By Yves Congar
Father Congar exposes and clarifies the political, cultural, and ecclesiological historical past to the nice schism that divided jap and Western Christianity within the eleventh century.
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32 Besides, considering the total Christian world, there was not merely one "unitarian" order but two: therefore, one too many. " gressively expressed in occasional assertions in Canon law in the Eighth to Eleventh in the Thirteenth theology by the Vatican Council. Rome But many Century and of power, first Century then in finally in dogma, under barbarian rulers: treason oj the ideal episodes in the history of Western Christianity have completely betrayed the Byzantine 17 ideal just defined, AFTER NINE HUNDRED YEARS We generally blame both sides in this betrayal; it has also been said that the Basikis lacked a feeling of solidarity with the West which they abandoned to its destiny save for a few 33 They also attempts such as the grandiose one of Justinian.
In both the had encountered some en- Christianity tirely different historical presuppositions: in the East there was a millenary culture; in the West, there were barbarians and a recent culture stemming entirely from Rome. In both, West and East, there had been an invasion of new people, but under very different conditions: in the West, the Germans entered the Church, bringing with them a new vitality; in the East the Arabs, professing another brought nothing into the Church but rather impelled the Greek world to withdraw into itself with its national Church.
There were, of course, politi- human and commercial cal, contacts; there contacts with the Easterners as Christians. and therefore a just picture, one should To list were as well, give a complete the acts of true Christian fraternity, cooperation, sympathy and patience as well as the benefactions which the Latins brought constantly to the of all But in hospital, school and charitable kinds, as well as in scientific this Real Near East is works and other endeavors. 69 not our theme. as all this was, moreover, and actual as were the which may be cited as convicting the Easterners lack of gratitude, there is another very serious factor: events of a the separated Easterners, or shall we say the Orthodox, reproach the Latins and more precisely, Roman Catholics exercised towards Orthodoxy a le70 unchecked and proselytism.
After Nine Hundred Years by Yves Congar