Felix (26) I., bp. of Aptunga
Felix (26) I., bp. of Aptunga, in proconsular Africa. Felix was one of
those who laid hands on Caecilian as bp. of Carthage, if not the sole officiating
bishop, a.d. 311 (Aug. Brevie. Coll.
iii. 14, 26; 16, 29). The Donatist party, having failed in the Court of Inquiry
at Rome, under Melchiades, Oct. 2, 313, to establish their case against Caecilian,
turned their attack on Felix, whom they sought to convict of the infamous crime
of "tradition" in the persecution of Maximus,
a.d. 303. The emperor gave orders to
Aelianus, the proconsul of Africa, to hold an inquiry on the spot, which took place
on Feb. 15, 314 (Aug. Post. Coll. 38, 56; Ep. 43, 3-14; 88; c.
Cresc. iii. 61) at Carthage, in the presence of many who had held municipal
offices at the time of the persecution. In vain the prosecution relied on a chain
of fraudulent evidence elaborately concocted. The proconsul pronounced the complete
acquittal of Felix, which was confirmed by the emperor, and repeated in a letter
to Verinus, or Valerius, the vicar of Africa,
a.d. 321. The whole case was brought
up again at Carth. Conf., a.d. 411,
when Augustine argued that there was no doubt of the completeness of the imperial
decision. Aug. c. Cresc. iii. 81, iv. 79; de Unic. Bapt. 28; Brev.
Coll. 41, 42; Post. Coll. 56; Mon. Vet. Don. iii. pp. 160-167
and 341-343, ed. Oberthür; Bruns. Concil. i. 108 ; Routh, Rel. Sacr.