|Good bug: Conscience|
Julian of Toledo, archbishop in the Visigothic kingdom of Hispania during the seventh century, is a saint. And yet...
|Bad bug: Earwig, close to Erwig|
- He is accused of conspiring to poison King Wamba, elevating Erwig -- a total puppet of the bishops -- to the throne. Erwig's the guy who then gave Julian the primacy of Iberian peninsula. I know that accused is not convicted, but "innocent until proven guilty" is hardly a standard for canonization.
Saint (?) Julian
- He then wrote a biography of Wamba, as if they were tight. Add an accusation of hypocrisy.
- His ancestry was Jewish, and yet he presided over a renewed and more systematic persecution of the Jews. At the Twelfth Council of Toledo, he and Erwig restored corporal, and even capital, punishment for practicing Judaism. They promulgated a total expulsion, but then moderated their position to be the choice of baptism or expulsion.
And now for something completely different. There are at least three versions of their story, but the sanctuary dedicated to them (and some soldiers who converted and were killed with them) had been built in Egypt within a century of their deaths.
Apollonius was a deacon in southern Egypt during the last great persecution. He was ordered to show up and eat some meat that had been sacrificed to those polytheistic gods of barbeque. He didn't really want to apostatize, but neither did he want to lose his life. His plan? Hire an actor to show up and eat the spare ribs in his place. Philemon the Flute Player, always glad of a free meal and a paycheck, took the job. But just as he stepped up to get his vittles, he was filled with the Holy Spirit and declared himself to be a Christian.
|Saints A & P|