12-01-2016, 11:26 PM
Same thing with regards to St. Augustine. He is a Saint of the Church, but he taught things which contradicted the earlier fathers of the Church. Because of time and space and distance and language and cultural barriers, his new teachings were isolated from the greater witness of the catholic Church and not corrected (which, I believe, he would have submitted to happily in obedience, having understood the importance in holding on to the traditions and teachings of the fathers), but rather, his opinions found ground in the western Church and proliferated and became the main theological framework with regards to soteriology and pneumatology.
This led, ultimately, into a divergence in understanding which we find starkly between the traditions and teachings of the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. It begins with St. Augustine's teachings and blossomed with St. Ambrose and Thomas Aquinas, wherein a juridical emphasis was placed in the forefront and mixed with human rationalism, leading to human logic and reason circumscribing God's will and economia in the world. This has led to vastly different understandings of the the energy-essence distinction between these two great traditions. Also, it led to differences with regards to changes in doctrines and additions to the creed and the authority of the Pope. This led ultimately to the Great Schism, where we have on the one side, the 4 Patriarchates of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem, comprising the majority of the Christian world and the ancient of Christian cities, and on the other hand, the Patriarchate of Rome, insular and overreaching. The first ones holding on to the original Creed, sticking religiously to the canons and delivered faith, and holding onto the early witness and patristic consensus. And Rome, alone, adopting uncanonical additions to the Creed, inventing new doctrines and dogmas apart from the catholic Church, and infusing the Church and the State into one whereby the Bishop becomes the King, and considers himself infallible and the Vicar of Christ on earth.
St. Augustine is a great Saint, but some of his teachings on original sin and certain teachings on predestination and the nature of God are theological opinions which he developed which have never been considered authoritative within the eastern Church (and what is now called the Orthodox Church), for it lacked consensus and apostolic witness. Instead, it became the foundation for much of the theology of the western Church where it was expounded and developed. This has led to certain irreconcilable differences in theology and faith between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church (and the Protestant Churches which were born from it).