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Some good information on past heretical patriarchs of Constantinople and Russia is available here:
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"From early times the Pharaoh was often identified as the 'son of Re,' the 'image of Re,' or even 'Re,' along with other divine epithets. Upon his accession and coronation, the Pharaoh became divine; and, like the creator god, his primary responsibility was to maintain ma'at, cosmic order. With the death of his predecessor, the coronation of the new king involved an empowering with magic for this very purpose. In the Exodus account, the Pharaoh is shown to have no such ability to control nature and is proved to be no match for Yahweh. Hence, the plagues have a dual function: (1) they expose the Egyptian king's incapability to maintain order; and (2) they display Yahweh's supremacy over all other gods as the one who alone owns the earth and controls the forces of nature. Each plague demonstrates God's sole ability to manipulate a particular aspect of creation from its original created mode of being and then subsequently restore it to his created intended order."
 
-- The New Mormon Challenge (Hardcover, 2002, ISBN 0-310-23194-9), p. 169
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Important: the LDS org. is re-branding itself as one of many "fellow Christian denominations". From 17 Nov. 2014:
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+S. Ross I think that the intent is the former, but the result is partially the latter.
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"A married priesthood was not, in fact, the Eastern tradition, but a compromise and a novelty introduced at the end of the 7th century."
Eastern Orthodox advocacy for a married and sexually active priesthood is not an apostolic tradition; it only goes back to the Quinisext Council in Trullo of 691-692 and represents a real break with tradition.
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"Sometimes, Muslims will claim intellectual superiority for Islam, noting that the Middle East maintained Greek thought. For those occasions, note that it was Christians that translated those works into Arabic."

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Sometimes, Muslims will claim intellectual superiority for Islam, noting that the Middle East maintained Greek thought. For those occasions, note that it was Christians that translated those works into Arabic. His Excellency Nikodimos Daoud, the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Mosul: "All we [Christians] know is how to write and how to instill culture in those around us -- just as we instilled culture in the Arabs and Muslims in the past, when the...
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Matthew Olson's eight-part analysis of Alexander VI. Sections cover (1) his personality, (2) his family, (3) his time as cardinal, (4) his election, (5) his relations with th...
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The angels "were created in the first fashioning of things according to seedlike forms". After their first act of choosing God, they secured perfection. God, I think, gave the angels choice out of respect for free will, but, on the other hand, limited the needed choices so as to further glorify Himself and to benefit Man. What most separates men from angels is that, instead of making a righteous first act, Man chose the original sin.

(cf. Summa Theologiae, FP, Q. 62)

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"In the Middle Ages Thomas Aquinas, along with many others, adopted Aristotle’s thinking on the subject (though St. Thomas showed that he was aware of contrary arguments even then). Money, they noted, doesn’t wear out like clothing or a house. If somebody wears your clothes for a year, you can’t get your original clothes back. At best, you’ll get used clothes. So you can rightly charge rent for your clothes. When coins get too shabby-looking, however, they are simply removed from circulation and replaced with freshly minted coins of the same worth. Also, a borrowed sum of money can be repaid exactly, even if repaid with different coins or bills. Charging for money seems different from charging rent on, say, a horse and cart or a three-bedroom apartment with a carport."
Orthodox Catholics say that discipline can change and doctrine can develop—in the sense that elements present in the early form of a doctrine can emerge more fully over time—but doctrine in its essence cannot change. In the 1950s and 1960s, Catholic advocates of contraception cited the Church’s teaching on usury as a counterexample to this …
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St. Barnabas, in the first century A.D., wrote against "certain persons who pile up sin upon sin, saying that our covenant remains to them also". (Epistle 4:6) Those who do this he compares to those idolaters who turned away from God at the time of Moses. (4:7-8)

He also said, "The Lord judgeth the world without respect of persons; each man shall receive according to his deeds. If he be good, his righteousness shall go before him in the way; if he be evil, the recompense of his evil-doing is before him; lest perchance, if we relax as men that are called, we should slumber over our sins, and the prince of evil receive power against us and thrust us out from the kingdom of the Lord." (4:12-13)

The idea of salvation by "faith alone" is nonsense.
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Popes like Alexander VI defended the Marian dogmas for centuries, before their formal definition.

Alexander defended the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, well before Pope Pius IX proclaimed it as dogma. He also promoted devotion to St. Anne, the Virgin’s own mother, and granted the Dominicans the right to establish confraternities of the Rosary. This is not surprising, because of his intense devotion to the Theotokos; he would often exhort his children to "pray diligently to the Madonna".

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