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4.9 Novatian: Part 2 (The Bad and the Ugly)

By Dr. James Papandrea ( bio - articles - email ) | Mar 26, 2024 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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In this second part of a two-part series on Novatian of Rome, Dr. Papandrea discusses the flawed sacramental theology and ecclesiology of Novatian, which led to a schism that not only lasted for centuries, but created a new situation in which a faction could be orthodox with regard to the doctrine of the Trinity, yet not within the mainstream of the Church and her Tradition (i.e., Christian, but not Catholic).


To read the document Against Novatian (possibly by Pope Sixtus II):

To read the correspondence between Pope Cornelius and Cyprian regarding Novatian:

For all the details on Novatian, see the book: Novatian of Rome and the Culmination of Pre-Nicene Orthodoxy:

For more on the controversy surrounding Novatian’s schism and the development of the sacrament of Confession, Penance, and Reconciliation, see the book:
Reading the Church Fathers: A History of the Early Church and the Development of Doctrine:

To connect with Dr. James Papandrea, On YouTube —The Original Church:
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Dr. Papandrea’s Homepage:

Theme Music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed:

Dr. James Papandrea is a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and a Catholic member of the faculty at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. A theological consultant for EWTN’s series The Heresies, he is also the writer and presenter for The Original Church series on YouTube. See full bio.

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