John XXIII, after being threatened with an investigation of his life, promised to resign if his rivals would do the same. Shortly after, however, he fled from Constance, hoping that this act would deprive the council of its power and lead to its dissolution. The emperor insisted that the council continue, and it issued the decree Sacrosanctaaffirming that a general council of the church is superior to the pope. It further decreed that frequent councils are essential for the proper government of the church.
Oriental Orthodox Churches accept the first three. While the Eastern Orthodox Church accepts no later council or synod as ecumenical, the Roman Catholic Church continues to hold general councils of the bishops in full communion with the Popereckoning them as ecumenical.
In all, the Roman Catholic Church recognises twenty-one councils as ecumenical.
Anglicans and confessional Protestants accept either the first seven or the first four as ecumenical councils. Infallibility of ecumenical councils[ edit ] See also: Infallibility of the Church The doctrine of the infallibility of ecumenical councils states that solemn definitions of ecumenical councils, which concern faith or morals, and to which the whole Church must adhere, are infallible.
Such decrees are often labeled as 'Canons' and they often have an attached anathemaa penalty of excommunicationagainst those who refuse to believe the teaching. The doctrine does not claim that every aspect of every ecumenical council is dogmatic, but that every aspect of an ecumenical council is free of errors or is indefectible.
However, the Roman Catholic Church holds that solemn definitions of ecumenical councils meet the conditions of infallibility only when approved by the Pope,  while the Eastern Orthodox Church holds that an ecumenical council is itself infallible when pronouncing on a specific matter.
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November Learn how and when to remove this template message Church councils were, from the beginning, bureaucratic exercises.
Written documents were circulated, speeches made and responded to, votes taken, and final documents published and distributed. A large part of what is known about the beliefs of heresies comes from the documents quoted in councils in order to be refuted, or indeed only from the deductions based on the refutations.
Most councils dealt not only with doctrinal but also with disciplinary matters, which were decided in canons "laws".
Study of the canons of church councils is the foundation of the development of canon lawespecially the reconciling of seemingly contradictory canons or the determination of priority between them.
Canons consist of doctrinal statements and disciplinary measures — most Church councils and local synods dealt with immediate disciplinary concerns as well as major difficulties of doctrine.
Eastern Orthodoxy typically views the purely doctrinal canons as dogmatic and applicable to the entire church at all times, while the disciplinary canons apply to a particular time and place and may or may not be applicable in other situations.
Circumstances of the first ecumenical councils[ edit ] Of the seven councils recognised in whole or in part by both the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox Church as ecumenical, all were called by a Roman emperor.
All were held in the eastern part of the Roman Empire. The bishop of Rome self-styled as "pope" since the end of the fourth century did not attend, although he sent legates to some of them. Church councils were traditional and the ecumenical councils were a continuation of earlier councils also known as synods held in the Empire before Christianity was made legal.
These include the Council of Jerusalem c. The first seven councils recognised in both East and West as ecumenical and several others to which such recognition is refused were called by the Byzantine emperors. In the first millennium, various theological and political differences such as Nestorianism or Dyophysitism caused parts of the Church to separate after councils such as those of Ephesus and Chalcedonbut councils recognised as ecumenical continued to be held.
The Council of Hieria ofheld at the imperial palace of that name close to Chalcedon in Anatolia, was summoned by Byzantine Emperor Constantine V and was attended by bishops, who regarded it as the seventh ecumenical council  The Second Council of Nicaeawhich annulled that of Hieria, was itself annulled at a synod held in in Constantinople under Emperor Leo V.There are at least six different types of business you could choose to start: 1.
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