How Can Filioque Be False?

September 5, 2010

Originally posted 9/4/2010.

How can the Filioque clause be heretical when all the Latin Fathers from St. Hilary onward{1}–with whom the Greek Fathers were in communion over the centuries and with whose consensus the Greek Fathers cannot, as a whole, disagree on a matter of divine and Catholic faith–taught that the Holy Spirit eternally proceeds, qua hypostasis, from the Father and the Son?{2}

Notes & References
{1} Gill, Fr. Joseph, and B. L. Marthaler “Filioque.” New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 5, 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2003. p. 720. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale. Fordham University Libraries. 4 Sept. 2010.
{2} For fairly detailed proof that the Latin Fathers unanimously teach a hypostatic, not merely energetic, procession from the Father and the Son, see Huysman, Will R. “Filioque.” Catholic Patristics. 7 Oct. 2010. 10 Jan. 2011 <>.