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The Papacy and the OrthodoxSources and History of a Debate$
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A. Edward Siecienski

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190245252

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245252.001.0001

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The Papacy from the Seventh through Tenth Centuries

The Papacy from the Seventh through Tenth Centuries

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(p.195) 5 The Papacy from the Seventh through Tenth Centuries
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The Papacy and the Orthodox
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A. Edward Siecienski

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245252.003.0006

This chapter begins by detailing the critical developments that took place during the seventh and eighth centuries, when the monothelite and iconoclastic controversies greatly enhanced the pope’s standing in the Eastern church. However, this new-found prestige was soon put to the test by the so-called Photian Schism (863–67), when the pope’s interference in local ecclesiastical affairs confronted the Eastern reluctance to surrender its ecclesiastical independence. Yet the debate was not yet about Rome’s primacy, but only about the jurisdictional limits of papal power and the right of the pope to involve himself in matters beyond his patriarchate. A temporary peace was eventually established during the “pornocracy” that governed Rome during the tenth century, but in failing to resolve the deeper ecclesiological issues that had emerged, both East and West had only postponed the greater schism that lie ahead.

Keywords:   Byzantine Papacy, Maximus the Confessor, Pope Honorius, Lateran Synod, Theodore the Studite, Charlemagne, Republic of St. Peter, Photius the Great, Photian Schism, Pornocracy

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