APIARIUS of Sicca

APIARIUS of Sicca d. after 425. The priest Apiarius of Sicca Veneria El Kef, Tunisia was excommunicated in 418 by his bishop Urban for offenses, the particulars of which are not known but which caused non leve scandalum in the African church CCL 149,157. He appealed to Rome and was absolved by Pope Zosimus, who conveyed his decision to the Africans through a Commonitorium and a legation headed by the authoritarian Faustinus, bishop of Potenza in Piceno. The case was discussed in a plenary council in May 419 at Carthage. Admitted to the clergy of Thabraca Tabarka, Tunisia, Apiarius, recidivist, was again excommunicated. He again appealed to Rome and was rehabilitated by Celestine I, who again sent Faustinus to Africa as his legate. This time, however, he admitted his guilt and was definitively excommunicated September 425. These episodes nearly led to a clash between the African church and the Roman see, which had recently been looking to extend its primacy to countries traditionally outside its control. The African church used the occasion to put together a corpus of conciliar decrees aimed at laying legal foundations for the age-old African particularism. The move was facilitated at the time by Rome’s difficulties over Zosimus’s succession, but the Africans quickly found themselves in even worse difficulties with the Vandal invasion. The question of Apiarius was thus the last manifestation of the autonomy of the African church. L. Duchesne, Histoire ancienne de l’‰glise, III, Paris 1910, 242- 257; DTC 15,2307-2312; C. Munier, Codex Apiarii causae, CCL 149, 79-149; C. Pietri, Roma Christiana II, Rome 1976, 1250- 1275; PCBE 1,82-83; 2,750-752; J. Merdinger, Rome and the African Church in the Time of Augustine, New Haven-London 1997, 111-135; 182-199.Apiarius of Sicca holidaymapq

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APIARIUS of Sicca

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APIARIUS of Sicca

Orthodox Christian Initiative for Africa: Ancient Christian faith … holidaymapq

APIARIUS of Sicca

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