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