Second Council of Constantinople

Today marks the end of the Second Council of Constantinople (or the Fifth Ecumenical Council) that was held from May 5 to June 2, 553.  There were two main topics of discussion.  The first was what was known as the “Three Chapters.”  These were the writings of three different men that endorsed Nestorian concepts (i.e. the disunity of Christ’s human and divine natures), as well as spoke against the First Council in Ephesus (which had debunked Nestorianism) and Cyril of Alexandria (the lead bishop in the fight against Nestorius).  The Second Council of Constantinople once again denounced Nestorianism and signed a condemnation against the “Three Chapters,” further establishing the Orthodox view of the church today that was clarified at the Council of Chalcedon (451).  The second topic that this council is most known for is the anathematization of Origen, and its 15 condemnations of his teaching, which included such things as the pre-existence of souls, supposed “subordinationism,” and universal reconciliation of all things, including the possibly of Satan’s reconciliation to God in the end (something Origen did not teach!).  Gregory the Great was one church father that did not submit to Origen’s excommunication.  Indeed, throughout history many have questioned the validity of this council since it was called by Emperor Justinian, and not by the Pope.  Furthermore, in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI wrote a homily concerning Origen in which he says that Origen was “crucial to the whole development of Christian thought.”

Posted on June 2, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Down with anyone who disses Cyril!

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