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(early Christian church) one of seven gatherings of bishops from around the known world under the presidency of the Pope to regulate matters of faith and morals and discipline

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This was the Academy's first joint conference, and it was co-sponsored by the Faith and Order Commission of the Southern California Ecumenical Council.
All non--Roman Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants and Pentecostals cannot accept that Vatican II is the 21st ecumenical council (2) in a succession beginning with the councils of Nicaea 325 and Constantinople 381, which together bequeathed the most universally accepted statement of faith, better known now as the Nicene-constantinopolitan Creed of 381.
Of foundational importance for the proper interpretation of scripture are the decisions of ecumenical councils.
Paul VI expressed the conviction that in fact there have been two kinds of councils in the church's patrimony, the early ecumenical councils of the undivided church and then the later general synods of the West.
Heresy--as anyone who attends to the history of the ecumenical councils will know--is like the monster in a science fiction film where all the usual techniques to kill him off fail to work.
Moreover, the seven ecumenical councils have been successful in keeping the main body of the Church on the right lines, surely because their participants sought and received the assistance of the Holy Spirit.
creationism' and 'religious displays on public property' as well as entries on freedom of conscience, natural law and ecumenical councils.
Throughout his lifetime he taught and wrote about the pre-Nicene Fathers, the golden age of the Fathers of the Seven Ecumenical Councils, the Byzantine theologians up to the fifteenth century, as well as the history of Russian theology.
We have remained consistent with the early traditions of the church, with decisions rooted in the seven ecumenical councils, decisions agreed upon by both the East and West,'' said the Very Rev.
The later years of James's reign saw the king promoting ecumenical councils of Protestant churches, with the hope that the Catholics might be involved at a later stage.
For Christian history the town is important for hosting two crucial ecumenical councils.
As a self-described "convergence text," there is much that may be affirmed from an Orthodox Christian perspective, such as the acknowledgement of the ecumenical councils that helped to maintain orthodoxy, the testimony of the primitive church to a threefold pattern of ministry, and even a nod to the scriptural roots of the episcopacy.
But to construe a well-rounded theology of ecumenical councils built on old tradition and refreshed with new insights is a daunting enterprise--certainly beyond the purpose of this article.
At any time the Curia has disfavored ecumenical councils.
Urges member churches and ecumenical councils to enhance inter-religious cooperation and constructive intervention, ensuring better stewardship of creation through their joint actions.
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