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The (Roman Catholic) Council of Florence, Ferrara, and Basle

XV Century
One of the many goals of this long and unsuccessful council was the reunion of the Eastern and Western churches. (It also attempted to address the balance of papal vs. conciliar power and to head off the looming crisis of the Reformation.) St. Mark of Ephesus was the most notable member of the Orthodox delegation (and outspoken opponent of Union); he pointed out that besides resolving the issues which divided the two sides in the XI Century, it would be necessary to deal with subsequent Western innovations, e.g. the doctrine of Purgatory.

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