Saint Pinytus
Bishop of Cnossus
Died 180
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
Canonized pre-congregation
Feast 10 October

Saint Pinytus born in Greece, was Bishop of Cnossus, Crete[1] in the late 2nd century. Not much is known about his life but it is know that Pinytus was looked up to by St. Eusebius of Caesarea, who said that he was one of the foremost ecclesiastical writers of his time. Pinytus was in constant contact with Dionysius of Corinth, it seemed to two had disagreements. Dionysius, it appears, wrote to the Pinytus asking him not to impose too strict a yoke of chastity upon his brethren. But Pinytus was unmoved by this counsel and replied that Dionysius might impart stronger doctrine and feed his congregation with a more perfect epistle inasmuch as Christians could not always subsist on milk or tarry in childhood.[2] It may be that Pinytus was influenced by Montanistic views; however, Eusebius vouches for his orthodoxy and his care for the welfare of those placed under him.



  • Hist. eccl., iv. 21, 23, Eng. transl, NPNF, 2 ser., i. 197–198, 200–202
  • New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Vol. IX: Petri - Reuchlin

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