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Julian of Eclanum

Papal Authority

“We have written and sent this to your holiness, as it appears to us according to the catholic rule. If you think we I ought to hold otherwise, write us a reply. But if it is impossible to contradict us, and yet some wish to stir up scandal against us, we declare to your holiness that we appeal to a plenary council. But one thing we particularly urge on your holiness, namely that you should not regard it as done as a criticism of yourself that through fear of God we dare not sign a condemnation of men in their absence, because we have learnt from the Scriptures that the human will ought not to be put before the commands of God.” (A Leader of the Pelagians, Libellus Fidei, letter to Pope Zosimus [A.D. 418]).

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