The Clementine Homilies by Unknown
Chapter XL.--Peter's Answer.
In like manner Simon, by taking many passages from the Scriptures, seemed to show that God is subject to every infirmity. And to this Peter said: |Does he who is evil, and wholly wicked, love to accuse himself in the things in which he sins? Answer me this.| Then said Simon: |He does not.| Then said Peter: |How, then, can God be evil and wicked, seeing that those evil things which have been commonly written regarding Him, have been added by His own will!| Then said Simon: |It may be that the charge against Him is written by another power, and not according to His choice.| Then said Peter: |Let us then, in the first place, inquire into this. If, indeed, He has of His own will accused Himself, as you formerly acknowledged, then He is not wicked; but if it is done by another power, it must be inquired and investigated with all energy who hath subjected to all evils Him who alone is good.|