Saturday, November 22, 2003

Vladimir Soloviev
I read some of his writings once expecting to really like them and was underwhelmed. For all the problems these churches and people have, I found him unfair to the Eastern Orthodox.

Soloviev always referred to the Roman Catholic Church as "the universal Church."

This matches the most obnoxious things said and written by the other side!

To me this seems to be a parochial, ethnocentric misreading of what Catholic means. (Once again: not physical size and spread but rather that its basic teachings, and the thinking behind its practices, are universally applicable and beneficial to all men. A definition Anglo-Catholics are familiar with!) What I mean is not necessarily anti-Roman at all, simply that Catholic in this sense doesn't necessarily equal Roman. (Or Byzantine for that matter.) Un-Roman, if you will.

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