Anacletus

(Gr. anegklemtos, “blameless”). According to tradition the third bishop of Rome, following Linus (64-76) and preceding Clement (88-96). Anacletus or Anencletus is to be identified with Cletus, although the Liberian Catalogue assumes that Anencletus and Cletus were different persons. The ascription of twelve years to his office and that of Linus may indicate that tradition was anxious to provide a link between Peter (d. 64) and Clement of Rome. It is unfortunate for this theory that no trace of monepiscopacy can be found in Rome until the middle of the second century.