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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Sayings of the Holy Fathers:

"It is better to be led by no shepherd than to be led by a bad one; he who is led by no one has many times been in danger and has many times been saved, but he who is led by a bad shepherd is always in danger and led to perdition...If it regards the faith, quit him and depart--not only if he is a man, but even if he is an angel from heaven!"

St. John Chrysostom


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If a bishop or a presbyter, who are the eyes of the Church, conduct themselves in an evil manner and scandalize the people, they must be plucked out. For it is more profitable to gather in a house of prayer without them, than to be cast together with them, as it were with Annas and Caiaphas, into the gehenna of fire."

St. Athanasius the Great


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"The sum and substance of our troubles is this: the people have left the houses of prayer and are holding congregations in the wildernesses. It is a sad sight. Women, boys, old men, and those who are in other ways infirm, remain in the open air, in heavy rain, in the snow, the gales and the frost of winter as well as in summer under the blazing heat of the sun. All this they are suffering because they refuse to have anything to do with the wicked leaven of Arius."

St. Basil the Great
(Letter CCXLII)