A former slave, who later became the Bishop of Rome (217-222). He was the first to accept repentant sinners as a matter of policy. He argued that the church is like Noah’s ark. In it unclean as well as clean beasts can be found. He defended his actions by insisting that the Church of Rome was heir to Peter and that the Lord had given keys to Peter to bind and to loose the sins of men. This marks the first time a bishop of Rome claimed this special authority.
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