Asked by Anonymous at 12:07 PM on Jul. 2, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by gdiamante at 12:13 PM on Jul. 2, 2009
The first council is mentioned in the Bible (in Acts) - the Council of Jeresulem. After that there have been 21 eccumenical councils, the latest being Vatican II. Here's a list and brief description of them. The councils do not meet on a regular basis but are called when they feel it's needed. Since there have only been 21 in about 2,000 years obviously it doesn't happen a lot. Eccumenical councils are concils that have universal authority - what they declare as true must be accepted by all. There have been other general and local councils - but those do not have the universal authority that an eccumenical council has.
This is according to the Catholic Church. The Eastern Orthodox Churches recognizes only the first seven as ecumenical councils.
Answer by eringobrough at 6:41 PM on Jul. 2, 2009
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