Author Topic: Prevalence of Catholicism in the Arian Crisis  (Read 406 times)

ubipetrus

Re: Prevalence of Catholicism in the Arian Crisis
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2018, 07:27:24 PM »
Interestingly, Emperor Constantius used the phrase while confronting Pope Liberius, saying to Liberius, "Who are you to stand up for Athanasius against the world?"  (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09217a.htm).  I doubt Constantius was intending to make a precise assessment of the state of the Church, rather than simply trying to intimidate Liberius into renouncing Athanasius.  Was this the origin of the phrase?  Did Catholics hear of Constantius' words, then turned that phrase around as a battle-cry against him and the Arians?
Interesting thought.  I had wondered whether the phrase was even known back in that time or conjured up centuries later, and here this could be the very original source for it.
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