« The Quinisext Council – one attempt to strengthen unity of the Church », Stefan ZELIKOVIC (Seminary of St Sava and the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade)
The Canons, through the history of the Church, were de facto brought with the tendency to have de jure power, but this sometimes did not happen, and usually the validity of one council would be reflected through the successful ratification of its decisions in the life of the Church. The fact that the western bishops were not present at the Council of Trullo did not play a significant role in the context of the ecumenical character, since there were earlier councils convened without the papal legates, and the decisions were ratified, as it was the Second Ecumenical Council. However, there was a different situation here, because there was more problems between the East and the West, and it only required the occasion that they float to the surface. And in this context, neither the mood in the Roman Church was taken into account. The atmosphere during the « Byzantine papacy » did not at all diminish the self-awareness of the significance of that Apostolic Chair in the eyes of those who at there. The descent of Justinian’s legacy made it feel quietly, but surely, that the universality of the Eastern Empire began to be no longer relevant. Along with this superiority of the Roman Church, it has already maturedin the West, finding a foundation in the jurisdiction over the whole of Europe (Constantinople had territorially three metropolises under its authority). The East, which from the time of the emperor Heraclius was no longer using even officially Latin, has become a stranger in the eyes of the West, and the West in the eyes of the East continued to be stillinferior.
Keywords: Church, Council, Trullo, Constantinople, Rome.
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