Testimonia neglected by the Seventh Ecumenical Council
Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum / Internationale Zeitschrift für Konziliengeschichtsforschung
The case of Severian of Gabala was, it seems, judged οn personal criteria. John of Damascos borrowed three quotations from his texts.(16) The Council of Nicaea, however, used only one of them, which bore the name of John Chrysostom and was considered Chrysostomic by all.(17) The other two quotations from the writings, which in the Damascene text as well as in the manuscript tradition bear the name of the real author, Severian, were excluded despite their great value, especially that of the second of the two.(18) Reasons of a moral order, to do with Severian's hostile attitude towards John Chrysostom, prevented the Fathers of Nicaea ΙΙ from using his texts. History has punished all those who have maltreated Chrysostom, including this excellent writer and theologian, Severian.
16. Περί εικόνων, 58 (and 2, 54 and 3, 52). 3, 122. 3,123.
17. Μansi 13, 68 Ε. From the sermon Εις τον νιπτήρα, Α. Wenger, "Une homιlie de Sινιrien de Gabala sur le lavement de pieds", Rev. Et. Byz. 25. (1967), 225-229.
18. From the Sermon Εις τα εγκαίνια του Σταυρού, PG 56, 499. J.Ζellinger, Studien zu Severian νοn Gabala, Mόnster in W. 1926, 129-137. And from the sermon Εις τον Σταυρόν, among the dubia of John Chrysostom, Η. Savilius, 5 (1612), 898.