P011 – The Seven Councils: dogmas and canons


Course Information

Professor: Edward G. Farrugia, SJ,

Schedule:  Mon. I-II, 2nd sem., 2 cr., 3 ECTS


  • Theological and ecclesiological meaning of an “ecumenical council.”
  • Synopsis of the first Seven Councils on the backdrop of their controversies.
  • History of the Seven Councils as a history of the Church, its dogmas and canons.


To trace the emergence of the Oriental Churches from the controversies that gave rise to the Seven Councils, showing how they reflect the respective dogmatico-canonical patrimony, and to illustrate their interpretation by individual churches.


G. Dumeige (ed.), Histoire des conciles œcuméniques, Paris 1963-78;


A. Grillmeier, Gesù il Cristo nella fede della Chiesa, I/1-2, II/1, Brescia 1982-96;


P. L’Huillier, The Church of the Ancient Councils. The Disciplinary Work of the First Four Ecumenical Councils, New York 1996;


W. de Vries, Orient et Occident. Les structures ecclésiales vues dans l’histoire des sept premiers conciles œcuméniques, Paris 1974;


O. Bucci & P. Piatti (ed.), Storia dei concili ecumenici: autori, canoni, eredità, Roma 2014.