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Offline Robb

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Can anyone give me a good, short guide to help me explain the differences between Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism?   My mother has recently been asking me a lot of questions about the differences between Orthodoxy and Catholicism and I have trouble explaining it to her without going into a bunch of complex theological terms and rantings which go over her head.

Is there anywhere on the internet or in print a short and non polemical guide which explains all the theological and liturgical differences as well as similarities between Orthodoxy and Catholicism?  This would be short, to the point, and easy to read for someone not well versed in theology.

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Re: Good and simple guide to explaining differences between OC and RC
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2010, 08:32:04 AM »
I don't have time to find the exact link now, but I know Conciliar Press has published some pamphlets on this topic. I would check their website out.
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Re: Good and simple guide to explaining differences between OC and RC
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2010, 12:54:36 PM »
I just came across this:
Fr. Alexander Schmemann was one of the observers at Vatican II, the landmark 1960s council of the Roman Catholic Church. His reaction to the event is priceless — Schmemann took the “opportunity to thank God” that he was Orthodox. Here’s the story, from the New York Times (11/16/1963):

A Russian Orthodox theologian-observer at the second session of the Vatican Council said Thursday that the gathering in Rome was “sobering from the Orthodox point of view.”

The Rev. Dr. Alexander Schmemann, dean of St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary in Tuckahoe, N.Y., said that he had “no doubt the actions of the council thus far are good for the Roman Church itself.” But, he added, “the reality, unfortunately, is that they are far from ecumenity.”

Dr. Schmemann delivered his report on the council at the quadrennial sobor, or convocation, of the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in America. The sobor, at the Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral, 59 East Second Street, ended yesterday.

Dr. Schmemann, who was also vice chairman of the sobor, emphasized that he had not gone to Rome as an official delegate for his denomination but rather as a special guest.

He explained that the Moscow Patriarchate of Russian Orthodoxy had several official delegates at the council, as had the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. The Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church severed administrative relations with the Moscow Patriarchate in 1924 and regarded the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia as a splinter group.

In his report to his denomination, Dr. Schmemann said he did not bear “any bad will” to Roman Catholicism. But, he said, considering the actions of the council in their ecumenical aspect, he had “opportunity to thank God” that he was Orthodox.

Dr. Schmemann’s objections to the council’s discussions were based on the Roman Catholic view of the papacy. “What builds a wall between the Roman Church and Eastern Orthodoxy is the doctrine of papal infallibility,” he said.

“There may be democritization going on,” the theologian added, “but so much of the Catholic Church is built on reverence of the Pope.”

He said that even the collegiality of the bishops was defined purely in its relationship with the papacy.

“In 17 lines of definition of the bishop in the schema on the church,” he went on, “the word ‘pope’ appears four or five times.

“In Eastern Orthodoxy it is our understanding that teaching about the Pope should be balanced with teachings about the bishops.”
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Re: Good and simple guide to explaining differences between OC and RC
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2010, 02:00:25 PM »
This is probably what you're looking for:

Very simple and actually perhaps (even though slightly Orthodox slanted) still the least polemical I've read on differences.

God bless.

PS I'm not suggesting you buy it from this sight; I was just trying to find the name of the book for you; by all means, visit your nearest church bookstore.  I'm sure they might have one.  I was given this booklet by a very dear Greek priest I loved, may he find rest is the Lord.
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