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 EASTERN ORTHODOXY : Encyclopedia Entry
On the basis of the numbers of adherents, Eastern Orthodoxy is the second largest Christian communion in the world after the Roman Catholic Church, and the third largest grouping overall after Protestantism.
Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism split during the Great Schism that is conventionally dated to 1054, although it was in fact a gradual process rather than a singular event, exacerbated by cultural and linguistic divisions between the Greek-speaking East and the Latin-speaking West.
In contrast, the term "Oriental Orthodoxy" refers to the churches of Eastern Christian traditions that keep the faith of only the first three ecumenical councils — the First Council of Nicaea, the First Council of Constantinople and the Council of Ephesus — and rejected the dogmatic definitions of the Council of Chalcedon.
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In the Eastern Orthodox Church, economy is a bishop's discretionary power to dispense with church standards (or "canons", as they are called) that a parish priest would otherwise be required to follow.
Often it amounts to retroactive recognition granted to sacraments performed in heterodox churches when a person converts to Orthodoxy, or in Orthodox jurisdictions with which the bishop's jurisdiction is not in full communion.
Such dispensations are made with a view towards putting the spirit before the letter and helping the cause of the salvation of souls.
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