Barack gets no slack. Census just us. Koehl gets last word. Plus more
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5. I am still puzzled as to why Luther would retain the Filioque, when he should have known that it was a later interpolation — unless he bought into the polemical position of the Latin Church that the Greeks had actually removed it from the original text (I kid you not!). However, Mr. Dooley underestimates the importance to those of us who are Eastern Christians of restoring the original form of the Creed to the liturgical rites of all Churches. That, as a Byzantine Catholic I am both in communion and recite the Creed without the Filioque represents an anomaly, one which all Eastern Catholics recognize and wish t eliminate. As this is a constant irritant to the Orthodox as well, and as the Catholic Church in fact teaches that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father, bringing liturgical practice into line with catechesis is the right thing to do. Lex orandi, lex credendi.
6. I have heard a lot of Western theologians harp on the deficient pneumatology of the Western Churches, but I have never heard anyone suggest that the Eastern Churches, with their essentially trinitarian outlook and explicit invocation of the Holy Spirit, somehow have an “underdeveloped” understanding of the Holy Spirit. If Mr. Dooley has some references in this regard, I would appreciate it.
Regarding his conclusion, I will only say that an increasing
number of Orthodox churchmen and theologians recognize the
historical reality and the ecclesiological necessity of some form
of universal primacy, which historically has resided with the
Church of Rome as the “Church that presides in love” (Ignatios of
Antioch). The dispute is not about the existence of primacy,
but of how that primacy is to be defined and exercised — whether
it is one of jurisdictional power, or of authority within a
concilium. In his Encyclical Ut unum sint, Pope John
Paul II called upon the other Churches and ecclesial communities
to work with him to find a definition and modality of primacy
that was both acceptable to all and relevant to the Church in the
third Christian millennium. It is sad that so many, on all sides,
have chosen the comforting cocoon of old polemics, rather than
embracing the challenge that was laid before them.
— Stuart Koehl
I notice that your staff are all middle aged white men. Just like
the delegates to the Republican convention.
— Rick Taves
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