« Papa Paphnutius, bishop in Upper Thebias Paphnutius, surnamed Bubalus »

Paphnutius, bishop in Upper Thebias

Paphnutius (2), bp. in Upper Thebias, who suffered mutilation and banishment for the faith (Socr. H. E. i. 11; Theod. H. E. i. 7). At the council of Nicaea a.d. 325, he was much honoured as a confessor, specially by Constantine (Socr. u.s.), and earnestly opposed the enforcement of the law of clerical celibacy, on the ground of both principle and expediency, and prevailed (ib.). He closely adhered to the cause of St. Athanasius, and attended him at the council of Tyre, a.d. 335. Rufinus (H. E. i. 17), followed by Sozomen (H. E. ii. 25), tells a dramatic story of his there reproaching Maximus of Jerusalem for being in Arian company and explaining to him the exact position of affairs. Fleury, H. E. xv. c. 26; Ceill. Aut. sacr. iii. 420, 450; Boll. Acta SS. Sept. 11, iii. 778.

[J.G.]

« Papa Paphnutius, bishop in Upper Thebias Paphnutius, surnamed Bubalus »





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