Held in Constantinople in 680.
Under Emperor Constantine IV. 170 Bishops were
The Monothelite Controversy
It concerned the last attempt to compromise with the Monophysites. Although Christ did have two natures (divine
and human) He nevertheless, acted as God only. In other words, His divine
nature made all the decisions and His human nature only carried and acted them
out. Hence, the name: "Monothelitism"
("mono" one and "thelesis" will.)
The Council's Pronouncement
"Christ had two natures with two activities: as God
working miracles, rising from the dead and ascending into heaven; as Man,
performing the ordinary acts of daily life. Each nature exercises its own free
will." Christ's divine nature had a specific task to perform and so did
His human nature. Each nature performed those tasks set forth without being
confused, subjected to any change or working against each other. The two
distinct natures and related to them activities were mystically united in the
one Divine Person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
Defender of Orthodoxy
St. Maximus the Confessor (580-662)
A simple, but enlightened monk;
died in exile (Caucasus).
St. Andrew of Crete (+740)
Participated in the deliberations
of the Council; author of the famous "Canon" which is read during Great
Lent in Eastern Rite communities.