The new Siri Theorists are spreading lies against Pope St. Caius:
“Pope St. Caius stayed hidden in the Catacombs for 8 years to preserve himself for His flock.”
Please read the true facts from the biography of Pope St. Caius.
The passages from the Catholic books:
THE LIVES AND TIMES OF THE ROMAN PONTIFFS
By the CHEVALIER ARTAUD BE MONTOR:
28. ST. CAIUS - - A. D. 283,
A PRIEST of Spulatro, in Dalmatia, son of Saint Caius, priest, brother of Saint Gabinus, uncle of Saint Susannah, virgin and martyr, and nephew of the Emperor Diocletian, was created pontiff on the 16th of December, 283.
He confirmed the custom which required clerics to pass through the seven inferior orders of the Church during a fitting period, before they could be created bishops.* In five ordinations he created, in December, five bishops, twenty-five priests, and eight deacons, and he governed the Church twelve years, four months, and seventeen days. He died on the 22d of April, A. D. 296. He was a man of rare prudence and virtue. He was interred in the cemetery of Calixtus. The Holy See was vacant ten days.
* That custom had existed from the time of Saint Cornelius. (1)
THE BOOK OF SAINTS
A DICTIONARY OF SERVANTS OF GOD CANONISED BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH:
CAIUS (St.) Pope, M. (April 22) (3rd cent.) The successor (A.D. 283) of Pope St. Eutychian. He is said to have been by birth a Dalmatian, and related to the Emperor Diocletian. Though he was not put to death for the Faith, his many sufferings in the cause of religion have earned for him the title of Martyr. He died a.d. 296. The formal recognition of the six Orders, Ostiarius, Lector, Exorcist, Acolyte, Subdeacon and Deacon, as preliminary to the Priesthood, is attributed to him. (2)
BREVIARIUM ROMANUM. 1906:
DIE 22. APRILIS. SS. Soteris et Caji, Pont, et Mart. Semiduplex.
Cajus Dalmata ex genere Diocletiani Imperatoris, constituit, ut his Ordinum et honorum gradibus in Ecclesia ad Episcopatum ascenderetur: Ostiarii, Lectoris, Exorcistae, Acolythi, Subdiaconi, Diaconi , Presbyteri. Hic Diocletiani crudelitatem in Christianos fugiens, aliquamdiu in spelunca delituit: verum octo post annis una cum Gabino fratre martyrii coronam consecutus est, cum sedisset annos duodecim, menses quatuor, dies quinque, creatis mense Decembri Presbyteris viginti quinque, Diaconis octo, Episcopis quinque. Sepultus est in coemeterio Callisti decimo Kalendas Maji. Ejus memoriam Urbanus Octavus in Urbe renovavit, dirutam Ecclesiam restituit, Titulo, Statione, et ipsius reliquiis decoravit. (3)
ROMAN BREVIARY IN ENGLISH. 1950:
Caius was a native of Dalmatia, and a relative of the Emperor Diocletian. He decreed that the office of a bishop should be reached through the following grades of orders and offices in the Church: porter, reader, exorcist, acolyte, subdeacon, deacon, priest. He concealed himself for some time in a cave to escape the cruelty of Diocletian against the Christians: but after eight years, he and his brother Gabinus received the crown of martyrdom. He reigned twelve years, four months, and five days. He ordained in the month of December twenty-five priests, eight deacons, and five bishops. He was buried in the Cemetery of Callistus, on the tenth of the Calends of May (April 22). Urban VIII revived his memory in the City, restored his church, which was in ruins, and honored it with a title, a station, and the relics of the saint. (4)
From aforementioned passages we see that Pope St. Caius did not stay “hidden in the Catacombs for 8 years”. We see that he “concealed himself for some time in a cave”, but “after eight years, he and his brother Gabinus received the crown of martyrdom”, but that is not the same as he “stayed hidden in the Catacombs for 8 years”.
"Neither the Latin nor the English determine how long St. Caius was in the cave; the clauses are independent of one another. All that is determined is that it was eight years after the Saint went into hiding that he was martyred; it is not stated that he hid for eight years." (Fr. P. E.)
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