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March 23, 2015

Papal Pandemonium: Quarterfinal #3

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In an extremely close race over the weekend, Zosimus, Sisinnius, and Sylvester edged out Fabian and Hyginus for the semifinal berths.

All of the names in our third quarterfinal date from at latest the 7th century; only one has been used since Columbus discovered the New World.

Voting closes Monday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

Papal Pandemonium quarterfinal 3

Choose your three favorite papal names.

    Symmachus (29%, 11 Votes)

    Severinus (50%, 19 Votes)

    Sabinian (13%, 5 Votes)

    Pius (34%, 13 Votes)

    Miltiades (37%, 14 Votes)

    Honorius (26%, 10 Votes)

    Donus (18%, 7 Votes)

    Boniface (55%, 21 Votes)

    Anterus (8%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 38

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Anterus (235–236)

Derivation: possibly a Greek indication that he was a freed slave. Also Finnish, priceless, although it’s unclear why he would have that name or even where he was from.

Reigned for 40 days; tradition says he was killed for compiling The Acts of the Martyrs, although many scholars believe he died of natural causes.

Boniface – used 8 times (last: 1404)

Derivation: Latin, good fate.

I II III IV V
418–422 530–532 607 608–615 619–625
VI VII VIII IX
896 antipope 1294–1303 1389–1404

Boniface I fought with Antipope Eulalius, which I really hope was the inspiration for the battle cry of the Salamandastron badgers in the Redwall series.

Boniface VI reigned for 16 days – the shortest tenure of any consecrated pope.

Boniface VII was an antipope who overthrew and killed John XIII in 974; when John’s compatriots invaded, he raided the papal treasury and fled to Constantinople.

Donus (676–678)

Derivation: Also known as Domnus, Latin, lord or master.

Little is known about his tenure.

Honorius – used 4 times (last: 1287)

Derivation: Latin, honor.

I II III IV
625–638 1124–1130 1216–1227 1285–1287

Honorius I was posthumously named a heretic by the Church.

Miltiades (311–314)

Derivation: Greek, red earth.

Possibly African by birth, Miltiades (also known as Melchiades) was pope at the time of the Edict of Milan. Constantine gave him the Lateran Church as a gift.

Pius – used 12 times (last: 1958)

Derivation: Latin, pious.

I II III IV V
140–155 1458–1464 1503 1559–1565 1566–1572
VI VII VIII IX* X
1775–1799 1800–1823 1829–1830 1846–1878 1903–1914
XI XII
1922–1939 1939–1958

Other than Peter, Pius IX was the longest-serving pope, at 31 years, 7 months, 23 days. Pius VI and VII rank fourth and sixth on that list.

Pius XII, the pope during World War II, has a controversial legacy, one that has been both praised and despised by Jews at various times.

Sabinian (604–606)

Derivation: probably related to Sabine (as in the Rape of the Sabine Women).

Incredibly unpopular due to his usurious rationing of grain during a time of famine.

Severinus (640)

Derivation: from Severus, Latin, stern.

Actually elected in 638, the Byzantine Emperor refused to grant his papacy until May 640.

Symmachus (498–514)

Derivation: Greek, allied fighter.

His election was contested by Antipope Laurentius, who was elected by a breakaway faction. Both parties allowed the King of the Goths to determine the winner; he sided with Symmachus.

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