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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. IV:
Writings in Connection with the Donatist Controversy.: Chapter 27

Early Church Fathers  Index     

Chapter 27.—51.  Privatus of Sufes 1689 said:  "What can be said of the man who approves the baptism of heretics, save that he communicates with heretics?" 1690

52.  To this we answer:  It is not the baptism of heretics which we approve in heretics, as it is not the baptism of the covetous, or the treacherous, or deceitful, or of robbers, or of envious men which we approve in them; for all of these are unjust, but Christ is just, whose sacrament existing in them, they do not in its essence violate.  Otherwise another man might say:  What can be said of the man who approves the baptism of the unjust, save that he communicates with the unjust.  And if this objection were brought against the Catholic Church herself, it would be answered just as I have answered the above.


Footnotes

492:1689

See n. 6. p. 475.

492:1690

Conc. Carth. sec. 20.


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