Aridius (Aredius, or Aregius; Vulgarly Called a Rige, or a Ride), St
Aridius (Aredius, or Aregius; Vulgarly called a rige, or a ride), St.
bishop of Lyons, succeeded Secundinus about 603, and died in 613. What possible title this bishop has to be enrolled among the saints of the Church it is hard to conceive. Fredigarius, in his Chronicle (p. 605, 609, Ruinart's ed.), plainly attributes to him not only the deposition and banishment of St. Desiderius, bishop of Vienne, in the Synod of Chalon-suraone in 603, but his treacherous murder on his return home in 607; and Aimonius corroborates this accusation. Le Cointe tries hard (tom. ii, upon this year) to exculpate Aridius. However, the Church of Lyons commemorates him on Aug. 12.