"Two Paths: Orthodoxy And Catholicism" by Michael Whelton. Can't recommend this book enough to Orthodox, Catholics, and Protestants alike.
Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum; papal supremacy is the vunerable and constant belief of every age recognized always and everywhere and by all. The claims are jure divino which means the bishops of Rome had universal jursidiction and infallible teaching even from the very beginning. It asserts that this is not an innovation or a gradual development. "As to the nature and authority of the primary of the Roman pontiff, no newly conceived opinion is set forth, but the venerable and constant belief of every age."
St. Ambrose of Milan:
- Faith is the foundation of the Church, for it was not of the person but of the faith of St. Peter that it was said that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it; it is the confession of faith that has vanquished hell. Jesus Christ is the Rock. He did not deny the grace of His name when He called him Peter, because he borrowed from the rock the constancy and solidity of his faith. Endeavor then, thyself to be a rock - thy rock is thy faith, and faith is the foundation of the Church.
Pope St. Victor tried to excommunicate the bishops of Asia because of a calendar dispute, recorded by Eusebius, but he was rebuked:
- This was not to the taste of all the bishops: they replied with a request that he would turn his mind to the things that make for peace and unity and love towards his neighbors.
- Christ is the Rock Who granted to His apostles that they should be called Rock. God has founded His Church on this Rock and it is from this Rock that Peter has been named.
- He [Peter] had not the primacy over the disciples but among the disciples.
St. John Crysostom:
- Observe how Peter does everything with the common consent; nothing imperiously.
From the author himself:
- The early Church was overwhelmingly Eastern and Greek. They had the greatest population density and its people were better educated and more sophisticated than their Western brethren. The East could claim 44 churches of apostolic origin versus one for the West. The West was not the center of Christianity, but for many hundreds of years it was a missionary field. With the barbarian incursions it had become a cultural backwater. The East held four of the five patriarchates, i.e. Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem; two of these, Alexandria and Antioch, contained the first schools of biblical interpretation. The seven great ecumenical councils were all held in the East, with an overwhelming presence of Eastern bishops.
I'm reading the book Orthodoxy and the Kingdom of Satan by Fr. Spyridon. I will come back with an analysis after, but this appears to be the perfect alignment between (Orthodox) Christianity and its world view on good and evil as the core conflict and method for understanding our world in regard to the degeneracy, NWO elite plan and technocracy we see unfolding. I've just started but so far I'm pleased that Fr. Spyridon basically knows what we all know from the ''conspiracy'' realm. This is gonna be exciting.
Excellent recommendation. I rediscovered My Daily Bread recently after many years and right now I’m trying to get in the habit of prayerfully reading a chapter every day to help me grow in the spiritual life. I also love the “Confraternity” edition of Imitation of Christ with those wonderful illustrations.I finished My Daily Bread and have begun reading My Meditation on the Gospel. Both books are part of My Confraternity Library which is a series of 6 books total. Excellent books that have helped me grow in my faith and assisted in my walk with Christ!