I have been meaning to post this for some time, but the thread regarding St. Cyprian of Cathage has provided me with the impetus to finally do it....
Mark of Ephesus is often portrayed as having been someone who was so uncompromising at the council of Florence, that he said "no" to everything proposed by the Latins, and by this I don't just mean the major points of divergence of faith. Is this something of an unfair caricature? It's true that he was the only bishop, the only one(!) out of all those present to stand up for the Orthodox faith. What relevance does this have for us today? Since Mark supposedly said "no" to everything, do we have to do the same when it comes to (misguided or perhaps even good) ecumenical initiatives? What, if anything, is different about today's situation? (Excepting of course that Constantinople is not in imminent danger of falling to the Turks.)
I'm looking for a wide range of opinions here. I understand that polemicism is something that might be difficult to avoid when discussing St. Mark, but this is not really what I'm thinking of at core....I just think that his witness is important and something that we have to come to terms with as Orthodox believers.