Felix II

Felix II

Anti-pope, was placed in the episcopal chair of Rome A.D. 355, by the Arian emperor Constantius, in place of Liberius (q.v.), who was exiled by the emperor. The clergy refused to acknowledge Felix, and Constantius recalled Liberius to hold the see conjointly with Felix but when the decree was read in the circus, the people rejected it with the cry, " One God, one Christ, one bishop." But Sozomen says that Felix was an adherent of the Nicene faith, and a "blameless" man. Nevertheless, Felix had to retire from Rome, and is said to have died A.D. 365; but the accounts vary very much. His name is found in the Roman Martyrology, July 29; but Baronius decides against his claims (Annal. A.D. 357). Nevertheless, Gregory XIII confirmed his saintship in 1582, -Sozomen, Hist. Eccl. 4:11; Tillemont, Mem. poul Servir, etc., vol. vi; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, vol. xvii; Bower, History of the Popes, i, 134. SEE LIBERIUS.

 
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