The Council of Florence (1438-1445) has cropped up a lot in my research on Neoplatonism and magic. While much good did come from the council and one of its goals: the bringing of Eastern Orthodoxy back into the fold of Catholicism is a noble end, there seems to have been some curious activity going on “behind the scenes.”
I have already written of the transmission of Neoplatonic magic, hermeticism, theurgy, and other occult ideas from Eastern Orthodox prelates who came to the West during the Council of Florence and after the fall of Constantinople.
What I want to look at here is the idea of using the Council Florence to kick start not the return of Eastern Orthodoxy to the Catholic fold but the creation of a one world religion.
Writing of the Council of Florence’s importance for some, Dennis Lackner writes, “The Council of Florence symbolized the aspiration for reconciliation between the two sundered halves of Christendom, Greek and Latin: a universal religious peace to achieve, in the words of Nicholas of Cusa, concordantia Catholica and pax fidei”
This language of universal peace and concordia sounds like the goal of the coexist movement as well as the religious dialogue between East and West that has occurred since the end of the Second Vatican Council, which has been especially important to John Paul II and Pope Francis.
There seem to be two ways of looking at the topic of Eastern reconciliation with the Roman Catholic Church.
The first is the idea that the Eastern bishops and patriarchs must submit to the authority of the Roman Catholic pontiff and thus return to the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
The second is that the Eastern and Roman Catholic churches merge into one body while maintaining contrary theological positions and with the pope as merely the titular leader or figure head of the Church. This “union” would serve as the catalyst for the unification of all religions into one pagan religious riddled with contradictions and worshiping a nameless “God” who offers defication or “Christ consciousness” to its adherents.
Which one have post Vatican II popes been workign toward?