Pope Felix III

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Pope Saint
Felix III
Bishop of Rome
Mosaic of Felix IV (III) in Santi Cosma e Damiano, Rome, Italy (527–530).jpg
Papacy began13 March 483
Papacy ended1 March 492
PredecessorSimplicius
SuccessorGelasius I
Personal details
BornRome, Western Roman Empire
Died1 March 492
Rome, Kingdom of Odoacer
Other popes named Felix
Papal styles of
Pope Felix III
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Reference styleHis Holiness
Spoken styleYour Holiness
Religious styleHoly Father
Posthumous styleSaint

Pope Felix III (died 1 March 492) was Pope from 13 March 483 to his death in 492.[1] His repudiation of the Henotikon is considered the beginning of the Acacian schism.

Biography[edit]

Felix was born into a Roman senatorial family and was said to be a great-great-grandfather of Pope Gregory I.[1][2]

It was also said that Felix appeared as an apparition to one of his descendants, his great-granddaughter Trasilla (an aunt of Pope Gregory I), and asked her to enter Heaven through death, and on the eve of Christmas Trasilla died, seeing Jesus Christ beckoning.[3]

His first act was to repudiate the Henoticon, a deed of union originating with Acacius of Constantinople and published by Emperor Zeno with the view of allaying the strife between the Miaphysite Christians and Chalcedonian Christians. He also addressed a letter of remonstrance to Acacius. The latter proved refractory and sentence of deposition was passed against Acacius.

In his first synod, Felix excommunicated Peter the Fuller, who had deposed Martyrius of Antioch and assumed his See in 470. In 484, Felix also excommunicated Peter Mongus, who had taken the See of Alexandria, an act that brought about a schism between East and West that was not healed until 519.[1]

Felix is often quoted as saying “Not to oppose error is to approve it; and not to defend truth is to suppress it, and, indeed, to neglect to confound evil men—when we can do it—is no less a sin than to encourage them.”[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Coleman, Ambrose. "Pope St. Felix III." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 6. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909. 6 Apr. 2013
  2. ^ R.A. Markus, Gregory the Great and his world (Cambridge: University Press, 1997), p. 8
  3. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Sts. Trasilla and Emiliana". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Simplicius
Pope
483–492
Succeeded by
Gelasius I