Evaluating the Antiochian-Syriac Joint Declaration

Evaluating the Antiochian-Syriac Joint Declaration

On November 12, 1991, the Antiochian Orthodox Synod (EO) and the Syriac Orthodox Synod (OO) came into agreement on matters related to faith and practice, creating a Joint Declaration, which was approved and signed by Antiochian Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim (EO) and Syriac Patriarch Ignatius Zakka Iwas (OO). This document, though not well-known today, instituted…

Orthodoxy and Rome: No Excommunication but No Communication

Orthodoxy and Rome: No Excommunication but No Communication

While the Orthodox Church and the Roman Church continue to have critical issues dividing our communions, I wanted to hearken back to the time when Constantinople and Rome mutually dropped excommunications (“into oblivion”) pronounced against each other and their respective communions. While we are no longer under mutual excommunication, nor under communication, it would appear…

Sign of the Cross: East and West, Then and Now

Sign of the Cross: East and West, Then and Now

The Catholic Encyclopedia of 1914 is widely considered to be the “most comprehensive resource on Catholic teaching, history, and information ever gathered in all of human history.”  As I was reading through it this morning, I landed upon an interesting piece of information within the “Sign of the Cross” section of the document.  While I…