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Up to the 11th Century the Orthodox and Catholic Churches were the same Church. The split came when the Orthodox Churches denied that the Pope was the Head of the Church, and decided that only Councils of Bishops had the authrotity to make dogmatic decisions. The Catholic Church held what had always been taught from Scripture, that St. Peter was the visible head of the Church on earth, as outlined in the Gospel.