Quote:His rule, therefore for the authentic interpretation of scripture as commended by holy and learned men, was to "interpret the sacred Canon according to the traditions of the Universal Church and in keeping with the rules of Catholic doctrine, in which Catholic and Universal Church, moreover, they must follow universality, antiquity, consent.
Agreed - but of course, unlike in St. Vincent's day we cannot quite say this without some qualification. The RCC and the EO would agree with the quotation, as I do, but if an enquirer were to ask which of us was the 'Universal Church' she'd get three different answers - alas. St. Vincent would not have settled for that as, in his day, although there were dissenting groups who claimed to be orthodox they were not; who, now determines which of those claiming to be the Church is it?
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)