Michael Cerularius – Archbishop of Constantinople 1. Refused Popes envoy demanding his recognition of the supremacy of Rome 3.
Excommunicated Humbert from the Eastern Church (Leo IX was already dead)2.
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Unfortunately, this introduced abuse by the hierarchy of the governing church against those that would question the unbiblical doctrines introduced by various church leaders. immaculate conception and assumption of Mary, prayer to the saints as intermediaries, etc.
The term “Pope” which was derived from the Greek word “Papa” or “Pappas” was not used until the late 2nd and early 3rd centuries to denote the premier Bishop or “Father” over all Bishops.During the early years of Christianity, there weren’t denominations and therefore no need to refer to a church by a particular tag: Lutheran, Catholic, etc. Both branches would claim to be the "true church" and would accuse the other of apostasy even up to the twentieth century.The Church was unified and each congregation was generally denoted by its geographic location. Today, there are active ecumenical efforts to arrive at a peaceful, harmonious co-relationship within the Body of Christ.Just as the Waldensians are the most persecuted of all protestant denominations, the Coptic Christians of Egypt are the most persecuted of ALL Christian denominations, period.Founded by John-Mark (author of the "Gospel of Mark") in the first century A.They were persecuted by the Western Church (early Roman Catholicism), abandoned by the Eastern Church, and eventually persecuted by the Muslims with heavy taxation, beatings, and martyrdom.Were it not for a letter to Mohammed to "spare the Copts as they are your 'kin;" The Coptic Christians would have possibly been driven out or worse, wiped out.Armenian Orthodox – Armenia adopted Christianity as its state religion in 301 AD 1.Claims apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus as its founders (not St. St Gregory The Illuminator evangelized Armenia in 301 AD – 1 The word “Catholic” simply means “worldwide” and indeed the first organized group of Christian churches were worldwide. Over the course of nearly 600 years, a small crack would slowly divide this single unified church into two branches: The Roman Catholic branch and the Orthodox branch.During the Vatican I council in 1870, the dogma of the infallibility of the pope was officially codified and is still preached and practiced today. Peter Waldo sought to put the Scriptures into the common language of the people, preach to people in a language they understand, and reform the obscenely wealthy monasteries who drew money from poor and stockpiled it (quite the opposite of the vision of Anthony - the first monk).This group group of believers sought permission to establish an "order" of monks but were rejected by the Pope Alexander III.