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Nicene and Ante-Nicene Fathers, Ser. II, Vol. XII:
The Letters and Sermons of Leo the Great.: Editions.

Early Church Fathers  Index     


1.  The earliest important edition is P. Quesnel’s (prêtre de l’oratoire), Paris, 1675, Lyons, 1700, of which Migne’s Dict. de Bibliogr. catholique says, ‘on reproche aux éditions du P. Quesnel un grand nombre de falsifications, par lesquelles le P. Quesnel se proposait notamment d’affaiblir l’autorité pontificale 15 .…L’edition que l’on doit aujourd’hui préférer, est  (naturally enough!) celle qui a été publiée par M. l’abbé Migne sous le titre d

2.  Œuvres très complètes de Saint Leon le Grand publièes d’après l’édition des frères Ballerinii et celle de Paschase Quesnel enrichées de préfaces, d’avertissements et de commentaires, suivies des exercices de Cacciari sur toutes les œuvres du saint docteur.  Paris 1846.

3.  P. Cacciari (a carmelite) brought out editions at Rome, 1751 and 1753–5, the latter with dissertations.

4.  The edition of the brothers P. and H. Ballerinii (Jesuists), Venice, 1753–7, was a recension of Quesnel’s second edition with copious dissertations and notes.

5.  H. Hurter, S. J., has published selections of Sermons and Letters in vols. xiv., xxv. and xxvi. of his SS. PP. opuscula selecta, 1871–4.



That is to say, it upheld the Gallican opinions; and so it was condemned and put on the Index in 1682.  But being too valuable a work to be altogether suppressed, Benedict XIV. enjoined the issue of (4), which rebutted and rectified Quesnel’s false deductions in its notes and excursuses.

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