Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Random cool factoid about Pope # 5

Pope #5 was Pope Saint Evaristus (c. 101- c. 109), a Greek from Antioch, the son of a Jew named (surprise!) Juda from Bethlehem. One of my favorite things about him is that in his first epistle, addressed to the bishops of Africa, he decreed that seven deacons were to monitor a bishop's preaching in order to ensure that he did not lapse from the authentic traditions and teachings of the Faith. (Is that not cool, or what?!!) Of course he reserved to the See of Rome the power to terminate any bishop as a result of such an indiscretion, but the practice has something to commend it in keeping a bishop on his toes. It reminds me of how Dutch Reformed churches used to have elders from the congregation give immediate feedback to the local pastor after his delivery of the Sunday sermon; and if he made any doctrinal mis-steps or flirted with danger a bit by pushing the edge of the envelope, they would let him know it in no uncertain terms.


Ralph Roister-Doister said...

Pope Saint Evertius? Don't you mean Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta Evertius?

Hmm, maybe things were different back in those antiquarian times.

BenYachov said...

Ah the Fifth Jewish Pope!*

Also on that list we could add the fire four Popes and Pius I, Zosimas who had a Jewish Father named Abraham, Gregory VI and St Gregory VII.

Posibily John XXI?

Shalom B'Shem Yesua Ha Ben Miriam

*Based on pre-exile OT standards.