This calendar of saints is drawn from several denominations, sects, and traditions. Although it will no longer be updated daily, the index on the right will guide visitors to a saint celebrated on any day they choose. Additional saints will be added as they present themselves to Major.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 14 -- Pope Saint Callistus I

Callistus I, who had been born a slave and condemned to the tin mines as a runaway, was ransomed by fellow Christians and eventually rose through Church ranks to the Papacy, only to fall all the way down to the bottom of a well. One of the hotter corners of Hell is surely occupied by the guy who tied a millstone around Pope Callistus I's neck and threw him down a well. Not only did he probably render the well water undrinkable for some time and lose a perfectly good millstone, but he also killed a Pope who had declared that differing economic classes were not a barrier to marriage. He also defended Communion for repentant sinners. Both positions, though orthodox, were condemned as heretical by a faction supporting an anti-Pope.

Sometimes the schismatic nature of Christianity is burdensome, but give me schisms over murder any day.

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