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Pope John Paul II reaffirms that priestly ordination is for men only.

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Pope John Paul II. Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis


Death of Dr. Jonas King, missionary to Greece. He had been an outstanding linguist.

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Jessup, Henry. Fifty Three Years in Syria.


Pioneering Presbyterian minister Rev. Joseph Bullen meets with Chickasaw leader Levi Colbert, using another Chickasaw, Joseph Colbert, as interpreter to propose a mission to the Chickasaw Indians—a proposal that is well received.

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Death of Johann Schutz, a lawyer in high standing on Frankfort’s town council. A friend of Philip Spener, Schutz had cheered him on as he spearheaded the Lutheran renewal movement that became known as Pietism. Schutz authored the hymn “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above.”

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Standard encyclopedias.

The first Augustinians arrive in Mexico. Authority for the date: Dussel, Enrique. A History of the Church in Latin America. Eerdmans, 1981.

Pope Gregory XI issues a bull against John Wycliffe.

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Christian History 3 (1983).


Semi-Arians meet hoping to produce a creed to supercede the Nicene creed. Their product is called the “Dated” creed.

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Frend, W. H. C. The Early Church. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1965.


Liberius, widely regarded as a heretic, is ordained Bishop of Rome (i.e.: pope).

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Wace, Henry. A Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature....


Death of Constantine, the first Roman emperor to consider himself a Christian. He had issued an edict officially tolerating Christianity and summoned the Council of Nicea to settle the Arian dispute over the nature of Christ.

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