The Aristocratic Saint Polycarp

Then said the Proconsul, ‘Persuade the people.’ Polycarp replied, ‘Thee I had deemed worthy of discourse, for we are taught to render to authorities and the powers ordained of God honour as is fitting. But I deem not this mob worthy that I should defend myself before them.’ (Martyrium Polycarpi, X)


5 thoughts on “The Aristocratic Saint Polycarp

  1. St Polycarp isn’t just being a snob here…one thing I appreciate about military service is that for every unit or functional department there is a single officer in command, and any desirable policy can be implemented if you can convince that officer. For all the merits of a crowd of hundreds or thousands, it is not capable reasoning as one mind.


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