What ramifications does the mutual excommunication by the Catholic Pontiff and the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch, which occured as a result of or as a reason for the Great Schism, have on members of each body according to each body’s beliefs?
If I remember correctly, Orthodox believe that non-Orthodox Christians are not Christians. Furthermore, the traditional belief by Catholics is that non-Catholic Christians are not true or saved Christians, if they are Christians. Both seem to believe that there is no salvation outside of the Church (“the Church” being their own, of course, and generally none other).
Did the excommunication of the Pope affect only his personal salvation or the salvation of all of his followers? Similarly, did the excommunication of the Ecumenical Patriarch affect only him or those who followed him as well? What about current-day followers of the Pope and Patriarch (neither of whom have excommunicated each other but who occupy the sees of an excommunicated leader)?