What happened between 304 and 308 AD


#1

As perused through the list of the popes I realised that there was a gap between 304 and 308 pliz may I know from you who may have a clue about what happened.
It threatens the idea of unbroken succession and this may give the fundamentalists another grip. Thanx Augustine


#2

This article describes the conditions at the time and why the election of a new bishop of Rome might have been delayed. Be that as it may, apostolic succession is possible as long as there is a single validly ordained bishop left in the world to validly ordain other men as bishops.


#3

There have been several times when the election of a new pope was delayed for various reasons. This should not trouble you at all. Even today, there is a delay-- although minimal with modern ease of travel.

A delay-- be it days, weeks, months or years-- in no way negates unbroken Apostolic Succession for that is not what unbroken succession means! It is not referring to time.


#4

Good point. Why is a delay of 4 years fundamentally different than a delay of a few weeks?


#5

Hey Todd…which document talks about the possibility of succession as long as 1 bishop is left??


#6

See Canon Law (1012-1014). The minister of the sacrament is a consecrated bishop. Current Canon Law requires the presence of at least two additional consecrated bishops, for a total of at least three consecrated bishops, at the ordination of a new bishop but a dispensation can be granted from this requirement for additional bishops.


#7

Thank you very much for those informed answers. Now I have got enough to tell my brethren. Thank you once again and may the good Lord continue to bless the work of your hands.


#8

If I recall correctly, that period was also during the reign of the emperor Diocletian, the last emperor to engage in large-scale persecution of Christians.


#9

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