Paulinus the Deacon

Paulinus the Deacon, also Paulinus of Milan was the notary of Ambrose of Milan, and his biographer. His work is the only life of Ambrose based on a contemporary account, and was written at the request of Augustine of Hippo;[1] it is dated to 422.[2]

Against the Pelagians

In Carthage in 411 he had opposed Caelestius, a Pelagian.[3] The formal proceedings were described by Augustine in On Original Sin. Paulinus set up six theses defining Pelagian views as heresy; Caelestius gave up on becoming a presbyter in Carthage, moving to Ephesus[4]

Paulinus was summoned to Rome in 417, to justify himself.[5] With local backing, he declined to appear before Pope Zosimus; in 418 the Pope took into account the measure of support for the anti-Pelagian position, and condemned both Caelestus and Pelagius.[6]


  1. Ambrose of Milan: Keeper of the boundaries | Theology Today | Find Articles at
  2. Craig Alan Satterlee, Ambrose of Milan's Method of Mystagogical Preaching (2002), p. 33.
  3. Serge Lancel, Saint Augustine (2002), p. 327.
  4. CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Pelagius and Pelagianism.
  5. M. Lamberigts, The Condemnation of the Pelagians, p. 365, in Theo L. Hettema, Arie van der Kooij (editors), Religious Polemics in Context (2004).
  6. Philippe Levillain, The Papacy: An Encyclopedia (2002), p. 1641.


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