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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Cerularius vs. Humbert

16 July 1054. This day marks the Roman Catholic Church-Eastern Orthodox Church split, an event more popularly known as the "East-West Schism" or "The Great Schism." On this day, Humbert, the Archbishop of Sicily who was a then a recent appointee of Leo IX, excommunicated Michael I Cerularius, the Constantinople-based Patriarch. The latter would decree his own version of excommunication eight days later. Cerularius denounced the political maneuvering of the Pope in Italy and his appointment of Humbert as archbishop. He also questioned what he saw as "unscriptural" practices of the Latin Church, like its use of unleavened bread. [McBrien,174-175]

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