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Bishop of Corinth about 170. The date is fixed by the fact that he
wrote to Pope Soter (c. 168 to 176).
Dionysius is only known to use through Eusebius. Eusebius knew a collection
of seven of the “Catholic Letters to the Churches” of Dionysius, together
with a letter to him from Pinytus, Bishop of Cnossus,
and a private letter of spiritual advice to a lady named Chrysophora, who had
written to him. Eusebius first mentions a letter to the Lacedaemonians, teaching
orthodoxy, and enjoining peace and union. A second was to the Athenians, stirring
up their faith exhorting them to live according to the Gospel, since they were
not far from apostasy. To the Nicomedians he wrote against Marcionism. Writing
to Gortyna and the other
dioceses of Crete, he praised
the bishop, Philip, for his aversion to heresy. To the Church of Amastris
in Pontus he wrote at the
instance of Bacchylides and Elpistus, mentioning the bishop's name as Palmas;
he spoke in this letter of marriage and continence, and recommended the charitable
treatment of those who had fallen away into sin or heresy. Writing to the Cnossians,
he recommended their bishop, Pinytus, not to lay the yoke of continence too heavily
on the brethren, but to consider the weakness of most.
But the most important letter is that to the Romans, the only one
from which extracts have been preserved.
John Chapman, ed.
Transcribed by: Christine J. Murray
This extract is cited June 2003 from The Catholic Encyclopedia, New Advent online edition URL below.
- The Catholic Encyclopedia (1908)
Feastday: July 8
d. 284, feastday: February 25
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