Anastasius II, Pope of Rome
Pope from 496-498, Anastasius II became pope during the controversy over
the Henotikon, an expression of monothelitism which was accepted
Constantinople and rejected in Rome. In an attempt to heal the schism, the
pope sent legates to Emperor Anastasius and offered to accept baptisms and
ordinations done by Patriarch Acacius if his name would be dropped from
the diptychs. At the same time, Theodore of the Ostrogoths sought the
throne of Italy from the emperor, who said he would grant it if Rome
accepted the Henotikon. Many Roman clergy broke communion with the
over the proposed reconciliation. Anastasius died shortly after his
failure to reconcile the Roman clergy to tolerance of monothelitism. Many
saw his death as a swift serving of divine judgement. In spite of that,
Anastasius was buried in St. Peter's.
Karen Rae Keck
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