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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Grandmother, parts 2352 - 2355

 2352. You might further point out that all those things, the astrology postings, the fragments of dreams, the unexpected contradictory voices in one’s head are all part of the same system, the soul of a person struggling to ascertain a path to take, when the road signs once in use have completely disappeared from view.


 2353. But you are wrong, very wrong. The bifurcation of the guiding voice in one’s mind is inevitable in times of crisis. It has a long and important history, and must be faced by everyone at some time or other. This splitting of the guiding voice happens over and over again in human history as well. I will point to just one of countless important examples.


 2354.  The Western Schism or Papal Schism was a split in the Catholic Church from 1378 until 1418. Several men simultaneously claimed to be the true pope. Driven by politics rather than any theological disagreements, the schism was ended by the Council of Constance. The rival claims to the papal chair hurt the reputation of the office. The Western Schism is sometimes called the Great Schism, although this term is also applied to the East-West Schism of 1054.


2355. The East–West Schism is the medieval division of Chalcedonian Christianity into Eastern and Western Latin branches, which later became commonly known as the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, respectively

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