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Constantinople [1872 CE]

Council 1872 CE , Constantinople

Date 1872
Called by Ecumenical Patriarch Anthimus VI
Presided by Ecumenical Patriarch Anthimus VI
Attendance Patriarchs Sophronius IV of Alexandria and Procopius II of Jerusalem and several bishops
Key topics condemn phyletism (ethnocentric belief that Orthodox Christians in a given place and time should be divided into separate exarchates, based on ethnicity), and the Bulgarian schism is condemned
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Background

Convened regarding Phyletism. Condemned Phyletism, the heresy that the organisation of the Church should be along racial (ethnic) lines in the same geographical area.

Bulgarian schism is condemned. The decisions of this council are later accepted by the other local Orthodox Churches.