Second Council of Nicaea Opens Under Pope Adrian I

Second Council of Nicaea Opens Under Pope Adrian I

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The Second Council of Nicaea opens under Pope Adrian I. The 7th of the church's 21 ecumenical councils, Nicaea II will condem iconoclasm (that is, they voted to allow the veneration but not the worship of icons).

The controversy over iconoclasm began in 726 when Byzantine Emperor Leo III forbade the worship of icons.

During this first session of the Second Council of Nicaea, Bishops Basilius of Ancyra, Theodore of Myra, and Theodosius of Amorium all beg for pardon for supporting the heresy of iconoclasm.

This is the last of the seven church councils commonly accepted as authoritative by both Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

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