08 February 2013

QOTD: Patristic Gold

"I am commanded, 'Hand over the bascilca!' I reply: 'It is not right for me to hand it over, nor will it profit you, Emperor, to receive it.  You cannot legally violate the home of a private citizen; do you think you can take away the house of God?  ... You may not have it...'"
+ Ambrose of Milan, in response to Justinian and Emperor Valentinian upon their request that the Milanese basilica be turned over the Arians.

As quoted in "Let the Justice Roll Down Life Waters: Preaching the Just Word" in Preaching: The Art and the Craft, Walter Burghardt, SJ

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