d. AD 340 • Bishop • Roman catholic
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Caecilian (d. before 343), Bp. of Carthage from 311, or perhaps 307 (so T. D. Barnes). His importance lies in his part in the opening stages of the *Donatist controversy. As archdeacon he had supported Mensurius, Bp. of Carthage, in his efforts to suppress the fanatical desire of many Christians
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Caecilianus (1)
CAECILIANUS (1). Jerome says that Cyprian was converted “suadente presbytero Caecilio, a quo et cognomentum sortitus est,” and this statement probably influenced most editors to substitute Caecilius for Caecilianus in the texts of the Life of Cyprian by his own deacon Pontius. All the manuscripts which
Caecilianus (2)
CAECILIANUS (2). First archdeacon, then (a.d. 311) bishop, of Carthage. His name is of importance in connexion with the Donatist controversy. [Donatism.] When archdeacon, Caecilian resolutely supported his bishop, Mensurius, in his opposition to the fanatical craving for martyrdom. The Christianity of
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
CAECILIAN (4th c.). Central figure in the outbreak of the *Donatist schism at *Carthage, ca. 311. He was first *archdeacon, then bishop of Carthage. As archdeacon he showed himself a disciplinarian. In ca. 300, he rebuked *Lucilla, a wealthy Spanish member of his congregation, for kissing the bone of
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Caecilian (died c. 340)Bishop of Carthage from c. 311 until his deathAlthough Caecilian had been chosen bishop by the populace and clergy of Carthage, he was opposed by two men who had wanted the post themselves and by a woman whom he had rebuked for venerating false relics. The three persuaded Bishop