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A History Of The Church In Seven Books by Socrates

WHEN the bishops met in Italy, very few from the East were present, most of them being hindered from coming either by the infirmities of age or by the distance; but of the West there were more than three hundred. Being assembled at Milan, according to the emperor’s order, the Eastern prelates opened the Synod by calling upon those convened to pass an unanimous sentence of condemnation against Athanasius; with this object in view, that he might thenceforward be utterly shut out from Alexandria. But Paulinus bishop of Treves in Gaul, Dionysius of Alba, the metropolis of Italy, and Eusebius of Verceil, a city of Liguria in Italy, perceiving that the Eastern bishops, by demanding a ratification of the sentence against Athanasius, were intent on subverting the faith, arose and loudly exclaimed that this proposition indicated a covert plot against the principles of Christian truth. For they insisted that the charges against Athanasius were unfounded, and merely invented by his accusers as a means of corrupting the faith. Having made this protest with much vehemence of manner, the congress of bishops was then dissolved.








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