Question of the Day for Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Q. I don’t see why receiving any sacraments in an Orthodox Church would be valid. Wasn’t the Orthodox Church excommunicated? If so, it would seem that the apostolic succession would have been broken. Their bishops would have no authority to appoint new priests.
P.H., Hicksville, N.Y.
A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.:
It’s true, the head of the Orthodox Church was excommunicated almost a thousand years ago. In 1054, Pope Leo IX excommunicated the Patriarch of Constantinople, Michael Cerularius, whereupon Michael Cerularius returned the favor and excommunicated the Pope.
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