Saturday, April 05, 2008

Caius and the Origins of the Vatican

As recorded by Eusebius:

It is confirmed likewise by Caius, a member of the Church, who arose under Zephyrinus, bishop of Rome. He, in a published disputation with Proclus, the leader of the Phrygian heresy, speaks as follows concerning the places where the sacred corpses of the aforesaid apostles are laid:

"But I can show the trophies of the apostles. For if you will go to the Vatican or to the Ostian way, you will find the trophies of those who laid the foundations of this church."
Caius was a Christian at the Church of Rome and while it is suggested by some, it is not likely that he was a priest. He is known for his disputation against a Montanist heretic during the reign of Pope Zephyrinus (199-217). It is interesting to see such early reference to the "Vatican". Of course, when he says Vatican it surely didn't hold all the connotations it would with us. The origin of the word "Vatican" (Vaticanus in Latin) is unknown but some claim it is the location of an ancient town called Vaticum. This area was never part of the city of Rome itself in antiquity.

Notice how the Vatican wasn't built on the foundation of paganism as is charged by some or on some power hungry, misogynistic ideology as is assumed by many but rather on the blood of her earliest martyrs - the 'most righteous pillars of the Church' as Pope St. Clement of Rome referred to them in the first century.

1 comment:

James H said...

Interesting post