New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Clement of Alexandria

illustration of Saint Clement of Alexandria from  Les vrais pourtraits et vies des hommes illustres grecz, latins et payens (1584) by André Thevet; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Titus Flavius Clemens), born probably at Athens; died c.215. Christian writer. He succeeded Pantrenus as head of the catechetical school of Alexandria, Egypt, c.190. During the persecution of 202 the school suffered and Clement withdrew to Caesarea in Cappadocia, where he governed the local Church during the imprisonment of his pupil, Bishop Alexander. He was honored as a saint until the 17th century, when his name was dropped from the Clementine revision of the Martyrology, owing to the uncertainty surrounding his life, teaching, and cult. His writings, lacking technical precision and order, were easily misjudged, and he was censured by Pope Gelasius and Photius; however, his rule of faith was sound. In opposition to the rationalizing Gnostics, then a force in Alexandria, he made faith the basis of his speculations, but interpreted Scripture in too allegorical a manner.

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  • “Saint Clement of Alexandria”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 November 2012. Web. 23 May 2019. <>