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March 30 2016 – The Scalpel of Church History

Pope Benedict XVI once remarked how the paradox of Peter, being both the denier of Christ and the Rock and foundation of the church, is a “divine dispensation that shames [our] pride again and again.” This sublime truth can remind us that it is Our Lord who preserves his Church. Let there be no mistake about it! Looking at Church history is a great way to be reminded most poignantly about this fact. We consider here the four, early Christological Councils: Nicaea, Constantinople, Ephesus, and Chalcedon. These councils were called at moments of crisis, when the faithful were in danger of losing their treasure.