Hey Mark and Miguel
The term "Pope" did not exist in the time of Valentinus. However,
when the office was invented the term was retroactively applied to
all bishops of Rome prior to that time. In other words, in the time
of Valentinus a bishop was a bishop... Roman or otherwise. However,
if he HAD become this particular bishop he would have later been
known as "Pope" (even though he would have not been familiar with
the term as applied to Christianity), which means the term is very
much anachronistic but important all the same.
The issue has also been raised as to whether it was true that
Valentinus really did come so close to being bishop of Rome (as you
say, Miguel, perhaps "legendary"), but I can believe that he may
really have. Even some of Valentinus' enemies admitted that he was
something special. Perhaps he was the classic case of the person who
is trying to say something that just can't be reduced for popular
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, Miguel Conner <miguelconner@...>
> Hi Mark,
> You might be right. We don't hear about this story until after
200 from Tertullian. The post he ran for was Bishop of Rome, that
is still one of the titles for the Pope. Yet there were hundreds of
Christianities at the time, the Roman Church just being a small
> Maybe not a true anachronism but certainly possible to be mere
> Mark <larockpitts@...> wrote: Miguel,
> I may be mistaken, but isn't it a bit anachronistic to say that
> Valentinus almost became "Pope." At the time of Valentinus, he
> have almost become simply "the Bishop of Rome," which was one
> bishopric among others. Using the word "Pope" sounds a little
> sensationalistic, unless your program has a Catholic slant,
> of an historical one.
> Again, I may be mistaken. Perhaps others can correct me.
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> > became Pope and might have changed the course of the Church in
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> > Chamber.
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