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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VIII:
Pseudo-Clementine Literature.: Chapter LXV

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Chapter LXV.—Nolo Episcopari

“And consider this other thing, that in proportion as there is labour and danger in ruling the Church of Christ, so much greater is the reward.  And yet again the greater is also the punishment to him who can, and refuses.  I wish, therefore, knowing that you are the best instructed of my attendants, to turn to account those noble powers of judging with which you have been entrusted by the Lord, in order that you may be saluted with the Well done, good and faithful servant, and not be found fault with, and declared liable to punishment, like him who hid the one talent.  But if you will not be appointed a good guardian of the Church, point out another in your stead, more learned and more faithful than yourself.  But you cannot do this; for you associated with the Lord, and witnessed His marvellous doings, and learned the administration of the Church.

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