Synod of Valence III (855)…

…judges Francis’ idea on eternal condemnation

  • Wrath and indignation eternally: for those who do not obey the truth

As apostolic doctrine holds: ‘To them indeed, who according to patience in good works, seek glory and honor and incorruption, eternal life; but to them that are contentious, and who obey not the truth, but give credit to iniquity, wrath and indignation, tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man doing evil’ (Rom 2:7 ff). In the same sense, this same one says elsewhere: ‘In the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with the angels of His power, in a flame of fire, giving vengeance to them who do not know God, and who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall suffer eternal punishment in destruction . . . when He shall come to be glorified in His Saints, and to be made wonderful in all them who have believed’ (2Thes 1:7 ff). (Denzinger-Hünermann 626. Council of Valence III, against John Scotus)

…judges Francis’ idea on the harmony among good and evil

  • Avoid novelties that foment contention and scandal – firmly hold only what is drawn from the maternal womb of the Church

Let us with all zeal avoid novel doctrines and presumptuous talkativeness, whence rather the smoke of contention and of scandal between brothers can be stirred up, than any increase of the fear of God arise. […] we believe that we must firmly hold that only which we are happy to have drawn from the maternal womb of the Church. (Denzinger-Hünermann 625, Council of Valence III 855, Predesination, January 8, 855)

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