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St. Ignatius of Antioch—Letter to the Trallians & Letter to the Philadelphians: Obey Your Bishop

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Jan 20, 2022 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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“When you are obedient to the bishop as you would be to Jesus Christ, you are living, not in a human way, but according to Jesus Christ…”

St. Ignatius was the third bishop of Antioch. The only extant writings by St. Ignatius are the seven letters he wrote as a prisoner on his way to Rome to face martyrdom. The two short letters featured in today’s episode both address the question of obedience to the bishop.

St. Ignatius’ Letter to the Romans was the very first patristic work featured on this podcast. After today’s episode, only one letter remains: the Letter to the Magnesians. Look out for that, when we will have released the complete letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch, one of the chief figures among the Apostolic Fathers.


Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press:

Letter to the Trallians alternate translation at

Letter to the Philadelphians alternate translation at

Other readings of Ignatius’ Letters:

Way of the Fathers, Ep. 4—Ignatius of Antioch: To Know “Jesus Christ Our God”

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James T. Majewski is Director of Customer Relations for, the “voice” of Catholic Culture Audiobooks, and co-host of Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. Based in New York City, he holds both a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: romy1277408 - Jan. 21, 2022 9:50 PM ET USA

    I wonder if St. Ignatius would say the same thing today. Alas, it seems that some bishops are not truly Catholic.