By the time of King Oswy of England, in the late seventh century, the two missionary thrusts converged (one working toward the south, and one toward the north). Oswy’s queen was from the south and followed the Roman practices, but Oswy had received his Christian beliefs from the north and observed the Celtic way. Among the points of dispute was the date for Easter. At the Synod of Whitby in 664, Oswy brought the matter to a decision. The Celtic advocate appealed to the authority of Columba, the Romans to that of Peter, to whom Christ gave the keys. "Is that really so? Does Peter guard the gates to heaven?" Oswy asked the Celtic defender. He, of course, agreed. Oswy resolved to take no chances of alienating the doorkeeper of heaven and he promptly agreed to follow the Roman practices. After Whitby the British Isles moved relentlessly into the orbit of Rome.
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