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James Likoudis: The Defense against the Claims of Eastern Orthodoxy

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Oct 29, 2012

James Likoudis was one of several mentors from whom I was privileged to learn when I was struggling to become more effective in defending and advancing the Catholic faith some forty years ago, in my twenties. Likoudis was already established as a proponent of authentic Catholic renewal, a leading opponent of sex education, and a champion of the Magisterium. Among other things, in 1973 he co-authored with K. D. Whitehead an outstanding and influential book on the liturgy, The Pope, the Council and the Mass, which explained and defended a proper understanding of the conciliar plan for reform in that area.

Sensitive to his roots in Greek Orthodoxy, Likoudis has also produced a considerable body of work defending the Catholic Church and the primacy of the Pope against the claims of Eastern Orthodoxy. These writings are also obviously useful in exposing the significant deficiencies of Protestant ecclesiology, including the Protestant rejection of papal authority.

Earlier today I heard from Jim (who, I am proud to say, describes as “the best Catholic website of all”). He reports that he has a small number of copies left of his excellent book on this subject, published in 2002: The Divine Primacy of the Bishop of Rome: Letters to a Greek Orthodox on the Unity of the Church. Signed copies are still available for $27.95. Contact James Likoudis, P.O. Box 852, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (email: [email protected]).

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

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