9 votes
Accepted

From the perspective of Roman Catholicism, what do Orthodox churches have to do to become "Eastern Catholic Churches"?

The Vatican II document which talks about the Eastern Churches is Orientalium Ecclesiarium. In it, the Conciliar Fathers turn their attention to these Churches and their Orthodox counterparts. In ...
user avatar
  • 2,785
7 votes
Accepted

How was Queen Keran, wife of Leo II of Armenia, able to become a nun?

While not specific to Queen Keran's situation, this section from Medievel English Nunneries 1 may provide some clues. Motives for taking the veil: a refuge for widows and occasionally for wives. ...
user avatar
  • 1,626
7 votes

Is it appropriate (as a Catholic) to make the sign of the cross when passing an Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox or Church of the East church?

Is it appropriate for a Catholic to make the sign of the cross when passing an Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox or Church of the East church? Of course it is! It is also a tradition for some ...
user avatar
  • 54.9k
6 votes

Were any popes or patriarchs converts to Christianity?

According to Catholic tradition, rarely questioned, the Roman church was led by the apostle Peter, who appointed his successor as bishop of Rome, and that Rome had an unbroken series of bishops down ...
user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

What is the origin of the tradition that Thaddeus founded the Armenian Church?

Fortunately, The Kingdom of Armenia: A History (by M. Chahin) has an online extract that covers this very issue. On page 261, Chahin says tradition has it that King Abgar of Edessa (c. 5 BCE-32 CE) ...
user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

Do Orthodox churches offer daily Mass?

The short answer is yes, they do. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, what is called "Mass" is usually referred to as "Divine Liturgy" or "Liturgy", although I have seen a Prayer Book from the Antiochian ...
user avatar
  • 5,402
6 votes
Accepted

Is there any Ethiopian ancient source about the eunuch who was evangelized by Philip?

Around 180 CE, Irenaeus summarises the account in Acts 8, then writes: Against Heresies III.12.8: This man was also sent into the regions of Ethiopia, to preach what he had himself believed... The ...
user avatar
6 votes

In the Catholic or Orthodox tradition, did Jesus appear to his mother after death?

The only reference that I am aware of is from St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises, written in 1524. (See also the Spanish original.) In his meditation on the apparitions of the Lord after ...
user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

In the Catholic or Orthodox tradition, did Jesus appear to his mother after death?

The Catholic Church holds to a pious belief that the Resurrected Christ did indeed appear to the Virgin Mary first, before appearing to others. I have believed this since my childhood. An ...
user avatar
  • 54.9k
5 votes
Accepted

What are the differences in belief regarding Hesychasm between the Chalcedonian (Eastern) and Non-Chalcedonian (Oriental) Orthodox Churches?

As a Coptic Orthodox Christian, many of the differences between the two Churches results in the language and definitions of some key orthodox concepts. In fact, much of the Christology of both ...
user avatar
  • 311
5 votes
Accepted

What is the rationale for forbidding priests to marry in traditions where already-married men are allowed to become priests?

I am a part of the Antiochian Orthodox Church. I asked my Priest this (who is married), and what I recall him telling me is it has to do with the fact that if you were allowed to marry after becoming ...
user avatar
  • 555
4 votes

Is it appropriate (as a Catholic) to make the sign of the cross when passing an Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox or Church of the East church?

Of course Eastern Orthodox church, like Russian, or Greek, have the tabernacles of Eucharist gifts in their churches. Orthodox christians called it as kibot (ru: Кивот, gr: κῑβωτός). It is always ...
user avatar
4 votes

Why aren't the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Churches in communion with each other?

Nestorianism was condemned at the third and fourth ecumenical councils (Ephesus I & Chalcedon I), so calling Oriental Christians 'Orthodox' is incorrect from a mainstream Eastern Orthodox point of ...
user avatar
  • 6,936
3 votes

What are some uses of the Magnificat, Benedictus and Nunc Dimittis in the Eastern Rites?

