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« on: January 08, 2013, 07:36:17 PM »

Hi all:

I'm trying to find Orthodox vs Catholic debates. I can not find any. I would be most thankful if any one could direct me to one.

More specifically I'm looking for a debate on the validity of the Papacy.

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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2013, 08:42:29 PM »

You mean actual intellectual debates or senseless internet debates?  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2013, 08:56:11 PM »

I mean actual intellectual debates.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2013, 09:00:19 PM »

Do you want them from the Orthodox or the Catholic viewpoint?

I believe Catholic strongman Dave Armstrong has some interesting debates on his website, if you don't mind that he always wins. Wink (http://socrates58.blogspot.com/2006/11/orthodoxy-eastern-index-page.html)
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2013, 09:03:28 PM »

Do you mean textual debates or recorded debates?
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2013, 09:10:23 PM »

Do you want them from the Orthodox or the Catholic viewpoint?

I believe Catholic strongman Dave Armstrong has some interesting debates on his website, if you don't mind that he always wins. Wink (http://socrates58.blogspot.com/2006/11/orthodoxy-eastern-index-page.html)

I really don't enjoy internet blog-debates like these at all, even similar Orthodox ones.

They just seem like a way for people to try to "win."
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2013, 09:11:07 PM »

Text: Catholic vs. Orthodox.

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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2013, 09:26:37 PM »

I mean actual intellectual debates.  Smiley

Oh, okay, I don't have any of those  Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2013, 05:14:57 AM »

If you want to read some semi-polemical but erudite works of a traditionalist Catholic on Orthodoxy I recommend Adrian Fortescue's Orthodox Eastern Church and The Greek Fathers. Some of the scholarship is a little bit outdated, but those books are nice reads even for those who don't know much about theology.

There's an interesting chapter in the Orthodox Eastern Church about the differences in faith between EOC and RCC from page 361 onwards. Anyway, both books should be read in its entirety, I think.
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2013, 05:30:47 AM »

For an Orthodox treatment of history around the schism, I'd recommend The Christian East and the Rise of the Papacy authored by Aristeides Papadakis in collaboration with Fr. John Meyendorff. The book is not designed as a refutation, but it does wind up refuting many arguments made by Roman Catholic apologists who often make arguments which are far from historically accurate.
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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2013, 05:35:58 AM »

Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.
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« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2013, 05:40:16 AM »

Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.

Why not read the books I linked to?  angel
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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2013, 05:43:27 AM »

Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.

Why not read the books I linked to?  angel

Well, Fortescue has long since passed away, and there does seem to be an appreciable loss of quality in Roman Catholic apologetics these days.
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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2013, 05:44:49 AM »

Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.

Why not read the books I linked to?  angel

Well, Fortescue has long since passed away, and there does seem to be an appreciable loss of quality in Roman Catholic apologetics these days.

I agree. The RC's are quite scared that they'll slow down the ecumenical process if they write apologetics against Orthodoxy. And besides, to take on Orthodoxy one would need a lot of historical, theological and philosophical knowledge. Protestantism is a much easier target.
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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2013, 05:54:48 AM »

Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.

Why not read the books I linked to?  angel

Well, Fortescue has long since passed away, and there does seem to be an appreciable loss of quality in Roman Catholic apologetics these days.

I agree. The RC's are quite scared that they'll slow down the ecumenical process if they write apologetics against Orthodoxy. And besides, to take on Orthodoxy one would need a lot of historical, theological and philosophical knowledge. Protestantism is a much easier target.

That being said, there are plenty of Roman Catholics who take their faith seriously enough to try to argue that Orthodoxy is wrong and Catholicism is right. Unfortunately, they almost always use florilegia as their primary apologetic tool, which really is the lowest and least interesting form of apologetics.
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« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2013, 06:18:23 AM »

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« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2013, 09:18:50 AM »

Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.

Why not read the books I linked to?  angel



Well, Fortescue has long since passed away, and there does seem to be an appreciable loss of quality in Roman Catholic apologetics these days.

I agree. The RC's are quite scared that they'll slow down the ecumenical process if they write apologetics against Orthodoxy. And besides, to take on Orthodoxy one would need a lot of historical, theological and philosophical knowledge. Protestantism is a much easier target.

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« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2013, 11:04:41 AM »

Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.

Why not read the books I linked to?  angel



Well, Fortescue has long since passed away, and there does seem to be an appreciable loss of quality in Roman Catholic apologetics these days.

I agree. The RC's are quite scared that they'll slow down the ecumenical process if they write apologetics against Orthodoxy. And besides, to take on Orthodoxy one would need a lot of historical, theological and philosophical knowledge. Protestantism is a much easier target.

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« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2013, 12:15:09 PM »

Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.

