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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Heresy of the Greeks, Who Assert that the Holy Spirit Proceeds from the Father Alone, and Not from the Father and the Son

by St. Alphonsus Liguori

1. It is necessary to remark here, in order not to confuse the matter, that the heresy of the schismatical Greeks mainly consists in denying the procession of the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son; they contend that he proceeds from the Father alone, and this is the main difference between the Greek and Latin Churches.

The learned have not yet agreed on the author of this heresy. Some say it was Theodoret, in his refutation of the ninth anathematism of St. Cyril, against Nestorius, but others again defend him (as well as several others quoted by the schismatics), and explain that passage of his works which gave rise to this opinion, by saying that he only meant to prove that the Holy Spirit was not a creature, as the Ariansand Macedonians asserted. There can be no doubt but that passages from the works both of Theodoret and the other Fathers, which the writers intended as refutations of the errors of the Arians and Macedonians, taken in a wrong sense by the schismatics, have confirmed them in holding on to this error.