Paul II of Constantinople

Paul II Of Constantinople, patriarch of Constantinople, flourished in the 7th century. When, on the accession of Constans II as sole emperor, and the banishment of his colleague Heracleonas, the patriarch Pyrrhus was deposed, Paul succeeded to the patriarchate of Constantinople, of the Church of which he had been a presbyter, and also ceconomus. He was consecrated patriarch in October, 642. He is charged with being a monothelite, and with having induced the emperor (A.D. 648) to issue an edict prohibiting a1 discussion of the question whether there were in Christ one will or operation, or two. On account of his heretical opinions, he was declared by the pope Theodore I, in a council held at Rome (A.D. 648), to be deposed; but as the pope had no power to enforce the sentence, though confirmed by the Lateran Council (A.D. 649), held under Theodore's successor in the papacy, Martin I, Paul retained his patriarchate till his own death (A.D. 652). He even retaliated the attempts of the popes by urging the emperor to depose Martin, and exile him to Chersona, where he died. Paul died not long after the banishment of Martin, and is said to have repented of the evil which he had brought upon his antagonist. There are extant of the writings of Paul: Epistola Theodoro (i.e. pope Theodore, the predecessor of Martin): — part of an Epistola ad Theodorum (i.e. Theodore of Pharan): part of an Epistola ad Jacobum — all printed in the Concilia (Concil. Lateran. secret. iv, Concil. Constantin. iii, act. x, vol. vi, ed. Labbe, col. 221, 837, 839, and vol. iii, ed. Hardouin, col. 815, 1246, 1247). See Anastatius Bibliothecarius, Collectanea (Commenzoratio eorum quce acta sunt in Martinum Papaam, etc.), apud Galland, Biblioth. Patrum, 13:47; id. De Vitis Roman. Pontif. (Theodori et Martini), apud Muratori, Rerum Italic. Scriptores, vol. iii; Baronius, Annales, ad ann. 642, 1:648, i, etc.; Cave, Hist. Litt. ad ann 642, 1:585; Le Quien, Oriens Christianus, vol. i, col. 229.

There were two other Pauls patriarchs of Constantinople, viz. PAUL III (A.D. 686-692) and PAUL IV (A.D. 780-784.).

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