my cousin.
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