The Primacy of the Roman Pontiff *

[From the epistles of the Synod “Repletum est gaudio” to Leo the Pope, at the beginning of November, 451]

 

149 For if where two or three are gathered together in His name, there He says He is in the midst of them, how great an intimacy did He show with regard to the five hundred and twenty consecrated men, who preferred to both native land and to labor the knowledge of confession for Him. Over these you ruled as a head over the members, among those holding office, displaying your good will.

 

149 [The more ancient version.] For if where two or three are gathered together in His name, there he says he is in the midst of them [cf. Matt. 18:20], how great an intimacy will He show in regard to the five hundred and twenty priests, who have preferred to both native land and to labor the knowledge of confession for Him. Over these you ruled as a head over the members, among those holding office, displaying your good will.

 

The words of St. LEO himself regarding the primacy of the Roman Pontiff, see Kch n. 891-901