Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Pope Benedict: Healing Wounds to Christian Unity
Anyone following Pope Benedict's papacy has heard about his attempts to heal the split with the schismatic traditionalist group, Society of Pius X. That split took place in the 20th century. But Benedict is now reaching out to reconcile with a much older schismatic group.
In the fourth century, a certain group of Christians broke away from the Catholic Church after the Council of Chalcedon declared Jesus as both fully human and fully divine. This split was the origin of the Oriental Orthodoxy. The theological differences were resolved under the papacy of John Paul II - now Benedict wants to bring them back into full communion. Vatican Watcher has more on the story.