Has anybody had to answer EO claims before that at the time of schism, there were 5 patriarchs (one the Bishop of Rome), and the other 4 went the EO way? Since they only viewed the Bishop of Rome as the “first among equals”, they will say that since 4/5 of the church went their way, this gives their claim of being the one true church the advantage.
I know there are many legitimate arguments that the church stays with the Pope; however, most of these are immediately rejected by the EO. I just wondered if anybody had any other information regarding the schism – did this really represent 4/5 of the church?
Thanks for any information you’ve got.