Ancient Diocese of Orange

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Interior of Orange Cathedral

The ancient residential diocese of Orange is now a titular see of the Catholic Church

History[edit]

The city now called Orange in southern France was in Roman times called Arausio. It became the seat of a bishop very probably towards the end of the 3rd century: at the Synod of Arles in 314, its bishop was represented by a priest named Faustinus. The first bishop of Arausio whose name is given in extant documents was Constantius, who took part in the Council of Aquileia, 381. From the early 5th century, the see was a suffragan of the metropolitan see of Arles.

Arausio hosted two important synods, in 441 and 529. The Second Council of Orange was of importance for its condemnation of what later came to be called Semipelagianism.

In accordance with the Concordat of 1801, Pope Pius VII attached the territory of the diocese to the archdiocese of Avignon by the papal bull Qui Christi Domini of 29 November 1801. In 1817, it was planned to restore the residential status of the bishopric in accordance with a new concordat, but the French parliament refused to ratify the concordat.[1][2][3][4] The ancient see of Arausio, therefore, no longer a residential bishopric, is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[5]

Bishops[edit]

To 1000[edit]

  • Saint-Luce c.300
  • Eradius c.356
  • Constance 381
  • Marin 433
  • Just c.440-c.455
  • Saint-Eutrope v.455-475
  • Verus
  • Saint-Florent 517-524
  • Vindemialis 527-549
  • Matthieu 555
  • Trapecius 584
  • Salicus 788-798
  • Boniface v.820-839
  • Laudon v.840
  • Pons I v.852
  • Gémard I 855-v.862
  • Gémard II 879
  • Ebroin 910
  • Pons II 914
  • Pons III 982

1000 to 1300[edit]

  • Odalric c.1000 or 1020
  • Martin 1058
  • Géraud c.1070
  • Guillaume I c.1080-1098
  • Bérenger 1107-1127
  • Gérard 1128-1129
  • Guillaume II 1130-1138
  • Guillaume III 1139-1140
  • Bernard 1141-c.1170
  • Pierre I 1173
  • Hugues Florent c.1180
  • Arnoul 1182-c.1198
  • Guillaume Elie 1200-1221
  • Amicus 1222-c.1240
  • Pierre II c.1240-1271
  • Josselin 1272-c.1278
  • Guillaume V c.1280-1284
  • Guillaume D'Espinouse 1285-1321

1300 to 1500[edit]

  • Rostaing I 1322-1324
  • Hugues 1324-1328
  • Pierre III 1329-1342
  • Guillaume VII 1343-1348
  • Jean de Revol 1349-1350
  • Guillaume VIII 1350-1351
  • François de Caritat 1373-1387
  • Pierre Didaci 1389-1413
  • Georges de Grano 1413-1414
  • Bertrand de Tarascon 1414
  • Raimond de Gras 1416-1417
  • Pierre D'Ailly 1417-1422
  • Guillaume IX 1422-1427
  • Guillaume X 1429-v.1447
  • Bertrand III 1438-v.1442
  • Antoine Ferrier v.1444-1450
  • Jean Payer 1454-1466
  • Guyot Adhémar 1466-1468
  • Jean Gobert 1468-1476
  • Pierre de Surville 1476-1480
  • Laurent Alleman 1481-1483
  • Pierre Carré 1483-1510

1500 to 1790[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Denis de Sainte-Marthe, Gallia christiana, vol. I, Paris 1715, coll. 763-792
  2. ^ Louis Duchesne, Fastes épiscopaux de l'ancienne Gaule, vol. I, Paris 1907, pp. 265–266
  3. ^ Joseph-Antoine Bastet, Essai historique sur les évêques du Diocèse d'Orange, Orange 1837
  4. ^ Konrad Eubel, Hierarchia Catholica Medii Aevi, vol. 1, pp. 117–118; vol. 2, p. 99; vol. 3, p. 123; vol. 4, p. 102; vol. 5, p. 106; vol. 6, p. 107
  5. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 945