St. Eusebius I, Pope of Rome
A physician of Greek descent, St. Eusebius reigned for six months in 310.
The rigorist controversy, whether the church should readmit the lapsed,
continued. Eusebius believed that the lapsed could be reconsiled to the
church after they had done penance, and his opponent, Anaclitus, believed
that the lapsed were outside the church and could not be reconsiled to the
church. The rift caused Emperor Maxentius to charge both parties with
disturbing the peace and to exile the pope and his opponent to Sicily,
where Eusebius died.
Karen Rae Keck
- Dennis Michelis:
St. Eusebius, (1987).
Ten Greek Popes
(Mplis.: Light & Life, 1987).
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