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Stephen V (VI), Pope

STEPHEN V (VI), POPE

Pontificate: Sept. 885 to Sept. 14, 891; Roman priest elected by the people, but rejected by Emperor Charles the Fat, who sent his legate Liutward to depose him. Stephen proved the validity of his election, and no action was taken. In November 887, Charles was deposed by his subjects and the Carolingian empire disintegrated. In Italy the power was claimed by Berengar I of Friuli, greatgrandson of Charlemagne, but Guido III of Spoleto, the actual ruler of the major part of the peninsula, was crowned emperor by Stephen in 891. In the course of the preceding year the pope had summoned Arnulf, later crowned emperor, who held power in the greater part of the Frankish empire, to rescue Italy from the devastations of "pagans and evil Christians." Arnulf did not come to Italy until after Stephen's death; meanwhile Guido's son Lambert (see lambert of spoleto) had been crowned by Stephen's successor, formosus, who reaped the tragic fruits of this disastrous expediency. The vacillating character of Stephen was again tested in the matter of the Slavonic liturgy introduced among the Moravians by SS. cyril and methodius. Methodius had been twice summoned to Rome, where he had received from adrian ii and john viii approval of his missionary work and liturgical practice. Wiching, the suffragan of Methodius, received from Stephen sanction for the organization of the Moravian Church according to the wishes of the German hierarchy. The Slavonic liturgy was forbidden, and the disciples of Methodius fled to Bulgaria, where their rite continued to be celebrated. There is no evidence that Stephen failed to recognize the second patriarchate of photi us.

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