New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Maximus of Constantinople


Confessor, Abbot of Chrysopolis (Scutari), born Constantinople, c.580; died Shemarum, on the Black Sea, 662. He was one of the chief doctors of the theology of the Incarnation, and was called Homogoletes (Confessor), from his orthodox zeal in the Monothelite controversy. Of noble parentage, he became secretary to Emperor Heraclius, but left the world, 630, to enter the monastery at Chrysopolis, where he was later elected abbot. He went to Africa where he held a dispute with Pyrrhus, the banished patriarch of Constantinople. He attended the Lateran Council, 649, convened by Martin I. It condemned the Monothelite doctrines and the “Typus” of Constans II. Maximus was arrested by Constans for his zeal against the latter document. Later he was tried and condemned to have a hand and ear cut off. He died in exile for his orthodoxy and obedience to Rome. An able theologian, he left many works. Feast, 13 August.

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