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Franciscan U. Seminar to Discuss Eastern Schism and Reconciliation

Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio will be holding a seminar later this month discussing the Eastern Schism and what the future may hold for Christian reconciliation, according to a press release from the University.

"Understanding the Eastern Schism" will take place on Friday, January 31, and include talks by scholars James Likoudis and Dr. Robert Fastiggi.  The event is sponsored by Franciscan's Chapel Ministries, Students for Catholic Liturgy, Society of Blessed Theodore Romzha and Ut Unum Sint Society for Christian Unity.

The University reports:

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the Eastern Schism, the path to reconciliation, and the role of the pope, says Rob Palladino, director of Chapel Ministries at Franciscan University, which is a sponsor of the seminar.

Likoudis, a former college professor and a nationally known writer, will speak at 7:00 p.m. His talk, “At the Origins of the Byzantine Greco-Slav Schism,” will trace the separation of the Greek and Russian Churches from the Catholic Church back to the 9th and 11th centuries.

At 8:00 p.m., Fastiggi will speak on “The Authority of the Roman Pontiff and Other Points of Division Between Orthodox and Catholics Today.” A professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan, Fastiggi will explain some of the dividing issues from a Catholic perspective, such as divorce and remarriage, contraception, the dogmatic status of purgatory and the Immaculate Conception. He will also take note of some recent dialogues between the Holy See and the Orthodox.

Franciscan University of Steubenville is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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