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Pope Francis and Nicea III

Pope Francis and Nicea III

As speculation grows around the call for a third Nicean council, the Daily Beast reports on what Western and Eastern Christian reconciliation might mean in 2025:

Whatever inaccurate mythology is being promoted in the publicizing of “Nicea III,” it’s clear that this is a stroke of political genius on the part of the leaders of two of the largest denominations in Christendom. Bartholomew said that he and Francis wanted to leave the synod as a “legacy to ourselves and our successors.” Neither are young men, and there’s a strong possibility that they may both be dead by then.

This is a bold move. Despite the power and the pageantry, popes struggle with leaving a lasting impact on their churches because, theoretically, their successors can mix things up. By announcing this meeting with such feel-good publicity, they are placing their successors in quite a bind. Even the grouchiest pope will feel compelled to show up. It’s more evidence that Francis is interested more in controlling the direction of church leadership than in micromanaging the lives of the laity.

For the full story, please visit the Daily Beast here.


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Jesse Zink

@Paul: yes, he came to mind for me as well.

Worth remembering that the Council of Nicaea was called by and convened by a political—and not a church—leader.

Paul Woodrum

Now that the Russian Orthodox Church has been restored, perhaps Czar Putin can wear the mantle of the mighty Constantine.


I’ll believe this when (if!) I see it.

To me, it seems obvious: there should be reps from every church/”ecclesial community” that subscribes to Nicea 1 & 2!

JC Fisher

Jesse Zink

Who will play the critical role of Emperor Constantine?

Marshall Scott

Well, it will be interesting to see. Granted, none of us may live to see it; but, it’s still an interesting and hopeful idea.

I did note the author’s last question, about whether Protestants would be invited. I know there’s a decade to see progress, but to the Church Universal a decade isn’t much time. Rome has articulated the position that Rome is a “real church” (my phrase, but this really is the position); and that they see in the Orthodox the characteristics of a “real church;” and that the rest of us have one “ecclesial deficit” or more that make us something less, albeit Christian enough to talk to. I’d love to see our bishops invited, but I don’t think it will happen.

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