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Christianity / Ecumenical council /
Second Council of Constantinople


In Christianity, 5th ecumenical council, held in Constantinople in 553, for a period of less than a month.
The council was convened by Byzantine emperor Justinian 1, and was mainly attended by Oriental bishops. Very few came from the western churches.
The aim of the council was to handle the legitimacy of writings by the Greek theologians, Theodore of Mopsuestia, Theodoret of Cyrrhus and Ebas of Edessa. Their writings, known as Three Chapters, had been approved 100 years earlier at the Council of Chalcedon. Now, however, these writings were accused of containing errors, deviations close to the theology of Nestorianism.
This council condemned the Three Chapters, but the bishops of Aquileia, Milan and of the Istrian peninsula all refused to accept this decision. Much of the problem here was the uncertainty whether there were errors, and that a power struggle inside the church was a driving force.
This council also banned both the scriptures as Origen well as himself in person.
It was 102 years since the last council (Chalcedon) and it would be 127 years until the next (Third of Constantinople).




By Tore Kjeilen