Monday, May 19, 2008
ASSYRIAN AND CHALDEAN CHURCHES MERGE IN CALIFORNIA
San Jose, CA., May 18, 2008 / 12:40 pm (CNA).- One week ago today leaders of the Chaldean Catholic Church in California formally received into communion a bishop of the Assyrian Apostolic Church of the East, his clergy, and about 3,000 Assyrian Christians.
The Assyrian Church, centered in modern-day Iraq, dates back to the earliest days of Christianity. According to the California Catholic Daily, the church eventually embraced the teachings of Nestorius, the fifth-century Archbishop of Constantinople whose doctrines were condemned by the Council of Ephesus in 431.
Beginning in the sixteenth century, large numbers of Nestorian Assyrians came into union with Rome, forming the Chaldean Catholic Church. Today, the Chaldean Church is larger than the Assyrian Church.