Severus of Antioch’s Objection To The Council Of Chalcedon: A Re-Assessment
By Fr Tenny Thomas, Jun 23rd, 2009.
http://www.orthodoxherald.com/2009/06/23/severus-of-antiochs-objection-to-the-council-of-chalcedon-a-re-assessment/ or http://www.monachos.net/content/patristics/patristicstudies/35-themes/252-severus-chalcedon
Hypostasis in St Severus of Antioch
by Fr Peter Farrington
“…we realize more and more clearly how the integrity and purity of the Christian faith was constantly expressed through the whole sacramental life of the Church on both sides, in the Churches which accept Chalcedon and its formulations and in the Churches which reject the Council of Chalcedon but have other ways of expressing the same incarnational faith.”
“Generally speaking in the past, polemics have dominated the relationship between the two groups of Churches. The self-defensive, self-justifying tendency and method, with the natural implication of mutual condemnation, have prevailed in the conversations that have taken place. Fresh attempts at a deeper understanding of each other’s positions as expressed in the post-Chalcedonian theological tradition may greatly help us in our search for the recovery of the unity of the Eastern Churches.”
+ Archbishop Karekin Sarkissian, The Council of Chalcedon and the Armenian Church, 2nd Edition (New York: The Armenian Church Prelacy, 1975) 217-218.
Protocol No. 1222
To: His Eminence Bishoy Metropolitan of Damiette
Secretary of the Holy Synod Coptic Orthodox Church
Alexandria, 9 March 2006
It is with great joy that I received your Emincnce and Abuna Cherubim, the Vicar of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III in Alexandria, in my office today, the 9th day of March 2000.
We take this opportunity to correct and clarify some issues regarding an interview published on April 28, 2005 in the ‘Al-Ahram Weekly’ newspaper no 740. It was stated that the Copts are monophysites and that they believe in one nature in the person of Christ and that nature is divine. The reality is that going back to the official theological dialogue between the two families and the second agreed statement & recommendations to the Churches published after the third meeting of the Joint Commission (Geneva. September 23-28, 1990), the Coptic Orthodox Church believe that Jesus Christ is fully Divine and fully Human in His nature and that in the union of His Divinity and Humanity the two natures continue to exist in the union without confusion, without change, without division and without seperation. The term ‘monophysite’ is not likely used by the Oriental Orthodox Churches. It is more likely to use the term ’miaphysite’ because they believe in a united one incarnate nature.
We appreciate too much the presence His Holiness Pope Shenouda III in our enthronement (October 24, 2004) and also in the enthronement of the late Patriarch Petros VII (March 9, 1997) and We encourage and support the continuation of our warm and strong relationship and mutual respect since our Churches have worked sincerely in the efforts of the theological dialogue between the two families of the Orthodox Churches.
We are looking toward for our meeting with Pope Shenouda in the course of the exchange of our brotherly visits, we pray and beseech the blessings and protection of our Lord Jesus Christ and wish that He will grant you strength, hope, courage and a fruitful deaconate for the glory of His Name and the sake and benefit of the flock and duties entrusted to your Eminence.
In Christ and with Patriarchal blessings,
Pope & Patriarch of Alexandria & All Africa
Unity in Antioch
by SubDeacon Charles Baz
This booklet is simply a reprint of my Master of Divinity Thesis, completed and presented to the faculty of St Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY, on 1 May 2000. The original title of the thesis is: “Unity in Antioch Between the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches.”
A lot remains to be researched on this important topic, and discussed. Moreover, our faithful Orthodox people need to know more about the Non-Chalcedonian Orthodox. I believe that for the first-time reader on this topic, so much will be discovered about the similarities we share with the Non-Chalcedonian Orthodox.
I am a strong supporter of dialogue, good and fruitful dialogue that is. In my thesis, I use some very strong language against the so-called “traditionalists,” the self-made righteous and the “Pharisees” of the Orthodox Church. I ask for the reader’s forgiveness in this regard. However, the reader must be made aware of “both sides” of any given argument, and to the best of my abilities, I tried to present that in my thesis, as objectively as possible. And God is our Helper.
Subdn Charles Baz
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