Justinus of Sicily

Justinus Of Sicily, bishop of one of the sees in that island in the latter part of the fifth century, was present at a council held at Rome A.D. 483 or 484, under pope Felix III, in which Petrus Fullo (Γναφεύς); or Peter the Fuller, was condemned as a heretic for having added to the "trisagion" the heretical words "who suffered for us." Several bishops, among whom was Justin, desirous of recalling Peter from his errors, addressed letters to him. Justin's letter to Peter, in the original Greek, with a Latin version, Epistola Justini Episcopi in Sicilia, ad Petrum Fullonem S. Gnapheum, is given in the Concilia (vol. 4, col. 1103, etc., edit. Labbe; vol. 2, col. 839, edit. Hardouin; vol. 7, col. 1115, edit. Mansi). The genuineness of this letter, and of six others of similar character from various Eastern or Western bishops, which are also given in the Concilia, is disputed by Valesius (Observat. Eccles. ad Evagrium Libri dus, Lib. I De Petro Antiochen. Episcop. c. 4), but defended by Cave (Hist. Litt. 1, 458), who, however, contends that the Greek text is not the original, but a version from the Latin. Pagi (Critici in Baronii Annales, ad ann. 485, c. 15) proposes to correct the reading of the title of Justin's letter from "Episcopi in Sicilia" to "Episcopi in Cilicia;" others; would read the name "Justinianus," but on what authority we do not know. Dodwell and others ascribe to this Justin the Responsiones ad Orthodoxos, and the Expositio Rectoe Confessionis, reputed to be by Justin Martyr, and printed with his works. See Fabricius, Bibl. Gr. 7, 53; 11, 661; 12, 655. — Smith, Dict. Greek and Roman Biog. s.v.

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