Bl. Theodoret Is A Church Father

Originally posted 8/25/2009.

Theodoret of Cyrus is not a Church Father

In the eighth session of Chalcedon (the Fourth Ecumenical Council) on 10/26/451, the Holy Fathers, with papal approbation, declared the “very reverend bishop Theodoret” to be an “orthodox doctor” [Mansi vii:190CD] after the latter anathematized the heresiarchs Nestorios and Eutyches. Popes Vigilius, Pelagius I, Pelagius II, and the Doctor St. Gregory I the Great of Rome (9/3) all praised Bl. Theodoret, as did Patriarch St. Photios the Great of Constantinople (2/6), who called him a “divine man” [Bibliotheca 204 in PG 102:676B]. Even though in 553 Constantinople II (the Fifth Ecumenical Council) anathematized Thedoret’s confused writings [PG 76:392B449C] against Patriarch St. Cyril I of Alexandria [Canon 13 in Mansi ix:386CD], it did not condemn the person of Theodoret, who shunned the Nestorian heresy and is and will always be, thanks to Chalcedon, a Father of the Church.


4 Responses to Bl. Theodoret Is A Church Father

  1. […] recipiemus præter istos divinos theologos? Georgios: Latini, quamvis multa habeant quæ dicant de Theodoreto, ut in libris apologeticis pro ipsis exaratis videre est, cumque possint contra eum prius […]

  2. […] St. Anastasius I of Rome (401), St. Sulpicius Severus (403), St. Prosper of Acquitane (432), and Bl. Bishop Theodoret of Cyrus. b. Those who say St. Liberius was guilty: Archbishop St. Athanasius I the Great of Alexandria […]

  3. […] to come: *The controversy of St. Cyril of Alexandria with Bl. Theodoret of Cyrus *The unilateral addition to the […]

  4. […] Eutychius, in which he condemned the works and the name of Theodorus, as well as those writings of Theodoret and Ibas which favored Nestorius.610 But in this document, as well as in the new Constitutum, which […]

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