Saint Cyril of Jerusalem…

…judges Francis’ idea on obtaining spiritual fruits in other religions

  • God the Father does not accept the service of those who do not worship the Son

For the Father has indignation when the Only-begotten Son is set at nought. For it is grievous to a king that merely his soldier should be dishonoured; and when one of his nobler officers or friends is dishonoured, then his anger is greatly increased: but if any should do despite to the king’s only-begotten son himself, who shall appease the father’s indignation on behalf of his only-begotten son? If, therefore, any one wishes to show piety towards God, let him worship the Son, since otherwise the Father accepts not his service. (Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical Lecture 10, In one Lord Jesus Christ, no. 1 – 2)

…judges Francis’ idea on the ‘Bread of Life’

  • The Eucharist: Bread of heaven and Cup of salvation

In the Old Testament also there was shew-bread; but this, as it belonged to the Old Testament, has come to an end; but in the New Testament there is Bread of heaven, and a Cup of salvation, sanctifying soul and body; for as the Bread corresponds to our body, so is the Word appropriate to our soul. (Saint Cyril of Jerusalem. Catechism, Lecture XXII, On the Body and Blood of Christ, no. 5

…judges Francis’ idea that catholics and muslims adore the same God

  • The Father has indignation on behalf of his only-begotten Son – let them worship the Son, since otherwise the Father accepts not their service

For the Father has indignation when the Only-begotten Son is set at nought. For it is grievous to a king that merely his soldier should be dishonoured; and when one of his nobler officers or friends is dishonoured, then his anger is greatly increased: but if any should do despite to the king’s only-begotten son himself, who shall appease the father’s indignation on behalf of his only-begotten Son? If, therefore, any one wishes to show piety towards God, let him worship the Son, since otherwise the Father accepts not his service. (Saint Cyril of Jerusalem. Catechetical Lecture 10, One Lord Jesus Christ, no. 1-2)

…judges Francis’ prayer in the ecumenical and interreligious Meeting in Sarajevo

  • The Father has indignation when his Only-begotten Son is despoiled of due honor

They who have been taught to believe ‘In One God the Father Almighty,’ ought also to believe in His Only-begotten Son. For he that denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father (1Jn 2:23). I am the Door (Jn 10:9), saith Jesus; no one cometh unto the Father but through Me (Jn 14:6). For if thou deny the Door, the knowledge concerning the Father is shut off from thee). No man knoweth the father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son shall reveal Him (Mt 11:27). For if thou deny Him who reveals, thou remainest in ignorance. There is a sentence in the Gospels, saying, (He that believeth not on the Son, shall not see life ; but the wrath of God abideth on him (Jn 3:36). For the Father hath indignation when the Only-begotten Son is set at nought. For it is grievous to a king that merely his soldier should be dishonoured; and when one of his nobler officers or friends is dishonoured, then his anger is greatly increased: but if any should do despite to the king’s only-begotten son himself, who shall appease the father’s indignation on behalf of his only-begotten son? If, therefore, any one wishes to shew piety towards God, let him worship the Son, since otherwise the Father accepts not his service. The Father spake with a loud voice from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (Mt 3:17 ). The Father was well pleased; unless thou also be well pleased in Him, thou hast not life. Be not thou carried away with the Jews when they craftily say, There is one God alone; but with the knowledge that God is One, know that there is also an Only-begotten Son of God. I am not the first to say this, but the Psalmist in the person of the Son saith, The Lord said unto Me, Thou art My Son (Ps 2:7). Heed not therefore what the Jews say, but what the Prophets say. Dost thou wonder that they who stoned and slew the Prophets, set at nought the Prophets’ words? (Saint Cyril of Jerusalem. Catechesis X, no. 1-2)

  • The Jews do not admit Jesus Christ, thus being contrary to their own Prophets

For thus shall we raise our thoughts higher than the Jews, who admit indeed by their doctrines that there is One God, (for what if they often denied even this by their idolatries?); but that He is also the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, they admit not; being of a contrary mind to their own Prophets, who in the Divine Scriptures affirm, ‘the Lord said unto me, Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten thee’ (Ps 2:7). And to this day they ‘rage and gather themselves together against the Lord’ (Ps 2:2), and against His Anointed, thinking that it is possible to be made friends of the Father apart from devotion towards the Son, being ignorant that no man cometh unto the Father but by the Son (Jn 14:6), who saith, I am the Door, and I am the Way. He therefore that refuseth the Way which leadeth to the Father, and he that denieth the Door, how shall he be deemed worthy of entrance unto God? (Saint Cyril of Jerusalem. Catechesis VII – The Father, no. 2)

…judges Francis’ idea on the Church reduced to a minority

  • Leaven quickly communicates its own properties to the whole mass

For the leaven is small in quantity, yet forthwith it seizes upon the whole mass, and quickly communicates to it its own properties. And the word of God operates in us in a similar manner […] We receive therefore the rational and divine leaven in our mind and understanding, that by this precious and holy and pure leaven we may be found spiritually unleavened, as having in us none of the wickedness of the world… (Saint Cyril of Alexandria. Commentaries on the Gospel of Luke, Ch. XIII, v. 21: Sermon XCVI)

…judges Francis’ idea on God’s omnipotence

  • Nothing is removed from the power of God

Nothing, therefore, is removed from the power of God. Of him the Scripture says: ‘For all things are your servants’ (Ps 119:91). (Saint Cyril of Jerusalem. Baptismal catechesis, 8, 5)

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