It's interesting: a few weeks ago a Coptic priest told me in person that Origen was a "great teacher." Yet, I've heard Eastern Orthodox regard him as a great heretic.
Most Eastern Orthodox would also regard Origen as a great teacher in most respects. However, his doctrine of pre-existence of the souls was clearly erronous, and the way in which these ideas were used to teach a very distorted view of the Incarnation by some were what lead to his condemnation at the 5th Ecumenical Council.
Well, but that's exactly my question - did it, in fact? It does look from the "Catholic Encyclopedia" that the RCC believes this "condemnation" to be a hoax.
I am most concerned not as much about apokatastasis as about Origen's (and Origenists') view on the human resurrected body to be invisible, immaterial and shapeless (or "spherical"). You see, I am absolutely convinced that if I ask, say, one hundred people from among my fellow Ukrainians who are (or consider themselves) Orthodox or Greek Catholic, will your body be risen - with hands, feet, etc., - then perhaps 80 or 90 will say, what nonsense!!! People are just generally "sure" that "souls" will live in heaven or in hell forever. Maybe some priest in some church sometimes preaches about resurrection of the body, but that's "far in between," rare, unpopular, and simply unheard by the people, not received. The prevaling view (based on very numerous prayers to the saints, recently published in Ukraine in special books) is that "this mortal body" remains in the earth and disappears; it's not important; the only important thing is the soul, and only the soul will live forever, kind of "mixed" or "blended" with God.
Not, to add insult to injury, it looks that immaterial resurrection was never officialy proclaimed by any Roman Catholic pope to be an error.