Julius I is Elected Pope

Julius I is Elected Pope

Pope Julius I
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Julius I is elected pope and will become an important defender of the orthodox doctrines established during the Council of Nicea. This is significant because, at this early date, not everyone accepts the Nicene teachings and Julius' efforts will be required to help and even shelter bishops and other clergy who held to the Nicene position.

To combat the Arians, for example, Pope Julius will convene a synod in Rome in June, 341, where the orthodox bishops will be cleared of the charges of heresy which the Arians level against them.

One interesting aspect of this is that Julius will not justify his interference in the affairs of other diocese by appealing to papal primacy, a reason employed by later popes on a regular basis. Instead, he appeals to the tradition of ecclesiastical collegiality.

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