Citing the authority of St. John the Evangelist, St. Colmán and St. Cedd presented the case for the Celtic practice. Appealing to the authority of St. Peter and of the Council of Nicea, St. Wilfrid and St. Agilbert presented the case for the Roman usage. When Colman assented to the truth of Wilfrid's statements about Peter, Oswui decided to follow St. Peter, the keeper of the keys. Although some Christians kept Celtic customs after Whitby, the first Anglo-Saxon council, ended, Roman practice soon dominated the English church.
A secondary issue discussed at Whitby ws the proper tonsure. No written record of the outcome of this debate exists, but since the Celtic ear-to-ear tonsure soon disappeared, most infer the triumph of the Roman bowl-like tonsure.
Karen Rae Keck
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