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Orthodox Constructions of the West$
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George E. Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251926

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251926.001.0001

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Perceptions and Realities in Orthodox-Catholic Relations Today: Reflections on the Past, Prospects for the Future

Perceptions and Realities in Orthodox-Catholic Relations Today: Reflections on the Past, Prospects for the Future

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(p.23) Perceptions and Realities in Orthodox-Catholic Relations Today: Reflections on the Past, Prospects for the Future
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Orthodox Constructions of the West
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Robert F. Taft S.J.

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251926.003.0002

This chapter suggests a mutual “purification of memories” for healing the dolorous history of Catholic-Orthodox relations, its Catholic author first providing an examination of Catholic misdeeds vis-avis the Orthodox East, then suggesting that the Orthodox, too, learn the uses of history in a modern academic climate that seeks to be fair and objective insofar as that is possible, eschew scapegoating and the “our hands are always clean” victim-hood pretence, the use of the double-standard, and learn a little self-criticism and fairness. This will require that the Orthodox make their own frank examination of conscience too.

Keywords:   Orthodox, Catholic, Jesuits, Apostolic Sister Churches, Proselytism, Uniatism, perceptions vs. reality, objectivity, self-criticism

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