To kick things off, Today in Papal History marks the birthdate of the 76th pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope St. Vitalian.
Vitalian reigned for a decade and a half in the mid-7th Century, having dealt with some bad blood between East and West, as well as some hefty heretical disputes – Monothelitism in this case, the belief that Jesus Christ had only one will (he has two – divine and human), which was condemned by the Council of Constantinople not long after Vitalian’s death in 672.
However, neither of those, nor his personal holiness, are what Vitalian became best known for. Instead, it’s the use of organs in church worship, which are thought to have come into practice specifically during Vitalian’s papacy.
Fifteen years passed between the death of Pope St. Vitalian and this next milestone – the death of Pope Conon.
To answer two questions right off the bat:
No, he was not a barbarian
Yes, he apparently was…