August 6-8, 2001
volume 12, no. 140

Events throughout Church History that occurred between August 6th and 8th

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 6th:

Feast of the Transfiguration

  • 258 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Saint Sixtus II, 24th successor of Peter who died of martyrdom at the hands of the Roman Emperor Valerian. During his one year pontificate he effected the translation of the mortal remains of Satint Peter and Saint Paul and introduced the Latin exclamation "Deo Gratias." Though he died on this day, his feast day is celebrated the next day. For more see, DAILY LITURGY

  • 1221 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers, commonly known as the Dominicans. Born in Calaruega, Spain, it was Dominic to whom the Blessed Mother bestowed the Rosary. He dedicated his life and order to fighting the heresy of Albigensianism. Canonized in 1234 by Pope Gregory IX. Though he also died on this day, his feast day is celebrated the day after next on August 8th. For more see, DAILY LITURGY

  • 1459 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Calixtus III, 209th successor of Peter. Born in Jativa, Spain, his three year papacy is known for ordering the universal ringing of the bells for the Angelus at noon every day and for instituting the feast of the Transfiguration which we celebrate on this day. He also brought about the growth of the faith to Scandinavia.

  • 1978 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Paul VI, 262nd successor of Peter, whose pontificate lasted 15 years. It was Paul VI who forged onward with a progressive bent and brought the Second Vatican Council to its conclusion on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in 1965. In 1975 he celebrated the 25th Jubilee. He also instituted the Bishops Synods and allowed clerical dress other than cassocks to be worn by priests, thus relaxing even further the disciplines of the Church. As might be expected, many abused that privilege, becoming ashamed to wear the Roman Collar. One of the few tributes to his pontificate was the masterful encyclical Humanae Vitae which was scorned by so many and began the split within the Church between those who remain loyal to the teachings of the Church and those who choose to disobey and follow their own will.

  • 1993 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II releases his tenth encyclical on the fundamental questions on the Church's moral teachings called Veritatis Splendor - "The Splendor of Truth." This great document raised the importance of remainng loyal to all God has passed down and a reinforcement of the Church's unchangeable moral doctrines. Despite the affluence of modern thought, the truths of the Church remained constant over the test of time, continue to do so and will always be so as Our Lord promised in Matthew 16: 15-18 and Matthew 28: 20.

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 7th:

  • 1547 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Cajetan, priest and religious founder. He is also known as Gaetano, a great Catholic reformer whose reforms were used largely as the platform for the Council of Trent after his death. He was canonized by Pope Clement X in 1671. For more see, DAILY LITURGY

  • 1471 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Thomas a Kempis, author of the timeless inspirational "Imitation of Christ."

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 8th:

  • 676 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Colman of Lindisfarne, an Irish monk and abbot who studied under Saint Columba and founded two monasteries on the emerald isle. He was a staunch defender of the faith as well as the Celtic ecclesiastical practices and liturgy which eventually lost out to the Roman liturgy.

  • 1308 A.D.
  • Pope Clement V, operating out of Avignon, calls witnesses forth to testify against the Templars regarding heresies and misappropriation of Church funds and properties. The Knights Templars had been a solid foundation during the crusades but turned their spirituality toward materialism and fell out of favor with the Church.

  • 1347 A.D.
  • Queen Joanna, matriarch of Naples, rules that a brothel should be opened to the public against the strong condemnation of the cultured and virtuous Pope Clement VI.

August 6-8, 2001
volume 12, no. 140
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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