THE MELITIAN SCHISM.

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THE MELITIAN SCHISM.

Patriarchs of Antioch:

32) Meletius (360—361), Semi-Arian, deposed in the reign of Valens for Homoiousian leanings.

This deposition resulted in the Meletian Schism, which saw several groups and several claimants to the see of Antioch:

 

1) The Homoian group:

 

2) The Meletian group:

The largest grouping, centred on the deposed bishop Meletius. It moved towards an acceptance of the Nicene creed and participated in the Council of Constantinople, but was not recognized by Alexandria or Rome:

 

3) The Eustathian group:

The followers of Eustathius, strictly adhering to the Nicene creed, elected the following bishops, who were recognized by the bishops of Alexandria and Rome:

After his death the Eustathians did not elect another bishop. In 399 they lost the recognition of Alexandria and Rome, but remained in schism until 415.

 

4) The Apollinarist group: