Sunday, August 06, 2006

Telling it Like it IS

"Remember that you are a mortal man, fear the day of judgement. Do not interfere in ecclesiastical affairs or dictate anything about them to us, but, rather, learn from us what you ought to believe concerning them. God has given you the government of the empire, and to us that of the Church ... we are commanded to give unto Caeser the things that are Caeser's, and unto God, the things that are God's. It is not lawful for us to arrogate to ourselves the imperial authority. You also have no power in the ministry of holy things."

-From an unknown bishop in the western Church from the fourth century to the Emperor Constanius