Sunday, November 28, 2004

From blog member Samer al-Batal
Pope transfers relics to patriarch of Constantinople
As blogged here earlier, the Holy Father as a goodwill gesture has returned some of the bones of two church fathers, SS. John Chrysostom and Gregory Nazianzen, two of the three founding fathers of Eastern Orthodox theology, the other being St Basil the Great, who wrote many of the Byzantine Rite’s beautiful prayers.

The Catholic faith
On the veneration of saints and their relics
As explained by the Greek Orthodox. As Bishop Kallistos (Ware) writes, such veneration is part of an elaborate theology of the body — the goodness still in God’s creation with an extra supernatural charge.

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