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Blog Spotlight: “Cor ad cor loquitur” reflects on the Crusaders’ Sack of Constantinople in 1204

April 30, 2007

From the post: “Heart speaks to heart” – John Henry Cardinal Newman Reflections on the Sack of Constantinople in 1204 and Lesser-Known Byzantine Atrocities:

“With reluctance, sadness, and regret, Catholics must forthrightly address the issue of the sacking of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire (hence the center of Orthodoxy), in 1204 by the Latin Crusaders. Ideally, the numerous historical sins which members of both sides have committed – given the mutual acknowledgement of wrongdoing – should be left, for the sake of unity and good will, for the historians to mull over. Yet this incident was so tragic and has ever since been recalled with such pain and anger amongst Orthodox (and hence used as an “argument” against the Catholic Church) that it simply cannot be ignored even in the context of friendly ecumenical discussion…”

Read on here.

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