Unia: The Face and the Disguise

9786188148918: Unia: The Face and the Disguise
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Edition Greek-Orthodox books «UNIA: THE FACE AND THE DISGUISE» THE BOOK BY FR. GEORGE METALLINOS NOW CIRCULATING IN ENGLISH Now in circulation is the English edition of the book "UNIA: The Face AndThe Disguise" by Protopresbyter Fr. George Metallinos, Professor Emeritus of the Athens University School of Theology. This new edition is included in the publications of the Christian Orthodox Philanthropical Society of Friends of the Sacred Retreat of Pantokrator at Melissohori "Saint Gregory Palamas". In this very notable essay, Father George examines the historical course and the significance of the religious-political entity named "Unia", that is, of the Papist communities in the Orthodox regions of Eastern Europe and the Middle East - mainly during the past four centuries - who have deceptively been observing the Orthodox liturgical rubric (sacred services, language, vestments, etc.), but have acknowledged primacy and infallibility in the person of the Pope of Rome. The author analyzes Unia's early link to the Papist "Holy Inquisition", but also to the Jesuits, who had originally organized Unia as a disguised Latinism. According to Fr. George, Unia was -on the one hand- a factor that balanced out the damage sustained by Papism on account of the Protestant Reform from the 16th century onwards, and on the other hand, it was also a lever that elevated the Pope as a universal Bishop, whose prestige is supposedly recognized not only in the West but also in the East, that is by the Uniates, who are a mere semblance of "Easterners". Unia exploited various favourable coincidences, such as the financial adversity that prevailed in various countries as well as schisms, but, par excellence, it exploited the support of Roman Catholic Governors, to impose itself en masse or even with force on Orthodox populations. ....

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