For the Eastern Orthodox Church: Magnificat: Sung at daily Matins, after the Psalter readings and Psalm 50 (LXX) Benedictus: I don't believe is sung regularly at any service. It is, however, the ...
user avatar
  • 5,402
3 votes

What are the major problems that Chalcedonians have with Miaphysite Christology?

My understanding is that Divine nature and human nature cannot 'merge' but are united in the Person of Christ. The union is in his Person, not in an attribute : 'nature'. I assume that I would be ...
user avatar
  • 19.3k
3 votes

What are the differences between Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, and Nestorianism?

I am an Oriental Orthodox Christian myself but am freethinking. By this I mean I do not follow my faith blindly or like a robot; but rather study it to the T and compare it to that of the Eastern. ...
user avatar
3 votes

Defense of ancient Enoch authorship

There are at least two or three ways to possibly give this question a plausible answer, while at the same time safeguarding the Alexandrian Traditions' position on the subject of the Book of Enoch. ...
user avatar
  • 54.9k
3 votes

Is it appropriate (as a Catholic) to make the sign of the cross when passing an Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox or Church of the East church?

Although the Orthodox are, in the traditional Catholic view, schismatic, they do have valid priestly orders, which means they are able to validly consecrate the Eucharist, so I don't see what would be ...
user avatar
  • 33.8k
2 votes

What is the rationale for forbidding priests to marry in traditions where already-married men are allowed to become priests?

It is because Holy Orders is a higher calling than marriage. In Holy Orders, one is devoted entirely to God and His Church; in marriage, one "is divided" (1 Cor. 7:33) between spiritual and worldly ...
user avatar
  • 33.8k
2 votes

Defense of ancient Enoch authorship

The book of Enoch, from internal evidence - both language and references to other works - is clearly of late authorship, composed some time in the 3rd or 2nd century A.D. The Ethiopian canon is ...
user avatar
2 votes
Accepted

Is the Patriarch of Alexandria an Eastern Orthodox or an Oriental Orthodox?

St Mark the Evangelist is recognised as the first Patriarch of Alexandria. The twenty-fifth was Dioscorus. In 449 he presided over the Second Council of Ephesus. Two years later another Council, ...
user avatar
  • 7,118
2 votes
Accepted

What are some comprehensive, reliable resources to learn about the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church?

The Oriental Orthodox Church is comprised of six sister churches all of which are in communion with one another. These six churches include Armenian Orthodox Church Coptic Orthodox Church Ethiopian ...
user avatar
  • 311
2 votes

Is there a different way (without spoon) to receive Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church?

Well, technically, yes. If you are very sick and can't stand from your bed, you can invite a priest to give you Communion personally, so you'll be the only person to Commune this day. However, lying ...
user avatar
  • 440
2 votes

How do Orthodox Christians explain that the Father and the Son are not two different Gods?

The Father is θεος in a unique sense. He possesses qualities or traits that are unique to him alone: (a) absolute authority - everything else came from the Father (the Monarchy of the Father) (b) ...
user avatar
  • 6,295
2 votes
Accepted

How do Orthodox Christians celebrate Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday?

How do Orthodox Christians celebrate Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday? The most obvious and almost universally Orthodox one is that they celebrate Easter on a different date than Churches in the ...
user avatar
  • 54.9k
2 votes

How common are manifestations of charismatic gifts among saints venerated in Orthodox and/or Catholic Churches?

It is extremely common within the Eastern Orthodox Church. Some examples from the 20th century: St. John Maximovich (1896-1966), Russian Orthodox bishop of San Francisco and, before than, of ...
user avatar
  • 5,402
2 votes
Accepted

How common are manifestations of charismatic gifts among saints venerated in Orthodox and/or Catholic Churches?

How common are manifestations of charismatic gifts among saints venerated in Orthodox and/or Catholic Churches? I would venture to say that they are somewhat common, but not extremely common. Most ...
user avatar
  • 54.9k
2 votes

Does the bible support Ethno-Nationalism?

For The Ancient Israelites, living under the Old Covenant, yes. For Christians, no. The book of Deuteronomy is one of the books of the Bible written by Moses, describing the terms and conditions of ...
user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible