The Great Schism Between Rome And Constantinople

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Anna GanserPeriod 6The Great Schism between Rome and ConstantinopleThe schism between the Roman Catholics and the Orthodox Christians was mainly caused by heresy, in which the Orthodox Patriarchs deposed Pope Nicholas in 867 CE, the difference in language also caused controversy over the unity of one church so the Orthodox requested that there be two patriarchs, also when the Roman Church separated itself by the pretensions and became a monarchy without any further consultations from the Greeks. Also, the issues that surfaced after the date of the original schism were more important in maintaining the split between the two churches.Document 5 is based on how the Patriarch Photius of Constantinople wrote a letter with charges against the Pope in 867 CE which doubted his knowledge over the Church and the Gospel. The document states, "Patriarch Photius of Constantinople, a letter to the Orthodox Patriarchs with charges against the Pope", most of the document was written in a hostile manner. In addition, document 7 states that without any proof or arguments drawn from a Holy Scripture they simply accept union with Rome, which does not mean they are supporters of another nation instead of their own, it merely means they are prounionists. In other words they were being misjudged over the fact that they did not have proof, similar to how they accused Pope Nicholas. Document 7 was in a tone that made the Byzantine diplomat from the Council of Lyons who wrote seem upset. Accordingly, document 8 article 6 states that according to Latin heresy if anyone fails to obey rules they will be punished. Furthermore, the Great Church appointed teachers to bring back Christians from the Latin heresy. And this document's point of view is of an Orthodox Slavic kingdom in East Central Europe.Issues after the date of the original schism were more important in maintaining the split between the two churches, for instance, on document 6 the language difference is what upset the Greek citizens of Constantinople, so they wrote a request to Pope Innocent III on 1215 declaring that the loosened unity of the church was caused by the fact that there was only one patriarch which spoke another language. The Greeks felt minimized compared to the Latins because they thought it wasn't proper to confess through an interpreter to a patriarch of another language, this document is based on a Greek citizen of Constantinople's point of view. Also, document 9 was after the original schism, 1076 CE, and supports...

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