Well, there's two approaches Catholics make.  One is the, "we're the same faith expressed differently and only politics separates us."  The other is, "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."
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« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2013, 01:23:49 PM »

I dunno, there's Dave Armstrong and James Likoudis.
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Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.

"Somewhat uninformed"??

I'm surprised they don't ask you which synagogue you attend.

There are sooo many more Catholics in this country than there are Orthodox that I'm willing to bet most Catholics don't even know what Orthodoxy is.  I'd also be willing to bet that most of the ones who do know what Orthodoxy is only have a passing familiarity with it and probably aren't all that interested in it anyway.  And of the ones who have some real interest in it and even have more than a passing familiarity with it, I'd be willing to bet that many would be ecumenical in the sense of accepting Orthodoxy as a sister faith to Catholicism or some such thing.  And then there's all those folks on the internets.  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2013, 01:31:05 PM »

Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.

Well, there's two approaches Catholics make.  One is the, "we're the same faith expressed differently and only politics separates us."  The other is, "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."

And then there's all those Orthodox who say of us Catholics,  "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."
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« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2013, 01:50:46 PM »

And then there's all those Orthodox who say of us Catholics,  "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."

Yes, it is a two way street.  I don't think there's anyone denying that here.
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« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2013, 01:57:08 PM »

I dunno, there's Dave Armstrong and James Likoudis.

Likoudis is a great apologist for Orthodoxy, with his many sophistries and his generally patronizing demeanor. His vomit always serves to strengthen my faith in Orthodoxy.
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And then there's all those Orthodox who say of us Catholics,  "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."

Yes, it is a two way street.  I don't think there's anyone denying that here.

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« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2013, 02:23:42 PM »

I have this book to read, it is by an Orthodox priest and professor. (This is not exactly the debate you asked for, but maybe this might be helpful?)

It is supposed to be fair to the Roman Catholic side, from the reviews.

His Broken Body: Understanding and Healing the Schism between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches by
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http://www.amazon.com/His-Broken-Body-Understanding-Catholic/dp/0615183611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357755710&sr=8-1&keywords=his+broken+body
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« Reply #26 on: January 09, 2013, 04:54:28 PM »

Do you mean textual debates or recorded debates?

I was hoping for a recording on YouTube, but I'm thankful for anything.
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« Reply #27 on: January 11, 2013, 03:26:01 PM »

Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.

Well, there's two approaches Catholics make.  One is the, "we're the same faith expressed differently and only politics separates us."  The other is, "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."
And then there's whatever I am these days.......tired, I guess.
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« Reply #28 on: January 11, 2013, 03:29:23 PM »

I have this book to read, it is by an Orthodox priest and professor. (This is not exactly the debate you asked for, but maybe this might be helpful?)

It is supposed to be fair to the Roman Catholic side, from the reviews.

His Broken Body: Understanding and Healing the Schism between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches by
Laurent Cleenewerck

http://www.amazon.com/His-Broken-Body-Understanding-Catholic/dp/0615183611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357755710&sr=8-1&keywords=his+broken+body
I bought that on my Kindle. I thought it was a pretty good read, and did seem to be pretty fair to our side even though it was written by an Eastern Orthodox Priest.
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« Reply #29 on: January 11, 2013, 04:09:43 PM »

For an Orthodox treatment of history around the schism, I'd recommend The Christian East and the Rise of the Papacy authored by Aristeides Papadakis in collaboration with Fr. John Meyendorff. The book is not designed as a refutation, but it does wind up refuting many arguments made by Roman Catholic apologists who often make arguments which are far from historically accurate.

Love that book. Dry as dust, but interesting as all get-out.
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« Reply #30 on: January 11, 2013, 04:12:37 PM »

Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.

Well, there's two approaches Catholics make.  One is the, "we're the same faith expressed differently and only politics separates us."  The other is, "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."

Both approaches are fatally flawed, but the former is a lot more annoying.
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« Reply #31 on: January 11, 2013, 04:21:17 PM »

Both approaches are fatally flawed, but the former is a lot more annoying.

Admittedly most aren't really aware of the issues.  When I became Eastern Catholic I was even dismissed as a "non-practicing Catholic" because I wasn't Roman Catholic anymore.  By the head of Parish Catechesis!  Of course the more learned ones do know the complexity of the issue, but the greater majority don't and would just think anyone who isn't Roman Catholic is Protestant (they also probably don't know the difference between a JW and an Evangelical).
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« Reply #32 on: January 11, 2013, 08:06:48 PM »

Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.

Well, there's two approaches Catholics make.  One is the, "we're the same faith expressed differently and only politics separates us."  The other is, "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."
And then there's whatever I am these days.......tired, I guess.

