Is it right to say that a Pope “reigns”? I’m not sure. It seems… off putting to me.
Maybe I’m just over sensitive.
Anyway, according to Wikipedia, the official second Pope of the Catholic Church is disputed.
However, I thought it was St. Linus and that’s what New Advent states, so that’s what I’m going with.
I assume there are official documents that say the real truth of it, though I don’t think they were as concerned about record keeping as we are today… or they just didn’t have the means that we do now to keep information around (forever).
St. Linus… was not a saint when he reigned.
He became a saint when he went to Heaven, obviously.
He served directly after Peter and knew Peter. He was also mentioned in the New Testament.
He was one of the close friends of the apostles. It makes sense that he was elected pope.
According to Wikipedia and their plethora of sources, Linus “issued a decree that women should cover their heads in church.” But this is also disputed.
It seems there’s not a lot of absolutes involving St. Linus.
There are many women (and Catholic bloggers) who have written about head coverings in Church. I know when I was at a Byzantine Mass, every girl and woman had her head covered except me. I was also wearing the shortest shirt, just skimming the tops of my knees.
Anyway, everything I thought I knew about Linus may or may not be true. It seems no one really know.
He was “in office” (again, these terms seem so political) for about 12 years or so.
That’s all I can really share about a man who some say was martyred like St. Peter. No one knows for sure where he was buried or much about his family history.
He’s one of the Popes that kind of fades into history, like some of our U.S. Presidents do (Rutherford B. Hayes anyone?).
St. Linus is celebrated on Sept. 23
God bless! Happy October.
Come back in November for Pope Anacletus.