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Innocent I, Pope (Saint)
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(papacy Dec 21, 402 – Mar 12, 417; feast day July 28). According to Jerome Ep. 130.60, Innocent became bishop of Rome as the son of his predecessor Anastasius I (399–402); he aspired to a primatial status (caput et apex episcopatus: Ep. 37.1; right to appoint all bishops: Ep. 25.21) that clearly went beyond canon 3 of the Council of Constantinople (IV, 1) in 381 and claimed authority for Rome in doctrinal questions. In the West, against the background of contemporary political and military troubles, he partially attained his goal, resolving t…

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Wischmeyer, Wolfgang, “Innocent I, Pope (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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