- CORNELIUS I 251-253
The Monarchical Constitution of the Church *
[From epistle (6) “Quantam solicitudinem” to Cyprian, bishop of Carthage, 252]
44 “We know that CORNELIUS, bishop of the most holy Catholic 44 Church, was chosen by God almighty and by Christ our Lord; we confess our error; we have suffered imposture; we have been deceived by treachery and captious loquacity; for although we seemed to have held, as it were, a certain communication with a schismatical and heretical man, nevertheless our heart has always been in the Church; for we are not ignorant that there is one God and that there is one Lord Christ, whom we have confessed, that there is one Holy Spirit and that there ought to be one bishop in the Catholic Church.”
Concerning the written proof for teaching the Holy Spirit,
see Kirch n. 256 R n. 547; concerning the Trinity,
see R n. 546.
The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy *
[From the epistle “(Greek text deleted)” to Fabius, bishop ofAntioch, in the year 251]
45 Therefore did not that famous defender of the Gospel [Novatian] know that there ought to be one bishop in the Catholic Church [of the city of Rome]? It did not lie hidden from him (for how could it be concealed?) that in this there were forty-six priests, seven deacons, seven subdeacons, forty-two acolytes, and fifty-two exorcists and lectors together with porters and more than a thousand five hundred widows and [needy] eunuchs.
- LUCIUS I 253-254