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The Pelagian movement was condemned by Pope St. Innocent I. The case against Pelagius was reopened under Pope St. Zosimus, who at first cleared the Pelagians, then reversed himself under pressure from the North African episcopate.

Although Pelagius was an heretic, the opposition to him in the West sometimes tended toward the opposite extreme. Thus Western figures who would have been uncontroversial in the East, and who in fact are admired and venerated there, have often been viewed with suspicion as "Semi-Pelagians" in their own countries. A famous example is St. Vincent of Lérins.


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