Council of Constantinople, Hagia Sophia, 5 October 869 – 28 February 870

Decrees of the council, presided over by the legates of Pope Hadrian II, which condemned Photius (Photios I of Constantinople), whom the Eastern Orthodox uphold as a great saint. Though self proclaimed, in the acts of the council, as the “eighth universal synod”, according to the eminent western canonist, St. Ivo of Chartes: “The synod of Constantinople which was held against Photius must not be recognized. John VIII wrote to the patriarch Photius (in 879): ‘We make void that synod which was held against Photius at Constantinople and we have completely blotted it out for various reasons as well as for the fact that Pope Hadrian did not sign its acts'”. I include it as an illustration of the tumultuous and deteriorating relationship then existing between the See of Rome and the See of Constantinople. Image above links to Tanner translation. ISBN recommendation: 0-87840-490-2


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