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In the Wikipedia article on the Great Schism, the claim is made that the fall of Rome pleased the Eastern bishops, possibly because it decreased the ability of the pope to exert his authority.  This is the source used:

Aristeides Papadakis The Christian East and the Rise of the Papacy, SVS Press, NY, 1994 esp p14

Is there any truth to this claim?
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Prayer Forum / Re: Prayers for safe travels
« Last post by minasoliman on Yesterday at 03:08:12 PM »
"O Saviour, who hast journeyed with Luke and Cleopas to Emmaus, journey with thy servants as they now set out upon their way, and defend them from all evil."

Lord, have mercy!
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Other Topics / Re: Video of the Day
« Last post by Arachne on Yesterday at 02:59:19 PM »
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Faith Issues / Re: interracial marriage in the orthodox church
« Last post by scamandrius on Yesterday at 02:53:23 PM »
Fr Harakas' answer has no basis in Orthodox Church teaching. The idea that God created "races" and therefore we shouldn't mix them is both ignorant of Orthodox Christian anthropology as well as basic history. He was simply pandering to a racist Greek-American culture in the 80's. It's shameful that this book is still being distributed. I remember being given this book by a priest, seeing this section, and wondering if I was making the right decision in joining the Church.

So one person's idiocy was going to hold you back?
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Faith Issues / Re: interracial marriage in the orthodox church
« Last post by biro on Yesterday at 02:31:31 PM »
I read that book and didn't remember that passage was there.

It's very unfortunate and I hope Fr. Harakas has had a change of heart.
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Other Topics / Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Last post by RaphaCam on Yesterday at 02:25:34 PM »
Baptism, not unlike OT circumcision, leaves an irreversible mark of us. The mark just isn't in the flesh anymore.
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Faith Issues / Re: interracial marriage in the orthodox church
« Last post by RaphaCam on Yesterday at 02:23:23 PM »
Fr Harakas' answer has no basis in Orthodox Church teaching. The idea that God created "races" and therefore we shouldn't mix them is both ignorant of Orthodox Christian anthropology as well as basic history. He was simply pandering to a racist Greek-American culture in the 80's.
+1

People change, doctrine doesn't. I'm safe that aversion toward interracial marriages was/is a matter of people, not of doctrine.
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Faith Issues / Re: Is it harder to be saved as a rich man ?
« Last post by Indocern on Yesterday at 02:14:44 PM »
I can give you an advice to not give a vow, because this remain for all your life.
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Faith Issues / Re: Is it harder to be saved as a rich man ?
« Last post by PeterTheAleut on Yesterday at 02:10:30 PM »
Why limit my increase of talents. If I can start up a electronic manufacturing company I can become a rich man
Why do you think work for pay necessarily leads to that?

Work for pay does not lead to being a rich man. Starting a company can lead to being a rich man
Why are you worried that you might someday start a company? I've been working for over 20 years and have never started a company.
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Prayer Forum / Re: For my infant son - surgery.
« Last post by wlee4048 on Yesterday at 01:51:33 PM »
Lord have mercy!
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