Rome and the Eastern Churches

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A Study in Schism

Author: Nichols, Aidan
Publisher: Ignatius Press Pages: 400
Binding: Paperback
Code: REC-P

In the second edition of this major work, Dominican theologian Aidan Nichols provides a systematic account of the origins, development and recent history--now updated--of the relations between Rome and all separated Eastern Christians.

By the end of the twentieth century, events in Eastern Europe, notably the conflict between the Orthodox and Uniate Churches in the Ukraine and Rumania, the tension between Rome and the Moscow patriarchate over the re-establishment of a Catholic hierarchy in the Russian Federation, and the civil war in the then federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia, brought attention to the fragile relations between Catholicism and Orthodoxy, which once had been two parts of a single Communion. At the start of the twenty-first century, in the pontificate of Benedict XVI, a papal visit to Russia--at the symbolic level, a major step forward in the 'healing of memories'-- appears at last a realistic hope.

Providing both historical and theological explanations of these divisions, this illuminating and thought-provoking book chronicles the recent steps taken to mend them in the Ecumenical Movement and offers a realistic assessment of the difficulties (theological and political) which any reunion would experience.