St. Callistus I, Pope of Rome
Also CALIXTUS, CALLIXTUS
Ordained a deacon by Pope Zephyrinus, St. Calixtus was a slave when he was
young. When the bank that his owner gave him charge over failed, Calixtus
fled. He was captured and sentenced to work on a treadmill. His creditors
gained his release. He was later exiled to Sardinia. Some say the Jews
denounced him as a Christian; others say he had been brawling in a
synagogue. Spared by the generosity of Marcia, mistress to Emperor
Commodus, Calixtus received a pension from Pope Victor I and was sent to
Elected to the papacy in 217, Calixtus faced opposition from Hippolytus,
who became anti-pope. C. 220, Calixtus excommunicated Sabellius, who
believed that Christ was a modal expression of God the Father and was not
the co-eternal Son of the Father.
Karen Rae Keck
- ASSOCIATED PEOPLE:
- St. Hippolytus of Rome:
When Callistus was a deacon, St. Hippolytus attacked
his administration of Church property.
- Pope St. Zephyrinus I:
Callistus, as a deacon in charge of the church cemetary,
was a close associate of Zephyrinus.
- WORKS: The writings attributed to St. Callistus
are forgeries, part of the
First Epistle (To Bishop Benedict):
Concerning the seasons for fasting,
and accusations against teachers. --- NA
Second Epistle (To the Bishops of Gaul):
Against ecclesiastical conspiracies, bishops meddling in the
affairs of other diocese, marriages between close relatives and other
moral and family irregularities.
Also declares that priests who have sinned may resume their duties
after repenting: "Then shall I offer a bullock upon Thy altar."
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