Cadaver Synod

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Jean-Paul Laurens, Le Pape Formose et Étienne VII ("Pape Formosus an Stephen VII"), 1870.

The Cadaver Synod (an aw cried the Cadaver Trial; Laitin: Synodus Horrenda) is the name commonly gien tae the posthumous ecclesiastical trial o Pape Formosus, held in the Basilica o St. John Lateran in Roum in Januar 897.[1] The trial wis conductit bi Pape Stephen VI (whiles cried Stephen VII), the successor tae Formosus' successor, Pape Boniface VI. Stephen haed Formosus's corpse exhumed an brocht tae the papal coort for juidgment. He accused Formosus of perjury an o haein accedit tae the papacy illegally. At the end o the trial, Formosus wis pronoonced guilty an his papacy retroactively declared null.

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  1. For the date cf. Joseph Duhr, “Le concile de Ravenne in 898: la réhabilitation du pape Formose,” Recherches de science religieuse 22 (1932), p. 541 note 1