ecumenical council

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ecumenical council

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(Roman Catholic Church) an assembly of bishops and other ecclesiastics representative of the Christian Church throughout the world. Roman Catholic canon law states that an ecumenical council must be convened by the pope
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Noun1.ecumenical council - (early Christian church) one of seven gatherings of bishops from around the known world under the presidency of the Pope to regulate matters of faith and morals and discipline; "the first seven councils through 787 are considered to be ecumenical councils by both the Roman Catholic church and the Eastern Orthodox church but the next fourteen councils are considered ecumenical only by the Roman Catholic church"
council - (Christianity) an assembly of theologians and bishops and other representatives of different churches or dioceses that is convened to regulate matters of discipline or doctrine
First Council of Nicaea, Nicaea - the first ecumenical council in 325 which produced the wording of the Nicene Creed and condemned the heresy of Arianism
First Council of Constantinople, Constantinople - the second ecumenical council in 381 which added wording about the Holy Spirit to the Nicene Creed
Council of Ephesus, Ephesus - the third ecumenical council in 431 which declared Mary as mother of God and condemned Pelagius
Council of Chalcedon, Chalcedon - the fourth ecumenical council in 451 which defined the two natures (human and divine) of Christ
Second Council of Constantinople, Constantinople - the fifth ecumenical council in 553 which held Origen's writings to be heretic
Third Council of Constantinople, Constantinople - the sixth ecumenical council in 680-681 which condemned Monothelitism by defining two wills in Christ, divine and human
Second Council of Nicaea, Nicaea - the seventh ecumenical council in 787 which refuted iconoclasm and regulated the veneration of holy images
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325, the first general council of the Church met in Nicea (present day Iznik), where it proclaimed the doctrine of the Trinity and established the Nicene Creed.
United Church of Canada leaders say this stems from decisions made at the general council of the church when the denomination's main decision-making body demanded an end to the privatisation of water.
If the triennial General Council of the Church, held in Thunder Bay, Ont., in August is any indication, the church's politics have gone far enough off the deep end to put it far to the left of Jack Layton.

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