Can you show me where Latin has been condemned as heretical by the Greeks? ...maybe the Slavs? ...any other language of the liturgy perhaps?
And yet the 1054 Bull of Excommunication issued by the Roman Church formally accuses the Orthodox of heresy, of "cutting off the procession of the Holy Spirit from the Son..."
You'll find this is the text of the Bull below.
Since then the shelves of Catholic libraries have groaned with tomes expounding the vile heresy of the Greeks and the Filioque.
The Anathema against the Orthodox for rejecting the procession of the Spirit from the Son remained in force for 900 years!! It was only in 1965 that Pope Paul annulled the anathema.
At least with respect to my inquiry
I just find it odd that for 900 years the Vicar of Christ has punished the Orthodox by keeping them under an Anathema. We were only released from it in 1965 by Pope Paul VI.
Even the release is odd! Had Paul VI been informed that in 1965 we came to accept the procession of the Spirit from the Son, and hence the Anathema could be lifted?
1. Weren't the excommunications mutual?
2. The current thinking by Catholic theologians is that when interpreted correctly, this is not an issue.
Saint Maximus the Confessor (c. 580 – 13 August 662) declared that it was wrong to condemn the Roman use of Filioque (not yet at that time within the Nicene Creed) as follows:
"They [the Romans] have produced the unanimous evidence of the Latin Fathers, and also of Cyril of Alexandria, from the study he made of the gospel of St John. On the basis of these texts, they have shown that they have not made the Son the cause of the Spirit – they know in fact that the Father is the only cause of the Son and the Spirit, the one by begetting and the other by procession –but that they have manifested the procession through him and have thus shown the unity and identity of the essence. They [the Romans] have therefore been accused of precisely those things of which it would be wrong the accuse them, whereas the former [the Byzantines] have been accused of those things it has been quite correct to accuse them [Monothelitism]."[http://www.ewtn.com/library/CURIA/PCCUFILQ.HTMhttp://www.usccb.org/seia/filioque.shtml http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filioque