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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. IV:
Writings in Connection with the Donatist Controversy.: Chapter 47

Early Church Fathers  Index     

Chapter 47.—92.  Natalis of Oëa 1886 said:  "It is not only I myself who am present, but also Pompeius of Sabrati, 1887 and Dioga of Leptis Magna, 1888 who commissioned me to represent their views, being absent indeed in body, but present in spirit, who deliver this same judgment as our colleagues, that heretics cannot have communion with us, unless they have been baptized with the baptism of the Church." 1889

93.  He means, I suppose, that communion which belongs to the society of the Dove; for in the partaking of the sacraments they doubtless held communion with them, judging no man, nor removing any from the right of communion if he held a different opinion.  But with whatever reference he spoke, there is no great need for these words being refuted.  For certainly a heretic would not be admitted to communion, unless he had been baptized with the baptism of the Church.  But it is clear that the baptism of the Church exists even among heretics if it be consecrated with the words of the gospel; just as the gospel itself belongs to the Church, and has nothing to do with their waywardness, but certainly retains its own holiness.


Footnotes

510:1886

Sabrati, Oëa and Leptis Magna were the three cities whose combination gave its name to Tripolis, an ecclesiastical province.

510:1887

Sabrati, Oëa and Leptis Magna were the three cities whose combination gave its name to Tripolis, an ecclesiastical province.

510:1888

Sabrati, Oëa and Leptis Magna were the three cities whose combination gave its name to Tripolis, an ecclesiastical province.

510:1889

Conc. Carth. sec. 83-85.


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