My response to my critics has been a while in coming. So too have the posts. This is because I am sick. When I am sick, everything slows down and only those things that are necessary get attention. Sorry, you, dear reader are not necessary. But I will respond to critics later. In the mean time, here is something that might make you cough.
“The position of the Council of Paris (823) was similar, [to that of Frankfurt 794], confirming the theological mistrust which henceforth would dominate East-West relations. By 871-possibly much earlier-it became known in New Rome that the Franks took their military successes and the Roman defeats to be God-given proof that they themselves were orthodox and the Romans heretics and therefore not Romans but Greeks. Only the papal states, according to the Franks, constituted the remnant of the Res Publica Romana and so only the citizens of this tiny empire were to be called Romans. They were the only remanining orthodox Romans because God had given them to the Franks to be guided by them. In his letter of 871 to the Emperor Basil I (867-86) the Emperor Louis II (855-75) claimed: ‘We have received the government of the Roman Empire for our orthodoxy. The Greeks have ceased to be the emperors of the Romans for their cacodoxy.’ This is why ‘we received from heaven this people and city (Rome) to guide and the mother of all the churches of God to defend and exalt.’ The military successes of the Franks gave them the confidence to reject both the authority of the emperor and the theology of the council of 787.”
Ambrosios Giakalis, Images of the Divine: The Theology of Icons at the Seventh Ecumenical Council, Brill 2005. p. 21