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What is the Light

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Hi all:

I'm trying to find Orthodox vs Catholic debates. I can not find any. I would be most thankful if any one could direct me to one.

More specifically I'm looking for a debate on the validity of the Papacy.

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You mean actual intellectual debates or senseless internet debates?  ;D
 

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Do you mean textual debates or recorded debates?
 

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What is the Light said:
I mean actual intellectual debates.  :)
Oh, okay, I don't have any of those  ;D ;D ;D
 

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If you want to read some semi-polemical but erudite works of a traditionalist Catholic on Orthodoxy I recommend Adrian Fortescue's Orthodox Eastern Church and The Greek Fathers. Some of the scholarship is a little bit outdated, but those books are nice reads even for those who don't know much about theology.

There's an interesting chapter in the Orthodox Eastern Church about the differences in faith between EOC and RCC from page 361 onwards. Anyway, both books should be read in its entirety, I think.
 

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For an Orthodox treatment of history around the schism, I'd recommend The Christian East and the Rise of the Papacy authored by Aristeides Papadakis in collaboration with Fr. John Meyendorff. The book is not designed as a refutation, but it does wind up refuting many arguments made by Roman Catholic apologists who often make arguments which are far from historically accurate.
 

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Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.
 

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JamesR said:
Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.
Why not read the books I linked to?  :angel:
 

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Cyrillic said:
JamesR said:
Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.
Why not read the books I linked to?  :angel:
Well, Fortescue has long since passed away, and there does seem to be an appreciable loss of quality in Roman Catholic apologetics these days.
 

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Cavaradossi said:
Cyrillic said:
JamesR said:
Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.
Why not read the books I linked to?  :angel:
Well, Fortescue has long since passed away, and there does seem to be an appreciable loss of quality in Roman Catholic apologetics these days.
I agree. The RC's are quite scared that they'll slow down the ecumenical process if they write apologetics against Orthodoxy. And besides, to take on Orthodoxy one would need a lot of historical, theological and philosophical knowledge. Protestantism is a much easier target.
 

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Cyrillic said:
Cavaradossi said:
Cyrillic said:
JamesR said:
Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.
Why not read the books I linked to?  :angel:
Well, Fortescue has long since passed away, and there does seem to be an appreciable loss of quality in Roman Catholic apologetics these days.
I agree. The RC's are quite scared that they'll slow down the ecumenical process if they write apologetics against Orthodoxy. And besides, to take on Orthodoxy one would need a lot of historical, theological and philosophical knowledge. Protestantism is a much easier target.
That being said, there are plenty of Roman Catholics who take their faith seriously enough to try to argue that Orthodoxy is wrong and Catholicism is right. Unfortunately, they almost always use florilegia as their primary apologetic tool, which really is the lowest and least interesting form of apologetics.
 

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Cyrillic said:
Cavaradossi said:
Cyrillic said:
JamesR said:
Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.
Why not read the books I linked to?  :angel:


Well, Fortescue has long since passed away, and there does seem to be an appreciable loss of quality in Roman Catholic apologetics these days.
I agree. The RC's are quite scared that they'll slow down the ecumenical process if they write apologetics against Orthodoxy. And besides, to take on Orthodoxy one would need a lot of historical, theological and philosophical knowledge. Protestantism is a much easier target.
::)
 

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biro said:
Cyrillic said:
Cavaradossi said:
Cyrillic said:
JamesR said:
Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.
Why not read the books I linked to?  :angel:


Well, Fortescue has long since passed away, and there does seem to be an appreciable loss of quality in Roman Catholic apologetics these days.
I agree. The RC's are quite scared that they'll slow down the ecumenical process if they write apologetics against Orthodoxy. And besides, to take on Orthodoxy one would need a lot of historical, theological and philosophical knowledge. Protestantism is a much easier target.
::)
'Tis true.
 

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JamesR said:
Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.
Well, there's two approaches Catholics make.  One is the, "we're the same faith expressed differently and only politics separates us."  The other is, "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."
 

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JamesR said:
Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.
"Somewhat uninformed"??

I'm surprised they don't ask you which synagogue you attend.

There are sooo many more Catholics in this country than there are Orthodox that I'm willing to bet most Catholics don't even know what Orthodoxy is.  I'd also be willing to bet that most of the ones who do know what Orthodoxy is only have a passing familiarity with it and probably aren't all that interested in it anyway.  And of the ones who have some real interest in it and even have more than a passing familiarity with it, I'd be willing to bet that many would be ecumenical in the sense of accepting Orthodoxy as a sister faith to Catholicism or some such thing.  And then there's all those folks on the internets.  ;D
 

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choy said:
JamesR said:
Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.
Well, there's two approaches Catholics make.  One is the, "we're the same faith expressed differently and only politics separates us."  The other is, "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."
And then there's all those Orthodox who say of us Catholics,  "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."
 

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J Michael said:
And then there's all those Orthodox who say of us Catholics,  "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."
Yes, it is a two way street.  I don't think there's anyone denying that here.
 

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theistgal said:
I dunno, there's Dave Armstrong and James Likoudis.
Likoudis is a great apologist for Orthodoxy, with his many sophistries and his generally patronizing demeanor. His vomit always serves to strengthen my faith in Orthodoxy.
 

