This is a 16 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on The Middle Ages: The Great Schism of 1054. All the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
The Great Schism, also known as the East-West Schism, was the event that divided "Chalcedonian" Christianity into Western (Roman) Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. Though normally dated to 1054, when Pope Leo IX and Patriarch Michael I excommunicated each other, the East-West Schism was actually the result of an extended period of estrangement between the two bodies of churches.
The primary causes of the Schism were disputes over papal authority -- the Roman Pope claimed he held authority over the 4 Eastern patriarchs, while the 4 eastern patriarchs claimed that the primacy of the Patriarch of Rome was only honorary, and thus he had authority only over Western Christians -- and over the insertion of the filioque clause into the Nicene Creed. There were other, less significant catalysts for the Schism, including variance over liturgical practices and conflicting claims of jurisdiction.
In 2004, Pope John Paul II extended a formal apology for the sacking of Constantinople in 1204; the apology was formally accepted by Patriarch Bartholomew I. Bartholomew, together with other heads of self-governed Eastern Churches were present at Pope John Paul's funeral on April 8, 2005. This is the first time for many centuries that an Ecumenical Patriarch has attended the funeral of a Pope and has been interpreted to mean that dialogue towards reconciliation might have started.
The presentation covers the following:
The Great Schism
Causes of the Schism
Origins of the Issues
The Pope’s Power
The Catalyst of the Great Schism (2)
Pope John Paul II Funeral
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