Saint Polycarp of Smyrna…

…judges Francis’ idea that the Pope should not judge

  • It is needful to abstain from all these things

In like manner, let the young men also be blameless in all things, being especially careful to preserve purity, and keeping themselves in, as with a bridle, from every kind of evil. For it is well that they should be cut off from the lusts that are in the world,

since ‘every lust wars against the spirit;’ and ‘neither fornicators, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, shall inherit the kingdom of God,’ nor those who do things inconsistent and unbecoming. Wherefore, it is needful to abstain from all these things, being subject to the presbyters and deacons, as unto God and Christ. (Saint Polycarp of Smyrna. Epistle to the Philippians, V, 3: PG 5, 1010)

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