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April 03 2017

This episode introduces everyone to the Eastern Churches, Catholic, Orthodox and Oriental.  The division between the East and the West is more complicated than a mere schismatic division but is one more so of man-made pride, political power and social mistrust.   This episode looks at autonomy and unity within the Orthodox Church and how extreme autonomy has led to some issues within the Church, as well as the opposite extreme of excessive centralization that we see in the Western Church.  The idea that the Church of Christ is both East and West and that Christ wills reunification is emphasized, but the importance of union with Rome for all churhces remains critical and necessary.