New York: Fordham University Press, 1959. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. Lower front corner of book gently bumped, mild overall edge-wear and small closed tear to front to dust jacket. A neat, clean copy. Item #265
"THE CHURCHES OF THE EAST AND THE WEST HAVE AN AFFINITY BETWEEN THEM THAT GOES MUCH DEEPER THAN THEIR ESTRANGEMENT" First edition in English of Congar's history of the "Oriental Schism" between Rome and Byzantium, marking the Dominican theologian's re-emergence after his ability to publish and teach was restricted during the late 1940s and 50s. Early on as a young priest, Congar began "to explore the problem of ecumenicism, a topic that would occupy his attention for the rest of his career. Congar was always concerned with overcoming the divisions in the Body of Christ. This earned him criticism from conservatives in the church who preferred to consider Protestants as schismatics rather than as 'separated brethren.'" (Robert Ellsberg, All Saints). The text consists of five sections: I. The Centuries-Old Estrangement of the Eastern and Western Churches, II. Political Factors contributing to the Estrangement, III. Cultural Factors contributing to the Estrangement, IV. Ecclesiological Factors contributing to the Estrangement, V. Conclusions: The Lessons of History. Translated at Fordham University's Russian Center with a Preface by Paul Mailleux, S. J. Approbations.