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Religious Education: Church History

BBC - Religions - The Roman Catholic Church

Vatican Two

The Schism - a BBC radio transcript

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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss events surrounding the medieval division of the Christian Church. In 1054, Cardinal Humbert stormed into the Cathedral of Constantinople and charged down the aisle. In his hand was a Papal Bull – a deed of excommunication - and he slammed it down onto the altar. As he swept out of the startled church, the Papal Legate and his entourage stopped at the door and symbolically shook the sullied dust of Eastern Christianity from their Catholic boots. The Pope of Rome had decreed that the Patriarch of Constantinople was denied his place in heaven, and soon afterwards the Patriarch excommunicated the Pope in return.

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Yuri Koszarycz - Australian Catholic University, Brisbane

A most significant Catholic Web site. Yuri Koszarycz, based at Australian
Catholic University, Brisbane, introduces ecclesiology and church history, the Church
before and after Vatican 2, a history of the Australian Catholic Church, and the current
state of the Church.


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