By Yves Congar
Father Congar exposes and clarifies the political, cultural, and ecclesiological history to the good schism that divided jap and Western Christianity within the eleventh century.
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60 It which saw the development of ecclesiastical power, of canon law, and of Scholastic philosophy, the lack of an historical sense and of curiosity towards is clear that at other men and this period, other worlds gave Western which comprised its deprived the Latins of the self-confidence hand, it versity in the matter of rite, of On strength. feeling the other of legitimate ecclesiastical organization, canonical tradition, and even of doctrine. had likewise hardly shown an Christianity that attitude 61 di- of True, the East of tolerance in re- specting legitimate differences; the controversy of the epoch of Photius, and more especially of Cerularius, was largely based upon a condemnation of Latin usages differing from Byzantine practice, as contrary to true Christianity.
Main. West, and, within the West, a dis- placement of the economic and cultural life of the Sputh towards the North, from the Italic and Provencal regions, that were still in contact territories inhabited sense that with the Greek world, toward the by Germanic Mohammed elements. prepared the Thus, although the "idea of way Rome" had It was in this for Charlemagne. existed until the Seventh Century despite barbarian invasions, maintaining the 19 AFTER NINE HUNDRED YEARS Roman empire, it was Islam which marked the end of the an- unity and continuity of the provoked the split cient world and the beginning ojthe Middle Ages.
Gressively expressed in occasional assertions in Canon law in the Eighth to Eleventh in the Thirteenth theology by the Vatican Council. Rome But many Century and of power, first Century then in finally in dogma, under barbarian rulers: treason oj the ideal episodes in the history of Western Christianity have completely betrayed the Byzantine 17 ideal just defined, AFTER NINE HUNDRED YEARS We generally blame both sides in this betrayal; it has also been said that the Basikis lacked a feeling of solidarity with the West which they abandoned to its destiny save for a few 33 They also attempts such as the grandiose one of Justinian.