Thank you thank you! Lots of good stuff here.....
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From: "Muiris Mag Ualghairg" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2003 11:38 AM
Subject: Re: What the Picts built
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> From: "Vicki" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2003 4:21 PM
> Subject: Re: What the Picts built
> > Thank you, but I am surprised at what you say because from what I have
> > told and what I have read thus far - and none of it uniquely focused on
> > practices of Celtic Christianity - I have learned that the practices
> > quite different, down to the habits and rituals of the monks who, by the
> > sported rather radically different hairstyles from what came much later
> > Rome....anyway, I seek only to be educated and enlightened.
> > Vicki
> Indeed the practices were different however they were developments of
> practices used on the continent, also there was wide variety of usage
> other areas - for example there were differences between Rome and Gaul
> (Gaul's practices actually won out) and there were differences between
> and Constantinople. None of this meant that they considered themselves to
> belong to different churches - far from it - they recognised the essential
> unity of Christianity at the time (although churches did fall out and
> be out of communion with each other for times).
> This situation still continues on today in many ways - for example the
> Catholic church is divided into a number of different 'rites'. What most
> people in Western Europe think of as Roman Catholicism is in fact the
> 'Latin' right (regardless of whether it uses Latin or the vernacular).
> There also exist a number of different Roman Catholic churches (by Roman
> Catholic I mean fully in communion with the Roman Catholic Church and the
> Pope and whose bishops take part in Roman Catholic Ecumenical Councils),
> example the Eastern Right Catholic Churches (and NO I don't mean Orthodox
> churches who are not in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church I
> churches such as the Marionites in Lebanon).
> If we put the whole question of different ways of expressing Christianity
> the time within a proper context, it can be seen that the 'Celtic' church
> differed on matters of 'rites' and not unity with the rest of the church
> (and I say the rest of the church as it was bigger than Rome). It should
> also be born in mind that there was never total agreement within the
> 'Celtic' church as to what they should or should do or what their
> were. In many ways I see the term 'Celtic' church as nothing more than a
> handy notation for expressing the different church organisation within
> islands which developed due to the relative lack of cities (which made it
> harder to have normal bishoprics - very much a city orientated
> and the differences in certain details to the mainstream church -
> remembering that there were differences within the 'Celtic' Christian
> which were quite striking as well.
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