APOSTOLICI. Also called Apotactites. In the early church the term was used of a sect in Asia Minor derived from the orthodox Encratite tradition, which rejected marriage, condemned all private property and promoted a type of ascetic life after the example of the apostles, in poverty and chastity. They had different sacraments than the Catholic church and did not accept all the OT books, preferring some apocrypha. The sect was known to Basil of Caesarea Ep. 188,1; 199,47 and Epiphanius Haer. 61; the other sources, such as Augustine Haer. 40, Ammonius of Alexandria Exp. in ev. Jo. 1 and John of Damascus Haer. 61, all derive from Epiphanius. From 381 383, Theodosius I persecuted the sect and condemned it as similar to Manicheism CTh XVI, 5,7. 11. Other groups that were part of the apostolici were the saccofori distinguished by their irregular clothing and the hydroparastatae who celebrated the Eucharist with water. DACL 1,2604-2626; G. Blond: RSR 32 1944 157-210; J. Gribomont, Saint Basile. ‰vangile et ‰glise. Mlanges 1, Bellefontaine 1984, 3-20; 26-64.I Padri apostolici Nuova Citeaux holidaymapq

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