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All are covered by a division into the great , those formed by the Nestorian and Monophysite heresies (the original Monothelites are now all Eastern-Rite Catholics), and lastly the Catholic Eastern Rites corresponding in each case to a schismatical body.
Theologically, to Catholics, the vital distinction is between Eastern Catholic, on the one hand, and schismatics or heretics, on the other.
Since that council there have been separate schismatical Eastern Churches whose number has grown steadily down to our own time.
The Nestorian heresy left a permanent Nestorian Church, the Monophysite and Monothelite quarrels made several more, the reunion with Rome of fractions of every Rite further increased the number, and quite lately the Bulgarian schism has created yet another; indeed it seems as if two more, in Cyprus and Syria, are being formed at the present moment (1908).
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Fail the test and you’ll be pulled aside for a more aggressive interrogation.All the others, with schismatical bodies formed from them, make up the Eastern half.But it must not be imaged that either half is in any sense one Church.It is now possible to draw up the list of bodies that answer to our definition.We have already noted that they are by no means all in communion with each other, nor have they any common basis of language, rite or faith.We may, then, say that any ancient Church east of that line is an Eastern Church.