The Schism Between The East And The West

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The Great Schism There were many issues that created the Great Schism between the East and the West, both before 1054 CE and after. However, it would appear from the documentation that the East had more issues with how the West conducted religion and ran their church. The issues that occurred with how the West conducted religion and ran their church happened prior to 1054 CE. Furthermore, the ambassadors from the Pope excommunicated the Patriarch of Constantinople around 1054 CE. The following day, the Patriarch excommunicated the Pope. Then the official Schism between the Latin Roman Catholic church and the Orthodox Catholic church began. 1054 CE is considered the official date of the start of the schism, but there were tensions before…show more content…
In the Traditions of the Latin Catholics and Eastern Orthodox, the Latin (Roman) Catholics and Eastern Orthodox are compared by geographic areas, secular authority, chief religious authority, role of the general church council, typical style of government, married priests, and divorce. Latin Catholics were located in Western and Northern Europe, parts of Central also Southern Europe and the secular authority is that the church is separate from the secular political authority. The chief religious authority is the Pope as head of the church, and the general church council was ran as a Council to advise the popes. The typical style of government was a “Monarchy”, and priests were not allowed to marry. Divorce was forbidden and never considered. (Document 4). However, the issues the Roman Catholics had after 1054 CE were well written by Robert de Clari, a French knight who participated in the attack on Constantinople, in his own chronicles recounting the Crusade in 1204 CE. (Document 1) In addition, there is the letter to Henry, who was a German Holy Roman Emporer from Robert Guiscard the King of Sicily in 1076 CE (Document 9). Robert de Clari stated that “all the Crusaders and Venetians should go and hear the Sermon on Sunday morning.” The bishops preached to them about how the Greeks were bad and the war was righteous and the Bishops said that they would forgive them. The Bishops then made the Pilgrims confess their sins and receive communion.
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