About the Anti-Chalcedonians
(Monophysites) he would say:
"They do not say that they did not understand the
Holy Fathers, but that the Holy Fathers did not understand them. Namely, as if
they are right and were misunderstood".
He characterized as blasphemy against
the Holy Fathers the proposed cleansing of the Liturical books from the
characterizations of the heretics Dioscorus and Sevirus.
He said "So: many Holy
Fathers who had divine illumination and were their contemporaries, did not
understand them but misunderstood them, and here we come so many centuries later
to correct the Holy Fathers? Why don't they even consider the miracle of Saint
Euphimia*? Is it possible that even she had misunderstood the book of the
Without seeking to appear as confessor, with his ways, he would
react, talk and write to ecclesiastic people.
"The church" he would say "is not
a boat of every bishop to do what he pleases".
His reactions were followed by a
lot of prayer and love for the Church, but also for those who deviated and by
assumed apathy, distinction and greater enlightenment.
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