Western Church

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the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy

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There once again, the East-West schism shows itself.
9) Paul wrote that divisions in the church were apparent at Corinth, many schisms arose before and after the council of Nicea in the fourth century, the East-West schism disrupted unity in the eleventh century and the Protestant Reformation added to this disunity in the sixteenth century.
Perhaps Schaff's simplistic solution to the major problems that created the East-West schism was influenced by his realization of the contradiction between the biblical concept of the unity of the church and the historical reality of division among the Christian churches.
It shows that the east-west schism in Wales is considerably wider than the north-south one we constantly hear so much about.
One thinks, for example, of the historic moment at the end of the Second Vatican Council when a joint declaration was read out on behalf of Pope Paul VI and the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, deploring the mutual excommunications that had been hurled at each other's churches at Constantinople in 1054, sparking the East-West schism.