Ecumenical Councils


  1. Text of the First Ecumenical Council
    Names: Nicea 1, First Council of Nicea, Nicene Council
    Date: 325 A.D.
    Topic: Is Jesus God?
     
  2. Text of the Second Ecumenical Council
    Names: Constantinople 1, First Council of Constantinople
    Date: 381 A.D.
    Topic: Is the Holy Spirit God?
     
  3. Text of the Third Ecumenical Council
    Names: Council of Ephesus
    Date: 431 A.D.
    Topic: Is Mary the Mother of God?
     
  4. Text of the Fourth Ecumenical Council
    Names: Council of Chalcedon
    Date: 451 A.D.
    Topic: Is Jesus God and Man?
     
  5. Text of the Fifth Ecumenical Council
    Names: Constantinople 2, Second Council of Constantinople
    Date: 553 A.D.
    Topic: Should the Three Chapters be condemned?
     
  6. Text of the Sixth Ecumenical Council
    Names: Constantinople 3, Third Council of Constantinople
    Dates: 680-681 A.D.
    Topic: Does Jesus have a human will?
     
  7. Text of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
    Names: Nicea 2, Second Council of Nicea
    Date: 787 A.D.
    Topic: Should the Church have sacred images?
     
  8. Text of the Eighth Ecumenical Council
    Names: Constantinople 4, Fourth Council of Constantinople
    Dates: 869-870 A.D.
    Topic: Should St. Ignatius of Constantinople be reinstated?
     
  9. Text of the Ninth Ecumenical Council
    Names: Lateran 1, First Lateran Council
    Dates: 1122-1123 A.D.
    Topic: Should the Church be free from interference by the State?
     
  10. Text of the Tenth Ecumenical Council
    Names: Lateran 2, Second Lateran Council
    Date: 1139 A.D.
    Topic: Reform of the Church after Antipope Anacletus II.
     
  11. Text of the Eleventh Ecumenical Council
    Names: Lateran 3, Third Lateran Council
    Date: 1179 A.D.
    Topic: Reform of the process for electing bishops and popes.
     
  12. Text of the Twelfth Ecumenical Council
    Names: Lateran 4, Fourth Lateran Council
    Date: 1215 A.D.
    Topic: Reform of all Christendom.
     
  13. Text of the Thirteenth Ecumenical Council
    Names: Lyon 1, First Council of Lyon
    Date: 1245 A.D.
    Topic: Should Emperor Frederick II be deposed?
     
  14. Text of the Fourteenth Ecumenical Council
    Names: Lyon 2, Second Council of Lyon
    Dates: 1272-1274 A.D.
    Topic: Does the Holy Spirit proceed from the Son?
     
  15. Text of the Fifteenth Ecumenical Council
    Names: Council of Vienne
    Dates: 1311-1312 A.D.
    Topic: Should the Templar Order be shut down?
     
  16. Text of the Sixteenth Ecumenical Council
    Names: Council of Constance
    Dates: 1415-1418 A.D.
    Topic: Reform of the Church after the Great Papal Schism.
     
  17. Text of the Seventeenth Ecumenical Council
    Names: Council of Florence
    Dates: 1431-1445 A.D.
    Topic: Can the Eastern Schism be undone?
     
  18. Text of the Eighteenth Ecumenical Council
    Names: Lateran 5, Fifth Lateran Council
    Dates: 1512-1517 A.D.
    Topic: Reform of the Church after the Renaissance.
     
  19. Text of the Nineteenth Ecumenical Council
    Names: Council of Trent
    Dates: 1545-1563 A.D.
    Topic: Should the Protestant doctrines be condemned?
     
  20. Text of the Twentieth Ecumenical Council
    Names: Vatican 1, First Vatican Council
    Dates: 1869-1870 A.D.
    Topic: Can divine teachings be known with certainty?
     
  21. Text of the Twenty-First Ecumenical Council
    Names: Vatican 2, Second Vatican Council
    Dates: 1962-1965 A.D.
    Topic: Do humans have inherent rights?