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Ivan Sergeevich Gagarin : the search for Orthodox and Catholic union
Beshoner, Jeffrey Bruce.
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Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, [2002]

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xi, 321 pages ; 24 cm
Moscow, Munich, and Petersburg -- Paris : conversion and ordination -- The beginnings of the mission to the Slavs -- Signs of hope -- Signs of failure I -- Signs of failure II -- Byzantine Catholics and the Middle East -- The Vatican and the Russian Church -- Ends and beginnings.
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Ivan Sergeevich Gagarin analyzes questions of nationality and religious identity in nineteenth-century Russian history as reflected in the life of Jesuit priest Ivan Gagarin. A descendent of one of Russia's most ancient and politically powerful families, Father Ivan Gagarin, S.J. (1814-1882) dedicated his life to creating a union between the Orthodox and Catholic churches that would preserve the dogmatic and traditional beliefs of both. Traditional understandings of Russian identity have emanated from the perspective of the dominant Orthodox religion; this captivating study uses the unionist work of Gagarin to illumine Russia's national identity from the perspective of Roman Catholicism. Seeing his unionist proposals as necessary for the preservation of Russian stability, Gagarin found himself in frequent opposition to the Orthodox Church. While Gagarin believed that Church union would preserve Russia from the threats of communism and revolution, the Russian Orthodox Church believed that union would mean the sacrifice of religious truth, ecclesial independence and religious orthodoxy. Jeffrey Beshoner's even-handed analysis reveals that the Roman Catholic Church presented its own s

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Jeffrey Bruce Beshoner received his Ph.D. in Russian history from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently a member of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis of Penance in the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. He resides in Washington, DC, where he continues to pursue his interests in Russian religious thought and ecumenical history.