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« Reply #33 on: January 13, 2013, 10:51:43 AM »

If you haven't already, you might listen to Fr. Stephen Damick's Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy on AFR or just buy the book.  He gives a lengthy discussion about the differences between Catholicism and Orthodoxy as well as the differences with other religions.  Obviously, it is pro-Orthodox so not entirely objective, but he gives a very good and interesting discussion between the different faiths.  He makes some very good points and is a very good speaker.
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Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach?

It's a little hard to believe that this is a serious question; but assuming it is, the answer is Yes.
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Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach?
It's a little hard to believe that this is a serious question; but assuming it is, the answer is Yes.
I agree. It was kind of a rude question.
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Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach?
It's a little hard to believe that this is a serious question; but assuming it is, the answer is Yes.
I agree. It was kind of a rude question.

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« Reply #37 on: January 13, 2013, 05:38:43 PM »

I've always felt that the International Orthodox-Roman Catholic dialogue should issue papers of the debates between the churches, forthrightly, yet respectfully articulating the positions of both churches.  Instead, they issue statements with the intent of promoting where the churches have commonness, not that that is a bad thing, but it doesn't work toward an understanding of what is true, what could lead to a realistic understanding of what keeps us divided, and let the reader decide what should be.  I had a discussion with a devout, practicing Roman Catholic who asked me how can three words, "and the Son," be such a stumbling block between the churches?  When I explained it to him, the scriptural basis for the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father, and the matter of the authority of a Pope over an Ecumenical Synod (Council) and the consensus of the church, he understood (not that it converted him, by any means, though).
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I had a discussion with a devout, practicing Roman Catholic who asked me how can three words, "and the Son," be such a stumbling block between the churches? 

Yeah, I've heard that too, usually accompanied by a "for crying out loud".
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« Reply #39 on: January 13, 2013, 06:33:13 PM »

I had a discussion with a devout, practicing Roman Catholic who asked me how can three words, "and the Son," be such a stumbling block between the churches? 

Yeah, I've heard that too, usually accompanied by a "for crying out loud".

Three words? Heh. Let's not forget that a single letter was the difference between Orthodoxy and Arian heresy.  police
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« Reply #40 on: January 13, 2013, 06:46:41 PM »

I've always felt that the International Orthodox-Roman Catholic dialogue should issue papers of the debates between the churches, forthrightly, yet respectfully articulating the positions of both churches.

I agree. I'm not sure why the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue have not published the various papers written and discussed by members of the dialogue teams.  The American Catholic and Lutheran dialogue, e.g., have published many of their papers.  The papers are always of greater interest than the consensus statements. 
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« Reply #41 on: January 13, 2013, 06:55:01 PM »

I had a discussion with a devout, practicing Roman Catholic who asked me how can three words, "and the Son," be such a stumbling block between the churches? 

Yeah, I've heard that too, usually accompanied by a "for crying out loud".

Three words? Heh. Let's not forget that a single letter was the difference between Orthodoxy and Arian heresy.  police

Excellent point, which I will appropriate next time I'm confronted with this inquiry.
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« Reply #42 on: January 13, 2013, 09:46:04 PM »

Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.

Why not read the books I linked to?  angel

Well, Fortescue has long since passed away, and there does seem to be an appreciable loss of quality in Roman Catholic apologetics these days.

I agree. The RC's are quite scared that they'll slow down the ecumenical process if they write apologetics against Orthodoxy. And besides, to take on Orthodoxy one would need a lot of historical, theological and philosophical knowledge. Protestantism is a much easier target.

That's an interesting comment for an Orthodox board.

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« Reply #43 on: January 13, 2013, 10:34:53 PM »

Perhaps I am not following the thread (in question) closely enough, but I don't think any lasting animosity need remain from that. Schultz is a bit acerbic at times, but nonetheless a stand up guy. When he resigned as mod of the Catholic section I don't remember only positive comments from every side regarding the job he had done. I say this not to say you're wrong, only that I'd hate for this thing to be an obstacle moving forward, even in discussions with Schultz himself. I guess maybe it's corny to play peace keeper, but that's my 2 cents. Smiley
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« Reply #44 on: January 13, 2013, 11:09:20 PM »

Perhaps I am not following the thread (in question) closely enough, but I don't think any lasting animosity need remain from that. Schultz is a bit acerbic at times, but nonetheless a stand up guy. When he resigned as mod of the Catholic section I don't remember only positive comments from every side regarding the job he had done. I say this not to say you're wrong, only that I'd hate for this thing to be an obstacle moving forward, even in discussions with Schultz himself. I guess maybe it's corny to play peace keeper, but that's my 2 cents. Smiley

It's not corny, but it's pretty predictable. Basically the usual If-you-have-a-problem,then-you-must-be-reading-in-something-that-isn't-there-or etc. etc. Forgive me for saying that it has gotten a little old.
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