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The Last Church Father, venerated1 by both East and West together, is the Pagan Greek Philosopher Socrates, the teacher of Plato, whose apophatic teachings deeply reverberate in Eastern Orthodox Mysticism, and whose disciple was Aristotle, whose cataphatic views profoundly shaped and significantly influenced Roman Catholic Scholasticism, particularly the ...


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What are the steps and permissions required to add more “patronages” to saints? Apart from having a group of faithful that invoke a particular saint for for a particular cause, there are no official rules or norms in order to establish a certain Catholic saint the patron saint of something in particular. In other words, the faithful remain free to add ...


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Because they are not heretic, and shared communion for ~ 1000 years. The split between Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholicism that we take for granted now was crystalized in 1054 when the leaders of both of those Christian communities pronounced anathema on each other. (This is also described as a mutual excommunication). Before then, the Church of Rome ...


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