Western Church Schism Analysis

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In the Late Middle Ages, Europe was plagued with corruption on a large scale. The Catholic Church was suffering in a state of uncertainty and lack of a strong foundation and person of authority. The Great Schism of 1054 greatly affected Europe and the rest of the modern world. This great rift between the Eastern and Western Churches caused the rapid development of each side in different ways. What were the effects of this schism on the Eastern part of Europe? The Eastern Catholic Church refers to the Eastern Christian culture, traditions and the churches which developed on the Eastern side of the Great Schism of 1054. Romania, Greece, Serbia,Russia, Bulgaria, Georgia, the Balkans, Armenia, the Middle East, Asia Minor, Northeastern Africa …show more content…
Additionally, because papal leadership failed, some Catholic “philosophers” began developing the theories, which only added to the dissension caused by the lack of authority. The separate political situations of the east and west made the Church take on different outward forms. This led to the people thinking of the Church order in ways which conflicted with each other. From the start there had been a certain difference of significance between the eastern and western sides. In the east, there were Churches that had their foundation tracing back to the Apostles; there was a strong sense of the equality and community of all bishops, of the collegial nature of the Church. The west, while it accepted the decisions determined by the Ecumenical Councils; “the Church was seen less as a college and more as a monarchy- the monarchy of the Pope …show more content…
The Orthodox Christians acquired a mistrust toward the West and many of them rather accepted Muslim principle instead of the Western ideas. The Eastern side was isolated and cut off from the West. This led to them being intellectually and culturally stuck. The West felt superior when compared to the orthodox countries. The mistreatment of these countries is still seen in present day foreign affairs with Serbia, Greece, Russia or Ukraine (Dennis, The East-West Schism). The West has also failed to protect Christians in the Middle East, because of the dissonance between their beliefs. Until these days, the split between the East and West has sparked hatred and malignance in former Yugoslavia when then led into the war in 1990. Ukraine then split between the Western Latin West and pro-Russian East (Dennis, The East-West Schism). The Slavic world has been divided into two parts; Greek Christian and the

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