Fear? Perhaps. It is reasonable and righteous to fear for the souls of others when they have been downtodden and the leader of a fabulously wealthy heresy comes to call with sweet wooing offers.
The Holy Fathers (and I do not mean your Popes) teach that heresy is separation from God. Certainly we should fear that.
You evidently forget that we Orthodox see very strong doctrinal and practical differences between the Holy Orthodox Church and your confession. I will not catalogue your errors, but we find your insistence that we have the same doctrine as you, at best a result of a bizarre Thomistic obtuseness on your part, and at worst a propaganda ploy.
What is the Eastern spin on Ferrara-Florence? As I understand it, the Turks offered the them a choice, and they chose to renounce a Church council (both lungs) to avoid worldly annihilation. Their decision was certainly understandable, (nobody said this would be easy), and I don't know if I would have done differently in their shoes, but how do your leaders explain it? I am genuinely curious, and ask this with all respect due a brother in Christ.
posted on 10/26/2001 9:50:31 PM PDT
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