Theodore I, Pope of Rome
A Greek born in Jerusalem, Theodore I may have come to Rome to escape the
Arab invasions of the Holy Land. The son of a bishop, he was elected to
the papacy in 642. He opposed monothelitism and received the repentance of
Patriarch Pyrrhus of Constantinople, whom St. Maximos the Confessor had
humiliated in public debate. (Not restored to the patriarchate, Pyrrhus
returned to his heretical views). Theodore called a council at the Lateran
before his death in 649 to condemn the Ecthesis of Emperor Heraclius, an
expression of monothelitism, and the Typos of Emperor Constans II, which
forbade the discussion of will and operation in Christ.
Karen Rae Keck
- Dennis Michelis:
Theodore I, (1987).
Ten Greek Popes
(Mplis.: Light & Life, 1987).
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