Pope Martin I Arrives in Constantinople as a Prisoner

Pope Martin I Arrives in Constantinople as a Prisoner

Pope Martin I

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Pope Martin I arrives as a prisoner in Constantinople. He was arrested in June by the Byzantine exarch in Italy on orders from the Byzantine emperor Constans II.

The conflict between the two started when Martin I took office as pope without approval from Constantinople, but the source of the most serious problems was the Lateran Council of 649, called and presided over by Martin I.

This Council condemned Monothelitism, a Christological doctrine supported and adhered to by Constans II which teaches that Jesus Christ had two natures (human and divine) but just a single will. In its place, the Lateran Council under the direction of Pope Martin I reinforced the more traditional and orthodox doctrine that Jesus Christ had two wills.

Pope Martin will be kept in prison for more than a year and, according to some reports, subjected to numerous public indignities over the time. Eventually in 655 he is sent into exile in the Crimea, where he dies after only a few months.

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