Date 359
Council Ariminum
Ancient Sources Athanasius, De Synodis 11; Hilary, Fragmenta historica 7.3
Latin text August Hahn, Bibliothek der Symbole und Glaubensregeln der Alten Kirche (Breslau: E. Morgenstern, 1897) p. 208

As far as it was fitting and possible, dearest brethren, the general Council and the holy Church have had patience, and have generously displayed the Church’s forbearance towards Ursacius and Valens, Gaius, Germinius, and Auxentius; who by so often changing what they had believed, have troubled all the churches, and still are endeavoring to foist their heretical spirit upon the faith of the orthodox. For they wish to annul the formulary passed at Nicæa, which was framed against the Arian heresy. They have presented to us besides a creed drawn up by themselves from without, and utterly alien to the most holy Church, which we could not lawfully receive. Even before this, and now, have they been pronounced heretics and gainsayers by us, whom we have not admitted to our communion, but condemned and deposed them in their presence by our voices. Now then, what seems good to you, again declare, that each one’s vote may be ratified by his subscription.

The Bishops answered with one accord. It seems good that the forenamed heretics should be condemned, that the catholic faith may remain in peace.

Translation from Athanasius, De Synodis 11 (NPNF2 vol. 4, p. 455)

Adapted by SMT

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