Encyclical of the Eastern Patriarchs

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The '''Encyclical of the Eastern Patriarchs''' was a letter sent in May, 1848 by the [[patriarch]]s of the [[Orthodox Church]] in reply to Pope Pius IX's ''Epistle to the Easterns'' (1848).  Rather than being a private letter to Pius IX, it is addressed to "All the Bishops Everywhere, Beloved in the Holy Ghost, Our Venerable, Most Dear Brethren; and to their Most Pious Clergy; and to All the Genuine Orthodox Sons of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church."
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The encyclical explicitly denounces the [[Filioque|Filioque clause]] added by Rome to the [[Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed]] as a [[heresy]], censures the [[papacy]] for missionizing among Orthodox Christians, and repudiates [[Ultramontanism]] (papal supremacy).  It also describes the [[Roman Catholic Church]] as being in [[apostasy]], [[heresy]], and [[schism]]. 
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In the course of all this, it notably makes reference to the [[Eighth Ecumenical Council]] (879-880), in contrast with the opinion of many modern Orthodox Christians that there are only seven [[Ecumenical Councils]] accepted by the [[Orthodox Church]].
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== Signatories ==
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* Patriarch [[Anthimus VII of Constantinople]]
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* Pope and Patriarch [[Hierotheus II of Alexandria]]
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* Patriarch [[Methodius of Antioch]]
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* Patriarch [[Cyril II of Jerusalem]]
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* The Holy Synod in Constantinople
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* The Holy Synod in Antioch
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* The Holy Synod in Jerusalem
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== External link ==
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*[http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1848orthodoxencyclical.html Full text of the Encyclical]
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[[Category:Church History]]
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[[Category:Inter-Christian]]
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