Clement of Alexandria, Saint, original name Titus
Flavius Clemens ?150-?215 A.D. Greek Christian theologian; head of
the catechetical school at Alexandria; teacher of Origen. Feast day: Dec
extract from A Vegetarian Sourcebook, 1989, by
Clement wrote, "It is far better to be happy than to have your bodies
act as graveyards for animals. Accordingly, the apostle Matthew partook
of seeds, nuts and vegetables, without flesh". One of the earliest Christian
documents is the `Clementine Homiles', a second-century work purportedly
based on the teachings of St. Peter. Homily XII states, "The unnatural
eating of flesh meats is as polluting as the heathen worship of devils,
with its sacrifices and its impure feasts, through participation in it
a man becomes a fellow eater with devils".
- from the 1957 IVU Congress souvenir book
SAINT CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA (150-220? A. D.), stated in his treatise on Pedagogy that " The Apostle Matthew never ate meat ; but lived on fruits, cereals, acorns, and legumes.''