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choy said:
J Michael said:
And then there's all those Orthodox who say of us Catholics,  "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."
Yes, it is a two way street.  I don't think there's anyone denying that here.
Excellent!
 

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I have this book to read, it is by an Orthodox priest and professor. (This is not exactly the debate you asked for, but maybe this might be helpful?)

It is supposed to be fair to the Roman Catholic side, from the reviews.

His Broken Body: Understanding and Healing the Schism between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches by
Laurent Cleenewerck

http://www.amazon.com/His-Broken-Body-Understanding-Catholic/dp/0615183611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357755710&sr=8-1&keywords=his+broken+body
 

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choy said:
JamesR said:
Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.
Well, there's two approaches Catholics make.  One is the, "we're the same faith expressed differently and only politics separates us."  The other is, "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."
And then there's whatever I am these days.......tired, I guess.
 

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Adela said:
I have this book to read, it is by an Orthodox priest and professor. (This is not exactly the debate you asked for, but maybe this might be helpful?)

It is supposed to be fair to the Roman Catholic side, from the reviews.

His Broken Body: Understanding and Healing the Schism between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches by
Laurent Cleenewerck

http://www.amazon.com/His-Broken-Body-Understanding-Catholic/dp/0615183611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357755710&sr=8-1&keywords=his+broken+body
I bought that on my Kindle. I thought it was a pretty good read, and did seem to be pretty fair to our side even though it was written by an Eastern Orthodox Priest.
 

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Cavaradossi said:
For an Orthodox treatment of history around the schism, I'd recommend The Christian East and the Rise of the Papacy authored by Aristeides Papadakis in collaboration with Fr. John Meyendorff. The book is not designed as a refutation, but it does wind up refuting many arguments made by Roman Catholic apologists who often make arguments which are far from historically accurate.
Love that book. Dry as dust, but interesting as all get-out.
 

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choy said:
JamesR said:
Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.
Well, there's two approaches Catholics make.  One is the, "we're the same faith expressed differently and only politics separates us."  The other is, "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."
Both approaches are fatally flawed, but the former is a lot more annoying.
 

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Shanghaiski said:
Both approaches are fatally flawed, but the former is a lot more annoying.
Admittedly most aren't really aware of the issues.  When I became Eastern Catholic I was even dismissed as a "non-practicing Catholic" because I wasn't Roman Catholic anymore.  By the head of Parish Catechesis!  Of course the more learned ones do know the complexity of the issue, but the greater majority don't and would just think anyone who isn't Roman Catholic is Protestant (they also probably don't know the difference between a JW and an Evangelical).
 

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Wyatt said:
choy said:
JamesR said:
Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach? From my experience with Roman Catholics in person, they seem very ecumenical and somewhat uninformed upon our differences when I tell them that I am Orthodox.
Well, there's two approaches Catholics make.  One is the, "we're the same faith expressed differently and only politics separates us."  The other is, "you are heretic schismatics and everything you say is false because you are not in communion with the Pope."
And then there's whatever I am these days.......tired, I guess.
:)  Preaching to the choir, my friend!  8)
 

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If you haven't already, you might listen to Fr. Stephen Damick's Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy on AFR or just buy the book.  He gives a lengthy discussion about the differences between Catholicism and Orthodoxy as well as the differences with other religions.  Obviously, it is pro-Orthodox so not entirely objective, but he gives a very good and interesting discussion between the different faiths.  He makes some very good points and is a very good speaker.
 

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JamesR said:
Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach?
It's a little hard to believe that this is a serious question; but assuming it is, the answer is Yes.
 

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Peter J said:
JamesR said:
Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach?
It's a little hard to believe that this is a serious question; but assuming it is, the answer is Yes.
I agree. It was kind of a rude question.
 

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Wyatt said:
Peter J said:
JamesR said:
Are there even Roman Catholics out there anymore who take their beliefs seriously enough to actually debate Orthodoxy instead of taking the ecumenical approach?
It's a little hard to believe that this is a serious question; but assuming it is, the answer is Yes.
I agree. It was kind of a rude question.
Or naive.
 

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I've always felt that the International Orthodox-Roman Catholic dialogue should issue papers of the debates between the churches, forthrightly, yet respectfully articulating the positions of both churches.  Instead, they issue statements with the intent of promoting where the churches have commonness, not that that is a bad thing, but it doesn't work toward an understanding of what is true, what could lead to a realistic understanding of what keeps us divided, and let the reader decide what should be.  I had a discussion with a devout, practicing Roman Catholic who asked me how can three words, "and the Son," be such a stumbling block between the churches?  When I explained it to him, the scriptural basis for the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father, and the matter of the authority of a Pope over an Ecumenical Synod (Council) and the consensus of the church, he understood (not that it converted him, by any means, though).
 

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Basil 320 said:
I had a discussion with a devout, practicing Roman Catholic who asked me how can three words, "and the Son," be such a stumbling block between the churches? 
Yeah, I've heard that too, usually accompanied by a "for crying out loud".
 

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Peter J said:
Basil 320 said:
I had a discussion with a devout, practicing Roman Catholic who asked me how can three words, "and the Son," be such a stumbling block between the churches? 
Yeah, I've heard that too, usually accompanied by a "for crying out loud".
Three words? Heh. Let's not forget that a single letter was the difference between Orthodoxy and Arian heresy.  :police:
 
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