Donatism is a heresy of the fourth and fifth century that was taught by Donatus the bishop of Cesae Negria (present
Donatism teaches that the effectiveness of the Sacraments depends on the moral character of the minister, they taught that if a person was baptized by someone who is somehow immoral then that baptism was not valid, the donatists were schismatic and yhey believed thatÂ they were fighting for the purity of the saints. They rebaptized people who joined their movement and was at odds with the Catholic Church.
The doanatists believed that they were holier than other people and had a form of self righteousness. The Sacraments do not depend on the moral Character of the minister, they are still effective whether the one ministering is or is not pure.
Soli Deo Gloria
1.Â ^ Norman F. Cantor, The Civilization of 1. the Middle Ages, 1995:51f.
2.Â ^ Cantor. 1995:51.
3.Â ^ Cross, FL, ed. (2005), “Novatianism”, The Oxford dictionary of the Christian church, New York: Oxford University Press.
4.Â ^ Cross, FL, ed. (2005), “Donatism”, The Oxford dictionary of the Christian church, New York: Oxford University Press.
5.Â ^ Frend, W.H.C., “The Donatist Church; A Movement of Protest in Roman North Africa” (1952 Oxford), pp.144-45. The remainder of this paragraph comes from Frend's text which continues to be seen as an authority text. Frend gets his chronology of events mainly from the work of Optatus, “Against the Donatists,” a biased presentation, but one of the only surviving ancient sources for these events.