- (d. 417)Pope and Saint.Innocent made greater claims for the Papacy than any of his predecessors. Thirty-six of his letters survive and in them he argued forcefully that the Western Bishops should follow Rome’s lead since their Churches were formed through the agency of St peter. During his Pontifi- cate, Alaric the Goth sacked Rome and this increased his secular influence. In addition he attempted to extend his jurisdiction over the Eastern Churches by supporting St John chrysostom and by bringing East Illyricum under his direct control. His letter to Decentius throws light on the liturgical practices of his time; it describes Confirmation as a Sacrament reserved for Bishops and mentions the Eucharistic prayer of consecration and the Sacraments of penance and unction. Innocent’s reign is generally regarded as an important stage in the development of the power of the Papacy.J.N.D. Kelly (ed.), The Oxford Dictionary of Popes (1986).
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