Apologist Erick Ybarra joins recently joined me to discuss an interesting topic. On this program Erick discusses the differences between Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. He discusses key issues of disagreement between the papacy and the filioque. We even discuss the chances of unity within our lifetime. Erick also gives us a peak into an incredible project he is working on in regards to the papacy.
Eastern Orthodoxy & Catholicism
Eastern Orthodoxy and Catholicism share many similarities. Both have seven sacraments, and the Catholic church teaches that the sacraments are valid. The Church states, “These [Eastern] Churches, although separated from us, possess true sacraments, above all by apostolic succession, the priesthood and the Eucharist, whereby they are linked with us in closest intimacy (Unitatis Redintegratio, 15)”.
The Code of Canon law also states, “The Christian faithful for whom it is physically or morally impossible to approach a Catholic minister are permitted to receive the sacraments of penance, Eucharist, and anointing of the sick from non-Catholic ministers in whose Churches these sacraments are valid (Code of Canon Law 844)“
Both churches view each other as having valid apostolic succession. In the interview Erick also discusses if unity is a possibility.
About Erick Ybarra
Erick is an amazing Catholic apologist who has done extensive research on the papacy and issues between the Eastern and Western Churches. He has an amazing website, www.erickybarra.org, where he dives deep into the nuances to give us all a better understanding. He is also a cohost of the Reason and Theology Youtube channel.