Page 4, 29th May 1981

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Page 4, 29th May 1981 — Respect for tradition

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Respect for tradition

It( II IMANDRITE Alexis is basically right in his account of the historical origins of the Filioque. But the facts are capable or a different interpretation. A good number of theologians ould submit that the differences hem cen Last and West are not in Trinitarian Faith but in theological expression.

The West has preferred the formula Filioque and included it in the Creed for over a thousand years. shile the East has traditionally expressed the same notion by saying that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father through the Son (see Athameaus, Cyril of Alexandria and John Damascene an-ions others). and

chosen to leave this explanation out of the Creed.

Dr Runcie decided to omit the Filioque in his installation at Carterbury. undoubtedly as a gezure towards the Eastern Churches„-and sonic people will praise his wisdom.. Others will feel that the West is also entitled to its traditions and that the road to Christian unity is not by way of abolishing differences, but should he based on respect for each otter's ways in all things that do not41T, ect the faith. It is unakely that Rome will require Orthodpri to alter its Creed as a condition for reunion.

Rex Henry Rule

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