A presbyter and highly respected theologian, Novatian argued that the church had no power to grant forgiveness to those guilty of murder, adultery, and apostasy. It could only intercede for God’s mercy at the Last Judgment. Novatian found resistance in the person of Cornelius, another presbyter, who held that the bishop could forgive even grave sins. The church was split over the matter. Cornelius was eventually elected bishop of Rome. The Novatianists organized their own network of churches.
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